Houston (ASU) – The volleyball Red Wolves (5-6) came out of the first day of the Rice Invitational II Friday with a 1-1 record, topping tournament-host Rice in five sets before falling to Stephen F. Austin in three sets.
Against the Owls, the Red Wolves jumped out to an early lead by taking sets one and two both by a score of 25-22. Rice rallied to force the deciding fifth set, winning set three by a score of 25-16 and set four 25-14. A-State jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in set five, but the Owls bounced back to pull within one at 13-12. An Owl service error and a kill from junior Cayla Fielder sealed the victory for Arkansas State at 15-12.
Fielder led the team with 16 kills, while sophomore Taylor Coughlin and freshman Ashley Tipps each saw double-digit kills, posting 10 a piece. Freshman libero Megan Baska added 33 digs, while sophomore Allison Kearney chalked up a season-high 46 assists.
In the second match of the day, the Red Wolves fell in three straight sets to Stephen F. Austin, losing 26-24, 25-16, 25-22.
Again, Fielder led the team in kills with 17 and hit for a stellar .556 hitting percentage against the Lady Jacks. Three Red Wolves saw double-digit digs with Baska posting 22, Coughlin totaling 12 and freshman Sadie Clark adding 10. Kearney recorded 41 assists.
Arkansas State will return to action at the Rice Invitational II Saturday when it takes on Samford at 1:00 p.m.