The Arkansas State volleyball team fell behind 2-0 to Texas State before coming back to defeat the Bobcats 3-2 (24-26, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-12) Friday night at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, Texas.
After dropping the first two sets, A-State (8-12, 4-2 SBC) responded with two set wins in a row to force a decisive game five. The Red Wolves and Bobcats battled to a 9-9 tie in the fifth set before two straight A-State points gave ASU an 11-9 lead. Texas State (13-8, 3-3 SBC) was able to get within two points at 14-12, but a Kelsey Sullivan kill capped the A-State comeback by giving the Red Wolves a 15-12 victory in set five and 3-2 match win over the Bobcats.
"This was a total team effort tonight," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "Even though we dropped the first two sets, we fought in both of them and I'm proud of the effort throughout the match. Freshman Mallory Warrington stepped up for us in a huge way tonight as well. This was a huge conference road win."
Sadie Clark led the Red Wolves with 18 kills on the night, while Sarah Kemp and Sullivan also registered double-digit kills with 15 and 10, respectively. Mallory Warrington led A-State with 28 assists and recorded 11 digs to earn her first double-double of the season. Defensively, Megan Baska led Arkansas State with 22 digs, while Markie Schaedig set a season high by recording 20 digs. ASU recorded 13 total blocks as a team and were led by Kelsey Reis's eight blocks, with two of those being block solos.
A-State looked strong in the first set by jumping out to leads of six points on four different occasions. With A-State leading 19-13, Texas State went on a 6-1 run to pull within one point at 20-19. A-State was able to get to set point at 24-22 before the Bobcats reeled off a 4-0 run to take a 26-24 first set victory. With Texas State holding a 1-0 lead in the match, A-State led 11-9 in the second set after an attack error by Texas State. The Bobcats responded with a 5-0 run to take a 14-11 lead, but the set was tied at 22-22 before Texas State scored three consecutive points to earn a 25-22 victory in the second game.
Facing a 2-0 deficit, A-State fell behind 5-1 early in the third set before fighting back to take a 10-8 lead after a Bobcat attacking error. Texas State responded with a 5-0 run to take a 13-10 lead, but A-State was able to tie the set at 16-16 on a Warrington kill and took the lead 17-16 on a Kendal Davis service ace. The Bobcats tied the set at 17-17 on the next point, but a Sullivan kill gave ASU an 18-17 lead that it would not relinquish the rest of the set. The Red Wolves ended the set on a 7-5 run, capped by a Kemp kill, to earn the 25-22 victory and cut the match deficit to 2-1.
Arkansas State raced out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth set after a Sullivan kill, but Texas State responded with a 10-4 run to earn an 11-10 edge. With the scored tied 13-13, an attack error by Texas State gave the Red Wolves a 14-13 lead that ASU stretched out to 17-13 to force a Bobcat timeout. Texas State was able to close the gap to 18-17, but an A-State 7-3 run clinched the 25-20 win in the fourth set to set the stage for the decisive fifth set.
A-State returns to action Saturday night against conference foe UT Arlington. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.