ASU Volleyball sweeps South Alabama

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State volleyball team won its fourth straight Sun Belt Conference match with a  27-25, 25-23, 25-13 victory over South Alabama at the Convocation Center on Sunday.

The win moves ASU to 14-8 and 4-2 in SBC play on the year, while South Alabama drops to 10-10 and 3-3 in the Sun Belt Conference.

"In both of our matches this weekend it was just a case that both teams we played were just really good," ASU volleyball coach David Rehr. "We did a really good of preparing and the girls did a really good job of executing and I think it showed on the court."

Arkansas State fell behind early in the first set as the Jaguars jumped out to 12-4 lead, but the Red Wolves closed the gap to 18-16 thanks 14-4 run in the middle of the set. A-State tied the match at 19-19 for the first time and took their first lead at 21-20 after a kill from junior Sadie Clark.

South Alabama fought back and had a set point opportunity at 25-24, but ASU fought off the chance and won the set won 27-25 after South Alabama committed three straight attacking errors. Senior Jasmine Terry and Clark led the comeback charge with four kills each in the set.

"I think we did some things that were a little uncharacteristic of us in the first set," Rehr said. "I know one of South Alabama's assistant coaches used to coach here I think that may have played a factor in how we played earlier on, but I was happy to see us fight through that and get a win in the set."

The Red Wolves jumped out to an 11-6 edge in the second set, but the Jaguars used a run of their own to tie the match at 15-15. ASU took a slight advantage at 23-21 late in the set, prompting a South Alabama timeout. An attack error from the Jaguars gave ASU a set point opportunity at 24-21, and senior Kelsie Hodges connected on her third kill of the set to give ASU a 25-23 win and 2-0 lead in the match.

ASU never trailed in the third set and quickly built a 16-8 lead. Terry enjoyed her best set of the match with five kills and the Red Wolves hit .292 in the frame. Senior Taylor Coughlin put the match away with an ace on match point.

Terry led ASU with 14 kills in the match, while Clark and Marie Hadar had seven each. Allison Kearney added 35 assists, while Megan Baska finished with 16 digs. As a team ASU had a .228 attacking percentage and limited South Alabama to an .082 mark.

ASU will return to the courts for a pair of road matches next weekend. The Red Wolves will take on Western Kentucky Friday, Oct. 19, followed by Middle Tennessee Saturday, Oct. 20. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.