JONESBORO, Ark. (11/2/18) – The Arkansas State women’s volleyball team defeated Texas State to snap the Bobcats’ 17-game win streak in five sets (25-18, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18, 15-13) Friday night at First National Bank Arena.
With the win, A-State moves to 16-10 overall and 8-5 in Sun Belt action while the Bobcats fell to 22-6 overall and 13-1 in conference.
“Give credit to the assistant coaches and their hard work over the last three matches, said A-State head coach David Rehr. “Texas State had a great game plan coming in but our players were able to adjust during the game to be able to win an incredible volleyball match.”
The Red Wolves jumped out to an early 5-3 advantage in the first set on back-to-back kills by Madison Turner. A-State continued to push its lead when it went on a 3-0 scoring run led by May and Josie Stanford to force a Texas State timeout. After the timeout the Red Wolves kept pushing their lead on back-to-back kills by Turner to go up 23-17. The home team kept the intensity level high and took the first set 25-1 on a kill by Madison Brown.
A-State set the tone early when it went on a 3-0 scoring run to go up 4-1 in the second set but the Bobcats rallied on a ball handling error but Julianna Cramer and a kill by Amy Pflughaupt to pull within 7-5. The visitors pushed their lead when they went on an 8-0 scoring run lead by Tyeranee Scott and Sarabi Gilbert-Worley to force a A-State timeout. Resuming action, the Red Wolves’ couldn’t find their rhythm when they committed three services errors to fall behind 20-13. Texas State took the second set 25-17 on an attack error by A-State.
The home team battled in the third set when they went on a 3-0 scoring run to tie the set at 6-6. However, Texas State rallied when it went on a 4-0 scoring run which was ended on a kill by Brown to move the score to 11-10 in favor of Texas State. The Bobcats pushed their advantage when they went on a 3-0 scoring to pull ahead 20-15 ultimately forcing an A-State timeout. Concluding the timeout, Texas state rallied on back-to-back kills by Jillian Sluaghter taking the third set 25-19.
A-State battled in the fourth set when they went on a 3-0 scoring run led by Brown and May extending its advantage 7-5 to force a Bobcat timeout. The Red Wolves showed a sense of urgency when they went on 4-0 scoring to push their lead 17-11 but it was ended on a kill by Emily DeWalt. A-State put up a stronger fight in the fourth set and took the set 25-18 on kill by May.
The home team rallied in the fifth set when they earn back-to-back kills by Josie Stanford to go up 8-7. Momentum went in favor of the Red Wolves when they took the fifth set 15-13 on a kill by May.
The Red Wolves return to action Sunday to host UT-Arlington. The first serve is set for noon at First National Bank Arena. Senior day activities will start prior to the match.
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