JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad dropped a 3-0 (22-25, 18-25, 23-25) decision to Texas State at the Convocation Center in the team's home and Sun Belt Conference opener Friday night.
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.