JONESBORO, Ark. (9/30/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team swept ULM 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-21) Friday night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro in the Red Wolves home Sun Belt Conference opener.
The win improved A-State to 11-6 overall and 3-0 in league play with the victory representing its 19th straight SBC win. The Warhawks fell to 7-13 overall and 2-1 in SBC action.
“This was a total team effort,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We played pretty well against an improved ULM squad; especially the first two sets and stepped up when we had to in set three. Now we move on to Louisiana-Lafayette and this will be our first back-to-back slate in league play so it will be interesting to see how we recover and play tomorrow night.”
A-State jumped out to a 14-6 advantage in set one on a Carlisa May block before the Warhawks used a timeout. The stoppage did little to slow the Red Wolves down as the team extended its advantage to 23-10 on a Markie Schaedig service ace. The home team won two of the next four points, the last on a Kenzie Fields kill, to clinch a 25-12 set victory.
The second set began much the same way with the Red Wolves racing out to a 7-2 lead to force a ULM timeout. Arkansas State stretched the edge to 21-7 on a Nicole Knight service ace and led 22-8 in the game after Pulotu Manoa registered her first career kill. ULM got within 24-13, but a kill by Brentlee Weaver gave A-State a 25-13 set win.
The third set was very competitive with neither team gaining much of an advantage and saw the score tied 17-17. However, ULM went on a 4-1 run to take a 21-18 edge that forced A-State to use a timeout. The Red Wolves responded with a 3-0 run to tie it at 21-21 with ULM calling for a stoppage. A-State gained two more points on kills by May to make the tally 23-21 and the Warhawks used their second timeout. However, a kill by Kelsey Reis and ace by Fields capped a 7-0 run for A-State and clinched a 25-21 set win and 3-0 match victory.
May led the team with 13 kills on a .346 hitting percentage and also added two blocks. Weaver was second with seven scores on a .778 hitting mark. Mallory Warrington handed out 33 assists and also tied Reis for the team high in blocks with each player recording three. Jessica Heuertz led the team with nine digs, while Schaedig and Lindsay Cline registered eight apiece. Schaedig also tied her career high with four aces as A-State set a new season high with nine as a team.
Arkansas State continues league play Saturday night with a home matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette. 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.