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Little Rock splits home games, sweeps annual Dig Pink game vs. Louisiana

Submitted by Lauren Humphrey on October 24, 2015 – 12:42 amOne Comment

On Oct. 17, the Trojans lost a tough five set match against the South Alabama Jaguars. The Trojans led the match over the Jaguars after the first set 25-17. However, the Jaguars handily lead throughout the second set 25-13 to tie the match 1-1. Then, in efforts to come back the Trojans won the third set 25-13 to lead the match 2-1.

With two sets won, Little Rock kept a lead in the fourth set to 14-10, but the Jaguars pushed back and took the lead. The Trojans kept up to tie at 18-18, but the Jaguars took the lead again to win the set forcing the teams to face off in a tie-breaker set.

South Alabama took the lead early in the fifth set and the Trojans had a hard time keeping up. The Trojans tied 5-5, but the Jaguars surged ahead and won the match 15-13. Little Rock lost 2-3.

At home again on Oct. 23, the Trojans played the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the volleyball team hosted their annual Dig Pink Night. The team members raffled off a signed volleyball and jersey. The team also dressed in pink jerseys and recognized breast cancer survivors at the beginning of the game. The Maroon Mob offered the first 150 people who arrived at the game a Dig Pink wristband.

“We try to help the team by advertising the games and promotions, being at the game to support them and trying to provide a fun atmosphere for the students to look forward to,” sophomore vice president, Jordan Thatch, said.

Starting off the first set, Louisiana took the lead, but the Trojans pushed back and kept the lead. The Trojans won the first set 25-17. The second set however, was much tighter. The Trojans took a big lead early, and the Ragin’ Cajuns rallied behind to tie at 16-16, but the Trojans pulled ahead and won the set 25-21.In the third set, the Trojans took a large lead, but this time the Ragin’ Cajuns could not keep up. Little Rock ended the match with a block by Edina Selimovic and Veronica Marin. It was a very good defensive night for the Trojans, as they forced Louisiana into 29 attack errors and a negative hitting percentage on attacks.

Carolee Dillard became the fourth Trojan to make 400 blocks in her career. “We are really excited about the win. We lost a few and were down, but this win will encourage us throughout the rest of the season. We set a goal for the night and made it a good night with the win,” Carolee Dillard said.

The next game at home is on Oct. 31 where the Trojans face off Georgia Southern then the team travels to Alabama twice before finishing up the season on Nov. 13 against Appalachian State.

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