MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Arkansas State volleyball team (14-6, 4-2) fell to Middle Tennessee in five sets (25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 15-25, 13-15) Friday night in Murfreesboro.
"The team was well-prepared for this match," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "We understood the game plan at a high level and executed it well throughout the entire match. We competed. We fought for points, and there were a lot of positives that came out of this match."
Freshman Brittany Hoag pounded out 15 kills to lead the Red Wolves, while sophomore Cayla Fielder added 13 kills. Senior libero Heather Bowman posted 21 digs, and freshman Kelsie Hodges tallied a team-high five blocks on the night. Junior Laura Bennett recorded 42 assists and joined Bowman with two service aces each.
Tied at 23, the Red Wolves came away win the 25-23 win in set one on a Blue Raider attack error and a service ace from senior Erin Neeley. MTSU took the second set 25-23, and Arkansas State broke away from an early tie to take set three 25-18.
In the fourth set, ASU jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, but Middle Tennessee rallied to take the set 25-15. Down by two and out of a timeout, a kill by MTSU's Stacy Oladinni stretched the lead to 14-11. The Red Wolves battled back with kills from sophomore Charlyn Ursell and freshman Taylor Coughlin, but a ASU attack error put the set away at 15-13 in favor of the Blue Raiders.
Arkansas State will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they travel to Western Kentucky to take on the Lady Hilltoppers at 3:00 p.m.