In an attempt to shake off a chaotic stretch of play to start the season, head coach Vanessa Jacobs and Southern’s volleyball team headed to Troy, Alabama this weekend in hopes of racking up their first win of the season. 

The first match of the Troy Tournament saw Southern take on the Citadel in what was an all-around effort from both teams. Despite the back and forth however, the Jags dropped the first set 25-15. 

After dropping the first set, Southern proceeded to win two straight sets over the Citadel before their next loss. Winning the second and third sets with scores of 26-24 and 25-23 respectively, Southern led the Citadel 2-1 going into the fourth set. 

Despite their effort to make a comeback, the Citadel was in the process of their own as they continued fighting back and won the fourth set with a score of 25-16 to tie the series 2-2. 

The Jaguar comeback fell  short as Southern dropped the fifth and final set 15-12 to lose the series 3-2 to end their first match.

The second match of the Troy Tournament saw Southern take on FAMU, which featured much of the same from the Jags as they dropped their match opener with a score of 27-25. 

The Jags pulled off a win in the second set after trailing by 10 points behind improved blocking compared to what had been seen previously in the first set. 

This would be the only victory the Jags got in this round of the Troy Tournament, losing the next two sets consecutively with a 29-27 in the third and a 25-16 win in the concluding 4th set. 

The Jags would take on Troy in their final match of the weekend, hoping to get one match win before the 2019 SWAC West Round Up. 

Troy came out of the gates with a high level of intensity as they won the first two sets to give Southern an early 0-2 match deficit. Southern would continue to fight back in the third set to get their lone victory of the night 25-19 in the third set. 

The Jags dropped the final set with a score of 25-17 to bring the Troy Tournament to its conclusion. The Jags recorded twenty five kills on the afternoon, as well as seven blocks. The Jags will look to get some tallies in the win column as the Jags take on Alcorn in the SWAC West Volleyball RoundUp on September 27. 

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