Texas State’s volleyball team carried a five-match winning streak into Thursday night’s showdown in Austin against sixth-ranked Texas.
Four of those wins came at the Creeds & Classics tournament in San Marcos last weekend.
The Bobcats (5-3), after starting the season 0-3, opened the tournament with four-set wins over UTSA on Thursday and James Madison on Friday. They swept winless Incarnate Word on Saturday before taking down Abilene Christian in a four-set championship match.
“I’m so excited for this group — 4-0 here at the University Event Center, Strahan Arena,” Bobcats coach Karen Chisum said. “Undefeated at home. Our crowds were quite well. Very good this weekend.”
Emily Dewalt, Texas State’s freshman setter, won MVP honors at the tournament after recording 166 assists, 57 digs, 11 kills, 10 blocks and eight aces in the four victories. She had 47 assists and 24 digs against UTSA, the most digs by a Bobcat since Shelbi Irvin in 2007.
“The kid is good,” Chisum said. “You are going to see a lot coming from her in the next four years.”
DeWalt was named both the Sun Belt’s setter and freshman of the week. Senior middle blocker Madison Daigle was named defensive player of the week.
“Madison Daigle had a good weekend, too,” Chisum said. “She has to be a force for us, and she was.”
Daigle recorded 24 blocks, 44 kills and 13 digs in the four tournament wins. She tied a career-high with 16 kills against UTSA and set a career high with six digs against James Madison.
The Bobcats followed up their tournament triumphs with a close win Tuesday at Rice; they took the first two sets 25-22 and 25-23 before the Owls came back to win the next two 25-20 and 25-16. Tied 9-9 in the final set, Texas State scored six straight points for the 15-9 set to win the match.
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Jordan Kondikoff scored the first two goals, at the 32:40 mark and again at 41:57. Haley Groff scored the final goal at 75:06. It was the largest margin of victory for the Bobcats this season.
Texas State will travel to Austin on Friday to take on No. 18 Texas (4-0-1).
For results of Thursday night’s Texas-Texas State volleyball match, go to hookem.com.