JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball team suffered a 26-24, 25-16, 25-17 setback in its Sun Belt Conference opener at the HPESS Facility on Friday night.
Senior Jasmine Terry tied her career-high with 18 kills, but it was not enough as the Red Wolves (10-8, 1-2 Sun Belt Conference) could not overcome a heart-breaking first set loss and fell to the Mean Green in three sets.
ASU jumped out to a 16-12 advantage in the first set and pushed the lead to 22-18 later on. Terry led the Red Wolves' charge with five kills, while Marie Hadar and Kelsie Hodges provided a strong presence as the net with four kills each in the set.
North Texas (17-5, 3-0) closed the margin to 22-18 late in the set and following an ASU timeout, the Mean Green went on an 8-2 to run close out the set at 26-24 and take the momentum going into the second set.
"We had a good game plan going into game one and just didn't execute," ASU volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We just have to get better. We have another tough contest against Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday and we have to correct our mistakes before then."
North Texas quickly built a nine-point advantage in the second and won easily 25-16. In the third set the Mean built a 12-6 edge, but ASU fought back and closed the gap to two points on several occasions, but could pull no closer. North Texas scored seven of the match's final nine points to secure the victory.
Terry finished the match with a .314 attacking percentage, while Taylor Szypulski added eight kills. Allison Kearney finished the match with 34 assists and eight digs, while Shelby Crncic also had eight digs. Taylor Coughlin had three blocks on the night and Hodges added two.
ASU will return to the court, Sunday, Sept. 30 against Lousiana-Monroe at the HPESS. First serve is set for 1 p.m.