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Bobcats sweep Ragin’ Cajuns with dominant defense
Texas State took care of business in Lafayette, La., Friday evening.
The Bobcats swept the Ragin’ Cajuns 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) in a dominant performance. Louisiana did jump out to a competitive start, with the match being at 12-12 midway through the first set. The maroon and gold took over after that though, going on a 13-6 scoring run to end the first set. Texas State took that momentum and carried it throughout the rest of the contest.
“That’s the best we’ve played in a while and that’s just how the season has gone so far,” head coach Sean Huiet said via Texas State Athletics. “We know Louisiana is a really good team and we knew they were going to bring a fast offense at us tonight and we’ve worked on that all week. But I thought that was the most balanced we’ve been, too. We challenged them early with the defensive side of things and I thought they did a really good job.”
While the Bobcats are well-known around the Sun Belt for their explosive offense, Texas State’s defense was the key for the maroon and gold in Huiet’s eyes. Sophomore libero Jacqueline Lee racked up 10 digs as well as an assist throughout the night.
“We worked a lot in practice on preparing for (Louisiana’s) offense, because we knew they were going to have a lot of tough swings throughout the entirety of the match,” Lee said via Texas State Athletics. “We also did a lot of 1-on-1 drills in practice, too, that really helped us get ready and be prepared, defensively. We went into tonight’s match really prepared — mentally and physically — to be digging (attacks) and put pressure on (Louisiana).”
The Bobcats return to action on Oct. 8 to face off with Louisiana for the second game of their conference series. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside Earl K. Long Gym.