The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated UT Arlington 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 27-25, 13-25, 15-13) at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas for its second straight five-set conference victory Saturday night.
After splitting the first four sets of the match, Arkansas State (9-12, 5-2 SBC) started the deciding fifth set by building a 7-4 lead after a Sadie Clark kill. After calling a timeout, UTA battled back to tie the set at 7-7, but A-State used a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead after another Clark kill. The Mavericks cut the ASU lead to one point at 14-13 and forced an Arkansas State timeout. After the timeout, Sarah Kemp recorded a kill to win the set 15-13 and give the Red Wolves a 3-2 match win over UT Arlington (11-9, 4-3 SBC).
"I'm proud to get a road sweep," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "I know we do not make it easy but battling for our fifth conference win shows our level of dedication and heart in our players and our program."
Kelsey Sullivan led the Red Wolves in kills with 17, while Clark and Kemp were in double figures with 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Mallory Warrington dished out 48 assists to pace the Red Wolves and recorded her second consecutive double-double by adding 17 digs. Defensively, Megan Baska led A-State with 21 digs, while Kelsey Reis registered four blocks.
UT Arlington jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set of the match, but A-State was able to battle back and take an 11-8 lead after a Reis kill. UTA rallied to tie the set at 22-22 before two ASU points gave the Red Wolves a 24-22 lead. UT Arlington recorded the next point to get within 24-23, but a kill by Clark gave A-State a 25-23 first set victory and 1-0 lead in the match. The second set started out positively for A-State as the Red Wolves jumped out to an 11-7 lead. The Mavericks responded with a 7-0 run to take a 14-11 lead and never looked back. UTA ended the set on an 11-6 run to take a 25-17 win in the second game and tie the match at 1-1.
UTA opened the third set on a 7-2 run before a 9-3 run put the Red Wolves up 11-10 after a Reis kill. Both teams went back and forth and were tied 21-21 before two straight Maverick points gave UTA a 23-21 edge. ASU recorded the next two points to tie it at 23-23 after a bad set by UTA. A-State was finally able to breakthrough with the score tied 25-25 by recording two straight points on kills from Sullivan and Kemp to win the third set 27-25 and take a 2-1 match lead. The 2-1 lead for A-State wouldn't last very long however as UTA jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the fourth set. A-State cut the lead to 14-10 before the Mavericks finished the set on an 11-3 run to clinch a 25-13 set victory and send the game to the deciding fifth set.
The Red Wolves return to action on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. when they host the ULM Warhawks at the Convocation Center.