ASU Volleyball takes five-set victory over Hofstra

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State volleyball team wrapped up play at the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational on the campus of Missouri State with a 25-15, 25-21, 14-25, 19-25, 15-11 victory over Hofstra on Saturday.

After winning the first two sets, Hofstra battled back to win the next two to force a fifth-set. In the final set ASU jumped out to an early 10-6 lead behind the play of Ashley Tipps who had three kills in the set. Hofstra closed the gap to 11-9 but ASU scored four of the final six points to take the set and the match.

"We feel fortunate to walk away unscathed," ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. Although our offensive is lacking consistency, we are high enough and powerful enough to compete with anyone."

In the first set A-State jumped out to a 15-10 lead and quickly pushed the advantage to 20-13 behind the play of Cayla Fielder, who finished with four kills in the set. In the second set Ashley Tipps led the charge with five kills to give the Red Wolves a 2-0 edge in the match.

Hofstra bounced back in the third set, earning a 25-14 victory and pulled away late in the fourth set to push the match to a decisive fifth set.

Tipps led ASU with 16 kills, while Taylor Szypulski finished with 11 kills and 12 digs. Megan Baska led the team with 23 digs and Allison Kearney finished with 34 assists and 10 digs. A'Zlynn Thompson added 12 assists on the night.

ASU will host its first home match of the season at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 against Southeast Missouri State in the HPESS building.