The Texas State volleyball team will go to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Troy this week as the third seed after losing their final match of the regular season in five sets at Arkansas State.
The scores were 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11.
The Bobcats finished their regular season 21-12 overall and 11-7 in the Sun Belt. They will open the conference tournament against sixth-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
A win against Arkansas State would have placed the Bobcats as the No. 2 seed, as second-place Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) lost its final regular season match to ULL in four sets. A win for the Bobcats would have put them in a second-place tie with UALR, and the Bobcats held the tiebreaker for winning their head-to-head match.
The standings would lead one to believe that there’s not a lot of difference between the second and third seeds, as the five through seven seeds (ULL, South Alabama and Arkansas State) all finished 9-9 in the league. However, the Bobcats, by finishing third, end up opening the tournament against a ULL team that swept them twice during the regular season.
Amari Deardorff had 21 kills for the Bobcats against Arkansas State, one short of her personal record.
Kelsey Weynand had nine kills, while Ashlee Hilbun had eight errorless kills for a .400 hitting percentage. Shelby Vas Matt and Molly Ahrens added seven kills each.
Caylin Mahoney had 49 assists and 19 digs to lead the Bobcats in both categories. She added five kills and a block. Sierra Smith tallied 17 digs while Weynand and Vas Matt combined for 23 digs.
A version of this story was published in Bobcat Magazine.