JONESBORO, Ark. (9/22/17) – Arkansas State junior outside hitter Carlisa May registered her 1,000th career kill, but A-State couldn’t overcome a strong Coastal Carolina attack in a 3-1 (14-25, 25-21, 25-27, 18-25) loss Friday night to open Sun Belt Conference play at the Convocation Center.
Coastal Carolina (4-6, 1-0 SBC), picked to win the SBC’s East Division, hit .284 for the match, while A-State (7-7, 0-1 SBC) could only muster a .097 percentage. Leah Hardeman led the Chanticleers with 19 kills and had 14 digs, while Kyla Manning (11) and Leah Levert (10) were also in double-digit kills.
Timber Terrell led the Red Wolves with a career-high 11 kills, while May (9) and Uke (9) posted the next highest kill totals. May’s 1000th kill came on her seventh kill of the night, which was in the third set on the 12-9 point. Sheridan Webb stepped in at setter and dished out 33 assists in the final three sets, while Tatum Ticknor led the team with 22 digs, her seventh match of 20+ digs this season. Kenzie Fields led the team with a career-high tying four blocks.
“We didn’t bring our best tonight, but you have to give credit to Coastal Carolina because they are really, really good,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We’ve still got some injuries, but I was proud of how Sheridan stepped in and there were a few positives, but all in all we didn’t play very well. Hopefully, we can bounce back tomorrow against Appalachian State.”
Coastal raced out to a 12-2 lead in set one and never looked back as they would go on to take the set 25-14. Webb stepped in at setter in game two and the two teams went back-and-forth with A-State pulling ahead 19-15 to force a Chanticleers’ timeout. The Red Wolves eventually earned set point at 24-21 and May gave A-State the set 25-21 with a kill to even the match at 1-1.
CCU appeared to have control of set three 21-15, but Arkansas State battled back to tie the score at 24-24 on a kill by Webb after a Coastal defender was in the net. However, Coastal was able to win two straight points after Fields tied the score 25-25 to claim a 27-25 victory. Uke brought the home team within 8-7 in set four, but a 9-1 run by the Chanticleers put the visitors on top 17-8. A-State got within 23-18, but kills by Larissa Dos Santos and Kyla Manning gave Coastal Carolina a 25-18 win.
Arkansas State returns to action Saturday night with a matchup versus Sun Belt foe Appalachian State. First serve from the Convocation Center is set for 6:30 p.m.
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