SOUTH VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS TROY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

Box Score

TROY, Ala. – The University of South Alabama volleyball team defeated Troy in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-15) in a Sun Belt Conference East Division match at Trojan Arena.

USA (15-6, 8-1 SBC) extended its win streak to three games with the win. The Jaguars posted a season-high .375 hitting percentage and tied a season high in blocks with 13. Troy (11-9, 4-5 SBC) finished with a .021 team hitting percentage in the loss, which marked its second straight at Trojan Arena.

GAME FACTS
Set 1
– A Jaguar service error gave Troy a 9-8 lead, but a Trojan service error, block-assist by Hannah Maddux and Kennedy Wallace and a kill by Maddux accounted for a 3-0 Jaguar run that gave USA an 11-9 lead.
– Troy cut the Jag lead to 12-11 after a kill by Cheyenne Hayes. South Alabama answered with a 6-0 run, highlighted by a service ace by Rachel Hickey and kill by Maddux, for an 18-11 lead.
– The Jaguars closed the set with a 6-0 scoring run, earning set point at 24-14 on a kill by Carissa Bradford, and clinching the set 25-14 on a second straight kill by Bradford for a 1-0 lead in the match.

Set 2
– USA opened up a 3-0 lead after a kill by Maddux, block-assist by Niki Capizzi and Maddux and solo block by Maddux.
– A service ace by Troy’s Tori Hester capped a 3-0 Trojan run that tied the score 9-9. South Alabama answered with a 5-1 run, highlighted by a solo block and kill by Maddie Soboleski, to take a 14-10 lead.
– Kills by Capizzi and Soboleski, and a block-assist by Capizzi and Soboleski pushed the USA advantage to 17-11.
– USA earned set point at 24-16 on a kill by Kennedy Wallace, and clinched the set 25-17 on a kill by Soboleski for a 2-0 lead in the match. 

Set 3
– South Alabama opened the set with a 4-0 run that featured a solo block by Wallace, and block-assist from Wallace and Soboleski.
– The Jags doubled their lead to 12-6 after a 6-1 run which included three kills by Bradford. 
– Three consecutive Trojan attack errors pushed the USA lead to 15-7.
– A 3-0 Jag run that included a solo block by Soboleski increased the Jag advantage to 18-9.
– Troy cut the USA lead to 20-14 with a 4-0 run before the Jags closed the set and match with a 5-1 run, earning match point at 24-15 on a Trojan bad set, and clinching the set 25-15 on a solo block by Capizzi to sweep the match. 

NOTES
– USA recorded a season-best .375 hitting percentage with 41 kills and eight errors on 88 total attempts.
– Maddux finished with 10 kills, .389 hitting percentage, four total blocks and 12.5 points.
– Bradford recorded 10 kills, .348 hitting percentage, two digs and 10 points.
– Soboleski finished with eight kills, one assist, one service ace, five digs and a career-high six total blocks with a game-high 14 points.
– Kailey Keeble recorded a game-high 35 assists, and added three kills, six digs and one block.
– Rachel Hickey finished with a team-high 11 digs, along with one assist and one service ace.
– Wallace recorded six kills on seven attempts for an .857 hitting percentage, and also added one dig while tying her season high in total blocks with five.
– The Jaguar win snapped a two-game losing skid to Troy, and marked the first win at Troy since Nov. 8, 2019.

QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Ortiz

– On the win:
“We were super efficient, and credit goes to a lot of different players on the court. Our passers – our littles don’t get enough credit; they are lights out and they’ve been doing it all season. When we can serve tough and pass well, it allows our setter to be able to do what she wants to do and our hitters get to benefit from that. As much as people go crazy on all the great kills and how smart our hitters are, our littles are definitely extraordinary and I am proud of the whole group tonight.”

– On how the team handled the quick turnaround from weekend matches:
“We talk about being pros, and that means taking care of their bodies and maintaining what they are doing in school. That is very important. You can’t be doing well in volleyball and your school take a hit. It takes a lot of planning, preparation and responsibility on their (team’s) end, and they have been amazing at it. It is a tough 10 days for us having five matches in 10 days. It’s a point of interest for us as a coaching staff, as well as our athletic trainer (Baylee Kimbrell) and strength and conditioning coaches. We are definitely planning our calendar of what we’re going to do each day, and sometimes we just do some walk-throughs and mental prep. We feel like we have gained some knowledge of ourselves from the matches we’ve played throughout the year, and we’ve utilized time against certain opponents to work on things that we have to get better at, and when we have games like this where we can put some of those things together that we’ve done previously, it helps. I’m just happy our group stays attentive and comes in ready for information every day. They knew this was going to be a short turnaround, and to their credit they prepped extremely well for it. I am really proud of them.”

UP NEXT
South Alabama will return to action Fri., Oct. 22, when it faces Louisiana at 6 p.m. in a Sun Belt Conference match in Lafayette, La. 

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