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September 8th, 2010
Chisum claims 700th victory


Karen Chisum and her Texas State volleyball team celebrate the coach’s 700th career win Tuesday night against Prairie View A&M at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State sports information photo.


Texas State volleyball coach Karen Chisum scored her 100th career victories Tuesday night, when the Bobcats defeated Prairie View A&M in three games.

“There have been a lot of people involved in those 700 wins,” Chisum said. “That’s what means the world to me. I love Texas State, and I love these kids. They’ve been the ones who’ve done it.”

In her 31 years of collegiate coaching, all at Texas State, Chisum is 700-451-1. She becomes the seventh active Division I volleyball coach with 700 wins.

Chisum’s 700th win comes four days less than 30 years after her first, which came on Sept. 11, 1980 against Texas-El Paso.

Chants of “700,” blew through Strahan Coliseum as the Bobcats took down Prairie View by scores of 25-12, 25-15 and 25-6 in their home opener. The win improved Texas State to 3-4 while reaching Chisum’s milestone and righting the ship after the Bobcats lost all three of their matches in a tournament at Southern Methodist during the weekend.

“I’m glad it’s done, and I’m glad it’s over,” Chisum said. “Now we can move on and think about winning the conference.”

Texas State announced the attendance as 833.

The Bobcats will continue their season during the weekend when they throw their annual CenturyLink Premier at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats will open at noon Friday against Tennessee-Martin. Alabama and North Texas also are in the tournament.

The Bobcats have seven more matches before they open the Southland Conference schedule on Sept. 24 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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