Volleyball team falls to Georgia State

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Wally Pendergrass

Staff Writer

The Trojan volleyball team lost to Georgia State in straight sets on Saturday, Oct. 25, and has now lost 12 matches in a row.

The home-team Trojans had a comfortable lead in the first set, 18-13, but the Panthers went on a 7-1 rally and took a 20-19 advantage. The Trojans tied the set at 24-24, but the Panthers would take the next two points and the set.

The Panthers had the lead late in the second set, 20-15, but the Trojans battled to get a set point at 25-24. The Trojans could not convert, and the Panthers eventually took the set 28-26.

Georgia State came out of the half looking to end the match, and it led most of the set. The Panthers would take the set 25-20 and the match, winning 3-0.

“We had some players come out and play really, really well,” head coach Sonny Kirkpatrick said. “We had some

players come out and not do their job. We’ve got some changes to make this week, and some of the players aren’t going to like those changes. Ultimately the program comes before individual players.”

The Trojans were led offensively by sophomore outside hitter Symone Shaw, who had 11 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Kiah Cheatham led the team in attack percentage with a .375.

Junior setter Tineille Waggoner had 30 assists for the Trojans, and junior libero Ali Dowdall led the defense with 19 digs.

“We have to correct our problems,” Kirkpatrick said. “We just have to make a couple more plays, and we could be up 2-0 instead of down 0-2 in a match.”

The Trojans will travel to Arkansas for two matches over the weekend. The Trojans face Arkansas State on Friday, Oct. 31, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and then travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, to face UALR on Sunday, Nov. 2.

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