JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball team opened its 2012 home slate with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Memphis at the Convocation Center on Tuesday night.
The match marked the first time in over a year that ASU (2-2) volleyball team had played in The Convo and it was also the first meeting between the Red Wolves and Tigers (0-4) since 2009.
The Red Wolves controlled the pace for much of the match and out hit the Tigers .297 to .198. Memphis also committed 11 errors on the night, while ASU finished with a sideout percentage of 70 percent.
"It is nice to get win at home," ASU volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We played really well which is really good. A good Memphis team came in and we just kind of handled our own business. We played the scouting report really well and we did what we are supposed to do and played as team. If we play as a team we are tough to stop."
A-State received even distribution from its attackers on the night. Taylor Szypulski collected seven of her team-high 10 kills in the first set, while Ashley Tipps and Kelsie Hodges each added eight. Amanda Chaparro and Jasmine Terry each had seven kills, while Allison Kearney led ASU with 33 assists on the night. Megan Baska led the team with 11 digs.
The Red Wolves quickly jumped out to a 17-11 lead in the first set thanks to the play of Szypulski. The redshirt-sophomore helped the Red Wolves to a .406 attacking percentage in the set and put away the set with a block assists on the final point.
The blocking game proved useful in the second as well, as the Red Wolves combined for three blocks during the frame to help them take a 2-0 advantage in the match.
Memphis briefly held a 7-6 lead in the third set, but ASU pulled away late, including collecting the match's final four points to put away the Tigers in a three-set sweep.
"The crowd was fantastic," Rehr said. "For a Tuesday night with a lot of other distractions going on around town it was really good and hopefully we can get even more people here the next time we play. The crowd was awesome and it was awesome to play in front of all those people."
The Red Wolves will return to the courts Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Kansas Invitational where they will play four matches in two days. The field includes Kansas, Nebraska-Omaha, Same Houston State and Tulsa.