Volleyball looking to bounce back against Texas State
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:09
Sam Houston State volleyball is coming off of a runner-up finish in the Appalachian State Invitational where they defeated Loyola-Maryland this past weekend.
Head Coach Brenda Gray said she is very proud of the massive improvement from day one to day two of the tournament, but she expects her squad to remain competitive on the floor tonight against Texas State University.
“We didn’t play well at first [during the tournament,] but with five new players on the floor, you have to get used to who you’re playing next to,” Gray said.
Wells-Gibson led the Bearkats with 18 kills on 51 attempts Saturday against the Greyhounds. As a team, the Bearkats posted 52 kills on 146 attempts and totaled 70 points to Loyola’s 47 to win the match.
Texas State University is coming off of their first place finish in the Delta Zeta Classic in San Marcos.
There the Bobcats posted a 4-0 record to claim the tournament championship and landed three players on the All-Tournament team.
The Bobcats own a 53-48-1 all-time record advantage over the Bearkats, winning the last three most recent matches. In their last meeting the two teams battled through five sets, but the Bobcats rallied to win the match 3-2. Their last meeting was strong defensively, as both teams combined for 29 blocks.
“Texas State will be consistent,” Gray said. “Last year, I think they took their bumps, and they’ll return a lot of players this season.”
Both teams will enter the match with a strong offensive presence.
Senior setter, Tayler Gray and Wells-Gibson lead the Bearkat offense while junior setter, Caylin Mahoney and senior right-side hitter, Amari Deardorff head the Bobcat offense. Mahoney recorded 30 assists and 10 digs in their first match with the University of Houston. Deardorff, the Delta Zeta Classic tournament MVP, hit for 14 kills in both matches without an error for a .500 hitting percentage for the day.
“The girls show a lot of fight. I think tonight’s game will be good, competitive, Sam Houston volleyball.” Gray said.
The Bearkats will face the Bobcats in tonight’s home opener in Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum at 7 p.m.