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Vas-Matt, Bobcats Sun Belt champs

Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks, a 2013 graduate of Clackamas High School, has helped put Texas State back on the map in NCAA Division I volleyball this fall.

The 5-11 Texas State freshmen outside hitter played a roll the weekend of Nov. 21-22, as the Bobcats swept UT Arlington (27-25, 25-19, 25-22) in the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Championship Tournament, after advancing through tournament wins over Louisiana (25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20) and Arkansas State (25-15, 25-16, 25-20).

It was the first conference championship for Texas State since 1998 and only the third conference championship in over two decades.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks had three kills, three assists and six digs in the three-game final series with UT Arlington.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks had six kills and 11 digs in the match with Arkansas State, and she had 13 kills, four assists and six digs in the match with sixth-ranked Louisiana.

The Bobcats (24-12, 11-7) now advance to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament, which begins Dec. 5.

Heading into the national championship tournament, Vasconcellos-Mattocks is third on her team in kills, with 283 in 135 sets played. She is first in service aces, with 30; third on defense, with 296 digs; and fourth in assists, with 32.



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