Written by: Aren Wolf
The Texas State Volleyball team has now won five of their last six and eight of their last ten matches.
Texas State pulled out a five-set thriller Friday night against UALR with 42 ties and 24 lead changes. The Bobcats were able to knock off the number two seated team in the Sun Belt Conference.
Freshmen Kelsey Weynand and senior Ashlee Hilbun kept the team afloat throughout the match with 12 kills each, enough for a .333 attack percentage.
Kelsey Weynand rack up 14 digs and three serves aces to earn a double-double in the match for her second of the season.
Ashlee Hilbun contributed six block assists including one solo block against the top two hitters in in the Sun Belt Conference. Hilbun laid down three kills back-to-back at a crucial time in the match during the fourth set, which was a must win set for the Bobcats to stay alive in the match.
Despite Amari Deardorff only completing five kills of 26 total attempts in the first match between these two teams back on October 10th, the senior outside-hitter bounced back to lead the Bobcats with 18 kills and 19 points.
Coming into the game, the Bobcats were 2/7 in five-set-matches while the Trojans where 4/4 in five-setters in conference play. Five-set-matches have been a weak point for the Bobcats all season, but after this match Texas State improves to 3/8 when going five sets.
As the Bobcats find their rhythm, they will finish out the regular season Sunday against Arkansas State, the game starts at noon.
The match this Sunday against the Red Wolves gives Texas State a chance at a 22-win season as the Bobcats have turned themselves into a Sun Belt Conference Tournament favorite. Texas State loss to the seventh seated Red Wolves back on October 11th in five sets.
Head Coach Karen Chisum and the Bobcats travel to Jonesboro, Arkansas, for the last conference game as the team gears up for a run at the Sun Belt Conference Championship next week in Troy, Ala. The Tournament begins November 21st.