The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 13-25, 28-26) decision to UALR Wednesday night at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark.
UALR (11-4, 3-0 SBC) jumped out to a 10-7 lead in the first set and stretched the lead out to 16-11 before an A-State timeout. The Red Wolves (6-11, 2-1 SBC) cut the lead to 19-16 on a Jackie Gerig kill and forced an UALR timeout. A kill from Sadie Clark got A-State within one point at 21-20, but the Trojans ended the set on a 4-1 run to take game one by a score of 25-22. The second set started out tied 9-9 before a 3-0 Trojan run put UALR up 12-9. A-State responded with a 5-1 run and took a 14-13 lead on a Shelby Crncic service ace. ASU tied the set at 20-20 on a Shelby Holmes kill, but a 5-0 run for the Trojans clinched the second game for UALR 25-20.
With the Trojans up 2-0, A-State responded in dominating fashion and jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set after a Trojan service error. The Red Wolves stretched the lead out to 11-5 on a Kelsey Reis service ace and the Trojans got within six points at 16-10, but wouldn't get any closer. A-State took a 24-13 lead on a Sadie Clark kill and a Trojan attack error gave the Red Wolves a 25-13 game three victory.
The fourth set went back and forth and was tied 10-10 before A-State got two consecutive points on a Clark kill and Megan Baska service ace to make the score 12-10. A-State earned a 17-15 lead after a Kelsey Sullivan kill, but a 5-0 UALR run gave the Trojans a 20-17 lead. The Trojans had match point at 24-22 and looked to win the set and match but an impressive A-State dig and subsequent Shelby Holmes kill made the score 24-23. A Sullivan kill on the next point tied the set at 24-24 and both teams traded points until UALR got two consecutive kills to win the fourth set 28-26 and the match by a score of 3-1.
"There's a reason UALR's Edina Begic has won four straight Offensive Player of the Week awards, but we gave her too much respect the first two sets and she took advantage of it," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We started playing two sets too late. Once we started playing in the third set it was a great match and we feel like no one is better than us when we play like we're capable of."
Clark led A-State with 17 kills on the night, while Gerig handed out 48 assists to pace the Red Wolves. Defensively, Baska recorded 26 digs and added three service aces to lead A-State. Gerig, Sullivan, and Reis all had two blocks each to lead the Red Wolves.
The Red Wolves return home to the Convocation Center for conference matches against South Alabama at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.