OXFORD, Miss. (9/6/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team traveled to Oxford, Miss., Tuesday night, but suffered a 3-1 (22-25, 18-25, 25-20, 16-25) setback to the Rebels at the Pavilion in a contest that was broadcast on SEC Network +.
Ole Miss (7-0) outhit the Red Wolves (4-3) .369 to .196 during the match and also had 10 blocks to Arkansas State’s four. Carlisa May led A-State with 16 kills, while Brentlee Weaver and Kenzie Fields each had 10 apiece. Fields also led the team with four of the team’s seven aces, which were a season high for the Red Wolves. Mallory Warrington dished out 45 assists, while Markie Schaedig led the squad with 20 digs, her fourth match with at least 20 digs on the year.
“I felt like we didn’t compete very well tonight, especially in the second and fourth sets,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We just aren’t a very good volleyball team right now. We showed our potential in the third game, but didn’t capitalize on it.”
The Red Wolves took a 10-9 edge in the first set with the help of a couple of aces by Fields, and extended the lead to 17-14 on a kill by Fields. However, Ole Miss came back to take a 21-20 edge and closed the set on a 4-2 run to win 25-22. A-State never really found its stride in set two and trailed by as many as nine at 20-11. The team got within six at 24-18, but Ole Miss won the next point for a 25-18 set win and 2-0 edge in the match. The home team outhit the Red Wolves .400 to .227 during the first two games.
A-State played its best set during the third set by jumping out to a 19-12 advantage on an Anna Murphy kill. Ole Miss was able to get within 24-20, but another Murphy kill gave the Red Wolves a 25-20 set win. However, it was all Ole Miss in set four as the Rebels raced out to a 13-4 advantage and won the set 25-16 to claim the victory in the match 3-1.
Arkansas State returns to action Thursday night in the first game of the A-State Invitational with a matchup against in-state opponent Central Arkansas. First serve from the Convocation Center is set for 6 p.m.Fans can follow the team on Twitter (@stAteVolleyball) and Instagram (astatevolleyball) along with liking the Arkansas State University Volleyball page on Facebook for the latest news and updates regarding the team.