STATESBORO, GA (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball team won its 13th straight contest and improved to 10-0 on the road this season with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-13) victory over Georgia Southern Saturday night at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Ga.
The Red Wolves (17-1, 8-0 SBC) and Eagles (6-13, 1-6 SBC) went back-and-forth in set one with the score tied 15-15 after the first 30 points. Georgia Southern took an 18-17 lead and extended the advantage to 22-19 on a kill to force an A-State timeout. The visitors battled back to tie the set at 24-24 and scored two straight points on a block by Kariana Castanon-Hill and Darby Graff, followed by an Eagles' attack error to take the set 26-24.
A-State raced out to a 14-10 edge in set two after a Kelsey Reis service ace to force a Georgia Southern timeout, but the home team fought back to within one at 18-17. The Red Wolves registered the next two points on kills by Castanon-Hill and Reis to go ahead 20-17 and caused the Eagles to use their last timeout. The stoppage in play didn't slow down the Red Wolves as the team closed the set on a 5-2 run, capped by a Reis kill, for a 25-19 set win and 2-0 lead at intermission.
The third set was all Arkansas State as the Red Wolves started with a 15-8 lead that forced the Eagles to use their second timeout of the set. A-State worked its way to a 22-13 advantage and used a 3-0 run, featuring two Graff kills and a block by Reis and Graff, to clinch the set win 25-13 and 3-0 match victory.
"Georgia Southern is a really talented team and its record doesn't reflect that," A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. "They came out and had a great game plan against us and we were fortunate to survive the first set because they executed it really well. We played better in game two for the win, but finally played the way I expected us to play in set three. I'm really looking forward to coming home and playing in front of our fans next weekend."
Graff led a balanced Red Wolves attack with 10 kills along with a team-best four blocks, while Castanon-Hill tailed a season-high nine kills on a team-best .444 hitting percentage. Drew Jones and Carlisa May each registered eight kills. Mallory Warrington handed out 35 assists to pace the offense and also added two service aces.
Reis registered a career-high five aces to lead the team and also contributed defensively with three blocks. Hannah Robey led the team with 12 digs, while Markie Schaedig added nine of her own.