Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – The Arkansas State volleyball team tied its season high with nine service aces in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-14) sweep of Troy Saturday night at the Convocation Center as the win gave A-State head coach David Rehr his 100th win at A-State.
Markie Schaedig set a career high with five of the team’s nine service aces and also led the team with 13 digs. Kenzie Fields led the team with 13 kills on a career-high .355 hitting percentage and Kelsey Reis added seven on a .583 attacking percentage. Mallory Warrington registered her 10th double-double with 32 assists and 11 digs. Shelby Holmes set a season high with seven kills.
“Kenzie played a great game and Markie was fantastic serving,” Rehr said. “I thought we played with more energy tonight than we did for most of yesterday’s match and that helped us. Now it’s time to get ready for Monday’s match against Little Rock.”
The first set was all A-State (17-7, 9-1 SBC) with the home team taking a 10-4 edge on a Schaedig ace with Troy (6-20, 0-9 SBC) taking a timeout. The Red Wolves extended the lead to 15-5 on a kill by Fields and the Trojans used their final timeout of the set. Arkansas State stretched its lead to 24-12 on a kill by Jessica Uke and won the set 25-12 after an attack error by Troy.
The second set was closer, but the Red Wolves went ahead 14-9 after an attack error and forced Troy to call a timeout. A-State was never able to stretch the lead to more than six points and the Trojans got within four at 24-20, but a kill by Uke gave the home team the set 25-20.
Both teams battled to an 8-8 tie in set three, but an 8-2 run, capped by a kill from Fields, put A-State on top 16-10. The Red Wolves never looked back as they extended the lead to as many as 11 at 23-12 on a kill by Pulotu Manoa. The final margin in the set was also 11 as the Red Wolves won the game 25-14 and the match 3-0.
Arkansas State takes on Little Rock in a quick turnaround on Monday, Oct. 24 in a match that will be broadcast by ESPN3. First serve from the Convocation Center is set for 6 p.m.