ATLANTA, GA. (10/26/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball team took a 3-1 (26-24, 25-21, 25-24, 25-20) road victory over Georgia State Friday at GSU Sports Arena.
With the win, the Red Wolves rise to 13-10 overall and 5-5 in league action. Georgia State drops to 5-16 overall and 2-9 in Sun Belt play. A-State remains undefeated (11-0) against the Panthers since they rejoined the Sun Belt in 2013.
Carlisa May led the Red Wolves’ offense with a double-double of 22 kills and 13 digs. Madison Turner had 13 kills and two blocks while Ellie Watkins dished out a game-high 50 assists. Kenzie Fields led the A-State defense with 15 digs while Josie Stafford had four blocks.
“We got better as the match went along and we started to be the type of team we know we can be,” A-State head coach David Rehr said. “The kids gave great effort tonight and didn’t give in when things were tough early on.”
The Panthers came out fired up in the first set when they raced out to a 7-5 advantage on back-to-back kills by Sydney Stroud. The Red Wolves showed fight when they tied the match at 22-22 on a kill by Carlisa May. However, A-State couldn’t keep up the sense of urgency and lost the back-and-forth match 26-24 on an attack error.
In set two, the Red Wolves jumped out to an early 4-2 lead on two attack errors by the Panthers. A-State continued to push its advantage on back-to-back kills by May. However, Georgia State tied the match at 10-10 on a kill by Shae Chapman. The Red Wolves rallied when they went on a four-point run forcing a Panther timeout. After resuming action, the Red Wolves pulled away on a 3-0 scoring run led by Turner and took the set 25-21 on a kill by May.
The squad took a quick 11-5 lead over Georgia State in the third set, when they went on a 3-0 scoring run lead by May and Macey Putt. The Panthers found a spark on offense when Crystal Lee earned two back-to-back kills to pull within 17-12. The Panthers rallied back and tied the match at 21-21. However, the Red Wolves’ offense ignited when May and Putt had back-to-back kills to give A-State the set 26-24.
Georgia State took charge in fourth set when it took its first lead at 9-8. However, the Red Wolves rallied when they went on a 7-0 scoring run lead by Peyton Uhlenhake, Fields and Stanford forcing a Panther timeout. The Red Wolves continued to extend their lead on three Panther attack errors. The squad took the match 25-20 on a kill by Putt.
The Red Wolves continue road play when the take on Georgia Southern Saturday. The first serve is set for 5:30 CT. at Hanner Field House in Statesboro, Ga.
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