ASU volleyball wins 2

MEMPHIS, TN - The Arkansas State volleyball team improved to 2-1 Saturday with a pair of wins at the Memphis Invitational, rallying to defeat Evansville 3-2 (17-25, 14-25, 30-28, 25-18, 15-13) in the Red Wolves' first match of the day before closing out the tournament with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-22) win over host Memphis.

Freshman outside hitter Brittany Hoag was named to the all-tournament team after finishing the three-game tournament with 35 kills, 44 digs and 10 blocks.  Sophomore middle blocker Cayla Fielder added 34 kills and 24 blocks to the weekend's effort.

Down 0-2 in the day's first match against Evansville, the Red Wolves stayed alive with a 30-28 victory in the third set, then evened the match with a 25-18 win in the second set.  ASU put the Purples Aces away with a 15-13 win in the deciding fifth set.

Hoag finished the match with 14 kills, five blocks and 13 digs, while Fielder added 14 kills and nine blocks.

"I thought we played extremely well this morning against Evansville," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram.  "We came out firing on all cylinders after the third game.  After having match-point against us, we came back, won that game, played great and won in five."

In the Red Wolves' second match of the day, Hoag delivered 10 kills and a pair of blocks.  Freshman Kelsie Hodges added nine kills and nine blocks, while junior setter Laura Bennett added 33 assists and six blocks to help ASU roll to the three-set victory over the Tigers.

In set one, Arkansas State broke a 15-15 tie and outscored Memphis 10-1 the rest of the way to claim the 25-16 victory.  In the second set of the match, the Red Wolves put together a 7-0 run late in the game and rolled to a 25-14 victory over the Tigers.  ASU pulled away from a 20-20 tie by outscoring Memphis 5-2 down the stretch to get the win in set three.

"It was a nice day overall, and hopefully we can carry this into next weekend as momentum," added Ingram.

Arkansas State returns to the hardwood Friday, Sept. 4 when it takes on Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State in the ASU Classic at the ASU Convocation Center.  The Red Wolves face UAPB at 4:00 p.m. and JSU at 8:00 p.m.  The ASU Classic will continue Saturday, Sept. 5 when A-State meets Houston Baptist at noon.