BOWLING GREEN, KY (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad dropped a 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-20) decision to Sun Belt Conference leader Western Kentucky Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Red Wolves (11-15, 6-5 SBC) got off to a slow start and found themselves down 2-0 after the first two sets. The third set appeared to be going the same way when WKU raced out to a 10-3 lead early, but A-State battled back to get within three points at 12-9 after a kill by Sarah Kemp. Western Kentucky (20-5, 10-1 SBC) stretched its lead out to 15-9, but the Red Wolves kept fighting and got within two points at 17-15 on a Sadie Clark kill. Arkansas State got within one point at 20-19 following a Kemp kill, but the Lady Toppers used a 5-1 run to clinch a 25-20 game three victory and a 3-0 match win over the Red Wolves.
"It's hard to play a really good team on back-to-back weekends," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We obviously haven't figured out the correct formula yet, but we saw some positives in the last set today and hopefully we can carry those into our match against UALR Wednesday."
Kendal Davis and Clark led Arkansas State with seven kills each, while Jackie Gerig dished out 20 assists during the match. Megan Baska led A-State with 10 digs, while four different Red Wolves recorded one block.
The first set of the match was even at 5-5 early, but Western Kentucky used a 5-0 run to take a 10-5 edge and never looked back. A-State got within two points at 10-8 on a block by Clark and Kelsey Reis, but a 10-2 run by the Lady Toppers put the score at 20-10 and WKU went on to win the set 25-15. Leading 1-0, Western Kentucky jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the second set, but A-State got within five points at 14-9 on a kill by Davis. That was as close as A-State would get however, as Western Kentucky ended the set on an 11-3 run to earn a 25-12 victory in the second set.
Arkansas State returns home to Jonesboro for its next match. The Red Wolves will take on in-state rival UALR Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. There will be a ceremony held before the match to honor senior libero Megan Baska for becoming the second player in school history to record 2,000 digs.