Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 30-28) decision to Tulsa in both teams’ final match of the A-State Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
The loss for the Red Wolves (6-4) was their first home loss since Nov. 22, 2014 when the team lost a 3-0 match to Little Rock. Carlisa May led the team with 12 kills, while Brentlee Weaver added 10 on a .375 hitting percentage. Mallory Warrington registered her team-high fourth double-double with 38 assists and 12 digs and Markie Schaedig registered a team-high 23 digs. Kelsey Reis had four blocks. Tulsa (8-1) was led by Erica Bohannon’s 13 kills.
“I’m proud of the way we fought, but we got stuck in a couple of rotations that we couldn’t get out of and gave points in bunches,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “It was a game of runs, and we had too many bad ones. Tulsa is a good team and we knew we would be in a fight. We’ve got a big one coming in Tuesday night in Missouri State so we have to turn our focus to them.”
Arkansas State and Tulsa battled to a 16-16 tie in set one after a May kill, but the Golden Hurricane went on a 4-0 run to take a 20-16 edge. However, A-State used a 5-1 run, capped by a Kenzie Fields kill, to tie the set 21-21. Tulsa responded to win four of the final six points of the set to earn a 25-23 set one win.
The two teams battled to a 10-10 tie in set two, but another 4-0 run by the Golden Hurricane put the visitors in front 14-10. Tulsa eventually stretched its lead to 22-14 to force an Arkansas State timeout. However, A-State used a 9-2 run, finished by a service ace by Jessica Heuertz, to claw within one at 24-23, but Tulsa won the final point to win its second straight set 25-23.
The third set looked to be going A-State’s way early with the squad jumping out to a 15-12 advantage, but a 6-0 run by Tulsa flipped the score to 18-15. The Red Wolves fought back to within 24-23 and earned the next point on a May kill to tie the set at 24-24. Arkansas State earned two set points at 26-25 and 27-26, but couldn’t close out the set. The Golden Hurricane were able to secure the 3-0 win with a kill and attack error by the Red Wolves set the final in set three at 30-28.
Brooke Berryhill of Tulsa was awarded the MVP of the A-State Invitational, while teammate Trinity Alualu also made the all-tournament squad. Weaver was the Red Wolves’ selection on the team, while Elizabeth Armstrong of UCA and Jemima Idemudia of UT Martin rounded out the team. Weaver had 27 kills during the event on a .397 hitting percentage.
Arkansas State returns to action Tuesday night when the team hosts Missouri State at the Convocation Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m.