Volleyball

Bobcats win first season conference game

The Texas State volleyball team won the opening game of Sun Belt Conference play Sept. 16 against the UT-Arlington Mavericks in five sets.

The match was the first meeting between the two schools since Texas State defeated UT- Arlington in last year’s conference championship. The Bobcats had 67 kills, 66 assists and 92 digs in the match.

Texas State rallied to win the second set 25-22, overcoming a 7-2 deficit. The Bobcats tallied 12 kills, 12 assists and 22 digs in the second set. Jordan Kohl, freshman right-side hitter, and Jordan Moore, sophomore setter, substituted later in the set, changing the momentum in favor of the Bobcats.

Texas State winless in Texas Tech Invitational over weekend

The Texas State volleyball team left the Texas Tech Invitational winless with losses against Incarnate Word, Texas Tech and Gardner-Webb. The Bobcats’ season record now stands at 5-7.

Shelby Vas Matt, sophomore outside hitter, contributed 22 kills and 24 points, and Lauren Kirch, freshman middle blocker, contributed 6 kills and 10.5 points.

Coach Karen Chisum said the team’s weekend was what the team needed headed into Sun Belt conference play.

“Maybe we needed a weekend like that,” Chisum said. “We were close in every game, but we just couldn’t finish the sets. It was a good learning experience. We made a lot of errors, and we have to correct those.”

Team ‘focused’ heading into tournament

Preparations going in to the Texas Tech Invitational are what Associate Head Coach Tracy Smith called “very focused.”

Although the team is coming off a win against Prairie View A&M, Smith says that there is still a lot the volleyball team would like to work on before playing Incarnate Word, Texas Tech and Gardener-Webb in the invitational beginning Sept. 12.

“We just like playing matches,” Smith said. “That really helps our practices for the next game or the following days because we really have a purpose. It just gives us feedback as to what we really need to be focusing on and, as a team, new goals to make us better. We just want to get better every day.”

Bobcats defeat Prairie View A&M

The Texas State volleyball team improved to 7-0 all-time against the Prairie View A&M Panthers with a four-set victory.

The Bobcats outscored the Panthers by 16 points in four sets, with a 29.2 hitting percentage, the second-highest percentage this season.

Prairie View A&M won the second set, as Texas State rallied back from a 17-11 deficit to tie it at 24. Keeley Davis, sophomore outside hitter, and Brooke Smith, junior middle blocker, committed errors to give the Panthers their first set victory in 22 attempts.

Coach Karen Chisum pinpointed setting and errors as the culprits for the Panthers’ victory in the second set.

Beyond the Game: Jordan Moore

Jordan Moore, sophomore setter, has always embodied the qualities of a person who strives to assist others. Moore says she has a real desire to contribute to her team and make all her teammates better.

“My goal has always been to give my hitters the best set possible,” Moore said. “That’s what I love, whenever I can put my teammates in a position to succeed.  I just love when other people do great.”

Moore played high school volleyball at Katy High School in Houston. She earned the District 19-5A Setter of the Year award in 2010 and 2011. Moore was also academic all-district in all four years of her high school career. 

Moore quickly noticed the difference between competition at the high school level and the college level.

Texas State to host Prairie View A&M Tuesday at Strahan

The Texas State volleyball team hosts the Prairie View A&M Panthers Tuesday. The Bobcats are 6-0 all-time against the Panthers and have yet to lose a set against the team in a series that dates back to 1985.

Coach Karen Chisum knows that the Panthers can play above the team’s current record.

“Prairie View A&M is an opponent that can surprise some people,” Chisum said. “They have very good athletes. They don’t have great volleyball skills, but if we commit a lot of errors they are a team that can get on a roll and cause some problems.”

The Bobcats are coming off of a tournament in which they lost two matches by narrow margins.  Texas State lost to Wichita State in five sets and dropped the match against North Texas by a combined six points. 

Bobcats 2-2 in Delta Zeta Classic

The Texas State volleyball team finished the Delta Zeta Classic with a 2-2 record, with wins against Abilene Christian and UTSA.

Kelsey Weynand, sophomore outside hitter, contributed 43 kills and 48.5 points, and Lauren Kirch, freshman middle blocker, contributed 43 kills and 50.5 points.

Coach Karen Chisum said she is very impressed with how the team responded to adversity.

“I like our team’s guts,” Chisum said. “The last two games we got down by seven points, and we fought back. This team is not going to quit. That’s what I like about them. They have guts.”

Bobcats finish Delta Zeta Classic with two wins

The Texas State volleyball team lost to the North Texas Mean Green in three sets in their final game of the Delta Zeta Classic. The Bobcats are 4-4 overall this season.

Texas State scored 71 points and registered 45 kills in the loss. 

Lauren Kirch, freshman middle blocker, led the team with 17 points and 14 kills, along with two service aces and two digs in the match. 

Ali Gonzalez, senior setter, finished the game with 26 assists, six digs and one service ace.

Bobcats win third game of Delta Zeta Classic

The Texas State volleyball defeated the Abilene Christian Wildcats in three sets in their third game of the Delta Zeta Classic. 

Texas State scored 106 points, outscoring Abilene Christian by 13 points. The Bobcats, with two straight victories, improved their overall record to 4-3 this season.

Kelsey Weynand, sophomore outside hitter, recorded her first triple-double of the season with a 17.5 points, 15 kills and 10 digs. Weynand led the team in points and kills, while adding one ace in the match.

Jordan Moore, sophomore setter, had 35 assists, six digs and one service ace.

Texas State will play North Texas in the final game of the Delta Zeta Classic at 7 p.m.

 

Volleyball beats UTSA in four sets

The Texas State volleyball team defeated the UTSA Roadrunners in four sets in their second game of the Delta Zeta Classic. 
 
Texas State won the first set 26-24, and closed the match out by outscoring the Roadrunners by nine points in the last two sets.  The Bobcats improved their season record to 3-3.
 
Kelsey Weynand, sophomore hitter, led the team with 18 points and 17 kills. Weynand had one ace and five digs in the match. 
 
Jordan Moore, sophomore setter, had 41 assists, six digs, and one kill.
 
Texas State will play Abilene Christian in their next game of the Delta Zeta Classic Saturday at 2 p.m.
 

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