The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped to 0-4 on the season after losing to South Dakota (2-2) by a score of 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18) and falling to host Missouri (4-0) by a count of 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) Saturday.
In the match against South Dakota, A-State started out strong in the first set and led 11-8 after a service ace from Markie Schaedig. The Coyotes (pronounced KI-yotes) were able to tie the set at 12-12 and the score went back and forth until South Dakota took the lead at 23-22. An attacking error by the Coyotes got ASU within 24-23, but a kill on the next point gave South Dakota the 25-23 win. South Dakota controlled the second set by jumping out to an 18-10 lead and was able to win the set by a score of 25-16.
The Coyotes raced off to a 12-6 lead in the third set before the Red Wolves responded with a 9-0 run capped by a kill from Kelsey Reis. South Dakota responded to tie the set at 14-14, but A-State led 22-19 after a kill from Sadie Clark. The Coyotes rallied to tie the set at 23-23, but an attacking error and kill by ASU's Kelsey Sullivan won the set for the Red Wolves 25-23. After cutting the match score to a 2-1 deficit, A-State started slowly in the fourth set as the Coyotes started with a 6-0 lead. South Dakota led by as many as eight points at 18-10, but ASU cut the Coyotes' lead to five at 23-18 after a Mallory Warrington kill. That would be as close as A-State got because South Dakota won the next two points to win the set 25-18 and the match by a score of 3-1.
Clark recorded 13 kills and Sullivan added 10 to lead the Red Wolves in that category. Warrington paced ASU by handing out 23 assists, while Jackie Gerig added 18 assists of her own. Megan Baska had 19 digs in the match and Sullivan registered three blocks to lead the Red Wolves defensively.
Arkansas State took on the host Missouri in its second match of the day. The Tigers jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first set before an A-State 5-0 run gave the Red Wolves a 10-9 lead. Mizzou tied the match at 11-11 and never looked back after an ASU attacking error gave the Tigers a 12-11 lead. Missouri ended the set on a 14-7 run to win 25-18 and earn a 1-0 advantage.
In the second set, A-State battled to an 8-8 tie before Mizzou went on a 5-1 run to stretch the lead to 13-9. ASU got within 16-14 on a Clark kill, but never got closer than that as Mizzou went on to win the set 25-19 to give the Tigers a 2-0 margin. Missouri got off to a hot start in the third set and led 18-9, but Arkansas State got to within 20-14 on an attacking error by Mizzou. The Tigers responded with a 5-2 run to beat ASU 25-16 and earn the 3-0 match win over the Red Wolves.
Clark led A-State with nine kills and Sullivan had eight kills with a .467 attack percentage in the match against Missouri. Gerig dished out 14 assists and Warrington added eight of her own to lead the Red Wolves in that category. Defensively, Baska recorded 13 digs, while Hannah McRee registered two blocks.
Sullivan earned All-Tournament honors after tallying 33 kills with a .360 hitting percentage and recording seven blocks on the weekend.
"We had to play a lot of young players again," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We still haven't fully recovered from injuries, but proud of how we battled against Mizzou to end the weekend."
Arkansas State returns to action in the Ole Miss Magnolia Invitational Sept. 6 with matches against Georgia Southern at 1:30 p.m. and Kennesaw State at 5 p.m. in Oxford, Miss.