It all came down to the final seven points of the season for the Texas State volleyball team, which lost the Southland Conference championship in five sets to Lamar, all but ending the Bobcats’ hopes to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Entering the Southland Conference tournament, Texas State coach Karen Chisum said she thought it was unlikely an SLC team would enter the NCAA field at large. So, the Bobcats knew was on the line when they were tied, 10-10, in the fifth game of Sunday’s Southland tournament title match against Lamar, played at Stephen F. Austin.
The tournament bid would be decided by whoever could get to 15 first. It ended up being Lamar, in a 15-12 victory, ending a five-game struggle in Lamar’s favor (25-22, 20-20, 25-14, 27-29, 15-12).
Texas State’s season likely ended with a 23-14 overall record. The Bobcats won the Southland Conference regular season championship at 14-2.
Texas State punched its ticket to the conference tournament title match with a four-game win against Northwestern State (22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21), then beat Sam Houston State in a four-game semifinal match (27-29, 25-20, 25-12, 25-15).
Lamar, which jumped to a 7-3 lead in the first game, held on for a 25-22 win. The Bobcats caught up, evening the match after two and four games, but could never pull ahead.
Texas State’s A.J. Watlington and Amy Weigle both were named to the all-tournament team after posting the two best hitting percentages of the weekend.Email | Print