ASU volleyball downs Middle Tennessee for SBC road win

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. ( – The Arkansas State volleyball defeated Middle Tennessee 20-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-21 to keep pace in the Sun Belt Conference West Division race on Saturday night.

The win moved A-State's overall record to 16-10 and its SBC record to 6-4. The Blue Raiders dropped to 7-20 on the year and 4-6 in conference play.

The Red Wolves used a balanced attack to pick up the victory over Middle Tennessee. Junior Kelsey Sullivan led the team with 17 kills, while Kelsie Hodges added 12 and Marie Hadar finished with 10. Jasmine Terry also added nine kills, while Amanda Chaparro had seven.

After dropping the first set 25-20, the Red Wolves finished the second set on a 5-2 run to pick up the victory and even the match at one game apiece. Middle Tennessee led 22-20 in the third set, but ASU erased the deficit and tied the match at 24-24. Following a Blue Raiders' timeout, Hodges and Allison Kearney converted on back-to-back kills to give A-State the 26-24 win.

In the fourth set, ASU went on an 8-0 run to take a 23-20 lead. Hodges led the attack with three kills during the run and finished with five kills in the set, including a kill on match point.
Kearney finished with 52 assists on the night, her fourth highest total this season. Megan Baska paced the ASU defense with 22 digs, while Hadar had five blocks and Sullivan added four.

ASU will return to action Sunday, Oct. 28 for a home against in-state opponent Arkansas-Little Rock. The match will be played at the Convocation Center and set to begin at 2 p.m.