Volleyball

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.

Volleyball wins consecutive road games in conference play

The Texas State volleyball team improved to 10-6 in conference play after defeating Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette in straight sets on the road this past weekend.

The sets mark the first time this season the Bobcats have won consecutive conference road games. Texas State began the weekend playing Louisiana-Monroe Friday. The team finished with a combined .299 hitting percentage from the court, holding the Warhawks to a collective .092 hitting total. The Bobcats committed eight errors in the match, which is the lowest total the team has produced since conference competition began.

From the Field to the Fans: 11/7/13

Host and Sports Editor Odus Evbagharu discusses the Texas State football team entering a bye week with his crew of sports reporters. The team also talks about the Bobcat volleyball team playing in the state of Louisiana for this upcoming weekend and preview the men's and women's basketball teams for the 2013-2014 season.

Texas State volleyball defeats Louisiana-Monroe, moving to 9-6 in Sun Belt

The Texas State volleyball team defeated Louisiana-Monroe in straight sets Friday, improving to 9-6 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Bobcats eliminated the Warhawks from the postseason conference tournament with the victory.

“It was a slower paced game tonight,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “After we got through the first set, the team really got on a roll. Kelsey Weynand has started really passing well. I think Ashley Hilbun is back. I thought Ashlee (Hilbun), Shelby (Vas Matt), and Caylin (Mahoney) all had good games tonight.”

Ashlee Hilbun, senior middle blocker, ended the match with seven kills and five digs, hitting .353 from the court. Hilbun ranks fifth in hitting percentage in the conference, averaging .305 on the season.

Volleyball splits final home games, moves to 8–6 in Sun Belt

The Texas State volleyball team finished its final two home games of the season against Western Kentucky and Georgia State this weekend, splitting both games and improving to 8–6 in conference play.

Western Kentucky combined for 60 more kills, assists and digs than the Bobcats in the match Friday. Junior middle-blocker Heather Boyan finished with a team-high 14 kills in the game, hitting .545 from the court.

“A big issue in the first two sets was passing (against Western Kentucky),” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We weren’t passing well enough to set up favorable options. That’s the area where we struggled the most. We tried to put some new personnel in the third set, but it back-fired on us.”

Chisum, Volleyball prepares for final home appearances

The Texas State volleyball team will host its final two home games of the season against
Western Kentucky and Georgia State at Strahan Coliseum this week, two teams the Bobcats split in wins and losses earlier in the year.

The Hilltoppers defeated Texas State 3–0 in their previous encounter, which was the first and last time the Bobcats have lost to an opponent in straight sets so far. Senior outside hitter Paige Wessel led Western Kentucky in the match, finishing with a team-high 10 kills and a .625 hitting percentage from the court. Wessel ranks first in the Sun Belt Conference in hitting percentage, averaging .441 percent on the year.

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