JONESBORO, Ark. (10/21/16) – The Arkansas State volleyball team won its fourth straight conference match and 24th of its last 25 with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-14) sweep versus South Alabama Friday night at the Convocation Center.
Carlisa May led the Red Wolves (16-7, 8-1 SBC) with 13 kills, while Kelsey Reis swatted 11 on a .409 hitting percentage. Kenzie Fields set a career high with 16 digs and also tied a career high with four aces. Mallory Warrington filled up the stat sheet with 27 assists, nine digs, seven kills (.500 attacking percentage), two aces, and one block. Markie Schaedig added 12 digs while Jessica Uke and May added a solo block each.
"South Alabama was never mentally out of the game and had better energy than us for a large part of the match," A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. "Our energy was much better later in the match though, but they had a good game plan against us, so you have to give them credit."
The first set was strongly contested with A-State taking an 11-8 edge on a Reis kill, but later went ahead 18-14 to cause a timeout by the Jaguars (12-9, 3-5 SBC). The visitors got within three points at 24-21, but an attack error gave A-State the set 25-21.
South Alabama began the second set with a 10-8 advantage and led 14-12 after a service ace. A-State then used a 7-1 run, capped by a kill from Reis, to go ahead 19-15. May extended the Red Wolves edge to 22-17 with a kill and the home team went on to clinch the set 25-20 on a service error by the Jaguars.
The third set was tied 12-12 early on, but an 8-0 run featuring three aces by Fields put A-State in front 20-12. The home team won five of the final seven points with a kill by Shelby Holmes clinching the 25-14 set win and 3-0 match victory.
Arkansas State takes on Troy Oct. 22 at the Convocation Center in its next match. First serve is set for 6 p.m.