Texas State splits road matches in Louisiana

Texas State Volleyball

Texas State notched its ninth consecutive Sun Belt sweep on Thursday. The Bobcats defeated Louisiana Monroe, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-13), inside the Warhawks’ Fant-Ewing Coliseum. 

The ninth-straight conference sweep ties an all-time school record for most consecutive sweeps over conference opponents, which was originally set in 2000. The Bobcats (18-7, 9-1 Sun Belt) are also on a 10-match winning streak. 

ULM jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the opening set, but Texas State fought back and used a 13-4 run to grab a 14-10 advantage. The Bobcats pushed their lead out to 19-14. The Warhawks narrowed the score but Texas State held on for a 25-22 first-set win. 

The Bobcats started the second set strong and held a 12-7 lead. But ULM eventually evened the frame at 19-19. After a timeout, Texas State finished the set on a 6-1 run to claim the second period, 25-20. 

The Bobcats quickly ended the match in the third set with a 25-13 win. 

Sophomore outside hitter Amy Pflughaupt led Texas State with 12 kills and added nine digs. Senior setter Erin Hoppe recorded her second double-double of the season with 22 assists and 11 digs. Freshman setter Brooke Johnson added 14 assists. 

ULM senior outside hitter Kalena Caruthers tallied a Warhawk-high eight kills. Junior setter Tara Jenkins led ULM with 20 assists and redshirt senior libero Kacey LeBlanc tallied 10 digs. 

Texas State led ULM in kills, 47-30, hitting percentage, .308-.103, assists, 41-27, aces, 4-1, digs, 49-36, and blocks, 7-5. 

Bobcats fall to Louisiana, 10-game winning streak snapped

Texas State battled for five sets on the road Saturday evening but came up short against Louisiana-Lafayette to end a 10-game winning streak (25-27, 25-23, 25-12, 21-25, 15-8). 

The Bobcats managed to steal the first set after the Ragin’ Cajuns were unable to take advantage of a set-point. Neither team had a strong lead until senior middle blocker Jaliyah Bolden’s kill led to a 4-2 Bobcat run.

Louisiana led the entire second set to tie the match and regain momentum at home. The Bobcats were down early 6-1 before going on a run to tie the set 10-10. Both sides battled back-and-forth until Louisiana went on 4-2 run to take the set. 

After dropping the third set, Texas State battled through a fourth frame to force a game-deciding fifth set. Louisiana jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the final set that the Bobcats were unable to recover from. The Ragin’ Cajuns ran away with the set and handed Texas State its first loss since Sept. 22.

Senior middle blocker Jaliyah Bolden and sophomore outside hitters Megan Porter and Amy Pflughaupt each recorded a team-high 14 kills. Porter also had 21 digs to record her ninth double-double of the season. 

Freshman middle blocker Tyeranee Scott tallied a career-high 12 kills while senior setter Erin Hoppe provided 51 assists for Bobcat attackers. The defense also got contributions from sophomores Micah Dinwiddie and Mattie Adams who combined for 43 digs.

Louisiana led in hitting percentage (.250-.191), aces (2-1) and blocks (9-7) while the Bobcats had match-highs in kills (66) and digs (92).

Texas State is scheduled to return home for four of its final five games. The Bobcats will host Arkansas State  on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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