Tulsa, OK (ASU) – The volleyball Red Wolves (3-5) posted a 1-1 record on the first day of the Radisson Tulsa Airport Invitational in Tulsa, Okla. Friday. The Red Wolves dropped their first match of the tournament in three sets to tournament-host Tulsa (5-2) (25-16, 25-17, 25-14), before rallying for a five-set victory (25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-9) over Lamar (3-4) in the afternoon match.
"We feel very fortunate to have won against Lamar this afternoon," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "The point exchanges came in big bunches for both teams, so momentum was difficult to maintain. We are making positive strides and need to build on this win going into tomorrow."
Against the Hurricane, junior Cayla Fielder led the team with eight kills, followed by sophomore Jasmine Terry and freshman Ashley Tipps each with five. On the defensive effort, Tipps led A-State with three blocks, while sophomore Allison Kearney and freshman Megan Baska both saw double-digit digs.
Up 11-9 over Lamar in the fifth set, three Cardinal errors and a service ace from freshman Taylor Szypulski sealed the win for the Red Wolves. Szypulski recorded two service aces, four kills and 10 digs in the match.
Fielder led ASU's offense once again with 18 kills, followed by Terry with 12. Baska topped the team in digs, posting 30 against the Cardinals, followed by Kearney with 12. Kearney also added 23 assists, while sophomore Kelsie Hodges led the Red Wolves with six blocks.
Arkansas State will resume play in Tulsa Saturday when it faces Lamar at 1:00 p.m.