JONESBORO, Ark. (10/1/11) – The Arkansas State volleyball team won its third straight Sun Belt Conference match on Saturday night after defeating Troy 25-17, 25-11, 25-20 at the HPESS Facility.
A-State (13-6, 4-1) dominated the second set and scored 11 straight points to build an 18-6 edge. Senior Cayla Fielder had five kills during the rally and Amanda Chaparro had two service aces. Troy (12-6, 2-2) never recovered from the ASU rally and eventually dropped the set 25-11.
"This is probably the best we have played all season and everyone came out with a lot of energy," Fielder said. "I was pretty pleased with the way I played tonight. Each night I try to think about how I can do something a little better and that helps me improve in each match."
In the first set ASU battled the Lady Trojans early on before building a 16-11 edge. Troy pulled within 18-14, but the Red Wolves pulled ahead to win 25-17. Fielder led the charge for A-State with five her match-high 18 kills. She also finished with a .750 attacking percentage on the night, two digs and three block assists.
ASU controlled the pace for much of set three. The Red Wolves jumped out to a 13-10 lead, but Troy managed to keep the score close and never trailed by more than five. Fielder had eight kills in the set as A-State pulled away for the 25-20 victory.
"Fielder was certainly great for us tonight, averaging six kills a game for us with no errors and that is just fantastic stuff," ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. "Her numbers also speak a lot to our passing because if our passing is off we can't the ball to her and our other middles enough. Our passers were good tonight and our defense remained constant and I think things certainly picked up today and we gave good effort."
Taylor Szypulski finished with eight kills for ASU, while Jasmine Terry added seven. Allison Kearney added 39 assists, while Megan Baska had 12 digs.
ASU will wrap-up its five-match homestand Oct. 7-8 with matches against Denver and North Texas. Both games will start at 7 p.m. and will be played at the HPESS Facility.