DENVER, Colo. (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's volleyball team suffered its second straight Sun Belt Conference setback with a 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16 loss at Denver on Sunday.
ASU opened the match strong in the first set and quickly jumped in front of the Pioneers 17-13. Jasmine Terry, Cayla Fielder and Ashley Tipps led the charge for the Red Wolves offensively, while Megan Baska anchored the defense by collecting seven digs in the set, as A-State came away with 25-20 victory.
In the second set the Red Wolves struggled to find their attacking game, and committed 10 errors and finished with just 10 kills as Denver pulled even in the match at 1-1 with a 25-20 win.
ASU bounced back offensively in the third set and hit for a .270 attacking percentage. Both teams traded points throughout until Denver pulled away for a 21-18 edge late, forcing ASU to take a timeout. The Pioneers increased the 24-21, but an attacking error and back-to-back kills from Tipps pulled A-State within 24-23. However, Denver put the set away on the next point to go up 2-1 in the match.
"The ups and downs of us having success were too big for us to overcome," ASU volleyball coach Justin Ingram said. "We needed to have a more consistent offense in order to have the sustained success that was needed to win the match."
ASU's offensive struggled returned in the fourth set as the Red Wolves had just a .038 attacking percentage in the set and fell behind early. Denver jumped out 9-3 lead and the Red Wolves never pulled closer than five points for the remainder of the set as Denver won the set 25-16 and the match 3-1.
Fielder led the team with 16 kills and a .414 attacking percentage. She now has 1,371 kills for her career and is tied for fifth most on the all-time ASU kill's list. Terry added 11 kills on the day, while Tipps finished with 10. Baska led the team with 17 digs, while Amanda Chaparro finished with 11. Allison Kearney added 45 assists and 16 digs on the day as well.
The A-State volleyball team, which has already clinched a share of the SBC West Division title, needs just one more match victory to clinch the division out right. They will have two more chances next weekend when they travel to Louisiana-Lafayette Nov. 11 and Louisiana-Monroe Nov. 13.