JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball team remained undefeated at home this season with a 25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night.
ASU (18-7, 9-2 SBC) won first two sets and went into the break after the second set with a 2-0 lead. The Red Wolves looked poised to take the third set as well and led 20-17 late in the set. However, the Rajin' Cajuns (10-17, 2-9) closed the gap to 21-20, forcing A-State head coach Justin Ingram to take a timeout. A kill by Cayla Fielder gave ASU a 22-20 lead, but ULL scored the set's final five points to take the 25-22 win.
The Red Wolves responded in the third set and quickly pulled ahead for a 17-13 edge. Amanda Chaparro, Taylor Szypulski and A'Zlynn Thompson helped push the lead to 22-14 with kills. Szypulski gave ASU a 23-15 lead with a kill and a service error from the Rajin' Cajuns setup a match point opportunity for A-State. Jasmine Terry put the set and match away on the next point to give the Red Wolves a 3-1 match victory.
"I think coming in Lafayette did some things we weren't accustomed to seeing and it took a little while for us to adjust," Ingram said. "We were giving to many points away the beginning of the match and we just needed to get back to what we do well, which is a high offensive team that is low is error and eventually we settled back into it and played pretty well."
In the first set A-State never trailed was only briefly tied with ULL early in the match. ASU hit for a .367 percentage in the first, while the Rajin' Cajuns struggled and managed just a .240 percentage as the red Wolves pulled away for the 25-21 victory. In the second set ASU hit for a .481 percentage, while ULL managed just a .143 percentage. ASU had 15 kills as a team in the second set and just two errors.
Fielder led the Red Wolves with 18 kills, while Szypulski added 14. A'Zlynn Thompson had a career-high 26 assists and Allison Kearney added 24 assists. Megan Baska turned in 20 digs, while Fielder added four blocks and Szypulski finished with three.
The Red Wolves are now 7-0 at home this season and are looking to go undefeated at home for the first time since 2004. ASU will play its final home game of the season Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at the HPESS.