KANSAS CITY, Mo. (9/8/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball team wrapped up competition at the Kangaroo Classic with a 3-1 record after a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-15) sweep over SIUE Saturday afternoon at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Carlisa May led the Red Wolves (5-5) with 14 kills and now has 1,475 for her career to give her the fourth most in school history. Isabel Theut added eight kills on a season-best .583 hitting percentage, while Ellie Watkins handed out 30 assists. Defensively, Tatum Ticknor led the team with 11 digs, while Callie Weaver also reached double-digits for the first time in her young career with 10. Madison Turner registered three blocks as A-State held SIUE (0-9) to an .000 hitting percentage.
“I felt like we were a little tired from yesterday and it finally hit us today,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “However, we were able to get the job done and gain some momentum heading into our home tournament next week. Hopefully we can keep that rolling.”
Arkansas State raced out to a 19-13 advantage in set one after an ace by May to force a timeout by the Cougars. A-State didn’t slow down and led 24-15 after a kill by Macey Putt to cause another timeout by SIUE, but a kill by Peyton Uhlenhake on the next point gave the team a 25-15 set win.
The Red Wolves jumped out to a 14-6 lead in set two, but an 8-1 run by SIUE made the score 15-14 in favor of A-State. However, Arkansas State responded with a 7-3 run, capped by a kill from Turner, to push the score to 22-17 and eventually won the set 25-20 for a 2-0 lead. A-State controlled the third set with a 14-8 advantage on a kill by Putt and led by as many as 10 at 24-14 before splitting the final two points for another 25-15 set win to clinch the 3-0 victory.
May was named to her 10th career All-Tournament team after registering 69 kills (4.31 per set), four aces, 29 digs, and six blocks. Turner was named to her first career All-Tournament team after posting 19 kills on a .425 hitting percentage with 17 blocks (1.06 per set), including five block solos.
Arkansas State will play its home opener at First National Bank Arena on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. against Central Arkansas to open the A-State Invitational.
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