ATLANTA, Ga. (10/29/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team recorded its eighth straight sweep, tying for the most since the 1992 season, with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-13) victory versus Georgia State Saturday night at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta.
The eight sweeps in conference play extends A-State’s record in SBC play and ties for the most since eight straight sweeps of American South Conference foes in 1990. The win over the Panthers (9-14, 5-7 SBC) also clinches the third straight 20-win season for the Red Wolves (20-7, 12-1 SBC).
A-State was led offensively by Carlisa May’s nine kills on a .400 hitting percentage while Kelsey Reis added eight on a .800 attacking mark. Drew Jones tallied seven kills as the junior saw her most action since playing multiple sets at Texas State Oct. 7. Mallory Warrington recorded her team-best 11th double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs, while Markie Schaedig had a great night defensively with 23 digs. Shelby Holmes tied a career high with six blocks, while Jessica Uke added four.
“This was a total team match,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “Everyone contributed to the win. We’re ready to get home for our final home weekend against UTA and Texas State and hope everyone comes out to watch us.”
A-State faced little resistance in set one by jumping out to a 12-6 lead on a kill by Kenzie Fields. The team went on to outscore the Panthers 13-5 the rest of the set and ended it with a kill by Holmes for a 25-11 win.
The second set was close most of the way with Georgia State holding an 18-16 advantage after a service error by the Red Wolves. However, the visitors responded with a 6-0 run, including three kills by Jones, to go ahead 22-18. Georgia State got back within two, but no closer as the Red Wolves closed out a 25-20 set win on a kill by Fields.
The Red Wolves never trailed in set three with the team earning a 15-6 edge on a May kill that forced a timeout by the Panthers. A-State took a 14-point lead at 24-10 on a kill by Uke. Georgia State scored three straight points, but a ball-handling error by the home team set the final score at 25-13 and clinched a 3-0 win for the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State returns home for its final two home matches of the season next weekend with UT Arlington slated to come to the Convocation Center on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. A-State will hold Senior Day activities the following night on Nov. 5 against Texas State with first serve set for 6:30 p.m. against the Bobcats. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN3.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.