MONROE, LA (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball team finished its regular season on Sunday with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-11 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
The Red Wolves, who clinched the Sun Belt West Division title on Friday night, will enter next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed.
A-State (20-10, 12-4 SBC) controlled the momentum throughout the match against the Warhawks (10-16, 4-12) and used a seven-point rally in the first set to take a 10-4 lead. A-State pushed the lead to 19-11 on Jasmine Terry's fourth kill of the set on its way to a 25-15 victory. Terry finished with a match-high 15 kills and .542 hitting percentage.
"I was very pleased with our level of offensive consistency this afternoon," ASU head coach Justin Ingram said. "This was a great way to end the regular season of conference play and we are eager to compete this coming week at the conference tournament in Miami."
A-State finished the match with .306 hitting percentage as a team, while ULM managed just a .058 percentage. The Red Wolves turned in a .342 hitting percentage in the third set compared to the Warhawks' .050 percentage.
In the third ASU quickly jumped out to a 15-5 advantage and trailed just once, on the set's first point, throughout the entire set. Taylor Szypulski added four of her eight kills in the set, while Megan Baska had nine of her match-high 18 digs.
Louisiana-Monroe tested A-State in the second set and pulled within 21-20 late in the game. However, a kill from Terry and back-to-back attacking errors from ULM gave the Red Wolves a set point opportunity, which Terry put away with a kill.
Allison Kearney led A-State with 32 assists and 15 digs for her ninth double-double of the season. Amanda Chaparro finished with 12 digs and six kills, while Cayla Fielder had six kills and three blocks in her final regular season match as a Red Wolf.
The Arkansas State women's volleyball team drew the second match of the 2011 Sun Belt Conference tournament will face No. 6-seeded North Texas at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The tournament will be hosted by Florida International and will be contested from Nov. 17-19. Western Kentucky earned the top seed, with Middle Tennessee drawing the second seed followed by Arkansas State third.
With a win, the Red Wolves will move on to face the winner of the No. 2-seeded Middle Tennessee and No.7-seeded Arkansas Little-Rock on Friday at 5 p.m.
The championship game will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.