JONESBORO, Ark. (9/9/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated UT Martin 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-16) in its second match of the A-State Invitational at the Convocation Center Friday night in a match that saw the Red Wolves hit a season-high .463 and hold the Skyhawks to a .084 mark.
Carlisa May led the Red Wolves (6-3) with nine kills on a .667 attacking percentage, while Brentlee Weaver (8) and Kenzie Fields (8) were tied for second most during the match that saw A-State use 15 different players. Kelsey Reis added seven kills on a .778 hitting percentage, while Mallory Warrington handed out 39 assists. Markie Schaedig led the team with 12 digs and Anna Murphy had two service aces to pace the Red Wolves.
“This was a big step in the right direction for us,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We still have some things to improve on, but this was one of the most complete matches we’ve played this year from start to finish. It was nice to get a lot of people in during the game and see some different lineups, but now we turn our attention to Tulsa.”
A-State raced out to a 10-3 advantage in set one after a block by Reis and Warrington to force a UT Martin (3-8) timeout. The home team led by as many as 12 at 18-6 after a Weaver kill and closed the set with a 25-14 win on a kill by Fields.
The second set began with both teams splitting the first 10 points, but A-State used an 18-9 run, capped by a May kill on Lauren Petersen’s first career assist, to go ahead 23-14. Weaver registered the final two points on sets from Petersen as the Red Wolves earned a 25-17 victory in set two.
Arkansas State jumped out to an 11-6 lead in set three on a Shelby Holmes kill to force a UTM timeout. However, the stoppage in play did little to slow A-State down with the Red Wolves earning a 21-14 advantage on Alden Weeks’ first career kill. The Red Wolves finished the set on a 4-2 run to claim a 25-16 set win and 3-0 victory against the Skyhawks.
A-State finishes the A-State Invitational Saturday against Tulsa at 1 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Tulsa won both of the other two matches Friday with a 3-0 win over UTM and 3-1 triumph versus Central Arkansas.
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