Houston (ASU) – The volleyball Red Wolves evened their overall record at 6-6 with a five-set victory over Samford to wrap up play at the Rice Invitational II Saturday in Houston, Texas.
"As the match progressed, we started competing very hard, and in set four the offense really started clicking," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "Defensively, we were on assignment. Jasmine Terry and Cayla Fielder played key roles throughout the course of the match and really helped our team to get this win."
Samford jumped out to an early lead, topping ASU in sets one and two 25-21 and 25-23. The Red Wolves rallied to take set three 25-19 and rolled on to win sets four and five 25-14 and 15-9.
Junior Cayla Fielder lead the Red Wolves with 16 kills and a .536 hitting percentage, followed by sophomore Jasmine Terry with 14 kills and freshman Sadie Clark with 10. Sophomore setter Allison Kearney tallied 45 assists, while three ASU players posted double-digit digs. Freshman Megan Baska recorded 14, and sophomore Taylor Coughlin and Clark each had 10.
Fielder earned her third all-tournament honor of the season.
Arkansas State will open Sun Belt Conference action Friday, Sept. 24 when it hosts Western Kentucky in a 7:00 p.m. matchup at the ASU Convocation Center.