JONESBORO, Ark. (11/1/19) – After leading by two sets, the Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a five-set decision (25-16, 25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 11-15) to Georgia Southern Friday night at First National Bank Arena.
The Red Wolves (13-9, 4-6 Sun Belt Conference) served nine aces in the match and saw another double-double effort by Macey Putt (18 kills, 13 digs), but the Eagles (7-15, 2-9) showed resilience in battling back from down two sets to extend and ultimately take the match.
Malgorzata Andersohn also notched a double-double with 12 assists and 19 digs, her team-leading ninth of the year. Andersohn and Hannah Cox led the way with four aces apiece in the match, with three of Cox’s aces coming in key moments during the second set. Julianna Cramer led the Red Wolves with 21 assists.
Set 1 – Arkansas State 25-16
In the opening set, the Red Wolves battled back from an early deficit to take a 13-8 lead on a 6-0 run. Georgia Southern would reclaim the lead at 15-14, but would only score one more point as A-State dominated down the stretch to take the first set 25-16.
Putt led all players with five kills in the opening stanza, while Cox recorded the lone ace of the set. A-State also recorded 3.0 blocks, including a pair by Josie Stanford, who tied for the team lead with Madison Brown with four in the match.
Set 2 – Arkansas State 25-21
The Red Wolves again fought off an early deficit to take the second set, down 10-6 before going on a 6-0 run to lead 13-10, fueled by three straight aces by Cox. A-State managed to hold off the Eagles, who would keep the set score to within four until it took the set on kills by Putt and Kendahl Davenport to give the Red Wolves a commanding two-set lead.
Putt continued her impressive offensive showcase, knocking down seven kills to go along with an ace. Paulina Sobolewska also collected seven of her 22 digs in the second set.
Set 3 – Georgia Southern 25-21
The Eagles did not go away quietly, clawing back from an early 8-2 deficit to ultimately post the go-ahead point at 19-18 on a kill by Mya Wilson, forcing an Arkansas State timeout.
After the break in action, GSU took six of the last nine points to get on the board and extend the match.
Three Red Wolves – Peyton Uhlenhake, Davenport and Putt – led the squad with three kills in the set, while Andersohn led defensively with seven digs. Davenport added a pair of blocks to her tally, as well.
Set 4 – Georgia Southern 25-20
Georgia Southern continued its momentum into the fourth set, taking the first three points and leading by as much as eight at 16-8. A-State clawed back with a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 17-14, but the Eagles would get crucial points when they needed to take the fourth set and send the match to a winner-take-all fifth set.
Timber Terrell tallied four of her seven kills in the fourth on five attempts, plus a block, to lead the Red Wolves.
Set 5 – Georgia Southern 15-11
The Eagles took an early 7-3 lead in the final set, but the Red Wolves bounced right back to cut that lead to 7-6 with a 3-0 run. GSU took the next point on an attack error before the teams switched sides.
After the switch, A-State rattled off four points in a row to take a 10-9 lead, propelled by a kill by Brown, who teamed up with Stanford on the very next point on a block. After the Eagles tied things at 10-all, they took five of the last six points to take the match with a 15-11 decision in the fifth.
Carly Turner led Georgia Southern offensively with 20 kills, while Wilson added 12. Defensively, the Eagles were led by libero Landon Jones, who collected 22 digs. Baylor Bumford led up front with four total blocks to her credit.
A-State continues its three-match home stand Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., hosting Georgia State. The Red Wolves will then face a quick turnaround, hosting in-state rival Little Rock on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
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