JONESBORO, Ark. (10/17/09) - Arkansas State (15-8, 5-4) dropped a five-set heartbreaker (20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 11-15) Saturday afternoon to Sun Belt Conference West Division leader New Orleans (14-6, 7-1) at the ASU Convocation Center.
"I thought we played hard, but we just didn't play well enough," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "Before the match started, we talked about handling the small plays. You have to handle that stuff in order to get a good set or a good kill, and we just didn't do that throughout the course of the match, especially late in the fifth. We have to do a better job of being consistently good, not up and down."
The Privateers took set one 25-22, but the Red Wolves battled back to break a 9-9 tie in the second set and did not trail the rest of the way, taking the set 25-21. Tied at 21 and coming out of a timeout, UNO went on a four-point run to take the third set 25-21.
Arkansas State won a hard-fought fourth set 25-22 to force the match into five sets. The Red Wolves went up 9-7 in the fifth, but the Privateers went on an 8-2 run to take the match, winning set five 15-11.
Freshman Brittany Hoag led the Red Wolves with 14 kills and added two service aces, nine digs and a block. Sophomore Charlyn Ursell pounded out 13 kills, and sophomore Cayla Fielder tallied 12 kills, two service aces and five blocks, including four unassisted.
Senior libero Heather Bowman led the team with 31 digs, while junior setter Laura Bennett notched 45 assists, nine digs and a solo block.
The Red Wolves will host Louisiana-Monroe in a 1:00 p.m. matchup Sunday afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center.