ASU Volleyball concludes play at Kansas Invitational

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State volleyball team concluded play at the Kansas Volleyball Invitational with victory against Sam Houston State followed by a loss to Kansas to finish the tournament with a 2-2 record.

The Red Wolves (4-4) defeated Sam Houston State 25-22, 17-25, 28-26, 25-20 before falling to Kansas in the day's final match 25-19, 30-28, 25-15, 25-17.

Against Sam Houston State the Red Wolves benefited from a strong performance from senior Jasmine Terry. Terry had 15 kills to lead the led the Red Wolves, including five in the fourth set to propel ASU to the victory.

As a team ASU had eight team blocks and .200 attacking percentage. Allison Kearney paced the team with 46 assists, while also turning in a season-high 19 digs. Megan Baska added 15 digs, while Shelby Crncic added 11. Kelsey Sullivan added 14 kills, while Ashley Tipps finished with 8. Tipps also added five block assists, while Sullivan added three.

In the match against Kansas, the Red Wolves posted a solid effort but could not overcome the Jayhawks attacking game. Kansas finished with a .345 attacking percentage, while ASU posted a .190 average.

The Red Wolves picked up momentum with a thrilling 30-28 second set victory to even the match at 1-1, but could not carry victory in the third and fourth sets.

Taylor Szypulski led ASU with 14 kills, while Kelsie Hodges added 12. Kearney added 54 assists, missing her season-high by just one assist, while also adding 10 digs. Baska led A-State with 15 digs, while Hodges paced the team with .409 attacking percentage.

ASU will return to action at the McNeese State tournament Sept. 7-8. The will play Baylor and Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 7, followed by matches against Hampton and McNeese State on Sept. 8.