Volleyball cruises, wins sixth straight

Sinclair Portis

Staff Writer

The Troy volleyball team added three games to its current win streak, defeating ULM 3-0, UL-Lafayette 3-1 and Florida A&M 3-2 to pick up its sixth straight victory.

The Trojans (11-11, 4-4 Sun Belt) played their first match of the weekend on Friday, Oct. 9, against the University of Louisiana at Monroe (11-9, 2-4 Sun Belt).

Troy dominated the match with a .263 hitting percentage while holding ULM to .051.

Troy won three straight sets, showing no signs of giving up its win streak. Senior outside hitter Blaire Winston led the team with 10 kills, with junior middle hitter and right side Sara Landis right behind her with 9 kills. These kills were part of a 40-kill performance from the home team.

“I thought we played pretty well tonight,” said Troy head coach Sonny Kirkpatrick after the game.

“I would like to think we had something with do with some of their errors. I know on our errors, they definitely had something to do with it. It all comes down to getting a good quality first touch, then staying in our system so that our offense can run pretty well.”

The Trojans went up against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 10. Troy again came out on top, beating the Ragin’ Cajuns (5-15, 1-7 Sun Belt) 3-1 and finishing with a .222 hitting percentage.

Winston led the team again with a total of 19 kills, and junior outside hitter Symone Shaw followed her with 12 kills. Senior defensive specialist Ali Dowdall led the team defensively with 25 digs, helping hold the Cajuns at a .117 hitting percentage.

“We had some really great moments and had some really bad moments,” Kirkpatrick said.

“They came in with a really great game plan, and we struggled for a little bit and had to make some adjustments.”

The Trojans returned to the court against Florida A&M on Tuesday night, Oct. 13, to continue their winning streak. Troy started with high energy, winning the first set 25-17 and never letting up.

In the second set, the Trojans started in a slump.

The Rattlers gained a strong lead, trying to avenge the former set. FAMU carried the lead throughout the game and won 26-24.

The third set proved to be an intense one. Both teams came out with high energy offensively and defensively.

FAMU obtained the lead, and Troy was unable to regain the lost ground. The Rattlers won the set 25-22.

In the fourth and fifth sets, the Trojans dominated offensively. They won 25-17 and 15-10, respectively.

Senior middle hitter Darby Griff lead the team with 14 kills, giving the Trojans a .278 hitting percentage. This held the Rattlers at a .186 percentage, though they fought hard in the five-set match.

Troy returns to the court on Friday, Oct. 16, when it takes on ULM again in Monroe, Louisiana. The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

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