Bobcat season comes to close

Photo by Gerald Castillo

What has been a long successful season for Texas State came to a close on Friday night. The Bobcats fell to Texas Tech in the second round of the NIVC (25-18, 25-10, 26-24).

The Red Raiders took control early by capitalizing on some mistakes the Bobcats were unable to recover from and ran away with the match. Texas Tech will move on to the quarterfinals of the tournament, while Texas State ends the season 25-10 overall, 14-2 in Sun Belt play.

“Well you know, tonight we just didn’t quite have enough.” Head coach Karen Chisum said. “I can’t take anything away from Texas Tech. I’m disappointed for my seniors naturally but unless you’re national champs, your season is going to end in a loss. That’s all there is to it.”

Despite being down 2-0, Texas State showed some resolve throughout the third set. The third set was a back and forth battle that went to extra points. The Bobcats tied up the set late and fended off a match point before the Red Raiders shut the door.

Both seniors Jaliyah Bolden and Erin Hoppe saw their collegiate careers come to a close inside Strahan Coliseum but have left their mark on Chisum’s program. Bolden converted a .400 attack percentage to 12 kills, adding to her career total of 730 kills in three seasons as a Bobcat. Hoppe produced 25 assists and ended her career with 3,010 assists. That puts Hoppe at fifth all-time in school history in assists.

“All summer long (Bolden and Hoppe) were here,” Chisum said. “We can’t work with the kids during the summer. But Erin and Jaliyah have been here all summer long. Being that leader, getting them up at 6 o’clock in the morning, that’s all they did during the summer. Again, I can’t say enough for those two. We will miss them tremendously. They are die hard Bobcats.”

Sophomore libero Micah Dinwiddie also had herself a strong 2017 campaign. Dinwiddie completed the season with a school record 599 digs. That mark broke the previous record by 51 points. Hearts were heavy, but Chisum said the program has a lot to look forward to with the talent that is returning.

“This team is special and I’ve told you guys this since August when we had fall camp, we were not very good.” Chisum said. “My staff and I said said, my god if we win 10 matches this year we’ll be happy. We’ve won 25. It’s been one of our best seasons in a long time with two seniors and two juniors. But I think it’s just been the character. These young ladies got character. They fought, they love each other, they’ve supported each other. They trusted each other, they’ve respected each other and they love being Bobcats.”

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