JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Troy 26-24, 25-18, 25-27, 25-23 in a Sun Belt Conference match at the HPESS Facility on Friday night.
The win moves ASU to 13-8 on the year and gives them a 3-2 record in conference play. Troy falls to 12-8 on the year and is also now 3-2 in conference play.
A-State trailed 16-10 in the fourth set after losing the third set in heartbreaking fashion. The Red Wolves led 12-7 in third set, but Troy slowly fought its way back into the match and eventually pulled even at 23-23. After trading points the next four points, Troy connected on back-to-back opportunities to win the set 27-25 and finish on an 8-2 run.
Troy carried the momentum into the fourth set and quickly jumped out to a 16-10 advantage. ASU managed to close the gap to 21-19 and eventually tied the set at 21-21 on a kill from senior Jasmine Terry.
ASU took its first lead of the set at 22-21, prompting a Trojan timeout. ASU went up 23-21, but Troy scored the next two points to pull even again. Marie Hadar gave ASU a match point opportunity on the next kill and Terry put the match away to give ASU a come from behind victory.
"It is unfortunate that we gave them game three," ASU head coach David Rehr said. "We were in similar situations on games three and four where we had a lead and gave it up and then they had a lead and gave it up. We could have easily laid down and didn't and it happened against SEMO too. We can't put ourselves in those situations so we have to fix that, but we are going to enjoy this conference win and get ready for South Alabama."
ASU won the first set 26-24 after giving back a 21-16 advantage. The Trojans rallied to tie the score at 24-24, but could not pull ahead. Senior setter Allison Kearney gave A-State a set point opportunity on the next point and the Trojans committed an attacking on set point to give ASU an early lead in the match.
In the second set both teams battled through six lead changes until the Red Wolves pulled away late. A-State trailed 15-13, but finished on a 12-3 run to rally and take the set 25-18. Senior Jasmine Terry had four kills in the frame to pace the team.
The Red Wolves enjoyed one of their best attacking games of the year, finishing with a .212 team hitting percentage and had five different players finished with hitting percentages over .200. Terry led the team with .264 average and finished with 22 kills. Sadie Clark finished with 12 kills while Marie Hadar finished with nine.
Allison Kearney collected her 11th double-double of the season with 43 assists and 13 digs. Megan Baska led the defensive game for ASU with 21 digs, while Taylor Coughlin added 16 and Haley Townsend had 10.
ASU will host South Alabama in an SBC matchup Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Convocation Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.