The Texas State volleyball teams were the runner-ups in the Southland Conference Tournament match this weekend. The Bobcats battled a hard five sets before falling 3-2 to the Lamar Cardinals. AJ Watlington and Amy Weigle were both named to the SLC Championship All-Tournament team.The intense match got started between the two teams with no room for error in such a high intensity match. Shelbi Irvin set a kill to the Cardinal side to tie the match at 3-3. The Cardinals then pushed for a four-point stretch before Amy Weigle knocked down her second kill of the set to the Cardinal front.
Texas State battled back as they saw themselves within two after a Lawrencia Brown and Emily Jones Wilkes kill. The Bobcats brought the score to 14-16, forcing Lamar to burn a timeout.
Jessica Weynand recorded a kill to the Lamar right side to tie the set at 19-All. Kaci Brewer of Lamar gave the Cardinals 20, before Melinda Cave recorded a kill herself to tie the set at 20-All. Texas State then had two errors to give Lamar a 22-20 advantage.
Coming out of a Texas State timeout the Bobcats tied it up again after a Cave kill and a Lamar attack error, which made the Cardinals use another timeout.
Lamar took the first set 25-22, after they recorded two kills and a block to take the first one.
The Bobcats trailed at the beginning of the third set up until Cave powered a kill down to the Lamar right side line to tie it at 10-All. Cave and Weigle followed with a combo block that gave them the lead for the rest of the set. Brown also joined in with a kill of her own to bring the score to 12-10 and force Lamar to regroup.
Texas State had a growing lead before the Cardinals came to within two at 19-17 and the Bobcats decided to take a timeout to refocus. A block my Brown and Jones Wilkes gave Texas State the set 25-20, and brought it to one set a piece.
Lamar took a 3-0 lead to start the third before a Cardinal service error changed the board. At 10-5 and the Bobcats down by five Texas State called a timeout. Cave knocked a kill down to the Cardinal right side, but Lamar responded with a kill of its own.
Down by seven with the board reading 20-13, the Bobcats needed to call a break. The Cardinals were able to score the next five points to take the set 25-14, and jump ahead to a two set to one lead.
With the fourth set underway the Bobcats the two teams were once again going toe-to-toe. The Bobcats tied it at 5-All and then took the lead at 6-5, forcing Lamar to call a timeout.
Texas State held on to the slight lead over the Cardinals until a Shalayne Blythe kill tied it up at 13. From that point on the teams traded points back and forth. With the Bobcats up 18-16, Lamar called a timeout. The Cardinals tied it up at 18, then forcing the Bobcats to call a timeout.
In a crazy next 10 points, the Bobcats were able to rally themselves to a win in the fourth with a 29-27 score, after a block assist by Weigle and Cave gave Texas State the winning point.
The championship match fifth set went down to the wire. Lamar got on the board first with a kill. From there the team traded points back and forth once again. The two teams switched sides with Lamar ahead, 8-6.
Texas State came back to bring the score to a 10-All tie. Lamar capitalized on two Bobcat errors and won the set 15-12, taking the match, 3-2.
by Denise Thompson
Assistant Sports Information Director