ASU Volleyball sweeps McNeese State, Bethune-Cookman

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State volleyball team picked up a pair of victories over McNeese State and Bethune-Cookman on Saturday to conclude play at the McNeese State Big Daddy Invitational.

The Red Wolves opened the day with a 25-13, 25-12, 25-22 victory over Bethune-Cookman and ended the tournament with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-16 victory over McNeese State.

Against Bethune-Cookman the Red Wolves (7-5) never trailed in the first two sets and took advantage of 22 attacking errors from the Wildcats. Jasmine Terry and Ashley Tipps recorded three kills each in the first set to pace ASU, while Taylor Coughlin and Kelsie Hodges added three each in the second set to help the Red Wolves gain a 2-0 advantage.

A-State also converted on over 70 percent of its sideout opportunities in the first two sets and had attacking percentages over .300 in each set.

The Wildcats battled back in the third set and led 21-20, but ASU scored five of the next points to rally and take the match.

Terry and Hodges led ASU with nine kills each in the match, while Coughlin finished with seven. Tipps and Kelsey Sullivan each finished with five kills. Megan Baska led the team with nine digs, while Allison Kearney had 19 assists and Sadie Clark finished with a career-high 12 assists.

In the match against McNeese State, the Red Wolves trailed just four times throughout their three set match with the Cowgirls and finished with a .330 attacking percentage.

Hodges helped ASU jump out to a quick start by collecting 14 of her career-high 16 kills in the first two sets. She also finished with a career-high .560 attacking percentage.

Terry also finished with double-digit kills with 11, while Allison Kearney added 45 assists and Megan Baska had 17 digs. Haley Townsend added nine digs during the match.

The Red Wolves will play their final non-conference tournament of the season Sept. 14-15 at the CEFCU Classic in Peoria, Ill., where they will face Long Beach State, Northern Iowa and Bradley.