- Staff Reporter
TROY, Ala. – The ULM Warhawks took the first set from the Trojans, but it wasn’t enough as Troy won the match, 3-1.
“I am super proud of how we came out firing on all cylinders tonight,” head coach Charlie Olson said.
The Trojans (14-3, 4-1 Sun Belt) jumped out to a 3-0 start in set one before Lauren Appelman capped off a long rally with a kill to give ULM (9-11, 0-5 Sun Belt) its first point of the night. Seconds later, Mikaela Worley nailed a kill to tie the set up at three.
Troy pulled ahead, but not before the Warhawks mounted a comeback. A kill by Kate Blasingame and a service ace by McKinley Thiede tied the set up at nine. Worley would hit another kill to give ULM its first lead of the night. The Warhawks were able to hold the Trojans off and a Blasingame kill gave ULM a 25-20 set one win.
“The first set was the most crisp volleyball we’ve played all year,” Olson said. “We followed the game plan and executed extremely well.”
Troy started set two off with a bang, taking a 7-1 lead. Worley hit a kill to give the Warhawks some momentum and an Alix Christie block pulled ULM within five. The Trojans never let off the gas and cruised to a 25-17 set two win.
Blasingame started off set three with a kill to give ULM the first point of the set. Kathryn Raschilla would nail a kill to give the Warhawks a 6-3 lead, but Troy fought back to tie the set up at 10. The two teams traded points and a Blasingame kill brought ULM within two. However, it wasn’t enough as the Trojans took set three, 25-21.
“Troy played extremely well out of system,” Olson said. “Even though we served them tough, they found a way to get the point.”
Set four didn’t start off well for ULM, but a kill by Ina Gosen and an Appelman kill brought the Warhawks within one. Troy pulled away again, but Raschilla attempted to turn the tide back towards ULM with a kill. Raschilla had a career night with a hitting percentage of .400.
A kill by Blasingame and a block by Christie kept the Warhawks in the match, but Troy served tough and won set four, 25-18.
“Overall, we made strides as a team and we will continue to make adjustments and better each contact,” Olson said.
The Warhawks will stay on the road for a 6:30 p.m. matchup on Saturday against South Alabama.
Links to live coverage, including video and stats, for Saturday’s game against South Alabama can be found on the volleyball schedule page at ULMWarhawks.com. Follow along with all things Warhawk Volleyball on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @ULM_VB.
Article sourced from provided press release.