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Volleyball falls in three sets to nationally-ranked Arizona

The Texas State volleyball team came into Saturday morning with an opportunity to show the country that they can hang with one of the top teams in the country.

The opportunity presented itself, but the Bobcats were not able to take advantage. The team lost to the Arizona Wildcats in three sets (25-5, 25-22, 25-13).

Arizona is the 17th-ranked team the country and Texas State was going to need to come out on a fast start.

The Bobcats failed to get that fast start as Arizona went on a 18-0 run in the first set.

The Bobcats were able to muster a couple of points after the long run by the Wildcats, but the set ended 25-5 in Arizona’s favor.

Practice report: Football amping up intensity

The intensity is already there for the Texas State football team.

The season opener against 10th-ranked Florida State is fast approaching and the Bobcats are more prepared to take on the biggest challenge in program history.

There was limited contact in Friday’s practice. The players have been practicing all week long, so Coach Dennis Franchione decided to give them a reward by giving them a light practice so the players’ bodies can heal up.

“We had three good days with shoulder pads,” Franchione said. “I was pleased with the work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They worked hard Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. So because of that we decided to wear shorts and helmets today.”

Notebook: McNeese State 1, Texas State 0

Notebook from the Texas State soccer team's 1-0 loss Friday night to McNeese State.

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

Texas State lost its first home opener since 2010. In the previous four home openers, Texas State scored 16 goals and allowed zero goals. The Bobcats still have the sizable edge in the all-time record (17-9-1).

GOOD

Although the Bobcats didn’t get the result they were wanting, Coach Kat Conner got to see a number of players in different position. Conner made a number of substitutions throughout the matchup. When players such as Kristen Champion, senior defender, subbed in late into the game their was a noticeable tempo change for the last 25 minutes.

Volleyball begins season with three set loss to TCU

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The Texas State volleyball team opened its season Friday night with a three set loss (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) to TCU in the SMU/TCU Crosstown Challenge.  

Texas State finished with 26 kills and 18 errors on 96 total attempts. The Bobcats’ hitting percentage was .083 compared to the Horned Frogs’ .295 hitting percentage.

Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, who was named to the Preseason All Sun Belt Conference Team this year, had three kills and five errors on 14 total attempts.

The Bobcats could not find a rhythm throughout as TCU would go on 3-0 runs multiple times during the sets, forcing Coach Karen Chisum to take timeouts in order to break up the momentum.

Chisum explained the lack of scoring that was apparent throughout the game. 

Season preview: Bobcats have bowl game in mind

The Texas State football team begins the season playing against the highest ranked team in program history.

Playing Florida State, ranked 10th in the nation, will be a barometer for where Texas State lies on a national level. Texas State will play the top three preseason ranked teams in the conference this season.

“Our schedule is a little tougher this year then last year, I feel,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “Florida State is a little cut above Illinois—go figure huh? We go to Georgia Southern, we go to Lafayette and we go to Arkansas State. That was flipped around last year so this schedule from a total standpoint is a little bit tougher.”

Bowens keeping level head as season approaches

Kwamane Bowens, sophomore wide receiver, doesn’t care what you think.

Bowens doesn’t just ignore the praise, he doesn’t even hear it.

In the current college landscape, Bowens is a rarity.

None of the distractions, praise or exterior elements that influence collegiate athletes factor into Bowens’ equation.

Not even after Coach Dennis Franchione called Bowens, a junior college transfer who played one year at Hawaii, one of the rising stars of fall practice.

“I don’t hear any of it,” Bowens said. "It’s a blessing to hear but even though he’s saying it, I still have to ignore it because I’m not really worried about what the head coach says right now. I’m worried about how I can keep grinding and keep grinding for the receiving core and the team.”

Volleyball opens season in SMU/TCU Crosstown Challenge

The season is underway for the Texas State volleyball team as they travel to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to compete in the SMU/TCU Crosstown Challenge.

The tournament will include Arizona and in-state rivals TCU and SMU.

The Bobcats will face TCU in their first match Friday night in the Horned Frogs’ gym. The game can’t come soon enough for Coach Karen Chisum.

“I’m really looking forward to face TCU because it’s our first,” Chisum said. “It’ll be a great opportunity to face a Big 12 opponent and we’re all excited for it.”

Texas State has not competed against TCU since 2007, when the Bobcats won 3-0.

After the season opens up against TCU, the Bobcats will play against the Arizona Wildcats Saturday morning.

Soccer to host rival in home opener Friday night

Longtime rival McNeese State will be visiting San Marcos Friday evening for the 12th time in school history.

Although the Texas State soccer team owns the series advantage against McNeese (17-8-1 overall), Coach Kat Conner knows this matchup won’t be an easy task for her team.

“I am excited for the season opener and it’s going to be a great game,” Conner said. “Despite what people may think of McNeese State, they are a very well-coached team and they have always given us great competition. I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere and hope to see everyone out here to support us.”

McNeese State began this season with a similar challenge facing Texas State: inexperience.

'Cool Hand Luke' comfortable leading team into battle

It took two plays for Coach Dennis Franchione to realize what he had in Tyler Jones, junior quarterback.

Jones was a freshman then, making his first collegiate start against Wyoming. On his second play, Jones rushed around the left tackle for a 38-yard gain.

That’s when everything started to click.

Jones finished with 196 yards and one touchdown in the Bobcats’ 42-21 win against Wyoming.

Name the statistical category and Jones likely improved from his freshman year, when he earned the starting quarterback job midway through the season. His passing yards, completion percentage, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns elevated in his second season.

Practice report: Bobcats preparing for Florida State's crowd noise

The Texas State football team is another day closer to opening the season against Florida State and the anticipation is evident in the team’s practice.

Tuesday marked the first practice since classes began and the Bobcats came out in pads and helmets.

“The team practiced well today and we got some good work in,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We hadn’t practiced in about 48 hours and I could tell the team had more spring in their step.”

There was a new element to Tuesday’s practice.

The coaching staff decided to play Florida State’s fight song and chants on repeat throughout practice. Franchione said the team will continue practicing with the filtered crowd noise until game day.

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