LAFAYETTE, La. (10/14/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team swept Louisiana-Lafayette 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19) at the Earl K. Long Center as the team earned its 22nd conference win in its last 23 games.
The Red Wolves (14-7, 6-1 SBC) were led by Carlisa May’s 17 kills on a .389 hitting percentage, while Jessica Uke registered 11 kills and .667 hitting percentage. Kenzie Fields and Kelsey Reis tallied eight each, while Brentlee Weaver turned in seven kills on the night. Mallory Warrington posted her eighth double-double of the season with 47 assists and 11 digs. Markie Schaedig led the team with 14 digs defensively, while Lindsey Cline finished with eight digs.
“We played well tonight in a really tough place to play,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “Louisiana-Lafayette came out with a lot of energy and challenged us early, but we stayed together as a team and worked through it. Carlisa had a great night, but it was also great to see Jessica play like she did. We need that play to continue as we move on to another tough road matchup on Sunday.”
A-State never led by more than five in the first set as the Ragin’ Cajuns (7-14, 3-3) kept things close through the set. An attack error by ULL’s Stacey Reilly gave the Red Wolves a 17-12 advantage, but it also sparked a rally from the home as they rallied off five of the next seven points to close with 19-17. May ended with rally with back-to-back kills to put A-State up 21-17 and then looked poised to take the set with after another back-to-back kill combination by May put her team up 23-19.
The Ragin’ Cajuns rallied again, however, and pulled with 23-23 that forced a timeout by the Arkansas State sideline. Weaver got things back on track with a kill out of the timeout and an attack error gave the Red Wolves game one at 25-22.
Louisiana-Lafayette led 5-2 early in the second set, but a rally by Arkansas State quickly gave them a 10-7 lead that forced a timeout by host team. The lead grew to 17-10 after the timeout and eventually 21-13 after a kill by Uke. A-State put the set away with a pair of kills by Fields for the 25-16 victory.
Coming out of the break Arkansas State wasted little time in building a 9-3 edge. After a timeout, the Ragin’ Cajuns closed to within 11-8, but continued would not be denied its sweep as the lead quickly grew to 17-11. Uke closed the match with the final kill of night on set point to give A-State its 10th straight set victory of the season.
Arkansas State continues league play Oct. 16 with a road contest versus Louisiana-Monroe. First serve from Monroe is set for Noon.
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