STATESBORO, GA. (10/27/18) The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Georgia Southern in straight sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-23) Saturday at Hanner Field House in Statesboro, GA.
With the win, A-State moves to 14-10 overall and 6-5 in Sun Belt action, while Georgia Southern dropped to 8-19 overall and 2-10 in the league.
“Tonight was a total team effort and I am extremely proud of the way we played,” A-State head coach David Rehr said. “We had a lot of people step up into different roles tonight and everyone helped each other.”
Georgia Southern jumped out to an early 5-2 advantage in the first set on back-to-back kills Laruen Reichard. A-State rallied when May earned two services aces to bring the score to 12-11. Neither team had more than a two-point lead until the Red Wolves went up 24-21 on kills by Ellie Watkins and Josie Standford. A-State took the set 25-23 with a kill by Madison Turner.
The Eagles showed a strong sense of urgency in the second set when they went on a 5-0 scoring run led by Camila Gomez, Julia Landavazo and Reichard. But the Red Wolves kept high energy when they came within 12-8 of the Eagles on a tip by Madison Brown.
A-State rallied when they went on a 5-0 run to pull within 15-16 forcing a Georgia Southern timeout. After the timeout the Red Wolves pushed the run to 10-0 to take lead at 18-16, ultimately fighting back from a seven-point deficit. Georgia Southern couldn’t find an answer for the high-powered Red Wolves offense when May knocked down back-to-back kills to go up 23-19 creating momentum to give the squad the set 25-19.
Both teams came out fired up in the third set when Georgia Southern tied the match at 7-7 on a service error by Kenzie Fields. The Red Wolves went on a 7-0 scoring run to push their advantage to 14-7. The Eagles didn’t give in to pressure when they went on a 6-1 run to tie the match at 22-22 to force an A-State timeout. After resuming action, the squad earned kills by Watkins, Stanford and May to take the match, 25-23.
The Red Wolves return to action Tuesday, Oct. 30 to face instate rival Little Rock at Jack Stephens Center. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.
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