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October 29th, 2008
Bobcats sweep UTA on ‘Dig for Cure’ night

STAFF REPORT

Running their Southland Conference winning streak to eight straight matches, the Texas State volleyball team notched a three-game sweep over Texas-Arlington Tuesday night at Strahan Coliseum.

The Bobcats designated the meeting as their annual Dig for the Cure match in celebration of breast cancer awareness, wearing pink hair ties and pink shoelaces.  More than 1,000 fans came out as the Bobcats held a silent auction, conducted a best pink outfit contest and honored breast cancer survivors.

Texas State ran out to a 25-14 win in the first game and never looked back, taking the next two games by scores of 25-10 and 25-12. The Bobcats improved to 16-12 overall and 9-1 in the SLC, good for first place in the East Division.

Thursday night, the Bobcats will face West Division leader Stephen F. Austin at Strahan Coliseum (7 p.m.).

Jessica Weynand led the Bobcats Tuesday night with 14 kills and nine digs. Emily Jones Wilkes and Lawrencia Brown each chipped in eight kills as five different Bobcats ended with hitting averages of .400 or better.

The Bobcats also won two league matches on the road last weekend, beating Nicholls State in five matches on Oct. 24 and Southeastern Louisiana in three matches the next day.

Sophomore middle blocker Melinda Cave won Southland Conference offensive player of the week honors for her performance in the two matches, which included 19 kills and only one error against Nicholls State.

The Nicholls State match possessed all the earmarks of a blowout when Texas State won the first two games by scores of 25-12 and 25-14. However, the dreaded intermission came and got the Bobcats as Nicholls State pulled through the next two evenly contested games by scores of 25-23 and 26-24. Finally, the Bobcats ended it with a 15-12 win in the fifth game.

Brown and Weynand each posted double-doubles, with Brown notching 11 kills and 12 digs, while Weynand totaled 10 kills and 12 digs. Amy Weigle hit a career high .833 with 10 kills in 12 attempts.

The next day, the Bobcats whisked past Southeastern Louisiana, 25-14, 25-15 and 25-23. The Bobcats hit .338, the ninth time this year they have hit .300 or better. Jones Wilkes led the Bobcats with eight kills.

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