DALLAS, Texas (8/31/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad had 38 combined attack and service errors in a 3-0 (29-31, 22-25, 14-25) setback against SMU Friday night at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas in both teams’ second match of the SMU Doubletree Classic.
A-State (2-3) recorded 28 attack errors and 10 service errors compared to only 16 and 1, respectively, for the Mustangs (1-3). Therefore, SMU hit .219 to A-State’s .125 percentage on the match. Carlisa May led the Red Wolves with 18 kills, while Brittany Adams had a double-double for the home team with 11 kills and 13 digs. Ellie Watkins handed out 36 assists, while Tatum Ticknor had 14 digs and Ryley Gill tied a career high with 10 digs. Timber Terrell had five blocks as A-State out blocked SMU 9-8.
The two teams played an epic first set with SMU ahead 15-14 before a 5-1 run put the Mustangs ahead 20-15 and the home team had set point at 24-21. However, the Red Wolves received kills from Terrell and Peyton Uhlenhake before an ace by Watkins to tie it at 24-24. A-State had set point at 27-26 and 28-27, but SMU came back each time and tied the frame at 29-29. The Mustangs registered a block and a kill to win the set 31-29.
SMU jumped out to a 20-11 advantage in set two, but A-State used an 11-4 run, capped by a Macey Putt kill, to climb within 24-22 before a kill for the Mustangs gave them the set 25-22. A-State trailed 10-9 early in set three, but a 9-3 run created some separation for SMU as they would go on to win the set 25-14 and the match 3-0.
Arkansas State returns to action tomorrow with its last match in the SMU Doubletree Classic against NC State. First serve is set for 12 p.m.
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