ASU Volleyball falls to Samford in five sets

Birmingham, Ala. (ASU) — The Arkansas State volleyball team lost to Samford in five sets Saturday afternoon to conclude play at the Samford/UAB Invitational.

Samford won the thrilling five set contest 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 15-13 to give the Red Wolves (1-2) their second loss of the season. ASU led 12-8 in the fifth set, but the Lady Bulldogs won seven of the next eight points to earn the victory.

"We need more production out of our pin hitters and setters in order to feel better about our level of play," ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. "Being ahead 12-8 in the 5th set and taking the loss is incredibly difficult to swallow, but we plan on regrouping quickly to get back into our offensive rhythms at practice on Monday."

Arkansas State opened the match strong and jumped to an 18-6 advantage in the first set. Samford (3-0) pulled within 23-15 but the Red Wolves won the final two points including a service from newcomer Amanda Chaparro on set point to earn the victory.

The Lady Bulldogs fought back in sets two and three to take a 2-1 lead, but ASU edged out a 25-22 win in set four to push the match to a decisive fifth set.

Cayla Fielder led Arkansas State with 16 kills and two blocks, while Ashley Tipps added 14 kills. Jasmine Terry finished 13 kills, while Allison Kearney led the team with 30 assists. A'Zlynn Thompson had 16 assists, while Megan Baska led the squad with 25 digs. Taylor Szypulski added 13 digs and Amanda Chaparro had 11 digs.

ASU will return to action Sept. 2-3 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Lipscomb Tournament. The Red Wolves will take on Charlotte and Tennessee Tech on Sept. 2 followed host Lipscomb on Sept. 3.