By Lindsey Schoewe
The Trojans had another tough weekend, losing to both Western Kentucky and Arkansas State.
On Friday, the Trojans faced Western Kentucky at home and Troy lost in straight sets to the Lady Toppers (25-19, 25-16, 25-16).
Trojan setter Alexandra Alexander racked up a double-double with her 32 assists and 11 digs against Western Kentucky while libero Ali Dowdall also had double-digit digs with 12 to lead Troy.
Junior outside hitter Marija Zelenovic and sophomore outside hitter Blair Winston paved the way for the team with 22 combined kills in the loss.
Winston had a total of eight kills, while Zelenovic had finished with 14 respectively.
“It was a tough loss, but we will be ready for them next time,” said Zelenovic.
Troy will get another crack at the Lady Toppers in the final game of the regular season on Nov. 17 in Bowling Green, Ky.
On Sunday the Trojans traveled to Jonesboro, Ark. where they took on Arkansas State in a match that went all the way to five sets, but in the end the Red Wolves got the best of a beleaguered Troy team.
The lead hitters in Sunday’s game were Winston with 20 kills and freshmen right side hitter Cassie Hendricks with 15.
Like Friday’s match, the senior Alexander had another solid game setting for Troy with 48 assists and 11 digs.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior libero Courtney Cohen finished with 23 digs, while defensive specialist Kelley Curran reached double digit dig totals with 13 of her own.
After losing the first set 25-17 to Arkansas State, the Trojans rallied back taking the second set 31-29 and the third set 25-20, putting Troy in position to win the overall match in the fourth set.
The Red Wolves, however, had other plans taking set four 25-20 and forcing the condensed fifth and final set that Arkansas State won 15-13 to hand Troy its fifth straight loss.
“We definitely should have won that game, that game was ours,” Hendricks said. “Now we need to work on our weakness and focus on the next team.”
With these two losses, the Trojans are now 0-2 in Sun Belt play with an important match against South Alabama on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.
Due to printing deadlines the Tropolitan is unable to provide the result of this Wednesday road match in Mobile.
This Friday, Troy volleyball returns home to play host to Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. and takes on UALR this Sunday at noon in Trojan Arena.