TROY, Ala. – Troy fell in four sets in their conference opener to Texas State (10-25, 25-16, 21-25, 23-25) at Trojan Arena Friday night.
“I was proud of our effort and fight tonight,” head coach Josh Lauer said. “That was a very competitive match against a well-coached and physical Texas State team. We knew we needed to execute at a high level tonight, and I think the lessons we learn from tonight will make us a better team as the season progresses.”
Leading the Trojans (7-5) was Cheyenne Hayes with 17 kills with a hitting percentage of .325. Amara Anderson added to her assist total, recording 41 assists on the night and ten digs. Julia Brooks was the only other Trojan in double-figure kills with 11, and Lacey Jeffcoat added to her team lead dig total with 13.
Jada Gardner led the bobcats (5-9) with 19 kills and ten digs. Bobcats had a .339 hitting percentage on the night. Brooke Johnson recorded 14 digs to lead all players.
First Set: Texas State came out of the gates firing, got out to an early lead, and didn’t let the Trojans back into it. After the media timeout, the Bobcats finished the set off with nine straight kills and held the Trojans to their lowest score of the season to take the early advantage of 25-10
Second Set: It was a much different story in the second set as it was Troy got out to the lead as Cheyenne Hayes, and Alison Siersma opened up the Trojan’s largest lead of the match to five at 17-12. The Trojans hit a .655 as a team, didn’t make any errors in the second set, and would win 25-16.
Third set: The Third set saw five tie scores and two lead changes, both match highs. Lacey Jeffcoat gave the Trojans a 5-1 lead after a service ace, and back-to-back attacking errors by the Bobcats would push Troy’s lead 10-3. However, Texas St. used a four-point run to get back into the set and eventually tie it after a Jada Gardner kill at 17. Amara Anderson would even things up at 20 after a kill, but the Texas State attack was too much, giving the match lead and the set 25-21.
Fourth Set: Behind 17 kills, Texas State took the Trojans out of their rhythm, moving the ball around and adding four blocks. But Hayes and brooks were to keep the Trojans around, forcing back-to-back attack errors to get with one at 20-21. An unsuccessful challenge at the end gave the Bobcats enough cushion to hold off the Trojans, trying to force a fifth set 25-23.
Up Next: The Trojans finish the weekend when they welcome UT Arlington to Trojan Arena on Saturday, September 25.