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Trotters searching for first conference win

by CHUCK BANDEL
Valley Press | September 28, 2022 12:00 AM

After being soundly defeated earlier in the week by Florence-Carlton, the Plains Trotters volleyball team was hoping for some good vibes and Homecoming cooking.

It was not to be for the Trotters, who after being routed by F-C, lost a tight match to Troy, 3-1 this past Thursday night at home.

The Lady Trojans came into the game looking for their first conference win of the season, as were the Trotters, both of whom were 0-4.

The first two games of the match indicated it would be a hard-fought, close game, with Troy taking the opening set 25-20, then watching as Plains roared back to win set number two 25-16.

Both teams were involved in long, if not awkward volleys in the two opening sets that ended in a 1-1 match tie.

That set up set number three as the pivotal game of the match.

And both teams gave their fans plenty to cheer about in a set that ended in the volleyball equivalent of overtime, with Troy squeaking out a 26-24 victory when the dust had settled. That put the Lady Trojans in front 2-1.

The visitors from the north would secure the match win in set number four when they outscored the Trotters 25-18 for a 3-1 match victory.

The win moved Troy to 1-4 on the year, while Plains dropped to 0-5 in Western conference play.

Earlier in the week they ran into a buzz saw during their road trip to Florence-Carlton where they fell behind in a big way during the first set. FC wound up taking set number one 25-4. The Trotters would gather it all together in the next set, but still fell 25-17 against the taller Lady Falcons, who upped their record to 5-2 overall with the win.

Florence-Carlton wrapped up the victory with a convincing 25-5 third set win to complete the sweep. The Trotters return to action this Friday with a home match against the Lady Lions of Eureka.

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