HATTIESBURG, Miss. (9/6/19) – A balanced attack on Friday night helped the Arkansas State volleyball team extend its winning streak to three matches, sweeping Southern Miss to open the 12th-annual Southern Miss Volleyball Classic at Reed Green Coliseum.
Seven Red Wolves combined for 39 kills, while Peyton Uhlenhake led the way behind the service line with a career-best four of the team’s seven aces to lead A-State (3-1) to its third-straight sweep in the streak. The performance also sparked a season-best attack percentage for the Red Wolves, who hit .310 as a team while holding the Golden Eagles (0-4) to a clip of just .151. For the fourth-straight match, A-State held an opponent to a sub-.200 mark.
Set 1 – A-State 25-19
The Red Wolves claimed their seventh straight set, but had to weather a fierce comeback from the Golden Eagles late in the frame. With A-State ahead 24-14, USM captured five straight points to cut the deficit to 24-19. A service error by Addie Ashton put out the fire, handing the Red Wolves a 25-19 decision in the set.
Macey Putt led the squad with five kills on a .273 attack percentage to go along with three digs and a block. Josie Stanford was tied for the set lead with a pair of blocks to her credit. Julianna Cramer dished out seven assists to lead all players.
Set 2 – A-State 25-14
In the second, the Red Wolves got out to a 5-1 lead, which would be an advantage that USM could not surmount. A-State’s largest lead of the set came at 21-9, although the Golden Eagles chipped away with a brief 3-0 run late to cut the deficit to 23-14. It would be too little too late, as a kill and subsequent ace by Uhlenhake sealed the set for the Scarlet and Black.
Set 3 – A-State 25-15
Southern Miss hoped to flip the script in the final set, taking an early lead, but the Red Wolves countered by continuing their offensive success to take the lead for good at 4-3 on a kill by Brown. A-State took advantage of eight attacking errors by USM, which helped pad the lead that would grow to as much as nine before a final error by USM’s Addie Ashton finished the match.
Malgorzata Andersohn led the A-State attack in the final frame, notching five of her 11 assists in the contest.
In the match, Kendahl Davenport matched her season-high with four kills to go along with a pair of blocks – one solo.
- Arkansas State held an opponent to an attack percentage of below .200 for the fourth straight match to open the year.
- Head coach Santiago Restrepo earned his second win in as many tries against Southern Miss – a team he coached from 2001-03.
- A-State’s win marked its third sweep in a row for the first time since 2016.
- Dating back to 2018, Arkansas State is 11-3 when holding opponents to an attack percentage of under .200.
- When claiming the first two sets, the Red Wolves are now a perfect 30-0 dating back to 2017.
- Madison Brown tallied a season-high eight kills.
- Brianna Hollingshed and Karolina Kugiel made their A-State debuts against the Golden Eagles.
- Hannah Cox led all players with 12 digs.
The Red Wolves will return to action bright and early Saturday morning, facing undefeated Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State (4-0) at 10 a.m., followed by their weekend finale at 5 p.m. against New Orleans. The Bulldogs defeated the Privateers, 3-1, in the tournament opener earlier Friday.
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