ASU Women's Volleyball downs ULM in regular season finale

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State volleyball team closed out the 2012 regular season with a 25-15, 25-27, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Louisiana-Monroe Sunday afternoon.

ASU finished the year with an 18-13 overall record and an 8-6 record in Sun Belt Conference matches. The Red Wolves finished third in the SBC West Division and will enter next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the No. 5 seed.

ASU enjoyed solid production from its defensive back line, which was paced by setter Allison Kearney who had a career-high 25 digs. Junior libero Megan Baska added 20 digs and senior Taylor Coughlin finished with 12.

"ULM plays a very unorthodox style that makes it hard to defend," ASU volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We handled our business when we needed to most and this win gives us some momentum heading into the tournament next week."

ASU started strong in the first set and jumped out to a 9-3 lead early on and extended the lead to 12-4 following a ULM timeout. A-State took advantage of its sideout opportunities in the set, connecting on 81 percent (13-of-16) of its chances to take the 10-point first set victory.

After dropping the second set, the Red Wolves bounced back in the third and quickly jumped out to a 15-10 edge. Senior Kelsie Hodges paced ASU in the set with six kills, while classmate Jasmine Terry added five kills to give A-State a 2-1 set lead.

The Red Wolves carried the momentum into the fourth set behind the play of Kearney and Kelsey Sullivan. The pair combined for eight kills during the frame, with Kearney collecting her career-high 10th kill on match point.

Kearney finished with 10 kills, 36 assists and 25 digs for the first triple-doubles of her career. Sullivan led the team with 14 kills, while Terry and Hodges finished with eight each.

ASU will be making its 10th straight appearance in the SBC Tournament which is scheduled to begin Nov. 15 in Bowling Green, Ky.