From Arkansas State University
The Arkansas State volleyball team fell to Saint Louis University 26-24, 25-15, 16-25, 25-16 in a non-conference matchup Monday afternoon.
The Red Wolves (4-3), who came off an undefeated weekend in the Lipscomb Invitational, dropped their first two sets to the Billikens (3-1) and struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities.
"We had plenty of opportunities today to come away with more set wins and did not take advantage of it," ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. "Saint Louis served aggressive all match and made it difficult for our receivers to maintain consistent rhythm. There is no doubt we will recover quickly and prepare ourselves for this weekend's matches in Springfield."
In the first set ASU led 24-22, but was unable to close out the victory and allowed Saint Louis to score the final four points to earn the first set victory. In set two the Billikens quickly built a 14-6 advantage that the Red Wolves were unable to recover from. Saint Louis won the set 25-15.
A-State found momentum in the middle of the third set and went on a five-point run to gain a 23-15 edge. Cayla Fielder paced the Red Wolves with five kills in the frame, while Amanda Chaparro and Taylor Szypulski were strong defensively, each collecting five digs in the set.
A-State could not carry the momentum over into the fourth set, however. The Billikens jumped out in front early and quickly held a 16-8 lead. ASU pulled within 19-14 but could get no closer.
Fielder led ASU with 12 digs, while Szypulski finished with nine. Allison Kearney had 19 assists and A'Zlynn Thompson added 16 for the Red Wolves. Megan Baska led the squad with 14 digs and Chaparro had 11.
ASU will return to action on Sept. 9-10 at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynne Invitational on the campus of Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. The Red Wolves will play South Dakota State on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by a match 7 p.m. against tournament host Missouri State. On Saturday A-State will play at 5 p.m. against Hofstra.