ASU Volleyball beats Northern Iowa & Bradley

PEORIA, Ill. ( – The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Northern Iowa 25-22, 14-25, 25-19, 25-21 and Bradley 25-19, 25-14, 20-25, 25-15 on the final day of competition at the CEFCU Classic hosted by Bradley University.

Against Northern Iowa junior Kelsey Sullivan led the team with a career-high 19 kills, while senior Jasmine Terry added 15 kills and Kelsie Hodges finished with 11.

The Red Wolves (9-6) jumped out to a 17-12 advantage in the first set behind a strong performance from Terry, who had six kills in the set. ASU also had three blocks on the set and collected 20 digs on their way to a 25-22 victory.

Northern Iowa tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-14 victory in the set, but A-State bounced back with a 25-19 victory in the third set. Terry again paced the A-State attack with six kills, while Sullivan added five kills. The Red Wolves had a .400 attacking percentage and a sideout percentage of 75 percent.

In the fourth set, Sullivan led the way with seven kills, while Hodges added five as the Red Wolves earned the 25-21 set victory and a 3-1 match victory.

Megan Baska led ASU with 25 digs, while Allison Kearney had a season-high 20 digs. Kearney also added 45 assists in the match, while Taylor Coughlin tied her season-high with 13 digs.

"Last night didn't go exactly how we wanted against a very good Long Beach State team but we came back responded very well today," ASU head volleyball coach David Rehr said. "Northern Iowa is a team that getting votes in the top-25 poll and Bradley is a very talented team and it is good to get two great matches and two good wins before heading into conference play."

Against Bradley, Sullivan led the team with 16 kills, while Terry and Hodges each added 14 kills each. Sullivan also had a career-high .448 attacking percentage to lead the team.

A-State jumped out to 21-15 led in the first set behind Terry's six kills. Sullivan had six kills in the second set to help ASU jump out to a 2-0 match lead. Bradley bounced back in the third set with a 25-20, victory, but the Red Wolves rebounded to take the fourth set 25-15 and trailed just once in the finals set.

Kearney led the team with 46 assists, while Baska had 15 digs. Kearney also added 12 digs and Coughlin finished with 10.

Sullivan was selected to the all-tournament team after collecting 43 kills in three matches and a .275 attacking percentage.

ASU will open up Sun Belt Conference play on the road Friday, Sept. 21 at Florida Atlantic, followed by a trip to Florida International Sept. 22.