Trojans Return Home To Face Georgia Southern And Georgia State

TROY, Al. – After two consecutive road trips, Troy volleyball returns home to Trojan Arena on Friday, October 15 at 6 pm to square off with Georgia Southern, where Troy will hold its Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The first 100 fans will receive a pink Troy volleyball T-shirt. Followed by Georgia State on Saturday, October 16, at 6 pm.
“These are exciting and very important matches this weekend,” head coach Josh Lauer said. “We have had an excellent week of practice, and I know our players are preparing for tough competitive matches this weekend.”
The Matchup: Troy (10-7, 3-3) vs. Georgia Southern (12-4, 5-1)
Where: Troy, Al. – Trojan Arena
When: Friday, October 15 – 6:00 pm.
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The Matchup: Troy (10-7, 3-3) vs. Georgia State (3-13, 0-6)
Where: Troy, Al. Trojan Arena
When: Saturday, October 16 – 6:00 pm.
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Quick Hitters:

  • Troy is 10-7 on the 2021 season, and 3-3 in Sun Belt play after beating Appalachian State and falling to Coastal Carolina last weekend, wrapping up a four-game road trip. Head coach Josh Lauer is now 66-66 in his career leading the Trojans.
  • Cheyenne Hayes, Amara Anderson, Julia Brooks, Lacey Jeffcoat, and Natalie Hummel are the only Trojans this season to appear in all 63 sets, and 17 matches played thus far.
  • In the match against Coastal Carolina, Amara Anderson became the fourth Trojan in program history to surpass 4,00 career assists. Anderson needs 932 assists to become the Trojan all-time assists leader and only 147 assists to become the all-time leader in the rally-scoring era. She is also 113 digs away from 1000 digs. Anderson would become the fourth Trojan in program history to reach 3000 assists and 1000 digs.
  • Anderson averages 10.83 assists per set, which sits first in the Sun Belt Conference and 18th in the entire country. Her 682 total assists sit at 14th in the nation.
  • Julia Brooks has a .298 hitting percentage which puts her sixth among all players in the Sun Belt. Her 3.13 kills per set ranks seventh to go along 3.75 points per set, good enough for fourth among all players in the SBC.
  • Alison Siersma is second in the Sun Belt in service aces per set, averaging .48
  • History: Cheyenne Hayes became the Trojan’s all-time leader in kills in the rally-scoring era during Troy’s 3-1 match win over Chattanooga earlier in the season. Hayes passed Meghan Gilroy. Hayes now has 1548 kills in her career and is 96 kills away from being the all-time leader in Trojan history. Earlier in the year, Tory Cheyenne Hayes became the fifth Trojan in program history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
  • Cheyenne Hayes matched her season-high of 17 kills coming against Texas State. She also led the Trojans with 12 kills and a .321 hitting percentage against UT Arlington. With 29 kills in the opening weekend of conference play, Hayes has surpassed 1500 career kills, becoming the only third Trojan ever to reach that mark.
  • Leading the Belt: As a team, Troy ranks first in the conference in kills per set, averaging 13.48, second in assists per set, averaging 12.52. Troy currently ranks 52 in the country in assists (12.32), 72 in kills per set (13.27)

Know Your Opponent:
Georgia Southern (12-4, 5-1): The Eagles come into the matchup on a three-game win streak and a 3-1 record on the road. This will be the 19th meeting between the two programs as the Trojans have a 5-14 record in the series and are 3-3 at home when playing Georgia Southern. The Eagles .230 hitting percentage ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference. They are averaging 12.5 kills, 11.2 assists, and 15.1 digs per set—this season.   

Georgia St. (3-13, 0-6): This will 37th meeting between the two teams in program history, The Trojans hold a 19-17 record over Georgia St. and have won the past six matchups, including all three matches last year. The Panthers come to Trojan Arena on a seven-game losing streak, having not won a game since they beat Presbyterian on September 11. Georgia State averages 11.85 kills per set, which is 10th of 12 teams in the Sun Belt. The Panthers rank third in the conference in total blocks with 151.5 and give up 12.67 opponent kills per set.

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