Heading into the Delta Zeta Classic, Texas State was in search of some answers. It looks like they may have found them. Texas State played very tough opponents to start the season, and ended up losing to TCU, Arizona, and SMU. Although these were not bad losses by any means, they don’t necessarily leave a good taste in your mouth. When the team arrived back to San Marcos, they were put through some challenging practices in order to prepare for the Delta Zeta Classic, Texas State’s own tournament, which opened up Thursday night.
Texas State didn’t face any easy opponent to start the tournament either, as they opened up again I-35 rival, UTSA. In a very crowded Strahan Coliseum, Texas State was able to squeak out the victory in the fifth set. It was a back and forth game, with each team taking every other set. Eventually, the Bobcats were able to come together and lean on Kelsey Weynand. The Junior outside hitter provided 19 kills and 20 digs, and ended up with a team high 22 points. This win finally gave the Bobcats their first of the season, and in thrilling fashion over and old foe.
This win sparked something within the team, as they won their next two games, 3-0. The first game against the Prairie View A&M Panthers was a game where they Bobcats were able to cruise without much stress. In fact, this was a record-breaking game for the team, and for former SunBelt Freshman of the Year, Jordan Kohl. The 6’3 Right Side Hitter set the new individual hitting percentage record with .900. The previous record was held by Amy Weigle who hit .737 in 2006. As a team, the Bobcats also were very efficient, as they set the new record for hitting percentage. Texas State ended up with a .554 hitting percentage, which broke the .553 mark set back in 1988. Later on in the evening, the Bobcats took down the Lamar Cardinals, 3-0. After the game, Coach Karen Chisum talked to us about the team improving from the previous weekend.
“Last weekend was a disaster. We have come a long way, and I do think we get better every match,” Coach Chisum stated.
When asked about the team’s chemistry, Coach Chisum responded, “That’s so important to me, they’ve gotta enjoy what they’re doing. I like them to play with energy.”
Coach Chisum was very pleased with Texas State and their play over the last three games, as they had improved their record to 3-3 heading into Sunday’s matchup with Indiana.
The Bobcats took an early 2-0 lead in the game against Indiana, but couldn’t quite close the door on the Hoosiers, who rallied to win three straight sets and take the game 3-2. Shelby Vass Matt led the Bobcats with 13 kills, and Jaliyah Bolden along with Jordan Kohl had good days, but the Hoosiers were too strong in the end and the Bobcats didn’t have an answer.
Although it was a disappointing end to the Delta Zeta Classic, there are plenty of things to take away from the weekend. The team chemistry looks very strong, and the Bobcats look to have some momentum building. There next game comes this Tuesday, 9/8, against National Powerhouse, Oregon. Strahan Coliseum should be rocking for this one, as the game will start around 6:30 PM. Texas State will be looking for win number four, in what has so far been a very exciting season.