JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Louisiana-Monroe 27-25, 24-26, 25-8, 25-14 on senior day at the HPESS Facility.
The win also gave A-State a perfect 8-0 record at home this season, marking the first time an ASU volleyball team has gone undefeated at home since 2004.
"I think it is great for our fans and our girls certainly love it," ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. "We like going undefeated anywhere, but doing it a home is certainly great."
Arkansas State (19-7, 10-2 SBC) battled with the Warkhawks in the first two before settling in the final two to come away with the 3-1 victory. ASU jumped out to an 11-6 lead in the first set, but ULM fought back to close the gap to 23-22 late in the set. Taylor Szypulski setup a set point at 24-22, but the Warhawks (9-13, 3-9) fought off the next two points to tie the score at 24-24.
Jasmine Terry gave ASU a 25-24 lead on the next point but ULM again fought off the set point and tied the score at 25-25. Terry again put ASU ahead with a kill on the next point and an attacking error from ULM gave ASU a 27-25 victory.
In the second set the Red Wolves struggled to find a rythym offensively, while ULM stayed close throughout the match. The Warhawks hit for a .289 percentage in the set, while ASU struggled with a .143 percentage which allowed ULM to pull away for a 26-24 victory.
"We started out a little slow and it took a little bit in order to take care of the small plays," Ingram said. "Taking care of those plays at high efficiency is going to get us those points on the board."
A-State dominated the third set and quickly built a 10-2 lead. The Red Wolves scored nine straight points in the match and easily won 20-8. The Red Wolves carried the momentum in the fourth set as well and jumped out to a 15-6 edge. Amanda Chaparro eventually put the set and match away for ASU with back-to-back kills to give A-State the 25-14 set victory and a 3-1 match victory.
Fielder, who played in her last home game as a Red Wolf, finished the match with 15 kills and three blocks. Terry added 13 kills on the afternoon and Syzpulski finished 12 kills and eight digs. Megan Baska paced the defense with 17 digs and A'Zlynn Thompson had a career-high 43 assists. Whitney Nilson had one dig in her final home match as a Red Wolf.
The A-State volleyball team will return to the court on Nov. 4 at North Texas followed by a match at Denver on Nov. 6.