The Texas State volleyball team had a late 6-0 scoring run to win the first set against Troy by a score of 26-24 Friday night, setting the tone for the remainder of the match and defeating the Trojans 3-1.
“We gave (Troy) 14 points out of their 24 because of our errors early in the set,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We managed to settle down, keep the ball off the floor, and when we returned the ball back to them, they made the mistakes. We made our errors early, but they made theirs late in the set.”
The Bobcats recorded six serving errors in the first set, hitting .240 from the court. Senior middle-blocker Ashlee Hilbun and senior middle-blocker Molly Ahrens totaled 13 kills in the first set. Hilbun ended the game with eight kills and a hitting percentage of .103 from the floor. Ahrens finished the match with a season-high 14 kills on 30 attack attempts, ending with a .400 hitting percentage.
“The team had a huge advantage in the match with Ashlee and me running the middle of the court,” Ahrens said. “Once the team got us going, it opened up shots for Amari (Deardorff) and outside areas on the court. Even though we had a lot of errors, I just remained focused and concentrated on the next possession.”
Senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff finished the game with 13 kills and seven digs. Deardorff has averaged 12 kills for the previous four games. Both senior setter Caylin Mahoney and freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt registered double-doubles in the match. Mahoney recorded a game-high 32 assists and 20 digs. Vas Matt finished with 10 kills and 13 digs. Freshman setter Jordan Moore provided 10 assists and nine digs in the win.
“We definitely had to change things up in this game,” Chisum said. “We’re going to continue to run that 6-2 formation with Jordan (Moore) involved. We’ve been practicing it all year, but for the last two weeks, we’ve really been focus on it.”