NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball team fell to UAB (11-3) in straight sets 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-18) Friday in the opening game of the Belmont Bruin Classic.
UAB raced out to a 5-2 start against the Red Wolves in the first set before A-State came back to tie it at 11-11 on a Jackie Gerig kill. The Blazers took control from that point on and finished the set on a 14-3 run to win the set 25-14 and take a 1-0 advantage in the match. The second set started out much like the first set with it going back and forth with the set tied 15-15 after a UAB kill. UAB was able to close out the set on a 10-5 run to take a 25-20 victory in the second set and go into the third set with a 2-0 match lead.
The third set started off in A-State's favor as the Red Wolves jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead after a Blazer attacking error. UAB responded with a 5-1 run to take a 6-5 lead over the Red Wolves and wouldn't trail in the set again. The Red Wolves were able to tie it again at 7-7, but an 8-2 run gave UAB a 15-9 advantage. The Red Wolves were able to get within five a couple of times, but couldn't get over the hump and UAB won the third set 25-18 and the match 3-0.
"We didn't play very well and I think being on the road the fourth consecutive weekend finally got to us," Arkansas State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We had a short week to prepare for this one because we played Memphis Tuesday, but we've got right the ship before tomorrow."
The Red Wolves were led in kills by Sarah Kemp, who registered 10, while Sadie Clark and Kelsey Sullivan added 5 kills each. Gerig handed out 22 assists to pace A-State from the setter position. Defensively, the Red Wolves were led by Megan Baska's 12 digs and Kelsey Sullivan's four blocks, including one block solo.
The Red Wolves are now 4-8 on the season and conclude play in the Belmont Bruin Classic Saturday, Sept. 21. A-State takes on host Belmont at 12:30 p.m., before playing Mississippi State at 3:30 p.m.