ASU Volleyball wins home opener

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Southeast Missouri State 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 in its home opener at the HPESS Facility on Tuesday night as Cayla Fielder continued her march up the ASU record books.

The senior is now tied with Pip Soulsby for ninth-place all-time on the Arkansas State kills list with 1,144. She finished the night 11 kills and paced the Red Wolves in their three-set sweep over Southeast Missouri State.

In the first set A-State (6-5) jumped out to an early 10-5 lead and the Red Hawks (2-9) never recovered. Ashley Tipps and Fielder paced the Red Wolves at the net. Tipps finished with five kills in the set, while Fielder added to help ASU cruise to a 25-15 victory.

"I was real happy with how we handled what SEMO was throwing at us," ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. "I was happy about how we competed and we certainly had our middle attack going tonight."

ASU held a 17-13 edge in the second set, but the Redhawks closed the gap to 22-21 late in the set. A kill from Tipps pushed the lead to 23-21, but SEMO answered with a kills of its own to close the lead to one. Jasmine Terry gave the Red Wolves a set point opportunity with a kill and an attack error from SEMO gave ASU the set and a 2-0 match lead.

In the third set ASU trailed 10-9 but an ace from Allison Kearney and back-to-back attacking errors from SEMO gave the Red Wolves a 12-10 lead that they would not surrender. Later in the set ASU scored seven straight points to push the lead to 23-14, and Fielder gave ASU a match point opportunity with her 11th kill of the night. An attack error from SEMO gave the Red Wolves the set and the match.

"We really came out with a lot of energy after that 10 minute break," Fielder said of the third set. "If our defensive players get an awesome dig it just makes us want to get a kill even more because of the effort they put out for the dig."

Tipps led the Red Wolves with 12 kills, while Fielder finished with 11. Megan Baska paced the defense with 18 digs, while Allison Kearney led the team with 25 assists. A'Zlynn Thompson also chipped in with 10 assists.