HOUSTON, Texas (9/15/17) – The Arkansas State volleyball team used a season-high 11 aces and out blocked Georgetown 9-1 in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-19, 25-10) victory over the Hoyas to open the Rice adidas Invitational II Friday morning at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas.
The 11 service aces for the Red Wolves (6-5) were the most since Nov. 2, 2014 when A-State registered 11 at Louisiana-Lafayette. Kenzie Fields led the team with three aces, while Peyton Uhlenhake, Lindsay Cline, and Tatum Ticknor each had two. The nine blocks for the team were tied for third most this season with Jessica Uke tying a season high with five as A-State improved to 10-3 all-time against schools currently in the Big East.
A-State hit .268 and held Georgetown (6-4) to a .165 hitting percentage. Drew Jones led the team with 18 kills, while Fields posted her second double-double of the season with 37 assists and 17 digs. Ticknor led the squad with 19 digs, while Timber Terrell and Jones each totaled three blocks. Symone Speech led the Hoyas with 15 kills on a .438 attacking percentage.
“We had a great week of practice,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We emphasized serving in practice all week and promised them cookies as part of our meal if we got aces so we owe them a lot of cookies. Georgetown is a good squad and played us tough those first two sets, but we responded really well after that.”
The match began with a very back-and-forth set one with the teams finding themselves tied 20-20 and then 24-24. However, Georgetown won two straight points on attack errors by the Red Wolves to claim the set 26-24. The second set was similar before the Red Wolves went in front 18-15 on a Nicole Knight service ace. A-State extended the advantage to 24-20 before Georgetown came back with a 3-0 run to make it 24-23. After a timeout, Carlisa May gave A-State the set 25-23 with a kill.
With the match tied 1-1, Arkansas State began the third set strongly by jumping out to a 10-6 lead to force a Hoyas’ timeout. The Red Wolves pushed ahead by as many as seven at 20-13 after a kill by Jones and went on to win game three 25-19. Set four started out with both teams splitting the first 10 points, but A-State went ahead at 6-5 on a block by Fields and Uke and didn’t look back. GU made the score 21-10 on a kill by Speech, but four straight A-State points sealed a 25-10 set four win.
Arkansas State returns to action later today with a 6 p.m. match against host Rice.
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