The Red Wolves (5-5, 0-1) and Bobcats (7-7, 2-0) battled with each other closely in the first set. Texas State got ahead by as much as three points early, but the teams found themselves tied up at 20-20 late. The Bobcats went ahead by two points at 23-21, but a Drew Jones kill cut the deficit to one point at 23-22. However, A-State wouldn't get any closer and lost the set 25-22.
Trailing 1-0, A-State began the second set well by jumping out to a 3-1 lead, but Texas State tied the set at 9-9 and began to take control after an 8-4 run for a 17-13 lead. The Bobcats ended the set on an 8-5 run to earn a 25-18 set victory and take a 2-0 lead on the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State and Texas State traded points for the majority of the beginning of the set, but A-State took a 15-13 lead after a Jones kill. The Bobcats responded with a 3-0 run to take a 16-15 lead, but the Red Wolves managed to tie the set at 22-22 after a Sarah Kemp kill. A-State couldn't close out the set though as Texas State used a 3-1 run to win the final set 25-23 for a 3-0 victory over the Red Wolves.
“Texas State seemed to be in control from the beginning, even when we were in it we made a lot of errors so they controlled the game,” A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. “It was a lack of blocking the ball and we couldn't stop anybody. Our trademark over the last six games was that we play good defense and block the ball so it was a disappointment that we didn't continue that, but you have to give Texas State a lot of credit.”
Kemp led the Red Wolves in kills with 14 and setter Mallory Warrington registered her eighth double-double of the year with 30 assists and 12 digs. Defensively, Markie Schaedig led the team with 16 digs and Kemp recorded three blocks, including two block solos.
Arkansas State returns to action Sunday, Sept. 21 in its first SBC road contest of the season at Georgia Southern. First serve from Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Ga., is set for 11 a.m. Fans can keep up with all the match's action by following @AStateGameday on Twitter. For the latest on the A-State volleyball team follow the squad on Twitter (@stAteVolleyball).