Denver (ASU) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-9, 3-3) rolled past Denver (9-12, 3-4) for a 3-0 Sun Belt Conference victory Sunday afternoon at Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, Colo. The win marked the first in program history for A-State on the road against the Pioneers.
"We couldn't have been more prepared today," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "The entire team not only understood the scouting report, but they performed the tasks needed at a very high level. Our servers put constant pressure on DU the entire match, and that really set the tone for the day. This was a great road win, and our performance was exceptional."
Set one was a back-and-forth scoring game with the two teams deadlocking at 23-23, but the Red Wolves sealed the win (25-23) with a kill from sophomore Kelsie Hodges and a block from Hodges and sophomore Jasmine Terry. Arkansas State cruised to an early 4-0 lead in set two, and the Pioneers never came within two as the Red Wolves won 25-17. Set three came up tied at 10-10, but ASU rattled off five straight points to coast to a 25-18 win.
Terry led the team with 12 kills, followed by freshman Ashley Tipps with 10. Hodges contributed nine kills and added a team-high five blocks, while sophomore Allison Kearney put up 35 assists and a team-high 11 digs.
The Red Wolves return to Jonesboro this week for a Friday night contest against in-state rival UALR. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the ASU Convocation Center.