TROY, Ala. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (23-25, 31-29, 25-23, 25-22) decision to conference foe Troy at Trojan Arena Friday night.
Kendal Davis led A-State with 16 kills, while Sadie Clark and Kelsey Sullivan also registered double-digit kills with 11 each. Mallory Warrington handed out 46 assists to pace the Red Wolves and added 10 digs to earn her fourth double-double of the season. Defensively, Megan Baska led Arkansas State with 13 digs, while Sullivan led the Red Wolves with five total blocks.
"We did most everything right tonight and our stats were great," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We just couldn't finish. You have to give credit to Troy for finishing the way they did."
A-State (11-19, 6-9 SBC) opened the first set strong by jumping out to a 13-8 lead after a Kendal Davis kill and forced Troy to call a timeout. Troy (10-19, 5-10 SBC) fought back to get within one point at 16-15, before the Red Wolves stretched the lead back out to 18-15 on a Sadie Clark kill. The Trojans were able to get within one point five more times, but couldn't ever pull even with A-State and with the score 24-23, a Kelsey Sullivan kill gave A-State a 25-23 game one victory.
The Red Wolves began the second set by racing out to a 7-2 lead after a Clark kill and forced a Trojan timeout. The Trojans responded with a 4-0 run to get within 7-6 and tied it at 8-8 after an A-State attack error. Troy stretched its lead out to as many as four points at 18-14, but a 4-1 ASU run got A-State within one point at 19-18 after a Trojan service error. Troy extended its lead to three points on three more occasions with the last coming at 24-21, but A-State fought back with a 4-0 run, capped by a Reis kill, to take a 25-24 lead. Troy scored the next point to tie it at 25-25 and both teams went through four more ties, the last coming at 29-29, before Troy was able to score consecutive points and earn a 31-29 game two win.
Troy opened the third set on a 6-2 run before A-State fought back to tie the match at 14-14 and take a 15-14 lead on a Reis kill the next point. The Red Wolves were able to build an 18-15 lead after a Troy service error, but a 5-1 Trojan run gave Troy a 20-19 lead. The Red Wolves took a 21-20 lead after consecutive points, but a 4-0 run gave Troy set point at 24-21. A-State got within 24-23, before Troy scored the set clinching point to earn a 25-23 third set victory.
A-State opened the fourth set strong by jumping out to an 11-6 lead, but Troy fought back to within two points at 14-12. The Red Wolves stretched its lead out to 20-16, but the Trojans tied the set at 22-22 and took a 23-22 lead the next point to force an ASU timeout. After the timeout, Troy won the next two points and clinched a 25-22 fourth game victory and a 3-1 match victory over Arkansas State.
A-State returns to action Saturday night in Atlanta, Ga. against the Georgia State Panthers. First serve from the GSU Sports Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m.