Arkansas State volleyball sweeps ULM in Friday doubleheader

Arkansas State volleyball sweeps ULM in Friday doubleheader

Arkansas State 3, ULM 1

A strong defensive performance highlighted by 14 blocks propelled Arkansas State volleyball to a 3-1 victory over ULM in the first half of a day-night doubleheader Friday at First National Bank Arena

In addition to the 14 blocks, A-State (3-1, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) held the Warhawks (1-9, 0-7) to a sub-.100 attack percentage (.082) for the second match in a row. A-State improved to 45-5 overall versus ULM and 21-1 all-time in Jonesboro, while extending its winning streak versus ULM to 38 consecutive matches. The win also marked A-State’s third straight conference victory - the first winning streak of three or more matches in Sun Belt play since 2018.

Brianna Hollingshed had a hand in seven of those 14 blocks, a career high for the sophomore. Kendahl Davenport contributed five, while Paulina Sobolewska had four to go along with a double-double performance of 13 kills and 10 digs. A-State’s setters even joined in on the action at the net, with Lauren Musante tallying three blocks and Julianna Cramer earning one.

Musante handed out 25 assists to lead A-State’s offense, while Cramer added 10 to go along with 11 digs in her first double-double of the season. Peyton Uhlenhake served two aces with 13 digs. Madison Brown also recorded double-digit kills, notching 11. Tatum Ticknor once again led in digs with 17.

ULM was led by Shaska Davis, who tallied a match-high 17 kills with a .424 attack percentage. Kathryn Raschilla and Cali Assaley added 10 kills apiece while McKinley Thiede handed out 28 assists. Raschilla also played a factor at the net with a team-high three blocks.

Arkansas State 3, ULM 0

Early momentum was key on Friday night at First National Bank Arena, as Arkansas State volleyball rode it to a 3-0 sweep (25-11, 25-12, 25-8) against ULM in the series finale.

A-State (4-1, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference) held the Warhawks (1-10, 0-8) to a sub-zero attack percentage of -.117 to close out the three-match stretch while recording seven total blocks as a team. In three matches, the Red Wolves were dominant at the net, knocking down 32 total. With the win, A-State improved its winning streak versus ULM to 39 straight matches and won four straight conference matches for the first time since 2018. The Red Wolves' 4-1 start to league play is the best by an A-State team through five matches since 2016 (4-1).

Madison Brown led the Red Wolves offensively with 11 kills and a .333 attack percentage. Lauren Musante posted her third double-double in five matches with 27 assists and 10 digs. In three matches over the weekend, the junior recorded 79 assists. Tatum Ticknor led the Red Wolves defensively with 14 digs while Kendahl Davenport added four of A-State’s seven blocks.

Shaska Davis led ULM with five kills while McKinley Thiede handed out 11 assists. Madeline Hogan was ULM’s digs leader with 10.

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