A-State (14-9, 7-3 SBC) out hit the Trojans (8-16, 2-7 SBC) .302 to .157 and recorded six service aces while Troy had none. May’s 24 kills came on a .364 hitting percentage, while Jones posted a season-high .483 hitting percentage as she tallied 15 kills. A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Jones registered the 1,000th kill of her career on her 11th of the match during set two.
Ellie Watkins handed out 42 assists to pace the offense, while Timber Terrell led the team with four blocks defensively. Tatum Ticknor and Kenzie Fields led A-State with eight digs apiece while Ticknor provided a team-high two service aces.
“We jumped out in front early in set one, but then just got out of rhythm,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “They ended up controlling most of the set, but we showed a lot of resolve to get back into it and not quit so I’m proud of the team for that. Once we got that set, we played a little better in set two and then really played our type of volleyball in set three. Road wins are always tough to come by so I’m pleased to get the victory after being at home for a long stretch.”
The Red Wolves jumped out to a quick 3-0 edge in set one on an ace by Fields, but Troy fought back to take an 8-7 lead and extended their advantage to 20-14 later in the frame. A-State used a 6-1 run, finished by a kill from Jones, to come back within 21-20, but lost the next two points to go down 23-20. However, A-State tied it up 24-24 and fought off five set points, the last at 28-27, before they used a 3-0, capped by a kill from May, to complete the comeback and win the set 30-28.
Arkansas State raced out to a 10-7 edge in set two to force a Troy timeout and kept the pressure on the Trojans by moving in front 19-14 on a kill by Jones, which was the 1,000th of her career, to cause another stoppage by the home team. Troy was able to battle back within two points on several occasions, the last coming at 24-22, but a kill by Jessica Uke clinched a 25-22 game two win.
The third set began strongly for A-State with the visitors obtaining a 4-1 edge after a service ace by Terrell. The Red Wolves built their advantage to 14-6 after two straight kills by May and saw the home squad use a timeout. Arkansas State pushed in front by 11 at 23-12 after an attack error and was able to win the set by that margin at 25-14 after another error by the Trojans.
Jenni Young led Troy with 10 kills and three blocks, while Logan Page had six kills on a .312 attacking percentage.
Arkansas State returns to action Sunday, Oct. 22 at South Alabama. First serve from Jag Gym in Mobile, Ala., is set for 12:30 p.m. and the match will be streamed for free at www.JagNationTV.com.
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