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Bobcats to play Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama on road

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The Texas State volleyball team is 4-4 on the road this season and heading into a weekend of road games, the team will have their work cut out for them against Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama.

“If we want to win we have to get Alex Sims and Jordan Kohl more minutes,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “We have 10-12 girls that can contribute every game for us. It just depends on who is bringing the energy.”

Jordan Kohl, freshman outside hitter, and Alex Simms, senior outside hitter, combined for 36 kills in the teams last two games.

The Bobcats will face Louisiana-Lafayette Oct. 31, after defeating the Ragin' Cajuns in three sets in its first matchup.

The Ragin' Cajuns snapped its four game losing streak last week with a win against Abilene Christian.

Bobcat defensive line faces challenge from New Mexico State Aggies

The Bobcats will take on the New Mexico State Aggies, who are currently 2-6, in the 10th week of the season.

Linebacker Coach Brad Franchione says Texas State is preparing to face a team armed with many defensive weapons despite a six-game losing streak.

New Mexico State has allowed 24 turnovers this season. What stands out to Franchione, however, is the Aggies have allowed only five sacks.

Franchione says the Aggies’ skillful pass protection will pose a challenge for the Bobcats’ defensive line.

New Mexico State’s two-man quarterback combination gives the team what Franchione calls a “dual threat.” Aggie quarterbacks Andrew Allen and Tyler Rogers have combined for 14 touchdowns and 2,131 yards this season.

Three players to watch

Sports Reporter Paul Livengood provides his three players to watch in Texas State's matchup against New Mexico State, Nov. 1. 

David Mims, junior cornerback: Mims is coming off two consecutive games with an interception. New Mexico State has the fifth-best passing offense in the Sun Belt, racking up 234.4 passing yards per game. Look for Mills to capitalize on the turnover-prone Aggies.

Women's golf struggles at Alamo Invitational

Coach Mike Akers still believes the Texas State women’s golf team is close to putting a good tournament together after a 14th place finish at the Alamo Invitational in San Antonio.

The Bobcats shot a 3-over-par 291 in the last round, giving the team a total three-round score of 885, the best of the season.

Senior Lejan Lewthwaite led the way for the Bobcats in the tournament. She shot a 1-under-par 71 in the final round of the tournament. Lewthwaite finished 28th overall for the week, scoring a 2-over-par finish with 10 birdies, eight bogeys and two double bogeys.

Senior Iman Nordin continued her success on the course after carding a 2-under-par 70 with four birdies and two bogeys in the first round. 

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. New Mexico State

Losing is nothing new for the New Mexico State Aggies. They have lost 74 games since 2007.

New Mexico State lost 66-28 to Texas State in 2012, when the Bobcats were in their first season of Division I eligibility.

The program has cycled through six starting quarterbacks, three coaches and three conferences in the past seven years. The only consistency is inconsistency.

Here are four things to watch in Texas State’s matchup against New Mexico State.

QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY?

Practice report: Texas State vs. New Mexico State

Some say numbers never lie. Ben Ijah, senior wide receiver, begs to differ.

While their upcoming competitor, New Mexico State, is currently 9th in the Sun Belt Conference, the Bobcats shared the same sentiment as Ijah as they began practices this week.

“Rule number one in sports: the numbers that they have, the statistics, the numbers—it really accounts for nothing,” Ijah said. “It all depends on how they come out, and how they play. That being the case, we’re going to hit the ground running. We don’t expect this game to be easy. We don’t expect this game to be anything less than what all of our other conference games have been.”

Quick Five

On a scale of 1-10, how important is the win against Louisiana-Monroe?

QR: 8. Point to Louisiana-Monroe’s inept offense. Point to Texas State’s inability to manufacture anything offensively during the first half. Point to whatever. This, for all intents and purposes, is the kind of win that sets the tone for the rest of the season. Texas State won its first Sun Belt Conference road game, alleviating the burden of future encounters. 

Bobcats rally for a 3-0 home win against Georgia Southern

Winning at home has not been a problem for the Texas State volleyball team since conference play started, but a different attitude was in place as the Bobcats entered the third set against Georgia Southern on Saturday.

“The last two or three times we’ve been at home, we’ve won the first two sets and then come out sluggish and lost the third set,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “I asked the team in the locker room, ‘When is the last time we’ve swept someone here at Texas State?’ And they said ‘Well, tonight is going to be the night.’”

The Bobcats won their eighth-straight home game, improving the team’s Sun Belt Conference record to 10-3. Georgia Southern never gained a lead in the second and third sets, mostly due to the Bobcats avoiding errors.

Texas State heading into Sun Belt tournament despite loss

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The Texas State soccer team had already secured its spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament heading into the final game of the regular season against Georgia State.

With the postseason clinched, the Bobcats ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss against Georgia State.

“I felt we played a little sporadic,” Coach Kat Conner said. “We need to play more together and in unison. There was great individual effort, but we need all 11 players in complete rhythm and unison.”

A majority of the first half was a midfield battle as each team was pressured to gain possession of the ball.

Mayo named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week

David Mayo, senior linebacker, set a career-high with 22 total tackles in Texas State's 22-18 victory against Louisiana-Monroe.

Mayo, the Division I leader in total tackles this season, was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He became the first player in Sun Belt Conference history with two games exceeding 20 tackles -- he first surpassed the 20 tackle mark in the Bobcats' 37-34 victory against Tulsa.

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