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Trojan volleyball faces Western Kentucky tonight

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(PHOTO/Joshua Thurston)

 

Lindsey Schoewe

Volleyball Beat Writer

 

The Trojan volleyball team (12-20) beat the Georgia State panthers in four sets (34-32, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19) last Friday, giving the squad a bid in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament that starts today in Troy.

“That was a huge match and we needed this win, it finalized us being in the conference tournament,” head coach Sonny Kirkpatrick said.

Junior outside hitter Marija Zelenovic led the team with 21 kills, while freshman Kiah Cheatham, sophomore Blair Winston and junior Kayla Pickart also posted double-figure kills.

The senior libero Courtney Cohen reached her 2,000 career digs making her the sixth player in the Sun Belt history to do so.

“It is a proud accomplishment that I will look back on knowing that I couldn’t have reached this point without the help of my teammates,” Cohen said. “God has truly blessed me with wonderful teammates and a support system, and I am so thankful for the talents he has given me.”

This past weekend the team also played its final regular season match against Western Kentucky, where the Trojans lost in three straight sets (25-19, 25-8, 25-11).

This loss placed Troy as the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament.

The Trojans will meet up with Western Kentucky again tonight at 7:30 p.m. with the season on the line in Trojan Arena for the quarterfinals.