Junior outside hitter Mo Middleton led the way for the Texas State volleyball team, which clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southland Conference Tournament during the weekend at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA).
The Bobcats captured the championship match in four games Sunday afternoon against Stephen F. Austin (SFA), by scores of 25-20, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-17.
Texas State won the league tournament for the sixth time as it improved its record this season to 22-12.
Middleton won the tournament Most Valuable Player award with 36 kills in the tournament, including a career high of 18 in the championship match.
“I’m just so excited for our players,” Texas State head coach Karen Chisum said. “I was worried we had over extended ourselves against Lamar in the semifinals. Fortunately, we still had enough left in the tank to get the job done.”
Senior outside hitter Jessica Weynand and junior right side hitter Melinda Cave also were named to the all-tournament team for Texas State. Weynand recorded 12 kills and 15 digs in the match for her ninth double-double of the season. Cave tallied 28 kills and 23 digs throughout the tournament to help the Bobcats win the title.
The Bobcats will learn their NCAA Tournament opponent on the NCAA Championship Selection Show to be aired on Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. on ESPN News.