Volleyball enters last road trip before tournament


The final road trip of the Texas State volleyball team’s season begins with a bid to the Sun Belt tournament already punched.

Texas State is aiming to secure the second seed in the bracket.

“For what we have been through this season, I’m so proud of our team,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “From all the injuries to the senior graduating last year, to place second—that is an accomplishment.”

The Bobcats take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers, who they defeated at home earlier in the season. Appalachian State has also clinched a bid in the Sun Belt Conference.

“I think the fact that we played at home the last two weeks really helped us,” said Jordan Kohl, freshman right side. “It’s prepared us for this last week and getting us ready for the tournament.” 

By the numbers: Coach Karen Chisum

Coach Karen Chisum earned her 800th career victory with the Texas State volleyball teams' three set victory over the Troy Trojans.

Here's a by the numbers breakdown of Chisum's tenure with Texas State:

800: wins

34: years coaching the Texas State program, the longest tenured coach  

61.1: Career winning percentage

6th: winningest active Division I volleyball coach

14th: winningest all-time Division I volleyball coach

7: Regular season team championships

8: Tournament team championships

23.5: wins per season, as of today

Volleyball beats Troy, Chisum earns 800th career win

Coach Karen Chisum captured her 800th career win in the Texas State volleyball teams' three set victory against Troy.

Chisum is the sixth winningest coach in Division I volleyball history. 

The match was never in question, as the Bobcats tallied 42 kills, six service errors and a .364 hitting percentage. Texas State completed the season sweep of the Trojans after defeating them in five sets in their previous matchup.

The win improved the Bobcats’ overall record to 19-11 and 14-4 in conference play.

Volleyball rekindles home court dominance

Georgia State came into Friday’s match in desperation mode, fighting for a spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

The Texas State volleyball team matched that intensity in its four set victory.

The Bobcats had every chance to let the match slip away in the first two sets, but instead they showed why they are 8-1 at home this season in conference play.  Georgia State dominated the second set after losing the first set by two points.

Mid-way through the set second set, a frustrated Coach Karen Chisum called a timeout to settle the team down.

Volleyball to play Georgia State at home


The season is winding down, a Sun Belt Conference tournament bid has been clinched and the Texas State volleyball teams’ practices are shifting to training exercises as the intensity level is moved up a notch.

“We have been training a lot more now,” said Sierra Smith, junior libero. “The practices have been tougher and longer with only one-game weeks. Conditioning has been the focus. It’s actually nice to get back to the basics of getting our bodies ready for the next game.”

The team plays the second game of a three-game home stand against the Georgia State Panthers. The Panthers defeated Texas State 3-1 in Atlanta despite both teams being on opposite sides of the conference spectrum.

Volleyball loses at home to top-seeded conference team

The Texas State volleyball team hangs its hat on home court advantage, but the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans didn’t get that memo.

Arkansas-Little Rock, with the best record in the Sun Belt Conference, completed the sweep of the Bobcats with a three-set win.

Texas State struggled early and often at the net against the Trojans, committing 25 errors and registering only a .043 hitting percentage. The Bobcats tallied 30 kills and four service aces. They committed five service errors.

“Arkansas-Little Rock is a good team,” Coach Karen Chisum said.  “They have some big hitters.  We can’t be timid, and we have to play better defense. We didn’t have good connection tonight with Caylin Mahoney and some of our hitters, and we have to work on that in order to get better.”

Volleyball loses in three sets to Arkansas-Little Rock

The Texas State volleyball team was defeated by the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans in three sets, dropping the team’s record to 17-11 and 12-4 in Sun Belt Conference play.

With the win, Arkansas-Little Rock captured the regular season Sun Belt Conference title.

Texas State scored 52 points, registering 30 kills and four service aces in the match.

The Bobcats had six players with at least four kills, but no players with more than six kills. Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, finished with 20 assists, eight digs and four kills.

Texas State will play Georgia State in their next conference game, Nov. 14.

Bobcats to face number one team before conference tournament


The Texas State volleyball team punched its ticket to the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a win against South Alabama.

The Bobcats will face Arkansas-Little Rock, which has won 16 consecutive games entering the matchup, before they can defend last year’s conference championship.

“We want Little Rock, Arkansas to know we mean business when they come to our house.” Coach Karen Chisum said. “We want them to leave not wanting to come back. We would love to get a win and get in their head and be a little afraid of us.”

Arkansas-Little Rock’s top two hitters have combined for 647 kills this season.

Bobcats clinch berth in Sun Belt Conference tournament

Getting Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, back from injury was the cherry on top if clinching a berth in the Sun Belt Conference tournament wasn’t sweet enough for the Texas State volleyball team.

Mahoney was a key contributor to Texas State’s four-set victory against South Alabama, nearly registering a quadruple-double with 41 assists, 10 digs, nine kills and six block assists.

The Bobcats registered 59 kills and a .257 hitting percentage, the highest mark since Sept. 25. The defense was a key factor in the victory, with Texas State recording a season-high 14 blocks.

Bobcats notch 12th conference victory

The Texas State volleyball team defeated the South Alabama Jaguars in four sets, improving the team’s record to 17-10 overall and 12-3 in Sun Belt Conference play.

Texas State scored 97 points, registering 59 kills and five service aces in the match.

Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, had 41 assists, 10 digs and nine kills in her second game returning from injury.  Jordan Kohl, freshman right side hitter, tallied 18 points and 16 kills.

Texas State will play Arkansas-Little Rock in their next conference game, Nov. 8.


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