MONROE, LA (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State volleyball team won its 11th straight match with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-15) victory over ULM Sunday afternoon at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, La.
A-State (15-1, 6-0 SBC) raced out to a 10-6 lead in set one after a block by Drew Jones and Kariana Castanon-Hill block that forced ULM (11-7, 2-2 SBC) to call a timeout. A Kelsey Reis service ace put the score at 18-12 to cause another Warhawks’ timeout, and later on Reis ended the set on a kill to give A-State a 25-16 victory in the first set.
Reis propelled A-State to a 10-7 advantage in the second set before the Red Wolves extended their lead to 19-11 to cause ULM to use a timeout. The Warhawks fought hard to get back within 22-18 on a block, but a 3-0 run by Arkansas State gave the visitors a 25-18 game two win and 2-0 advantage in the match.
The Red Wolves jumped ahead 12-3 in the third set after a Mallory Warrington kill, but ULM was able to battle back to within 14-10. A-State created some more separation by using a 7-3 run, capped by a Carlisa May kill, to take a 21-13 edge before a Warrington service ace gave the Red Wolves a 25-15 set victory and 3-0 match win.
“It was a great all-around effort today,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We have been pretty good offensively all year, but now we are starting to play tremendous defense to go along with that as evidenced by the hitting percentages we held these two teams to this weekend. It’s always hard to play on the road so these were big wins and we have another tough one next.”
Darby Graff led Arkansas State with 13 kills on a .500 attacking percentage, while May tallied 11 kills on a .417 percentage as the team outhit the Warhawks .337 to .054 during the match. Warrington picked up her 10th double-double with 35 assists and 11 digs in the match, while Markie Schaedig led the defensive effort with12 digs of her own. Reis led the team with five blocks and also hit .857 with six kills. Five different Red Wolves had a service ace in the match.
A-State returns to action Wednesday night in an in-state SBC clash against Little Rock. First serve from the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark., is set for 6:30 p.m.