In The Battle Of Trojans, Troy leaves Little Rock Victorious in Four Sets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Trojans didn’t allow a few technical difficulties, and a delay in starting the match slow them down Friday night, as they beat Little Rock in four sets (25-23, 26-28, 25-17, 25-18) from the Jack Stephens Center.
 
“Another gritty team win,” head coach Josh Lauer said. “We started slow, and Little Rock took advantage of it.  But our play in sets 3 and 4 were much better, especially in our first ball side-out phase.  We will enjoy this win tonight and get ready for another tough road match tomorrow.”
 
The Trojans (9-5, 2-1) had three players with double-digit kills led by Julia Brooks, who totaled 16 kills in the match, followed by Cheyenne Hayes with 12 and Ashley Guenveur with 10. Amara Anderson had her team-leading fourth double-double, finishing the game with 43 assists and 12 digs. Lacey Jeffcoat had a season-high 26 digs to lead both sides in the category.
 
Little Rock (10-5, 1-2) was led by Nejra, who had a career-high 19 kills, and Laura Jansen, who recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. Little Rock was held to a .099 hitting percentage, their lowest of the season.
 
Set One: The Trojans saw themselves down seven points at one point before calling a timeout, then the comeback was on as Caitlin Copper and Cheyenne Hayes had back-to-back kills followed by an Alison Siersma Ace. Troy would tie the setup at 16 and take the lead on a Julia Brooks kill using attack errors to their advantage. The two teams exchanged points back and forth tied 23-23 more errors by the host gave Troy the set victory 25-23.
 
Set Two: A set that saw nine tie scores and four lead changes. Little Rock looked to have a comfortable lead after leading 19-11. But seven straight points from Troy got them within one. Troy would then go on to play four set points, eventually tying the match 24 all. With it still tied at 26, Little Rock was able to find the needed separation after a review went their way to close out the set 28-26 and even the match up.
 
Set Three: The Third set saw Troy with 17 kills with a hitting percentage of .452, the highest marks of the match. Ashley Guenveur would tally eight kills of her own, and Amara Anderson’s 16 assists were more assists than the entire Little Rock Team in the set. Troy would go on to take the set 25-17
 
Set Four: The Trojans carried their momentum from set three into the fourth set as only two lead changes gave Little Rock little chance of mounting a comeback and extending the match to five sets. Troy would close out the game with a 25-18 set win.
 
Up Next: The Trojans will travel 131 miles north as they get set to face off with Arkansas St. in Jonesboro Saturday at 6 p.m.
 

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