Trojans Topple Mountaineers In Three Sets

BOONE, N.C. – The Trojans secured their fifth sweep of the season in a match that only lasted an hour and 10 minutes as they defeated Appalachian State from Boone, North Carolina, Sunday afternoon in three straight sets (25-17, 25-16, 25-17).
 
Troy (10-7, 3-3) was led by Alison Siersma, who led all players with 15 kills, hitting .458 for the match with two aces, four digs, and three blocks. The Trojans nearly doubled the Mountaineers in the kill category finishing with 41 compared to Appalachians State’s 20. Amara Anderson recorded 34 assists, and Lacey Jeffcoat had 11 digs as both led the match.
 
Appalachian State (5-13, 1-5) didn’t have a player with more than five kills and committed 21 errors hitting -.012 in the match.
 
“Great bounce back wins today,” head coach Josh Lauer said. “I thought our serve and pass game was excellent. We also got a great match from Ali Siersma, and I thought Amara and Lacey’s composure throughout the game was also a significant difference-maker for us. No doubt we are looking forward to being back in the Trojan arena next weekend.”
 
Set One: Seeing eight tie scores and only one lead change, Caitlin cooper led the Trojans with four kills as Amara Anderson and Alison Siersma both saw back-to-back aces go their way to extend the lead to 22-15. Tori Hester finished off the set to give the Trojans the advantage of 25-17.
 
Set Two:  The Trojans would control the second set from start to finish as they didn’t trail once. Troy got out to an early 8-1 lead. Alison Siersma had seven kills herself in the set, while the Mountaineers only had five total as a team. Julia Brooks would come up with two blocks as part of a 5-0 run, and three straight Mountaineer’s attack errors set up Siersma to finish off the set with a kill and give the Trojans a two-set advantage.
 
Set Three: 15 kills in the set were the most in the match by the Trojans to go along with a match-high .367 hitting percentage. Appalachian State kept things close as they were down one with the score of 13-14, but the Trojans would close out the set on a seven-point run and head home with a victory.

Up Next: The Trojans will return home for three games starting with Georgia Southern and Georgia State next weekend.
 

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