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Texas State’s volleyball team has won three straight matches, including a four-set home victory over defending Sun Belt champion Arkansas-Little Rock, to reach the top of the league standings.

After a mediocre start to the season, the Bobcats are right where coach Karen Chisum hoped they would be as the heart of the Sun Belt schedule arrives.

Last week’s win over Arkansas-Little Rock snapped a 26-match conference winning streak, which was the nation’s longest.

“The streak is over. There’s no streaking in Strahan Coliseum,” Chisum said. “Our girls pushed and pushed and just wanted it more. The kids were confident and were able to keep their energy high. The rivalry between us and Little Rock is a young one, but it’s very heated, so we are excited to get the victory.”

Texas State (11-8, 6-1 in the Sun Belt) kept the momentum going from its big win with a sweep of Georgia Southern last Saturday and a five-set win over Texas-Arlington on Tuesday.

In the win over UTA, Jordan Kohl had a career-high 24 kills on 51 attempts (a .314 hitting percentage). Kelsey Weynand added 22 kills and 11 digs.

The Bobcats play at Baylor on Friday, then play four straight Sun Belt matches against Texas-Arlington, Arkansas State, Troy and South Alabama.

Other Texas State notes:

Newby goes low: Justin Newby posted final rounds of 66 and 67 at the Sun Belt Preview in Florida, finishing fourth individually; the Bobcats finished 10th. Texas State now heads to Houston for the Bayou City Classic on Sunday.

Soccer streak ends: The soccer team’s seven-match winning streak ended Sunday in a 5-0 loss at Appalachian State. It had been the Bobcats’ longest winning streak since 2011. The 8-3 start remains the best in school history. The next four matches are on the road, including Troy on Friday and South Alabama on Sunday.

Cross country runs well: The cross country teams competed in the prestigious Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. last Saturday, with the men finishing eighth overall and the women crossing the line ahead of the likes of Baylor and Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Bobcats will run Saturday at the UIW Invitational in Live Oak before traveling to Atlanta for the conference championships on Nov. 1.

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