FOLEY, Ala. – The semi-finals of the Sun Belt Volleyball Championship are set. James Madison, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy clinched victories in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Volleyball Championship Friday at the Foley Events Center.
James Madison and Troy will meet in the first semi-final at 4pm CT on Saturday. South Alabama and Texas State will meet in the second semifinals Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT in a repeat of last year’s SBC Tournament championship game. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance through the Foley Sports Tourism Box Office. Tickets are sold daily and cost $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for children under 12. Students at Sun Belt Conference facilities are admitted free with a valid student ID.
Match 7: (2W) Troy 3, (6W) Arkansas State 2 (Box Score)
Tori Hester, sophomore underdog Tori Hester notched 19 kills as one of three players with double-digit kills as the Trojans edged angered Arkansas State by an exciting 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-14, 17-17). ) held back 25, 17-15) victory in Friday’s quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
Arkansas State made match point 14-11 in the fifth set, but Troy lost three straight points, including two kills from Amiah Butler, to equal 14-1. The Trojans claimed the 17-15 set. Butler finished the match with 15 kills and Julia Brooks had 13.
Troy (18-11) is advancing to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship for the third time in four years. The Trojans, the second-place team in the West, meet James Madison, the top team in the East, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Jaci Mesa hit a team-high 18 digs in the match and Savannah Poling totaled seven blocks for Troy. Statistically, the two teams were almost level.
Arkansas State (9-22) placed three players in double-digit kills, led by Macey Putt’s 19. The Red Wolves put on an impressive run in the Sun Belt Conference Championship and came within two points of the semifinals as the sixth seed at the SBC West .
Match 8: (1E) James Madison 3, (5E) Georgia Southern 0 (Box Score)
2022 Sun Belt Conference regular season champion James Madison hit .317 as a team to defeat Georgia Southern 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-20) in Friday’s Sun Belt quarterfinals. Conference Championship.
Miëtte Veldman hit the same high for the match with 12 kills and came up with nine digs. 2022 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Sophie Davis totaled 10 kills on .444 with five digs and five blocks. Setter Caroline Dozier dished out a match high of 35 assists.
James Madison (22-4) has now won 13 games in a row. The Dukes, the top seed in the Sun Belt East, face runner-up Troy from the West in the first semifinals Saturday at 4:00 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast by ESPN+.
Georgia Southern (16-12) was led by Paige Powers, who was high for the match with 12 kills on .312.
Match 9: (3W) South Alabama 3, (2E) Coastal Carolina 0 (Box Score)
South Alabama dominated all stages on Friday, securing a 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-12) win over Coastal Carolina in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship.
The Jaguars had a 42-28 advantage on kills and a 14-3 advantage on blocks. South Alabama was never behind in the final two sets of the game.
Hannah Maddux led offensively for the Jaguars with 13 kills in .393 hits. Maddie Soboleski added 11 kills at .400, hitting with five digs and two blocks. Setter Kailey Keeble recorded a double-double with a match-high of 31 assists and 10 digs. Libero Rachel Hickey, the 2022 Sun Belt Libero of the Year, recorded a match-high of 18 digs.
South Alabama (18-12), the SBC West’s third seed, advances to Saturday’s second semifinals where it will face Texas State, the West’s top seed, at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Coastal Carolina (17-13) was led by six kills from Kendall Harris and 10 digs each from Lina Perugini and Ella Saada.
Game 10: (1W) Texas State 3, (5W) Louisiana 1 (Box Score)
Texas State displayed a balanced attack, featuring four players with double-digit kills and three players with nine or more digs. The Bobcats beat Louisiana 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 25-14) in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Friday.
Jada Gardner recorded a team-high of 12 kills on .364 with nine digs, while Janell Fitzgerald had 11 kills on .370. Caitlan Büttner and Tessa Marshall each got 10 kills. Fitzgerald hit a double-double with a match high of 17 digs.
Emily DeWalt, the 2022 Sun Belt Player of the Year, had 52 assists and became the first player in Sun Belt Conference history to reach 6,000 career assists. She added seven digs and two kills in the match, including the final point of the evening.
Texas State (23-6), the No. 1 Sun Belt West, meets No. 3 West Alabama in Saturday’s second semifinal. Opening serve is scheduled for 6:30pm CT and the game will be televised on ESPN+.
Since joining the league in 2013, the Bobcats have now reached the semifinals of every Sun Belt Conference tournament.
Louisiana (15-12) was led by senior Kelsey Bennett on 12 kills.
2022 Sun Belt Volleyball Tournament Schedule and Results
16.-20.11.2022 | Foley, Ala. | Foley Sports Tourism Complex
First round – Wednesday 16th November
Game 1 – (6W) Arkansas State 3, (7E) Georgia State 0
Match 2 – (6E) Marshall 3, (7W) ULM 2
Second round – Thursday 17th November
Match 3 – (6W) Arkansas State 3, (3E) Old Dominion 2
Match 4 – (5E) Georgia Southern 3, (4W) Southern Miss 1
Match 5 – (3W) South Alabama 3, (6E) Marshall 1
Match 6 – (5W) Louisiana 3, (4E) App State 2
Quarterfinals – Friday 18 November
Match 7 – (2W) Troy 3, (6W) Arkansas State 2
Match 8 – (1E) James Madison 3, (5E) Georgia Southern 0
Match 9 – (3W) South Alabama 3, (2E) Coastal Carolina 0
Game 10 – (1W) Texas State 3, (5W) Louisiana 1
Semifinals – Saturday 19th November
Match 11 – 4:00pm CT – (1E) James Madison vs. (2W) Troy
Match 12 – 6:30pm CT – (1W) Texas State vs. (3W) South Alabama
Championship – Sunday 20th November
Game 13 – 1:00 PM CT – Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12 [ESPN+]