TROY, Ala. – For the third straight game, the Trojans claimed victory after a 3-1 win (25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20) over Coastal Carolina from Trojan Arena Friday night in front of a raucous crowd.
Troy (14-9 7-5), in their first win over Coastal Carolina since 2019, was led by Julia Brooks, who had 15 kills on .297, hitting with seven blocks. Tori Hester followed Brooks as the second Trojan in double-digit kills with 14 and had 10 digs for a double-double. Amara Anderson had 39 assists in the match and 10 digs for her seventh double-double on the season. Lacey Jeffcoat led all players in with 20 digs.
“I thought we had great balance tonight, and it was a team effort,” head coach Josh Lauer said. “We had a good game plan and played one point at a time. The great defensive effort from Lacey Jeffcoat; I thought Amara’s composer and leadership out there was great. Tori Hester was fantastic, and Julia Brooks is one of the best players in the conference, and she continues to be consistent and be the heartbeat of the team.”
Coastal Carolina (15-6, 9-2) were handed their second loss in conference play and were led by Ani Bozdeva, who recorded a game-high 17 kills, and Cheyenne Jones, who finished with 14. Brigitta Petrenko had a match-high 41 assists. The Chanticleers finished with 19 blocks.
First Set: The Trojans came to play as Tori Hester would record a block and two kills in succession to give the Trojans a 5-1 early lead. Troy would stretch their lead to 16-9 after Julia Brooks and Amara Anderson teamed up for a block. Another back-to-back kill from Hester gave the Trojans a seven-point advantage at 20-13. Coastal would fight their way back and eventually tie the set at 22, after eight straight points. The Trojans could finish the set after a Julia Brooks kill, the 19th for the Trojans in the set, and an error by the Chanticleers 25-23.
Second Set: Another quick start saw another Trojan lead after Amara Anderson and Julia Brooks would again team up for a block and give Troy a 7-2 advantage. After picking up an ace earlier in the set Halston Hiller and Caitlin Cooper again denied Coastal Carolina at the net with a block for a 20-14 lead. The Trojans didn’t allow Coastal to get back in the set as Cheyenne Hayes would record a kill and finish things off 25-20, giving the Trojans a two-set lead.
Third Set: The Third set went the Chanticleer’s way after they scored the first five points and would eventually stretch the lead to 10. The Trojans showed fight as they would get within five points after Savannah Poling would come into the match and record a block and a kill in back-to-back plays. The early lead was too much to overcome, and Coastal Carolina would take the set 25-18.
Fourth Set: It would be the Trojans off to the hot start in set four as Julia Brooks would get a block and two straight kills to help the Trojans to a 7-0 lead. There would be no tie scores or lead changes as the Chanticleers would only get within three points. An Amara Anderson Ace gave the Trojans the momentum to close the match out as the Trojans would take the fourth and final set 25-20.
Up next: The Trojans will play their final home game of the season tomorrow, October 30th, as they welcome Appalachian State to Trojan Arena with the first serve set for 6 pm. It is also Senior Night.