By Reilly Low
After sweeping Troy in three sets in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, Texas State Volleyball is going on to the championship match for the second year in a row. Strahan Arena was filled with cheering Bobcat fans who were able to witness the defensive dominance the Maroon and Gold showcased during the match.
In the first set with several blocks by junior middle blocker Tyeranee Scott and errors made by the Trojans, Texas State took an early 7-0 lead. The Bobcats kept this momentum going into the second set. The Maroon and Gold won both the first and second set 25-14.
The third set proved to be a challenge for Texas State. Troy led for the majority of the set with several kills by sophomore middle hitter Halston Hillier. The Bobcats kept trying to prove their dominance, but it was not working out in their favor until senior Rylie Fuentes’s serve hit the net. After that service error, the Bobcats were unstoppable.
Senior Cheyenne Huskey, freshman Caitlan Buettner, and freshman Jillian Slaughter all had kills in the final seven points of the game for the Maroon and Gold while the Trojans’ errors got the better of them. Texas State closed out the match in the third set winning 25-18.
Scott dominated throughout the whole match, picking up a season-high 10 blocks. After the win, she explained what kind of emotions were running through the team going into another championship game.
“We’re just excited,” Scott said. “Yesterday when we were practicing and scouting and stuff I feel like we all just wanted to play. We were ready to play and watching the other teams play just got us anxious.”
The Bobcats will take on Coastal Carolina in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game, Sunday, Nov. 25th at 1 p.m. in Strahan Arena. Catch all the action on KTSW 89.9 as Conner MacKinnon, Mason Moore and Garrett Martin will be on the call with pregame coverage beginning at 12:45 p.m.
Featured image by Reilly Low.