ASU volleyball swept by Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. ( – The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a straight-set decision to Southeastern Conference opponent Missouri 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 in a nonconference match on Tuesday night.

The Red Wolves (17-12) were paced offensively by Marie Hadar's eight kills, while Taylor Szypulski led the team with a .545 attacking percentage. Allison Kearney added 27 assists on the night and Megan Baska collected a team-high 15 digs.

"It was good to go play outside of our conference before playing a tough team like North Texas this weekend," ASU head volleyball coach David Rehr said. "Missouri is a really good team and the environment was a good experience for our team."

ASU fell behind 6-1 early in the first set, but closed the gap to 12-9 behind a strong effort from Hadar. The sophomore had four kills during ASU's push to close within three, but the Tigers went on a 9-3 run to put the set out of reach.

Missouri jumped out to a 16-10 lead in the second set, but the Red Wolves closed the margin to 18-16. Szypulski scored four of ASU's six points during the run and finished with six kills on the night. The Red Wolves pulled within 22-20 later in the set, but got no closer as the Tigers escaped with a four-point victory.

ASU never threatened in the third set after falling behind 18-10. Baska collected seven digs in the set, and A-State had three team blocks in the frame.

The Red Wolves will finish out the regular season on the road with a pair of Sun Belt Conference matches. A-State will take on North Texas on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by its regular-season finale against ULM on Sunday, Nov. 11.