Trojans snap streak

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Troy volleyball defeated in-state rival South Alabama Saturday night 3-1, ending their season on a high note and snapping an 18-match losing streak.

The Trojans, who before Saturday had not won since Sept. 17 versus Georgia Southern, finished their season at 10-22 overall and 2-18 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Offensively, the Trojans were led by Symone Shaw, who recorded a carer-high 20 kills and Blair Winston who added 14.

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Defensively, Troy was stout as well.

Senior Katie Feemster led the way with a career-high six blocks in her final game as a Trojan. And Marija Zelenovic and Darby Griff pitched in with five blocks each.

And after setting the Troy single-season record for digs Friday night, junior Ali Dowdall once again led the team with 22 digs on Saturday, giving her 600 on the season.

After losing the second set to tie the match at one a piece, Troy went on a five-point run, highlighted by three kills by Shaw, to close out the third set, 25-20.

The fourth set was also tight, but after four-straight points put the Trojans up 24-19, Shaw recorded her 20th kill of the night to seal the deal at 25-20.

The strong late-match play was a welcomed one by head coach Sonny Kirkpatrick, who had seen his team drop the match Friday night to Georgia State after allowing several late-match runs by the Panthers.

Saturday’s victory draws to a close Kirkpatrick’s ninth year with the Trojans.

For her efforts in the game, Reina Terry was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

For Terry, who posted 43 assists for the Trojans, this marks the first time this season she has received Sun Belt honors.

The Milton, Ga., native also tied a season-high with 49 assists in the Trojans’ loss at Georgia State Friday.

Terry’s honor marks the fourth conference nod of the season for Troy. Earlier this year, Dowdall was named Defensive Player of the Week twice and Kiah Cheatman received the honor once.