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Texas State makes quick work of ULM, Huskey claims Offensive Player of the Week
It was exactly what head coach Karen Chisum wanted to see.
Texas State began Sun Belt play Friday with a 3-1 sweep over Louisiana inside Strahan Arena. Chisum liked how the team performed for the most part, but wanted to sharpen the Bobcats’ passing and serving before Sunday’s home match against Louisiana Monroe.
The team made the proper corrections against the Warhawks, leading to a 3-0 sweep.
“What we really wanted from the team was to feel good after this weekend, to build that confidence. We've been good this season. We've played some not-so-good games,” Chisum said. “But I really, as we go in the conference — again you guys, our pre-conference schedule was tough. These kids are ready for whomever we put out in front of them now.”
Chisum said multiple players came in outside of practice on Saturday to get extra reps. The work paid off, as Texas State (10-6, 2-0 conference) swung for a season-best .440 hitting percentage against ULM (9-7, 0-2).
“That's huge,” Chisum said. “When these kids want to come in and get better and better and correct some of the things that maybe they're not doing quite so well, it's telling me these kids want to win.”
Senior outside hitter Cheyenne Huskey led the way with 14 kills. Sophomore setter Emily DeWalt registered her second consecutive double-double, pacing the team with 41 assists and 10 digs.
Huskey’s efforts were recognized by the league on Monday, as the senior earned Offensive Player of the Week honors. Huskey averaged four kills per set in three matches and posted a season-high 21 kills against the Ragin’ Cajuns.
The outside hitter said she’s starting to see the team find its chemistry.
“I think now that being, you know, we're 2-0 in conference and we got to play at home, I think everybody's starting to relax while they play and especially express themselves on the court,” Huskey said. “So yeah, we're trying to get our connection back from last year. And hopefully it changes by conference.”
Texas State will travel this weekend to take on Arkansas State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Little Rock on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Little Rock, Arkansas. Chisum said she hopes the Bobcats’ momentum carries over.
“Again, this is 19 kids that work hard every day,” Chisum said. “They're a family, they're good teammates, they're good people. I'm extremely proud and excited to be 2-0.”