Vol volleyballers down Troy 3-0
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – The Troy volleyball team fell to Tennessee, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Trojan Arena, despite a trio of Trojans tallying seven kills in the match.
The first set was tied at 14 when Troy (6-14) fell victim to a quick 4-1 run by Tennessee (11-6). The Trojans cut the deficit to two points three times and one point twice, but the Volunteers ran away with it late for a 25-21 victory.
Troy went on a run of its own in the second set with the set tied at 14, but Tennessee stormed back and took a 22-20 lead that eventually led to a 25-23 win. Tennessee began the third set with a 9-4 lead, but the Trojans made a game of it and tied the set at 16. The Volunteers finished the set on a 9-3 run that clinched the match with a 25-19 third set victory.
“We put in a game plan for what we hoped we could do and it was really good to see the team really follow the gameplan, pretty much, to a T,” Sonny Kirkpatirck said. “We competed really well and I’m really proud of the way we had ourselves composed. A play here or there and we maybe steal a game or two. If we play as hard as we did tonight on a consistent basis then we’ll be alright the rest of the year.”
With the second set tied at 14, the Trojans went on a 6-1 run to take a 20-15 advantage, but Tennessee answered with seven straight points and took a 22-20 lead. The Volunteers capped off the set scoring three of the last four points for a 25-23 victory.
STAT OF THE MATCH
The Trojans held the Volunteers to a .217 hitting percentage, which is the second lowest a team has held them all season. The Volunteers were held to a .182 hitting percentage in the first set, a .265 percentage in the second set and a .214 hitting percentage in the third set. Tennessee is averaging a .282 hitting percentage this season.
- Symone Shaw, Logan Page and Leah Causey each had seven kills on the night. The trio led the team in that category and Page had a .312 hitting percentage.
- Jordyn Saulsberry capped her performance with five kills and a .154 percentage.
- The attendance for Wednesday’s match was 774, which is the highest at Trojan Arena for the 2016 season.
Troy travels to Mobile, Ala., for a crucial Sun Belt matchup with South Alabama on Saturday. First serve is set for 4 p.m.