This weekend the Texas State Volleyball team took on the University of Idaho and Seattle University as WAC Tournament seeding begins to take shape.
The Bobcats came out on Thursday and captured a four set victory over Seattle U, but could not produce the same kind of offensive firepower against the Idaho Vandals, falling in three straight sets to the third ranked team in the WAC.
Against Seattle U, the Bobcats played their best ball on the offensive attack according to Coach Karen Chisum—at least for three-fourths of the match.
The Texas State volleyball team achieved victory in comeback fashion last Saturday at Strahan Coliseum against a UTSA force that had swept the Bobcats earlier in the season.
It was the second Saturday in a row Texas State rose from a 2-1 hole to claim a five-set triumph.
UTSA won the third 29-27, but lost the fourth sets 27-25 and 15-13, respectively.
The Roadrunners compiled three blocks, continually challenging Texas State at the net in the first set. UTSA’s smallest lead was six points and the Roadrunners hit an efficient .267 in route of a 25-19 first-set victory.
The Bobcat volleyball team will make its way back to San Marcos Saturday after a six day road trip to ready itself for the Interstate 35 showdown with perennial rival UTSA.
It will be the 64th match in the rivalry, a series Bobcats have historically dominated.
Texas State (5-5) won the first 20 matches between the two schools before the Roadrunners got their first win. Recently, the Bobcats have claimed victory in eight of their last 11 meetings but they lost in straight sets to the Roadrunners (6-4) earlier this season.
The Bobcats and Roadrunners are placed fifth and fourth respectively in the WAC and with a win, Texas State would move into a tie with UTSA for fourth. This match is crucial to post-season hopes for Texas State but Chisum said they must approach it like any other game.
The Texas State volleyball team and Coach Karen Chisum got a potentially season-defining victory over New Mexico State Aggies Saturday with a five set comeback, but then lost in straight sets Monday night.
The Aggies were atop the WAC before Saturday’s game began, and Monday’s loss put the Bobcats in a tie for fifth place with San Jose State in the WAC Conference standings. Texas State defeated the Spartans in San Marcos in their first meeting before losing in straight sets Monday.
The Texas State volleyball team carried its momentum into the WAC this past weekend, defeating the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and Texas-Arlington Mavericks and losing just one set in the process.
The Bobcats are now 9-9 overall and have won nine of their last 10 sets, which moved the team up two spots to fifth place in the conference.
The Bobcats came out strong against the Mavericks after their Sept. 29 sweep of the Seattle University Redhawks. Coach Karen Chisum said it was the team’s best game of the season.
Chisum is glad to see her team playing with the tenacity and momentum she has expected all year long.
The Texas State volleyball team, fresh off a sweep of Seattle University, will come back to Strahan Coliseum to play in front of its Bobcat fans Thursday as it battles the Texas-Arlington Mavericks. Saturday the Bobcats will play Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs.
The Bobcats now have a 7-9 record, and have gone 2-3 in the WAC. Dating back to 1973, the Bobcats lead the all-time series 40-25 against the Mavericks. UTA is 12-12 all time on the road against Texas State.
The Texas State volleyball team split a two-match series in its first road trip in the WAC over the weekend against the University of Idaho and Seattle University.
The Bobcats began with a tough five-set loss against Idaho’s Vandals on Thursday, but rebounded effectively with a sweep of Seattle’s Redhawks on Saturday to get Coach Karen Chisum the 750th win of her career. In the win, Texas State improved to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the WAC.
The Bobcats were down 2-0 in sets to Idaho in the beginning. At that point, Chisum and company decided it was time for a change.
The team switched to a 6-2 formation, which meant two setters on the floor, including freshman Ali Gonzales.
“I think it was definitely a turning point for the team,” said Associate Coach Tracy Smith. “We made some lineup changes that appeared to be the spark that was needed. It was just a different team.”
Texas State volleyball will hit the road for the first of four WAC road trips this weekend as it flies to Idaho to play Thursday and then to Seattle Saturday.
The Bobcats are 6-8 on the season, 1-2 in the WAC, and head coach Karen Chisum, sixth winningest currently active coach, is looking to get a 750th victory.
First on the schedule for the Bobcats are the Idaho Vandals. The Vandals are 4-10, 2-2 in the WAC.
Though they are a sub-.500 team, the Vandals are coming off one of their best performances of the year with a 3-0 sweep over Utah State, the same team that overpowered the Bobcats at home two weeks ago.
Utah State was undefeated in WAC play before suffering that loss to the Vandals.
Karen Chisum has held the reigns as coach at Texas State for 32 years and has compiled 749 wins in her career. She is the sixth winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I volleyball.
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The Bobcats lost the first set 25-13, the second set 25-15, and the third set 25-18. UTSA improved to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in the WAC.
The team’s team chemistry was not there, according to Associate Coach Tracy Smith.
“It’s very rare that you’re going to have an entire team be off all at the same time,” Smith said. “Truly, this was one of those matches where everyone was off at the same time and didn’t seem to fight their way back to recover.”
Texas State shot itself in the foot repeatedly, ending with 25 errors on the match and a .045 hitting percentage. UTSA had 10 errors with a .281 hitting percentage.
“We’ve just got to get better,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “There were too many errors and mistakes on our side of the net.”