JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Georgia Southern 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-21) after holding the Eagles to a .064 hitting percentage as the Red Wolves won their 18th straight match Friday night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
A-State (22-1, 13-0 SBC) and Georgia Southern (8-16, 3-9 SBC) battled to a 7-7 tie in the first set before the Red Wolves went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Drew Jones service ace, to go in front 14-7. The home team eventually worked to a 23-16 lead before a Kelsey Reis kill and Georgia Southern attack error clinched a 25-16 set one victory and 1-0 match edge.
The Red Wolves raced out to an 11-4 advantage in set two on a Darby Graff kill and led 17-11 after a Carlisa May kill. However, the Eagles responded with a 7-0 run to take an 18-17 edge. Arkansas State quickly regained control with a 6-0 run, and eventually claimed the set by a score of 25-20 on another Graff kill.
The third set was tightly contested early on as A-State built an 11-9 edge after a Reis kill and extended the lead to 17-13 on a Jones kill to force an Eagles' timeout. Georgia Southern came out of the timeout with a 6-1 run to earn a 19-18 edge, but, once again, the Red Wolves used a 6-0 run, capped by a Mallory Warrington kill, to retake control of the set at 24-19. Georgia Southern scored the next two points, but May ended any threat of a comeback with a kill to clinch the third set 25-21 to give A-State a 3-0 victory.
"Georgia Southern's record doesn't indicate how good of a team they are," A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. "They really are a talented volleyball team because they have two of the best opposites in the league. They did a good job of stopping our outsides, but that's the thing about our team, even if you do stop one or two people we can go somewhere else and still be successful."
May led the team with 12 kills, while Graff added 11 of her own on a .444 hitting percentage. Warrington dished out 33 assists, while Markie Schaedig tallied 24 digs defensively. Jessica Heuertz added 10 digs and Reis registered three blocks.
"Tonight we had to communicate on who was ours because there's a lot of switches," said Reis. "We struggled with that during the last game so we worked on it and it showed tonight."