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Texas State snaps UTSA's 14-match home winning streak on Thursday night

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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA won the opening set, but Texas State rebounded to claim the next three for a 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 victory in front of a record-setting 1,612 fans at the Convocation Center on Thursday night. The Bobcats snapped the Roadrunners' 14-match home winning streak and clinched at least a share of the Southland Conference Regular Season Championship.

Texas State (23-7, 14-1 SLC), which also claimed the top seed at next week's Southland Tournament, posted 10 total team blocks and hit .297 to earn the four-set win.

Amari Deardorff paced the Bobcats with a .462 hitting percentage on the strength of 19 kills, while Caleigh McCorquodale registered a double-double with match highs of 54 assists and 23 digs.

Senior Elise Huskey posted 13 winners to lead the Roadrunners (19-10, 13-2 SLC), who were limited to a .165 hitting percentage after committing 25 attack errors.

Meanwhile, senior Kelsey Jewasko and junior Megan Wimbish both recorded double-digit digs with 18 and 17, respectively.

Sophomore McKenzie Adams notched five kills to lead UTSA to a first-set win.

The Roadrunners opened a 10-6 lead after Adams slammed home a set from freshman Dempsey Thornton. The two teams split the next 24 points before Texas State picked up back-to-back tallies to cut the lead to two (22-20). Huskey answered with a kill to push the lead to three, but the Bobcats picked up two straight to trim the lead to one. Following a timeout, UTSA closed out the frame with kills from juniors Brittney Malloy and Whitney Walls.

In the second frame, Texas State committed only three attack errors and hit .333 to even the match.

The Roadrunners held a 6-4 advantage after Thornton posted a kill. However, the Bobcats racked up a 7-4 spurt, which was capped off with a block assist by Deardorff and Ashlee Hilbun, to take the lead for good.

Texas State continued its consistent attack after intermission, hitting .515 with 19 kills, including six apiece from Deardorff and Melissa Toth to grab the lead.

Despite the high hitting percentage, UTSA went back-and-forth with the Bobcats in the frame, which featured 11 ties and three lead changes. With the score knotted at 15, Texas State pulled away after a Hilbun winner that started a 3-0 run. The Birds were able to cut the lead to one (21-20), but the Bobcats tallied four consecutive points to close out the stanza.

Malloy stepped up with five kills in the fourth set but the Roadrunners managed only a .059 hitting percentage, which enabled Texas State to finish off the triumph.

Malloy gave UTSA an 11-10 lead with a kill off a set from Schwirtlich, but the Bobcats answered with four straight tallies to take a three-point lead. Texas State clinched the win with an 11-6 stretch.

The Roadrunners set a new single-match attendance record, surpassing the old record of 1,537 set on Oct. 14, 2009 against McNeese State.

UTSA will wrap up its regular season at 2 p.m. on Saturday against UT Arlington (12-17, 8-7 SLC). The Birds still can earn a share of the league title with a win over the Mavericks and a Texas State loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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