Volleyball

Volleyball loses first all-time matchup against Wake Forest

The Texas State volleyball team lost in four sets to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in its second game of the Cougar Classic. The matchup was the first matchup between the teams in school history.

Wake Forest and Texas State split the first two sets, before the Demon Deacons won the third and fourth sets by a combined seven points.

Shelby Vas Matt, sophomore outside hitter, Keeley Davis, sophomore outside hitter, and Alexandra Simms, senior outside hitter, combined for 34 of the team’s 48 kills in the match.

Jordan Moore, sophomore setter, had a game-high 43 assists and a team-high 15 digs in the loss.

Texas State, 1-1 overall, will play the Houston Cougars in the final game of the Cougar Classic Saturday at 11 a.m.

Volleyball defeats Lamar in five sets

The Texas State volleyball team defeated the Lamar Cardinals, 3-2, in its first game of the season.
 
The Bobcats outscored the Cardinals by six points in the match and eight points in the final two sets, after the team lost two of the first three sets.
 
Texas State has won four of their last five games, dating back to last season. 
 

Bobcats to attend Houston Cougar Classic

Beginning its second season in the Sun Belt Conference, the Texas State volleyball team will go into the Houston Cougar Classic this Friday with the mentality of “one at a time.”

Coach Karen Chisum will lead the team in the two-day tournament against Lamar University, a former Southland conference opponent, the University of Houston and a team the Bobcats have never played, Wake Forest University. The three teams combined for a 43-52 record last season.

Beyond the Game: Amanda Watkins

Amanda Watkins, junior middle blocker, is prepared to make big con­tributions for Texas State this season.

Watkins was redshirted last year after transferring from Arizona Western in 2012. She was the first Arizona Western player to be named an All-American since 2007 and led her team to a Region I Champion­ship. Amanda’s mother, Marian, always knew she would compete at a high level.

“She started playing volleyball in the third grade,” Marian said. “I always felt she was a Division I player. She has always been very athletic, and she’s always worked very hard.”

Amanda played high school vol­leyball at Gabrielino High School in California. Her high school was in a smaller division, so Amanda turned to club sports in order to find another level of competition.

Texas State Volleyball Season Preview

Texas State’s volleyball team is entering its second season in the Sun Belt Conference, and the Bobcats are eager to reclaim their title after winning the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament. 

“It’s motivation because we definitely want a repeat,” senior setter Caylin Mahoney said. “I’m really excited to start playing and seeing what this team will do because I know we can do even better this year.”

Beyond the Game: Lauren Kirch

Incoming freshman blocker Lauren Kirch’s decision process to play at Texas State was unlike most student athletes. Kirch placed her education at an equal, if not higher, priority than her collegiate sports career, and that landed her in San Marcos.

Growing up, Kirch was always the “gentle giant” of the family as her mother, Susan, refers to her. Always being among the tallest students in her class was something Kirch had to adjust to right away. Kirch is 6 feet 2 inches, tied for the third-tallest on the volleyball team. 

“She never really liked being tall,” Susan Kirch said. “From the time she was born she was always taller than everybody else.”

2013 Report Card: Volleyball

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The Texas State volleyball team claimed the Sun Belt Conference title against UT-Arlington in straight sets at Troy, Ala. Nov. 23, qualifying for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

“I get teary-eyed when I watch the team celebrate,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “That’s really what has kept me coaching for so long, just to see the players’ excitement when they win. I’m very proud that Texas State can be represented as champions of a sport.”

Texas State prepares to enter Sun Belt tournament as third seed

The Texas State volleyball team will enter the Sun Belt Conference tournament as the third seed when the team faces Louisiana—Lafayette during the first round on the road in Troy, Ala., Thursday.

The Bobcats defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns in straight sets on two occasions during the regular season.

“We were fighting for third place coming into the tournament,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We got three outside hitters that can do what we need. When the whole team is playing at their best, we can beat some of the toughest teams.”

Volleyball poised to improve in Sun Belt Conference standings

The Texas State volleyball team will finish the regular season on the road against Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State this weekend, two teams the Bobcats lost to in five-set matches earlier in the season at home.

Texas State will first play Arkansas-Little Rock Friday, a team coming off a straight-set loss to Western Kentucky. The Trojans ended the match against the Hilltoppers with a team hitting percentage of .191. Western Kentucky achieved a combined .395 hit percentage in the match, with sophomore outside hitter Haley Bodway generating a team-high 12 kills in the game. The match marked the lowest collective hitting percentage produced by Arkansas-Little Rock in its past three games.

Get to know: Karen Chisum

BS: Were you a student athlete at Southwest Texas State?
KC: Yes. Tennis was my main sport, but I both played tennis and softball while attending here. When I was in high school, volleyball was a spring sport, but I started playing tennis in the fourth grade.

BS: What would you say was the most memorable moment here as an athlete?
KC: Things were so different then. In tennis, I played doubles. My partner and I finished second in the state during my years as a student, but most importantly, it was the friendships I was able to create here and falling in love with Southwest Texas. That really was the start of my love for the university.

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