The Texas State volleyball team came into its match against Lamar with an undefeated record in the Delta Zeta Classic and an opportunity to clinch at least the co-championship in the tournament with a win.
The Bobcat took care of business by beating Lamar in three straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) Friday night.
With the victory, Texas State moves to 3-0 over this weekend and the team’s confidence is rising.
“I can see the confidence starting to build in our girls,” said Coach Karen Chisum said. “The chemistry is getting better and better, and we’re playing how we expected to play.”
The team started the season off 0-3 last weekend, but they have dug out of the hole and moved their record to .500.
“Last weekend is not what we do here at Texas State,” said Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker. “We really pushed hard this week in practice and it’s shown.”
Lewis is a newcomer to the team and she played in her best game against Lamar. The middle blocker recorded a career-high eight kills on 17 attempts.
“It felt really great to come out and perform well for the team,” Lewis said. “I was getting great sets all game and taking advantage out there.”
Lewis recorded a .412 kill percentage, which was second on the team to Jordan Kohl’s .733. Kohl recorded a match-high 11 kills and could be on her way to a tournament MVP award.
In the Bobcats’ previous match, Kohl set a school record with a .900 kill percentage against Prairie View A&M.
“Jordan has been great all tournament and she had another great game tonight,” Chisum said. “She had a .733 percentage tonight and those are darn good numbers.”
Kohl, Lewis and Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, recorded at least eight kills against Lamar. The sets given by Emily Shelton, junior setter, and Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, are giving the outside hitters plenty of scoring opportunities.
Shelton and Hoppe came in as new coming setters for the team, and Chisum likes what she sees in both of them.
“Neither Shelton and Hoppe have solidified the spot as the number one setter,” Chisum said. “Hoppe got some more playing time tonight. She got challenged a little bit, but she stayed focused and did a good job.”
Hoppe recorded a career-high 21 assists while adding four digs in the game.
Texas State will conclude the Delta Zeta Classic against Indiana on Wednesday. With a win, the Bobcats will be the champions of the tournament.
“We talked about coming into this match and getting to even stevens (3-3),” Chisum said. “Hopefully we can come back out tomorrow and get on the winning side, and win the tournament.”
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