Alabama Volleyball Falls to Troy Thursday, 3-1 – University of Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A late rally in the fourth set pushed the frame past the 30-point mark, but Alabama volleyball ultimately could not complete the comeback, falling to Troy by set scores of 25-20, 16-25, 23-25 and 30-32.

Alabama (3-1) took the opening set before Troy (2-1) rallied to win the second by nine points and even the match. A two-point decision in the third put the visiting Trojans ahead by one before the back-and-forth fourth set brought the match to a dramatic close with Troy holding on to win, 32-30.

Despite the loss, the Crimson Tide out-hit the Trojans .260-.253 and out-blocked them 10-6. Abby Marjama and Kennedy Muckelroy led the team with 13 kills each with Sarah Swanson close behind with 12. Marjama was two digs shy of a double-double, finishing with eight, while Swanson led the net defense with six blocks. SEC Defensive Player of the Week Dru Kuck posted a team-leading 17 digs while Emily Janek paced the offense with 36 assists.

Stat Leaders

Set-by-Set

  • Set 1: Alabama 25, Troy 20
  • Set 2: Troy 25, Alabama 16
  • Set 3: Troy 25, Alabama 23
  • Set 4: Troy 32, Alabama 30

Match Notes

  • The loss was Alabama’s first of the season
  • The Tide’s .260 hitting percentage is its highest of the season
  • Sarah Swanson’s 12 kills are a season high and just two shy of her career best
  • Alyiah Wells’ three service aces mark a new career high for the junior
  • Abby Marjama and Wells each finished the match above .400, hitting .455 and .471, respectively

Up Next – Crimson Tide Invitatioal presented by the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites

  • Alabama vs Buffalo – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Friday, Sept. 3 – 6 p.m. CT
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