HATTIESBURG, Miss. (9/7/19) – Peyton Uhlenhake’s impressive junior season continued on Saturday, as she recorded a pair of double-double performances for Arkansas State at the Southern Miss Classic.
The Red Wolves (4-2) split their two matches on the day, dropping a tough 3-2 decision to Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State before claiming a hard-fought 3-1 win over New Orleans in the nightcap. On the day, Uhlenhake totaled 32 kills and 23 digs between the two contests. For the weekend, the junior tallied 40 kills and 28 digs.
MATCH 1 – Mississippi State 3, Arkansas State 2
In the opening match on Saturday, the Red Wolves dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to undefeated Mississippi State. After the Bulldogs claimed the opening set, A-State battled back to take a 2-1 lead in the match. MSU evened it up in the fourth before taking a hotly-contested fifth set to clinch the win.
Peyton Uhlenhake recorded her third double-double of the season, and her career, with her best performance to date. The Overland Park, Kansas, native notched 21 kills and 11 digs – both career highs – to lead three Red Wolves in double-digit kills. Timber Terrell posted her highest kills total of the year (11) while Macey Putt added 10.
On the defensive side, Kendahl Davenport led the squad with five total blocks while Hannah Cox paced the team with 18 digs. Malgorzata Andersohn joined Uhlenhake with a double-double, tallying 27 assists and 16 digs, both season-bests. Julianna Cramer chipped in with a career-high 23 assists to help the Red Wolves offense.
Set 1 – MSU 25-22
The Red Wolves got out to an early lead in the match after MSU won two of the first three points, until MSU went on a 5-0 run to take the lead for good at 12-10 on an attack error by Macey Putt.
A-State battled back to knot up the set at 14-all on three straight MSU attack errors, but the Bulldogs inched away as the set went on, with Amarrah Cooks ending the set on a kill.
Putt paced the Red Wolves with five kills in the set, while Andersohn tallied six assists and four digs.
Set 2 – A-State 25-15
After going down by a 2-0 deficit early, the Red Wolves bounced back and would not look back, claiming a 25-15 decision in the second set.
A-State dominated from behind the service line, firing an astounding eight aces – three by Josie Stanford – to even up the match at 1-all. Stanford’s final ace ended the set. Hannah Cox and Julianna Cramer also pitched in from behind the line with aces of their own, including a pair by Cox.
Paulina Sobolewska provided a spark off the bench, accounting for a pair of kills and back-to-back aces late in the set to help the Red Wolves increase their lead.
Set 3 – A-State 25-23
In the third, A-State withstood a late MSU run to tie up the set at 23 before cashing in on a pair of attack errors by MSU’s Callie Minshew to take a 2-1 lead in the contest. The Red Wolves had to battle back from an early 10-6 deficit, but kills by Timber Terrell combined with MSU miscues allowed A-State to claim the lead.
Facing a 23-19 deficit, the Bulldogs rattled off four straight points to knot up the set at 23-all, but the Minshew errors helped the Red Wolves move ahead in the match.
Set 4 – MSU 25-17
Much like the second set, the Red Wolves relied heavily upon the service game, tallying seven aces. However, they could not surmount an early deficit as MSU forced a winner-take-all fifth set with a 25-17 decision.
Uhlenhake led A-State with three kills, while Brown and Kendahl Davenport both added a pair.
Set 5 – MSU 15-13
Uhlenhake caught fire in the fifth set, accounting for six of A-State’s 11 kills. The set featured seven ties and five lead changes, with MSU surging late to take a tight 15-13 decision and claim the match.
Andersohn collected five assists, while Cramer added four in the frame to aid in the Red Wolf attack.
MATCH 2 – Arkansas State 3, New Orleans 1
For the second straight match, Arkansas State needed to come from behind in order to win. After UNO took the opening set, the Red Wolves buckled down and claimed three in a row to end on a strong note, downing the talented Privateers 3-1 on Saturday night.
Three Red Wolves posted double-doubles in the match. Uhlenhake led the way with 11 kills and 12 digs, while Cramer tallied 12 assists and 12 digs. Malgorzata Andersohn continued her strong freshman season with 19 assists to go along with 10 digs. Hannah Cox also matched her season-high with 25 digs Saturday night.
At the net, Josie Stanford (7 total blocks) and Kendahl Davenport (6) combined for 13 total blocks. Offensively, newcomer Paulina Sobolewska enjoyed a breakout performance, tallying eight kills and nine digs in the triumph over UNO.
Set 1 – UNO 25-22
The opening set saw a back-and-forth affair, until New Orleans took the lead on a ball handling error to lead 8-7. From there, the Privateers would hold on to claim the set and take a 1-0 lead.
Down 22-16, the Red Wolves capitalized on three Privateer attack errors on a 5-0 run to trim the deficit to 1, but UNO took three of the next four points to take a tight 25-22 decision in the first set.
Putt led A-State with three kills in the set, while Uhlenhake tacked on a pair. Both Uhlenhake and Stanford added aces.
Set 2 – A-State 25-20
In the second stanza, A-State battled back from an early deficit en route to tying up the match at 1-all. The Red Wolves would extend the lead to as much as five and relied on timely kills and Privateer miscues to retain momentum.
Three of Davenport’s blocks came in the set, while Uhlenhake added four kills, including one that gave the Red Wolves the lead for good at 10-9.
Set 3 – A-State 25-17
A-State continued the momentum into the third set, holding off UNO in the middle stages of the set to extend the lead and eventually claim a 25-17 decision to move ahead 2-1 in the match.
After overcoming a slight deficit early, the Red Wolves went on a stretch where they took six of seven points to take the lead for good.
In the set, Uhlenhake collected four kills and an ace to lead the Scarlet and Black. Andersohn tallied a pair of aces to aid in A-State’s offensive production.
Set 4 – A-State 25-20
In what would become the final set, UNO got out to an early lead, which it would stretch to as much as five before the Red Wolves brought the comeback magic. That began with a 6-0 run sparked by multiple errors on the UNO side along with a pair of aces by Hannah Cox. Sobolewska led the way with four kills in clutch moments, including two that gave the Red Wolves the lead, while the last one sealed the victory.
- - Arkansas State held an opponent to an attack percentage of below .200 for the sixth straight match to open the year against Mississippi State and New Orleans.
- - Josie Stanford fired a season-high three aces vs. Mississippi State, matching her career high
- - Peyton Uhlenhake tallied her third double-double of the season against MSU and became the first Red Wolf to reach the 20-kill mark this season, tallying a career-high 21 to go along with 11 digs. In match 2, Uhlenhake tallied her second double-double of the day and fourth of the year.
- - Paulina Sobolewska recorded a season-best day in reserve, collecting seven digs to accompany three kills and two aces in the first match. In the second outing, Sobolewska registered eight kills while nearing double-figures in digs with nine.
The Red Wolves open up their 12-match home slate with the annual A-State Invitational, beginning Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. vs. Stephen F. Austin.
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