MEMPHIS, TN (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball team improved to 4-7 on the season with a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22) win over rival Memphis (6-4) at Elma Roane Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
In the first set, A-State was the first team to get to 10 points on a Memphis attacking error. The Tigers came back and appeared to take control of the match at 20-16. After an A-State timeout, a Tiger attacking error sparked an ASU 9-1 run, culminated by another Tiger attacking error, that allowed the Red Wolves to win the first set 25-21. Memphis responded in a big way by jumping out to a 10-5 lead to start the second set. A-State fought back to get within three points at 24-21 on a Sadie Clark kill, but the Tigers earned the next point to quell the A-State comeback attempt.
With the match tied 1-1, A-State and Memphis went back and forth for a 10-10 tie to start off the third set. A 3-0 run, capped by a Jackie Gerig kill, gave A-State a 13-10 advantage and forced a Memphis timeout. Memphis was able to get within two points at 20-18 on an ASU attacking error. The Red Wolves stepped up and responded with a 5-1 run to win the third set by a score of 25-19.
A very intense fourth set occurred with the Red Wolves leading 2-1. Neither team had a lead of more than two points and was tied 15-15 before A-State took control. A 5-2 run, culminated by a kill from Sarah Kemp gave the Red Wolves a 20-17 lead and allowed A-State to take control. A kill by Kelsey Sullivan gave A-State a 22-18 lead and Clark registered the last three points for the Red Wolves on kills to give A-State a 25-22 set victory and a 3-1 match win over the Tigers.
"It was a great win against our rival," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "It was a great match against an opponent from a major conference. We're starting to compete better and it's moving us forward to where we want to go."
Clark led the Red Wolves in kills with 11, while Sullivan and Kemp added nine of their own. Gerig led the team in assists with 44 and added 14 digs. Megan Baska paced the Red Wolves with 29 digs and Sullivan led A-State with six blocks during the match.
The Red Wolves return to action Friday, Sept. 20 against UAB in the Belmont Bruin Classic in Nashville, Tenn.