Volleyball

Bobcats improve to 9-2 in conference

The Texas State volleyball team huddled in the locker room for a discussion following a four-set loss to Georgia State.

“We decided that we need to be better all around—better teammates, better competitors—and we needed to step it up,” Keeley Davis, sophomore outside hitter, said. “It was a good talk. We really focused in on our warm-ups today, and I think that was the deciding factor in us getting the win against Arkansas State.”

The Bobcats split their conference games over the weekend, losing against Georgia State on the road and defeating Arkansas State at home.

The Bobcats have won seven consecutive home games dating back to Sept. 9. They have improved their home record to 9-3 this year.

Volleyball prepares for weekend Sun Belt matchups

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The Texas State volleyball team has won two of its last three games heading into the matchups with the Georgia State Panthers and Arkansas State Red Wolves.

Arkansas State is third in the conference behind Texas State and Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Red Wolves, led by Sarah Kemps, senior outside hitter, are 6-2 in conference.

Kemps is third in the conference in kills per set with 3.8. She is fifth in total kills with 221.

“We have 10 to 12 players on the court that can help us win,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “We have to get Alex Simms and Jordan Kohl back in our rotation.”

Arkansas State’s loss to Arkansas-Little Rock Oct. 14 snapped the team’s six-game winning streak.

Beyond the Game: Keeley Davis

If someone tells Keeley Davis, sophomore outside hitter “no,” she will demonstrate what “yes” looks like.

Davis has had a competitive personality for as long as she can remember. Davis inherited her love for competition, along with her headstrong attitude, from her dad.

“My dad really loves sports, so I think we really bonded over it, and it made us closer at the same time,” Davis said. “It was something we both really enjoyed—spending a lot of time together going from game to game. We would drive all over the place, fly all over the place. I’m really fortunate that my dad was able to do that for me.”

Get to Know: Sierra Smith

MM: Who is your favorite Disney character?

SS: I would definitely have to say Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” She’s my favorite because I love mermaids. I feel like any girl would, but I’m super into swimming and stuff like that, so I’ve always loved Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.”

MM: Out of the movies you’ve seen lately, what’s your favorite movie?

SS: We recently just watched “The Fault in Our Stars,” and it was so sad, but I can really relate to that movie because my mom had cancer a few years back, so it’s definitely one of my favorite movies so far that I’ve seen.

MM: What do you do outside of practice?

Get to Know: Lauren Kirch

DH:  What is your favorite movie?

LK:  I would have to say “She’s the Man.” That’s a great movie.

DH:  Describe your perfect vacation.

LK:  Honestly, I can go anywhere and be happy. I like going to the beach, but since it’s about to be winter, I would like to go to the mountains sometime soon. I used to go to Colorado a lot with my family and ski, and I love it.

DH:  What is your favorite thing to eat?

LK:  I have a very big sweet tooth, so I am big on candy and junk food.

DH:  What is your favorite memory about playing volleyball at Texas State?

Volleyball sweeps opponents at home

In the second set against Appalachian State, furious on the sideline, Coach Karen Chisum called a timeout with the Mountaineers leading 6-4.

Texas State answered back by scoring four consecutive points against the Mountaineers to win the second set, 25-23. They closed the game in three sets to cap a weekend with two victories against Appalachian State and Louisiana-Monroe.

With the score 24-23 in the second set, Brenna Lyles, sophomore setter, hustled to the opposing team’s sideline to recover the ball for the Bobcats allowing them to finish the set with a win.

Appalachian State tied the game 17-17 after Mountaineer’s outside hitter Emily Corrigan had a powerful kill that silenced the home crowd.

Texas State loses first season conference game

The Texas State volleyball team acquired its first Sun Belt Conference loss Oct. 8 at the hands of the UT-Arlington Mavericks.

While players were not made available for comment following the game, Coach Karen Chisum stated the team did not meet her expectations.

"Nothing went right for us tonight,” Chisum said. “Not passing, serving, hitting, blocking, nothing. We'll have to perform better to get a win next match.”

In their last meeting against UT-Arlington, the Bobcats lasted five sets, winning the final set by two points.

The team is now 31-41 all-time against the Mavericks.

Bobcats remain undefeated in conference play

The Texas State volleyball team maintained its perfect record in Sun Belt Conference play after defeating the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Oct. 4. 

The Bobcats are currently on a six-game winning streak, improving their season record to 11-7.  Texas State has only lost one set to Louisiana-Lafayette in their last four conference matchups.

Sierra Smith, junior libero, said the team has worked hard in practice since losing three consecutive games in the Texas Tech Invitational and hard work has paid off in conference play.

Bobcats look to extend win streak against Ragin’ Cajuns

The Texas State volleyball team will play the Louisiana- Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Oct. 4 in an attempt to extend its con- ference win streak to six games.

Texas State (10-7, 5-0) is cur- rently in first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, while Louisiana-Lafayette (12- 3, 2-3) sits in seventh.

Sierra Smith, junior libero, said she is very excited about the Bobcats’ beginning of con- ference play.

“The coaches brought it to our attention that they couldn’t remember the last time their team started 5-0 in conference play,” Smith said. “In the pre- season the whole team had this drive to win. I think the great win against UT-Arlington really gave us a kick start and helped us start out 5-0 in conference.”

Beyond the Game: Shelby Vas Matt

Shelby Vas Matt, sophomore outside hitter, has never held a gun. She doesn’t hunt, and her first pair of cowboy boots weren’t purchased until she arrived in Texas from her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Vas Matt is what she calls “the opposite of Texan.”

“(It was strange) adjusting to southern culture,” Vas Matt said. “When someone opens the door for me that much, it’s like they’re hitting on me.”

While Vas Matt’s saving grace is her love for Mexican food; it stops where her love for Hawaiian food begins. The northwest in her is something that hasn’t left Vas Matt’s personality since she made a home in Texas.

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