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UTSA, Texas State to renew I-35 rivalry on Friday night

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 09/19/2012
Courtesy UTSA Athletics
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will return to Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play on Friday when it hosts I-35 rival Texas State. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

UTSA (8-4, 1-1 WAC) is coming off Tuesday's sweep of Houston Baptist. Juniors McKenzie Adams and Brandy Huskey led the with their third consecutive double-double. Adams racked up a match-high 17 kills to go along with 16 digs, while Huskey handed out a match-best 43 assists in addition to 10 stops.

The Roadrunners lead the WAC with 13.59 kills per frame. Adams paces the offense with four winners per set, which is good for third in the league. Meanwhile, Huskey ranks second in the conference with 10.52 assists per panel.

UTSA's defensive effort has been just as good, as the Birds have held 10 of their 12 opponents to less than a .200 hitting percentage this season. The Roadrunners have limited opposing offenses to a .163 clip, which ranks second in the league.

Freshman Annie Kunes leads the Roadrunners' back with a WAC-best 4.34 digs per set.

The Bobcats (6-7, 1-1 WAC) split their WAC-opening week with a win against San Jose State before losing to Utah State. Texas State ranks third in the league with 1.26 service aces per set and fourth in digs (14.49 dps).

Alexandra Simms leads the Bobcats attack with 3.12 kills per frame (fifth WAC), while Caleigh McCorquodale guides the offense with 6.71 assists per panel. Meanwhile, Laura Whalen leads the Texas State back line with 3.08 digs per set.

Friday will mark the 64th meeting between the two teams, but the Bobcats hold a commanding 51-12 advantage in the all-time series. Texas State has won seven of the last eight meetings, including a four-set victory in last year's Southland Conference Tournament Championship. UTSA swept the Bobcats on Sept. 22, 2011, in San Marcos.

Match #13
UTSA Roadrunners (8-4, 1-1 WAC)
Texas State Bobcats (6-7, 1-1 WAC)

p.m.  ·  Friday, Sept. 21
Convocation Center (2,650)
San Antonio, Texas

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Series History

Texas State leads, 51-12

Last Meeting
Texas State 3, UTSA 1
(Nov. 20, 2011  ·  Conway, Ark.)



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