Jonesboro (ASU) – The volleyball Red Wolves (6-7, 0-1) dropped their first Sun Belt Conference match of the season to the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky (12-4, 1-0) by a score of 3-0 Friday night at the ASU Convocation Center.
WKU came out firing on all cylinders to take an early 5-1 lead in the first set, but Arkansas State fought its way back to within two points twice during the set. The Lady Toppers sealed the set one win at 25-22 with a kill from Emily Teegarden.
Western Kentucky cruised to a 25-13 victory in set two, but A-State was ready to rally in the third set. ASU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with two kills from Jasmine Terry and a Lady Topper setting error. The set score tied five times before WKU went on an 11-3 run to set the final at 25-17.
"We need to be better prepared," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "We were not prepared to give it our best tonight. Western Kentucky is tremendous--they are a team that is extremely well-coached, and you can never take a team like that lightly. It's about team, not individual effort, and everybody has got to do a better job."
Junior Cayla Fielder lead the Red Wolves with 17 kills and a .481 hitting percentage, while Terry added seven and sophomores Taylor Coughlin and Kelsie Hodges each added four. Freshman Megan Baska tallied 13 digs on the night, and sophomore setter Allison Kearney recorded 30 assists.
ASU will be back in action when it hosts SBC foe Middle Tennessee in a 1:00 p.m. matchup Sunday at the Convocation Center.