By Ashton Ferguson
The Texas State Bobcats are on cloud nine as they now share a regular season conference championship after an amazing weekend. On Friday they competed hard in a tough match against Louisiana Lafayette. After five sets the Bobcats were able to secure the win (19-25, 22-25, 25-29, 25-20, 15-7). Then on Sunday the Bobcats quickly swept Louisiana Monroe after only three sets (25-10, 25-23, 25-14).
Louisiana Lafayette vs. TXST
The Ragin’ Cajuns were ready for revenge after losing to the Bobcats 3-1 at home back in September. They gave Texas State a run for their money, but in the end were no match for the Bobcats. Junior Cheyenne Huskey and freshman Janell Fitzgerald led the team with 14 kills for the game. Freshman Sarabi Worsley-Gilbert followed closely behind with 13 kills and three blocks. The Bobcats had a slow start to the match after they lost the first set by six points. The second set the Bobcats closed the gap a little more, but still fell short in the end losing by three. After the two tough sets, the team started to step up and take control of the match. The Bobcats switched the scores around on the Ragin’ Cajuns and beat them by six the third set. After winning the fourth set Texas State knew it was crunch time and they were ready to take the win. It was a nail-biter in Strahan Arena, but the maroon and gold continue to stay on top. This match gave the Bobcats the momentum they needed to take on the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.
Louisiana Monroe vs. TXST
The Bobcats did not want to make the Warhawks suffer more than they needed to, so they were quick with their win on Sunday. Senior Halee Brewer was able to secure a career high with 11 kills. Senior Megan Porter began the senior match by starting for the first time this season since her knee injury, leaving the crowd and the team very emotional. The first set was quick and easy for the maroon and gold, only giving up ten points the entire set. However, the second set had the crowd sweating as the Warhawks were in the lead almost the entire set. Once the score hit 21-17, the Bobcats knew they needed to kick it into gear and get that win. The third set was almost just as quick as the first one as they only gave up 14 points.
The team has only three more matches in the regular season, all of which they have played and beaten before. Two of the teams they Bobcats will soon be playing again (Little Rock and Arkansas State) were no match for the maroon and gold. The team swept Little Rock and only lost one set against Arkansas State. The last game they play however might be a tough one. The UTA Mavericks took Texas State into all five sets, but were still no match for the ‘Cats. The Mavericks are now looking to beat the Bobcats at home on Nov. 9.
Featured photo by Justin Manor.