Bobcats claim eighth straight Sun Belt sweep

Texas State Volleyball

Texas State’s winning streak is at nine games following its 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-8) sweep over Georgia State on Saturday. 

The Bobcats have recorded eight straight sweeps over Sun Belt opponents, which is the longest such streak since they set a program record of nine-straight conference sweeps in 2000. 

Head coach Karen Chisum said she liked how her team played against the Panthers.  

“I liked how we responded tonight after how poorly we played (Friday),” Chisum said. “We were very pleased. The team got on a roll. They were very focused, and we just took care of business tonight. We never gave Georgia State a chance to be in the match.”

Texas State (17-7, 8-1 Sun Belt) made quick work of the Panthers (8-15, 2-8) in the opening set. The Bobcats took an early 8-3 lead and pushed it out to 18-6. Texas State claimed the frame, 25-10. 

The Bobcats jumped out to a 12-5 advantage in the second set. Texas State pulled away to 23-13, but the Panthers added four points before the Bobcats won the set, 25-17.

Texas State ran away with the third set. The Bobcats claimed the final frame, 25-8, to secure the sweep. The third set was the first time Texas State kept an opponent to single digits in a set this season. Oct. 23, 2015 was the last time Georgia State was held to single digits in a frame. 

Middle blockers Jaliyah Bolden and Madison Daigle led the Bobcats. Bolden recorded 10 kills, while only having one error to finish with a career-high .562 hitting percentage. Daigle amassed 11 kills, three digs, two assists, one block and a career-high four service aces. 

Senior setter Erin Hoppe had 34 assists, five digs, three kills and had no errors against Georgia State. Sophomore libero Micah Dinwiddie finished Saturday’s match with 17 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Amy Pflughaupt had 10 digs. Freshman middle blocker Tyeranne Scott recorded eight kills, which tied her career high.  

“(Daigle) brings (high energy) every match,” Chisum said. “I am extremely proud of her. She has improved so much since last year. She’s playing at an all-conference level right now. But we have five hitters at any given time we can go to. Jaliyah Bolden had a great match tonight. Erin (Hoppe) and Jaliyah are our two seniors, and you can see they’ve got something going. Erin knows to set Jaliyah when things are going right with her. (Jaliyah) needed that confidence boost tonight because she struggled a little bit last night (against Georgia Southern). It was nice to see her back in the match contributing.”

Texas State travels to Louisiana to take on Louisiana-Monroe on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and then plays Louisiana on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 

“After how we played (Friday), I was getting worried that we might have peaked too early and we were going on a down slide,” Chisum said.” I don’t have to worry about that anymore. The production we had (Saturday) was tremendous. Our confidence is back up high again. We’re going to have two really good days of practice, and then we will travel to Louisiana on Wednesday. We’ll play ULM on Thursday. That will be our main focus for the next few days. We won’t look ahead to Saturday, but I’m ready to meet the Ragin’ Cajuns.”

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