NEW ORLEANS, LA. (11/29/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball team fell to Tulane in five sets (25-23, 27-25, 25-22, 25-8, 15-13) Thursday night in the first round of the NIVC at Devlin Fieldhouse.

A-State concluded the season 19-14 overall while Tulane improved to 26-8.

Carlisa May led the Red Wolves offensively with 21 kills, while Macey Putt added 14. Elli Watkins handed out a game-high 39 assists while Kenzie Fields paced the Red Wolves defense with 17 digs.

The Red Wolves jumped out to an early 9-2 advantage when they went on a 5-0 scoring run led by Putt and Ticknor. However, the Green Wave rallied when they went on a 3-0 scoring run on attack errors by A-State.

Tulane rallied when it pulled within 11-9 on a kill by Jenna Ibieta. The home team gained momentum when it went on a 3-0 scoring run to take a 15-13 lead.  The Red Wolves found rhythm when they took the first set 25-23 over the Green Wave.

The Green Wave had a much stronger second set when they raced out to an 12-7 advantage over the Red Wolves. A-State pulled within 15-12 on back-to-back attack errors by Tulane however, the home team extended its lead when it went on a 4-0 scoring to pull away 18-14. The Green Wave showed a strong defensive effort when they took the second set 27-25 on a block by Dayna Kern.

A-State couldn’t find rhythm in the third set when the Green Wave took a 15-13 advantage on a kill by Kern. The Red Wolves rallied when they tied the match at 18 on a kill by Isabel Theut. The Red Wolves found momentum when they saw a 22-20 advantage on a kill by Putt. The Red Wolves took the match 25-22 on a service ace by May.

To start the fourth set, Tulane went on a 7-0 scoring run to led by Makala Heideberg to push their lead 9-4. The Green Wave continued to push their lead when they went on a 7-0 scoring run to take control of the set 19-6 ultimately forcing an A-State timeout. The Red Wolves couldn’t find an answer for the aggressive Tulane offense when they dropped the set 25-8.

The Red Wolves battled when they tied the fifth set at 10, however, the Red Wolves couldn’t find an answer for the Green Wave when they dropped the set 15-13 on a kill by Yvette Burcescu.

Tulane will face Cal Baptist Friday, Nov. 30 in the second round of the NIVC. The first serve is set for 7 p.m. at Devlin Fieldhouse.

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