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Trojans extend wining streak after defeating Appalachian State

Submitted by Brian Gregory on November 7, 2014 – 1:42 pmNo Comment

On Oct. 25, the Trojans volleyball team earned a dominating three set (25-16, 25-12, 25-14) over the Appalachian State Mountaineers. The Mountaineers came to the Jack Stephens Center with a 17-6 record and looking to avenge an earlier three sets to one loss to the Trojans in Boone, N.C.

The Trojans however did not allow that to happen as they extended the team’s record winning streak to fourteen matches. They also extended the team’s record of most consecutive conference wins to start the season to thirteen. This season has been definitely one to remember for the team, but for the fans as well.

In the first set, the Trojans jumped out to an early 9-4 lead with Appalachian State coach Matt Ginipro calling a timeout to settle down his team. As the set progressed, the Trojans began imposing their will on the Mountaineers as they increased their lead to 21-13. The Trojans closed out the set 25-16.

Edina Begic, Carolee Dillard, and Sonja Milanovic each recorded three kills during the set and Megan Mathis had 11 of her game-high 34 assists in the first set as well.

The beginning of the second set turned out to be more competitive than the first set. Both teams matched each other’s competitive start to the first set, as they were tied 7-7 early in the set. However, from that point on the Trojans went on an 18-5 run to win the set 25-12.

“They overcame adversity and were resilient,” head coach Van Compton said.

Not even the timeouts called by Ginipro could stop the bleeding. He also earned a yellow card for arguing a double hit ruling against his team.

After the ten-minute second set break, the third set began. It was much more of the same domination for the Trojans. They jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the beginning of the set, highlighted by three straight service aces by junior Sonja Milanovic. The Mountaineers did not get any closer than five points in the rest of the set. The Trojans won this set 25-14.

Edina Begic had 14 kills during the match, and was one of six Trojans to record more than three kills during the match. She also had six digs. Edina Selimovic had six block assists, three digs, and six kills. Her performance in this game along with her performance against Texas State where she had 11 block assists and 15 kills led to her being named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week. This is the sixth week in a row where a Trojan Volleyball player has been named a conference player of the week. Coach Van Compton was  “excited and elated” after the win.

“We played this game one point at a time,” Van Compton said. There are seven games left until the conference tournament and Van Compton says they’re going to take their time.

“We are going to take this thing one point at a time, one set at a time, and one match at a time,” Van Compton said.

 

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