JONESBORO, Ark. (11/4/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team registered its 1,000th win in program history with a 3-1 (25-14, 25-21, 24-26, 25-12) victory over UT Arlington Friday night at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves (21-7, 13-1 SBC) did see their eight-match sweep streak end, but extended the winning streak to nine as the team became the 18th program in NCAA Division I history to win 1,000 matches. A-State tied its season high with 11 blocks (Aug. 27 vs. North Carolina State) and hit .222 to a .103 mark for the Mavericks (13-15, 7-6 SBC).
“We knew UTA had the potential to give us a tough match,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “I wasn’t too concerned with the streak of sweeps, but we did get the win, which is the most important thing. We also responded really well and showed what type of team we are after they took the third set. It was important to see that from us.”
Carlisa May was an offensive force for A-State with 20 kills, while Kelsey Reis added 10 kills on a .421 hitting percentage as eight different players tallied kills. Mallory Warrington recorded her team-high 12th double-double with 50 assists and 14 digs, while Markie Schaedig led the team with 21 digs and Drew Jones reached double digits with 11. Jessica Uke led the team with five blocks, while May and Kenzie Fields had three apiece.
The Red Wolves took control early in set one with a 10-5 lead to force a timeout by UTA. A-State extended the advantage to 19-9 on an ace by Reis to force the Mavericks to call their second timeout. The home team never allowed UT Arlington to get back in it as a kill by Uke ended the set at 25-14 in favor of A-State.
The second set was much more competitive with A-State holding a 15-14 edge at the media timeout after a kill by Shelby Holmes. UTA went on a 3-0 run for a 17-15 lead, and then A-State responded with a 4-0 run for a 19-17 edge on a block by Fields. The home team went in front 24-20 on a May kill, but UT Arlington won the next point to make it 24-21. However, Anna Murphy registered a kill on the next point to give the Red Wolves a 25-21 set win.
The Mavericks jumped out to a 15-12 edge at the media timeout of the third set, but A-State battled back to tie the set at 17-17 on a block by Murphy. A-State was able to pull ahead on a couple of occasions, but the set was tied 24-24 before two straight points by UT Arlington gave them a 26-24 set win to force a game four.
However, A-State responded in dominating fashion by racing out to a 13-6 lead in the fourth set after a block by Holmes and Reis. The team later went ahead 18-7 and forced UT Arlington to call its final timeout. The Red Wolves extended the edge to 24-12 on a May kill and clinched a 25-12 set win and 3-1 match win on a kill by Holmes.
Arkansas State has clinched a spot in the SBC Tournament and can be no lower than the third seed. A-State takes on Texas State Saturday, Nov. 5 in a match with huge implications for the West Division. If A-State defeats the Bobcats, the Red Wolves clinch the division title due to Texas State's loss to Little Rock. Saturday’s match also represents Senior Night for the Red Wolves with the team’s seniors set to be honored before the contest. First serve at the Convocation Center is set for 6:30 p.m. and the match will air 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.