DALLAS, Texas (9/1/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad fell behind 2-0, but battled back to force a decisive fifth set before losing 3-2 (19-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 13-15) to North Carolina State in both teams’ last match of the SMU Doubletree Classic at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
A-State (2-4) fell behind 18-10 in set one, but was able to climb within 19-17 with a 7-1 run, capped by a kill from Peyton Uhlenhake. However, the Wolfpack ended the set on a 6-2 run to win 25-19. NC State (3-2) raced out to a 16-9 edge in set two, but the Red Wolves battled back to tie the frame twice and trailed 21-20 after a kill by Macey Putt. North Carolina State responded with a 4-0 run to clinch the set 25-20 and go ahead 2-0.
NC State led set three 22-18 and looked poised to sweep the match, but A-State ended the game on a 7-1 run, capped by a kill from Madison Turner, to get on the board with a 25-23 set win. The team fell behind early in set four 10-7 to the Wolfpack, but battled back to take a 20-19 edge and wouldn’t relinquish the lead in a 25-22 set four win to force a decisive fifth set.
A-State fell behind 5-2 in set five, but a 4-0 run, finished with a block by May and Timber Terrell, put the Red Wolves ahead 6-5. However, the set went back-and-forth with NC State going ahead 13-11 to force a timeout by the Red Wolves. A kill by May and block from Ellie Watkins and Terrell out of the timeout tied the frame at 13-13, but NC State won the next two points to win 15-13 and take the match from Arkansas State 3-2.
“We started playing disciplined defense at the end of set two and it carried over into sets three and four when we tied it up,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “However, set five is always a toss-up. I’m proud of the fight, but we can’t fall behind 0-2 and expect to win many matches.”
May eclipsed 20 kills for the first time this season with 21 and had a career-best 14 digs for her second double-double, while Putt put together her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Turner added seven kills on a team-best .417 hitting percentage, while Terrell posted a career-high eight blocks as A-State out blocked NC State 12-9. Tatum Ticknor recorded 20 digs, and Watkins handed out 40 assists. Melissa Evans had 16 kills for NC State, who hit .207 to A-State’s .146.
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