Jonesboro (ASU) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves (11-9, 5-3) picked up their fourth-straight Sun Belt Conference victory Friday night, topping the Florida Atlantic Owls (10-14, 1-7) in three straight sets at the ASU Convocation Center.
ASU cruised through set one by a score of 25-13. Set two started the back-and-forth battle, but the Red Wolves came out on top 25-22. FAU attempted to rally in set three, taking an early 10-6 lead and holding the lead throughout the set. Arkansas State fought back to within four and rattled off four straight points to tie the set at 21-21. The set tied five more times before the Red Wolves took the victory 28-26 on a FAU error and a kill from freshman Ashley Tipps.
"We started out red hot," said ASU head coach Justin Ingram. "We started out playing as good of volleyball as we've played all year, and I thought we had a good week of practice. There were glimpses during the course of the match that were very impressive, and if we can continue to do that, we're really going to turn a corner and be a very difficult team to beat. I'm very proud of the way the girls fought for three straight games."
Junior Cayla Fielder led the Red Wolves with 14 kills, followed by sophomore Kelsie Hodges with 10. Freshman Sadie Clark put in nine kills, a .400 hitting percentage and 10 digs, while freshman libero Megan Baska led the defensive effort with 23 digs. Tipps led the team with three blocks, also adding eight kills on the night, and sophomore setter Allison Kearney put up 45 assists.
Arkansas State will hit the hardwood of the Convocation Center again Sunday afternoon when the Red Wolves take on Florida International at 1:00 p.m.