BOCA RATON, Fla. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball team opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 23-25, 25-22, 29-27, 25-17 victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday night.
The Red Wolves (10-6, 1-0 SBC) rebounded after losing the opening set to win the next three to earn first year head coach David Rehr's first Sun Belt Conference victory.
"It is always good to start off conference play with a win," Rehr said. "We looked good in some areas and played well enough to come away with a win against a very tough Florida Atlantic team. Now we just need to carry this momentum into our next opponent."
Jasmine Terry and Marie Hadar led ASU with 14 kills each, while Kelsie Hodges added 12 and Kelsey Sullivan finished the match with 11. Allison Kearney had 44 assists, 14 digs and four kills in the match. Hadar had a season-high .524 attacking percentage, while Kearney had a .571 percentage.
After losing the first set, ASU earned a tough 25-22 victory in the second set, which featured 16 ties and seven lead changes. Kearney gave the Red Wolves a 23-22 lead late in the match and an attacking error from FAU helps setup a match point opportunity for Hodges.
A-State jumped out to an early lead in the third set, but the Owls (3-7, 0-1) rallied to take a 22-21 lead late in the set. After an ASU timeout, ASU rallied to tie the score at 24-24 and eventually won on a kill from Hadar for a 29-27 victory.
The Red Wolves had an easier time in the fourth set and won 15 of the set's final 22 points to earn a 25-17 set victory and a 3-1 match victory.
ASU will complete its Florida swing on Sunday in a match against Florida International. The match is set to begin at noon.