Bobcats Taking Control of Sun Belt Conference Play

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by Marvin Parker
Sport Reporter

Photo by Kiersten Ehr

The Bobcats were selected to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference. After this weekend it would appear that Texas State believes in the Ricky Bobby motto, “if you aint first, your last.” After a disappointing game against Appalachian State losing 3-0, the Bobcats beat Little Rock in historic fashion and swept Georgia Southern to improve to 10-8 overall and 5-1 in SBC play.

Comparing the victorious result over defending SBC champion, Little Rock, and the prior effort in Boone, NC against Appalachian State, one might be lead to believe Texas State had their eyes on Little Rock instead of the former. Senior Ali Hubicsak mentioned after the game how the team had the home matchup against Little Rock marked down for weeks. Little Rock had a 26 game win streak against conference teams going, they had won the last three games they have played in San Marcos and this is the first time the Bobcats have seen them since losing in the conference championship. Tension was high all night from Strahan Coliseum.

Individual stats were irrelevant in this one. The Bobcats played collectively and rolled with the home crowd momentum. From the jump in the first set Texas State took a commanding lead. Forcing Little Rock coach Van Compton to get into her bench quickly searching for a group of girls that could get it going, the defending conference champs had more questions on their face than answers. First set ended swiftly in Bobcat fashion 25-13. Coach Compton had some magic words for Little Rock right before the second set. The Trojans came out polar opposite than they did in set one. Responding to every point Texas State would tally made it hard, nearly impossible for the home ‘cats to get on any kind of run. Midway through the second the Trojans got a little separation and did not let that go as they took the set 18-25. The third set was much like the first set in every way. Playing from behind was something Texas State did not seem very interested in. 25-10 was the score of the third set in the Bobcat favor, and yes, the set was as dominating as the score makes it out to be. Appropriately the fourth set started much like the second. For the majority of it you felt like we were going to see a fifth and final set. Against all odds, the Bobcats pulled away and finished the Trojans 25-17 to gain their first win against the defending conference champs in the past three match ups in San Marcos.

This momentous win over Little Rock on Thursday seemed to spill over into Saturday as Texas State beat Georgia Southern 25-21, 25-19, 25-17 to take the game 3-0. In a game that Texas State should have won, they took care of business. As the closest set was the first, Georgia Southern just could not do anything to get a tie game or take much of a lead at any point. For the first time in conference competition, Haley Henderson lead the team in kills with eight and Jordan Kohl finished with six.

After improving to 10-8 overall and 5-1 in the SBC, the Bobcats have one more home game from Strahan Coliseum on Tuesday at 6:30 pm verse UT Arlington before hitting the road for the next five games.

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