Volleyball closes SMU/TCU Crosstown Challenge with three-set loss to SMU

The SMU/TCU Crosstown Challenge did not go the way that the Texas State volleyball team would have liked.

The team played its last game Saturday night against the SMU Mustangs and lost in three sets (25-10, 25-15, 25-23).

The loss to SMU means that the team has lost every game in the tournament including zero sets won.

The tournament did not look good for the Bobcats on paper, but Coach Karen Chisum saw some positives from her team.

“We improved in every match,” Chisum said. “I saw a spunk in our team that we hadn’t seemed before. I really liked what I saw from Sierra Smith in the libero jersey.”

The tournament committee saw some positives from the team by naming Jaliyah Bolden, sophomore middle blocker, on the All-Tournament team.

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.

Volleyball begins season with three set loss to TCU


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. 

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.

Daigle takes leadership responsibilities in stride


Madison Daigle, freshman middle blocker, is always trying to motivate her fellow volleyball teammates.

If someone on the team makes a mistake, she is there to provide words of encouragement keep her fellow Bobcats’ spirits up.

"I try to be the best motivator I can be on the court," Daigle said. "Pump everyone up and bring a lot of energy to the court."

For Daigle, a big reason behind her penchant for team motivation comes from her mother, LaRonda Daigle.

LaRonda Daigle works for Mary Kay as an independent national sales director, the highest position within the company.

Season preview: Volleyball looking to unseat Trojans from conference throne


Last year the Texas State volleyball team reached the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Arkansas-Little Rock, the top seed, defeated the Bobcats in three sets to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

A year later, the two teams are vying for the top spot in the conference.

Arkansas-Little Rock was voted No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll while Texas State finished second.

The Trojans received seven first-place votes and Texas State received three.

"I showed that to the team,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We went over it. We talked about who was picked first. We talked about who was picked last. Then I had them tear it all up because it means absolutely nothing." 

Mission Impossible: Kreuz returns to Texas for junior season

Emotions have run high for Claire Kreuz, junior outside hitter, during her college volleyball career.

Kreuz grew up in Boerne, Texas, and played for Samuel V. Champion High School. She was named District MVP in her junior and senior season.

With her track record, Kreuz was given the opportunity to play collegiate volleyball.

Kreuz started visiting college campuses when she was 16 years old and found that she wanted to play volleyball as far away from home as possible. She found exactly what she was looking for at Charlotte.

“When I went on my visit, I immediately fell in love,” Kreuz said. “The city was so beautiful and I fell in love with the coaching staff right away. It didn’t take me long to make my decision.”

Get to know: Keeley Davis, junior outside hitter


JC: If you had to swap lives with one celebrity, who would you swap lives with?

KD: Rob Dyrdek, because he does fun stuff all the time. He has money and just has fun with other people with it and I think that's really cool.

JC: If you could have any superpower, what would you pick?

KD: I've been watching a lot of superheroes movies and stuff lately, so I think a really cool one is, like, when you could teleport anywhere. If I could do that, I would be going to travel all the time, because when you play volleyball or any college sport you can't really go on vacations. If I could teleport, I could go somewhere real quick and come back and not waste any time and still be able to live the life I want to live.

Get to know: Kelsey Weynand, junior outside hitter


JC: What's your favorite TV series of all time?

KW: That's a hard one. I watch a lot of series. I would have to say One Tree Hill.

JC: Why One Tree Hill?

KW: I started watching it in high school and it was high school-based,and so I just enjoyed the characters. It has a lot to do with athletics and sports because the guys played basketball and the girls are cheerleaders. I don't know, it's just my favorite series. There is always drama and love stories.

JC: If you could record an album with any singer alive or dead, who would you record an album with?

KW: George Strait, the king of country.

JC: If it could be one season all year long, what would you pick?

Volleyball picked second in Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll

Arkansas-Little Rock is the only team that stands in the way of the Texas State volleyball team. The second-seeded Bobcats were eliminated in the Sun Belt Conference Championship in three sets by the first-seeded Trojans, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament with the win.

As the 2015 season is set to begin, the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll reflects the difference between the two teams.

Texas State earned 108 points and three first-place votes, trailing only Arkansas-Little Rock, who earned 114 points and seven first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll. Arkansas State (95 points) and Appalachian State (89 points) rounded out the top four teams. 


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