JONESBORO, Ark. (10/18/09) - Arkansas State volleyball (16-8, 6-4) swept Louisiana-Monroe 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-15) in the Red Wolves' third Sun Belt Conference match of the weekend Sunday afternoon at the ASU Convocation Center.
"This weekend was very challenging, because we played three opponents in three days," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "The task of being great for three days is very demanding and difficult. Coming out in the last day, it's challenging to get going. It is challenging to create energy, and I thought we did a nice job right away in coming out in game one and really setting the tone for what the game was going to be like."
The Red Wolves never trailed in the match, taking set one 25-11 and set two 25-16. The score tied twice early in the third set, but ASU broke away to take the match with a 25-15 win.
Freshman Brittany Hoag led Arkansas State for the third consecutive match with 12 kills, followed by sophomore Cayla Fielder with eight and freshman Taylor Coughlin with seven. Fielder hit .429 in the match and added two assists, three digs and a team-high three blocks, including two unassisted, while Coughlin added nine digs and a service ace.
Senior libero Heather Bowman led the Red Wolves' defensive effort with 17 digs and notched a team-high four service aces. Junior setter Laura Bennett recorded 31 assists, seven digs, a service ace and a kill.
"Our challenge is always to keep the pedal to metal and do great throughout the match," added Ingram. "We let up a bit but came right back in that third game. We came back with energy and with a sense of urgency that we needed to get on task and do things right on our side of the net. It was challenging, but I am happy with the outcome."
Arkansas State will return to Sun Belt Conference action when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla. Friday, Oct. 23 to face the Owls of Florida Atlantic. ASU will continue the weekend Saturday, Oct. 24 at Florida International in Miami, Fla.