ASU volleyball wins five-set thriller at SEMO

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. ( – The Arkansas State volleyball team won a thrilling 25-19, 15-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-7 match over Southeast Missouri State in a non-conference road match on Tuesday night.

Four Red Wolves (12-8) finished with double-digit kill totals, including senior Jasmine Terry who had a career-high 24 kills. She also had a career-high 56 attacking attempts and finished the night with a .296 attacking percentage.

Fellow senior Kelsie Hodges added 12 kills, while Sadie Clark had 11 kills and Marie Hadar finished with 10 to pace the Red Wolves.

ASU held a one set advantage after the first three sets, but fell behind 17-10 in the fourth set. The Red Wolves rallied to pull within 21-20 and forced the Redhawks (12-7) to take a timeout. SEMO eventually prevailed with a 25-22 victory in the set, but A-State regained the momentum heading into the decisive fifth set.

"I was really proud of the fact we were able to fight our way back into that set," ASU volleyball coach David Rehr said. "Even though we lost the set, rallying from that many down really gave us a lot of momentum heading into the fifth set and I think that really carried us."

In the final set ASU jumped out to 9-3 thanks behind a strong effort from Terry. The senior accounted for six of A-State's 15 points in the set. The Red Wolves were also 7-of-8 on sideout opportunities in the game and finished the night by converting on 51 percent of their sideout chances.

Terry helped ASU win the first set 25-19 by collecting seven kills in the frame and leading the team to a .500 attacking percentage. SEMO responded by winning the second set 25-15, but A-State came out strong after the break to win the third set 25-21. Clark, Terry and Hodges combined for 13 kills in the set to give ASU an opportunity to win the match in four sets, but the Redhawks fought off an ASU rally in the fourth set to force a final game.

"Anytime you win a five-set match you are going to feel good about it," Rehr said. "This just gives us tons of confidence the rest of the way. SEMO is undefeated in their conference this season and beating a team like that in five sets and on the road will give us all kinds of momentum moving forward."

A-State also put forth a strong effort on the defensive end with five players finishing with double-digit digs totals. Taylor Coughlin set a career-high with 17 digs on the night, while Haley Townsend had a season-high 12. Megan Baska led the team with 21 digs, while Shelby Crncic had 10.

Allison Kearney recorded her team-leading 10th double-double of the season with 56 assists and 18 digs.

ASU will return to Sun Belt Conference action this weekend against Troy and South Alabama. A-State will host the Trojans on Friday at 7 p.m. in the HPESS Facility, followed by a match with Jaguars on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Convocation Center.