ARLINGTON, Texas (9/28/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball team had its eight-match winning streak snapped Friday night at UT Arlington, falling 3-2 (21-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-15, 13-15) against the Mavericks as it suffered its first Sun Belt Conference setback of the season.
The Red Wolves (10-6, 2-1) got a team-high 24 kills from senior Carlisa May and freshman Macey Putt collected her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs, while senior Ellie Watkins and sophomore Tatum Ticknor led the team with 46 assists and 23 digs, respectively.
A-State’s longest winning streak since the 2016 season came to an end despite the fact that it produced more kills and blocks and a higher hitting percentage than UTA (8-5, 2-1). The Red Wolves recorded a .220 attack percentage to the Mavericks .178, had 64 kills that were one better than the home team and posted four more blocks at 12 to eight.
A-State hit at least .273 in its set-two and set-four victories, but was limited to no better than .143 in the first and third sets it dropped. The Red Wolves also produced a .364 percentage to a .250 mark by UTA in the deciding game, but was hurt by three service errors in the tightly-contested set.
A-State never led in the fifth set, but also never trailed by more than two points and actually tied it up at 8-8 on a UTA attack error. However, the Mavericks claimed the next two points on back-to-back points by Madison Hill. Still trailing by two, 14-12, a Putt kill pulled the Red Wolves back within one before Kylie Jedlicka ended the contest with a kill.
“The difference in game five was we had three service errors and one reception error, and Madison Hill had a terrific game for them,” said A-State head coach David Rehr. “We didn’t play the way we have during our winning streak, and we have to get back to that in a hurry because we play a tough Texas State team tomorrow that has all the pieces to win a conference championship.”
Arkansas State returns to action Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. match against Texas State at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.