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September 14th, 2010
Bobcats win as Calhoun returns

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Texas State’s Melinda Cave goes up and gives the ball a slam at the CenturyLink Premier against Alabama. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State volleyball team is 6-5 after winning four of its last five matches, including a 3-0 win Monday night against Texas-Pan American at Strahan Coliseum.

The team’s fortunes have largely matched the its return home and the rise of junior middle blocker Amber Calhoun, who came back to the starting lineup and led the team with 42.5 points scored between the CenturyLink Premier and a game earlier in the week against Prairie View A&M.

Calhoun registered hitting percentages of .500 in a three-game win against Prairie View, .545 in a four-game win against Tennessee-Martin and .645 in a four-game win against North Texas. Though Calhoun hit only .200 in the CenturyLink championship match against Alabama, she still led the Bobcats with 8.5 points. Calhoun finished the tournament at Strahan Coliseum with 26 kills and a .468 hitting percentage.

For her feats, Calhoun was named the Southland Conference offensive player of the week for the first time. Calhoun was named the league’s defensive player of the week once last season.

The Bobcats lost the CenturyLink championship match to Alabama in three games Saturday by scores of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-23.

To reach the CenturyLink championship, the Bobcats started out with a slow outing against Tennessee-Martin, losing the first game before winning the next three. The scores were 20-25, 25-14, 25-11, 25-20. Mo Middleton led the Bobcats with 13 points.

Next, the Bobcats took down North Texas by scores of 27-25, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-20. Melinda Cave notched 12 kills, five blocks, six digs and a .526 hitting percentage.

The Bobcats had an easier time Monday in their quick disposal of Texas-Pan American. The Bobcats won 25-16, 25-16 and 25-14. Preslie Alexander led the Bobcats with 12 kills and 15.5 points, while AJ Watlington added nine kills and 10 points.

Texas State returns to the volleyball court in Tucson, AZ, this weekend for the Arizona Invitational. The Bobcats will play Arizona and New Mexico Friday, then Pepperdine on Saturday.

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