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Texas State Volleyball Looks to Have Four Consecutive Titles in the Sun Belt Tournament

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By Carter Bordwell
Sports Reporter

The Texas State volleyball team (18-11, 14-2) looks to add a fourth consecutive Sun Belt Conference tournament title on Friday, Nov. 19.

The Bobcats are looking to become the first program in 32 years to win four consecutive Sun Belt tournament titles. Texas State comes into the tournament as the winner of the west after a 14-2 record in conference play.

The Bobcats will play the winner of the fourth-seeded Troy Trojans versus the fifth-seeded Little Rock Trojans.

Bobcats head coach Sean Huiet talked about playing the same conference teams again in the tournament.

“We know that everyone is going to be out to get us,” Coach Huiet said. “We know everyone is going to know what we do.”

Texas State is led in assists by Senior setter Emily Dewalt with 745. DeWalt was selected Sun Belt Player of the Year for the first time and Setter of the Year, for the fourth straight time in her career.

Coach Huiet talked about her importance to the team throughout her time at Texas State.

“We say it all the time that Emily DeWalt is special,” Huiet said. “I joke with people all the time that I’m going to retire when she’s done playing. There’s something about Emily DeWalt that makes her be the player that she is that you just can’t teach.”

Senior Janell Fitzgerald leads the team in kills with 290 and was also recognized by the Sun Belt receiving Offensive Player of the Year.

Coach Huiet made it known that even though these are individual awards, the team still plays a huge part.

“We always say it’s nice when individuals get recognized, but we know it’s a team sport and their teammates helped them get them.” Coach Huiet said.

Texas State has not lost a Sun Belt Conference tournament game since dropping a four-game set to Coastal Carolina in 2017.

The Bobcats tournament-opening match will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT, Friday on ESPN+.

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