STATESBORO, GA. (10/27/18) The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Georgia Southern in straight sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-23) Saturday at Hanner Field House in Statesboro, GA.

With the win, A-State moves to 14-10 overall and 6-5 in Sun Belt action, while Georgia Southern dropped to 8-19 overall and 2-10 in the league.

“Tonight was a total team effort and I am extremely proud of the way we played,” A-State head coach David Rehr said. “We had a lot of people step up into different roles tonight and everyone helped each other.”

Macey Putt and Carlisa May led the way for the Red Wolves’ offense with 10 kills each, while Ellie Watkins handed out a team-high 20 assists. Madison Turner had a game-high seven blocks to aide A-State’s balanced attack and Kenzie Fields led the Red Wolves with 10 digs.

Georgia Southern jumped out to an early 5-2 advantage in the first set on back-to-back kills Laruen Reichard. A-State rallied when May earned two services aces to bring the score to 12-11. Neither team had more than a two-point lead until the Red Wolves went up 24-21 on kills by Ellie Watkins and Josie Standford. A-State took the set 25-23 with a kill by Madison Turner.

The Eagles showed a strong sense of urgency in the second set when they went on a 5-0 scoring run led by Camila Gomez, Julia Landavazo and Reichard. But the Red Wolves kept high energy when they came within 12-8 of the Eagles on a tip by Madison Brown.

A-State rallied when they went on a 5-0 run to pull within 15-16 forcing a Georgia Southern timeout. After the timeout the Red Wolves pushed the run to 10-0 to take lead at 18-16, ultimately fighting back from a seven-point deficit. Georgia Southern couldn’t find an answer for the high-powered Red Wolves offense when May knocked down back-to-back kills to go up 23-19 creating momentum to give the squad the set 25-19.

Both teams came out fired up in the third set when Georgia Southern tied the match at 7-7 on a service error by Kenzie Fields. The Red Wolves went on a 7-0 scoring run to push their advantage to 14-7. The Eagles didn’t give in to pressure when they went on a 6-1 run to tie the match at 22-22 to force an A-State timeout. After resuming action, the squad earned kills by Watkins, Stanford and May to take the match, 25-23.

The Red Wolves return to action Tuesday, Oct. 30 to face instate rival Little Rock at Jack Stephens Center. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.

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