Volleyball team continues to skid

Wally Pendergrass

Staff Writer

The Troy volleyball team dropped two matches over the weekend and now has a six-game losing streak.

After getting off to the best start since 1993, the team is now 9-10 with a 1-6 conference record.

The Trojans lost to Georgia Southern on Friday, Oct. 3, 3-0. The first two sets had the same score, 25-18, while the Trojans lost the third set by a closer margin, 25-23.

During the third set, neither team led by more that two points.

Senior outside hitter Marija Zelenovic led the team with 12 kills and an attack percentage of .375. Freshman setter Reina Terry played in two sets and had 21 assists, while junior libero Ali Dowdall again led the defense with 16 digs.

When Troy last played Georgia Southern on Wednesday, Sept. 17, the Trojans dominated in their most recent win.

The Trojans then traveled to Boone, North Carolina, to take on Appalachian State on Sunday, Oct. 5. The Trojans were unable to get any momentum in the match and lost 3-0, with scores of 25-11, 25-18 and 25-17.  The game was Troy’s sixth straight loss.

Appalachian State is now 9-1 at home this season and recorded a .337 attack percentage. Troy, on the other hand, had a .100 attack percentage as a team.

The Trojans were led offensively by sophomore middle hitter Kiah Cheatham, who had 10 kills and an attack percentage of .450. Terry saw action in all three sets and had 27 assists, while Dowdall led the team with 17 digs.

Dowdall is currently fifth in the Sun Belt Conference in digs with 4.61 per set. Cheatham is currently ninth in hitting percentage in the Sun Belt Conference with a .302.

The Trojans played rival South Alabama in Trojan Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Visit tropnews.com for the story and results from the match.

The Trojans have two more conference matches this weekend, both in Louisiana. On Friday, Oct. 10, the Trojans will play UL-Monroe, and on Saturday, Oct. 11, they will take on UL-Lafayette.

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