FAMU rattles Trojan volleyballers 3-1
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – The Troy volleyball team fell to Florida A&M, 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25), in its final non-conference match of the season.
Troy (6-16) fell in the first set 25-17 after Florida A&M (9-11) scored five of the final six points in the set. The Trojans stormed back in the second set and took an early 10-6 lead. Florida A&M went on a run of its own and took a 20-18 lead late. A Sydney Pineda kill started a run and Avalon Nero had trio of service aces to give the Trojans a 24-20 lead. A Sara Landis kill capped off the set and tied the match at one set win each.
The third set had seven ties and two lead changes, but Troy fell behind 23-17. The Trojans rattled off three straight points, but Florida A&M sealed the set on a Trojan attack error. A 9-3 Rattler run capped off the fourth set, and a 25-22 match clincher was the final result.
“Their players did what they were supposed to do,” Sonny Kirkpatrick said. “We did some really good things on our end. We just have to make sure that we are trusting in the process.”
With each team having one set win, the score was tied at 14. Florida A&M went on a 9-3 run that gave the Rattlers a 23-17 advantage. Troy battled back and scored three straight, but two Trojan errors gave the Rattlers a third set victory.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Avalon Nero had six service aces on the night, which set a career-high. Four of her aces came in the second set. The six service aces were the most set by any player at Troy in a four set match.
- The Trojans played in front of 1,973 fans, it was the best attendance for the Trojans this season.
- Troy had nine blocks on the night, which is two more than the Rattlers had. Page led the way with four total blocks.
- Reina Terry recorded a double-double with 44 assists and 10 digs.
- Sara Landis led the team with 15 kills and a .387 hitting percentage. Logan Page was right behind her with 10 kills of her own and a .400 hitting percentage, the best of any player with 10 kills or more.
Troy looks to defend the home court on Friday and Sunday as Georgia Southern and Georgia State travel to Trojan Arena. The Trojans host Georgia Southern on Friday night at 6 p.m. and will face Georgia State on Sunday at noon.