Volleyball season review: Balanced team effort, young talent propel team to second place finish

The San Antonio Spurs win by committee with a selfless approach that has resulted in a present-day dynasty. The Texas State volleyball team shares the same mindset. 

Texas State entered the season with only four seniors on the active roster. The Bobcats had to find a way to replace three senior starters from last year’s championship team. Couple that with the fact that Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, was out for most of the season and many players were wondering if the Bobcats could even qualify for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Volleyball loses in Sun Belt Conference Championship

Winning by committee has been the mantra for the Texas State volleyball team this year, but that wasn’t enough against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans in the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

Texas State was defeated by Arkansas-Little Rock in three sets. With the victory, the Trojans captured the Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats finish the season 22-13 overall and 14-5 in conference play.

Kohl, Mahoney named to All Sun Belt Tournament team

The Texas State volleyball team's season was cut short in the Sun Belt Conference Championship against Arkansas-Little Rock. 

Jordan Kohl, freshman right side hitter, and Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, were named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Tournament team. Kohl, the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, finished with 36 kills and a .223 hitting percentage. 

Mahoney tallied 99 assists in three games, including a season-high 53 assists in the Bobcats' four set win against Arkansas State.

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Volleyball advances to Sun Belt Conference Championship

With the four set win against the Arkansas State Red Wolves, the Texas State volleyball team advances to the Sun Belt Conference Championship for the second straight year. 

The Bobcats will face the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, who were undefeated in conference play this season. The championship matchup will pit the two top seeds in the tournament.

Volleyball Sun Belt Conference Tournament preview


1. Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans

Arkansas-Little Rock is looking to avenge its early exit last year. The Trojans finished the season on a 21-game win streak and a perfect 20-0 in conference. Senior outside hitter Edina Begic was named the Sun Belt Player of the Week on eight different occasions. Begic is almost a shoe-in to win Player of the Year with the second most kills in the conference. The team is loaded with Bosnian talent and remains the favorite to come away with the Sun Belt conference title.

2. Texas State Bobcats 

Volleyball clinches second seed with road win

With the Sun Belt Conference tournament looming, it would’ve been easy for the Texas State volleyball team to look past the Georgia Southern Eagles. 

Instead, the Bobcats defeated the Eagles in three sets. Texas State secured the second seed in the tournament, which allows the Bobcats to avoid the first-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans until the championship game. The Bobcats finished the regular season with 20-12 overall record and a 15-5 conference record. 

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.


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