Troy volleyball snaps nine-game losing streak

Ty Ammons

Staff Writer

The Troy Trojans’ volleyball team split its last two games, falling at home to Arkansas State 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 26, and winning by the same margin over Alabama A&M on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The Trojans (5-11, 0-4 SBC) lost in three straight sets. The Red Wolves (13-1, 4-0 Sun Belt) dominated the first and third sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-17, respectively, while the second set was closer at 25-22.

Arkansas State led the Trojans in every category except digs, in which the two sides tied at 36.

Senior defensive specialist Ali Dowdall led the Trojans with 13 digs, which was beat only by Arkansas State’s junior defensive specialist Markie Schaedig.

The leader in kills for the Trojans, senior outside hitter Blair Winston, tied for the match high with sophomore outside hitter Drew Jones from Arkansas State.

Sophomore setter Reina Terry had a total of 26 assists, while junior setter Mallory Warrington of Arkansas State had 33.

Troy had 34 total assists, and Arkansas State had 38.

Troy’s attack percentage reached only  .168, but the Red Wolves’ attack percentage was up to .337.

Troy had five total team blocks, and Arkansas State beat that by two.

Jones led the way with 11.5 of the Red Wolves’ 54 points. The Trojans scored 43, and Blair led the team with 11 of them.

The match was the ninth straight loss for the Trojans, but it was Arkansas State’s ninth straight win. On Tuesday, the Trojans ended that streak, beating Alabama A&M in three straight sets.

Troy dominated the match, winning its first three sets 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. It also won in every statistic except for digs, in which the Trojans tied the Bulldogs (2-16, 1-0 SWAC) at 55.

Winston had 11 kills, which was second only to Alabama A&M’s junior outside hitter/middle blocker Ashundria McNeal, who had 12.

Senior defensive specialist Ali Dowdall led the teams in digs with 19.

Freshman setter/defensive specialist Alisha Hinrichs was tied with A&M senior setter Megan Butler for the most assists with 19.

The win was Troy’s first in its last 10 games.

The Trojans play the Georgia State Panthers at home on Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m.

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