By Josh Brown
VANDALIA — The previous four seasons, when the Troy volleyball team won the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division, there was a lot less room for error.
After the realignment created an entirely new setup to decide the American North Division champion, the Trojans now had to get through 10 more games to defend their titles.
And in the middle of three games in three nights, Troy put away their 34th consecutive division win, clinching its fifth straight GWOC American North Division championship outright with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 sweep at Butler Wednesday night.
“It feels pretty great actually,” Troy coach Michelle Owen said. “I was super proud of our girls. Three games in a row this week, and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. It was nice last night (against Tippecanoe) to get the win and get a little pressure off of our shoulders. And it was nice tonight to go in and play well, beat them in three, that way we knew for sure we had that top spot.”
And the Trojans have been playing those three games — a five-set win over Tippecanoe on Tuesday that clinched at least a share of the title, Wednesday’s win over Butler and Thursday’s Senior Night season finale at home against Piqua — shorthanded.
“Gabbi Johnson and was sick last night against Tipp, so we were down a middle, and Alexa Holland has been sick all week, so we’re down a defensive specialist,” Owen said. “We had to move some kids around and juggle some spots. We’re pretty beat up right now injury-wise. We were obviously pretty happy to come away with that win against Tipp. It was intense.”
Wednesday’s win was significantly easier than the night before’s.
Katie DeMeo led the Trojan offense with 12 kills, two digs, one block and one assist, Camryn Moeller had 10 kills, 10 digs, two blocks and one ace, Lauren Schmitz had seven kills, a dig and three blocks, Miranda Silcott had five kills, 10 digs and three aces, Gabbi Johnson had three kills, a dig and two blocks, Chloe Johnston had one kill.
Dana Wynkoop had 18 assists, four digs and three aces, Katie Jackson had 12 assists, three digs and one ace, Victoria Holland had 10 digs, one ace and one assist, Caroline Pratt had seven digs, Payton Riley had three blocks and Kearston Riley had a dig.
The string of five consecutive division championships is the program’s longest in its history. Troy improved to 17-4 with the win and 14-0 in the American North, and will look to finish its fifth straight undefeated run through league play at home against Piqua Thursday.
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