Trojans clinch pool, streak into semifinals

Little Rock Athletics
Patrick T. Walsh, Assistant Director of Communications 

FOLEY, Ala. – Three players reached double figures in kills, Laura Jansen recorded another double-double and a streaking Little Rock Volleyball team won its fifth straight match to advance to the Sun Belt Championship Semifinal round in a 3-0 win over Georgia State Thursday afternoon.

Janae Thurston led the Trojans with 12 kills while Laura Jansen’s 11 kills and 15 digs netted her 11th double-double of the season. Nedima Kamberovic put down 10 kills while Nicole Medlin hit .400 with eight kills for the freshman. Medlin also added two solo blocks.

Set scores were 26-24, 25-18 and 25-18.

Little Rock (6-13) never trailed by two the entire match and never trailed over the last two sets. Georgia State (9-11), which has now lost nine of its last 10 against the Trojans, was led by the 10 kills but only .103 hitting percentage of Erin Wyatt while Leah Wilcox put down nine kills. No other Panther recorded more than four.

The win marks the fifth straight for Little Rock, the program’s longest winning streak since opening up the 2018 season with a 5-0 record. That year was also the last time Little Rock made an appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals. This year’s trip will be the 15th semifinal appearance in program history. Little Rock will face the Pool A winner on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. CT.

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