The Texas State volleyball team intends to reshuffle its current lineup as the Bobcats prepare to battle conference opponents Troy and South Alabama at Strahan Coliseum this weekend.
The Bobcats are currently on a three-game losing streak and dropped to seventh in Sun Belt Conference standings.
“The team saw two new players step up to another level last game,” said Assistant Coach Sean Huiet. “I think Jordan (Moore) and Brooke (Smith) provided a spark for the team. They just love to play volleyball. I think both are ready to compete and get back on the winning track. I think what they did transpired to everyone on the team.”
Freshman setter Jordan Moore recorded her second-highest assist total of the season with 20 in her performance against Arkansas—Little Rock. Moore did not enter the game against the Trojans until the third set, helping the team rally back in the match after the Bobcats were down two sets early in the game.
“We’re ready to put in the hard work and prove that we’re a good team,” Moore said. “In practice this week, we’re going to see if we want to incorporate Brooke (Smith) and I in our upcoming games. When Brooke and I came into the game, we just want to bring positive energy and fun to the team. I felt really good being on the court and think that projected to my other teammates.”
Moore has registered 71 assists on the season, averaging 2.73 per set, which is the second highest assisting average on the team behind junior setter Caylin Mahoney. Sophomore middle blocker and outside hitter Brooke Smith provided six blocking assists during Texas State’s match against Arkansas-Little Rock, which is a season-high. Smith talked about the team’s mentality at their current point in the season.
“I think team is trying to figure itself out,” Smith said. “We want to bring a lot more energy to our games now. I feel Jordan (Moore) and I helped the team out because we’re very calm. We want the rest of the team to stay focus on playing volleyball and not be so tense. It’s fun to see what we can really do by changing it up.”
Texas State will encounter fifth-ranked Troy Friday. The Trojans are on a two-game winning streak, beating Georgia State and Louisiana-Monroe in their previous games. The Bobcats defeated both teams earlier in the season in straight sets.
Troy ranks first in digs within the conference, averaging 15.04 per set. Senior defensive specialist Courtney Cohen leads the team in digs, totaling 322 on the season. Cohen averages 4.03 digs per set, which places her seventh in Sun Belt standings.
The Bobcats will end the weekend against South Alabama Sunday. The Jaguars are currently on a two-game winning streak, defeating Georgia State and Louisiana-Lafayette in their previous matches. South Alabama has an away road record of 1-4 on the season. The team currently ranks eighth in Sun Belt standings.
The Jaguars are eighth in conference in opponent hitting percentage, allowing a .215 average against opposing teams. Junior middle-blocker Amber Wyatt places in the blocking category in conference. Wyatt has a combined 53.0 in blocking assists and solo blocks on the season, averaging 1.18 blocks per set. Wyatt ended her previous game against Louisiana-Lafayette with a .222 hitting percentage and six assisting blocks in the match.