Troup splits area matches
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
Troup’s volleyball team shrugged off a hard-fought loss to Cartersville to end the day on a winning note.
After losing a close one to Cartersville on Tuesday, Troup bounced back for a straight-sets win over Chapel Hill to even its area record at 2-2.
So far, Troup has beaten Chapel Hill and LaGrange in area play, and it has lost to Sandy Creek and Cartersville.
Troup finished third in the area last season before reaching the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
With seven seniors leading the way, Troup is hoping to do some big things again this season.
The seniors are Kyla Bailey, McKenzie Murphy, Morgan Taylor, Paige Clark, Maegan Webb and Taylor Doughman.
“I think we have the potential and the talent to go very far,” Bailey said.
Troup plays in a strong area that includes some of the state’s elite teams.
One of those teams, Cartersville, was pushed to the limit before edging Troup on Tuesday.
Troup won the first set 25-18 and lost the second set 25-18 before dropping the third and deciding set 15-12.
“We had the momentum, and we couldn’t keep it,” said Leigh Bailey, Troup’s head coach. “It’s such a swing sport. One little thing can change the momentum. They were upset, which is good because they played hard. They gave it everything they had. Sometimes you’re not going to come out with the W.”
After Cartersville and Chapel Hill played, Troup returned to the court for the day’s final match.
Troup won the first set 25-17 before finishing things off with a 25-19 win in the second set.
In the second set, Chapel Hill was up 19-18 when Troup ran off seven consecutive points to finish it.
Kyla Bailey helped spur that late run by going to the floor for a dig on back-to-back points as Troup went ahead 20-19.
“Back there, I don’t want the ball to hit the floor,” Bailey said. “I’m just trying my best to help my team out.”
Also during the match-ending 7-0 run, Amauriya Brown had a kill, Paige Clark had a block, and Kate Moore did a terrific job serving.
Earlier in the set, Morgan Taylor had back-to-back kills, and Landen Sheets had a handful of kills as well.
It was a similar story in the first set, with Troup pulling away late.
Leading 18-15, Brown had back-to-back kills, and Sheets then put a shot away to push the lead to four.
Troup remained in control and won the set 25-17.
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