Arkansas State 3, Louisiana 1
Madison Brown tallied a career-high 34 kills on Friday night, lifting Arkansas State to a 3-1 victory over Louisiana at Earl K. Long Gym.
The senior also tallied 15 digs to give her a double-double in her career-best day. A-State (6-4, 6-4 Sun Belt Conference) held the Ragin' Cajuns (12-4, 6-4) to an attack percentage of just .105 in the match, knocking down 15.0 blocks in the match. With the win, the Red Wolves evened the weekend series at a match each.
Brown’s 34 kills are the most by a player in Division I this season and the most by a Red Wolf since before 2010. Her mark was just five kills shy of the school record of 39 set in 1997 by Beth Cochran.
Lauren Musante handed out over 40 assists for the fourth straight match, notching 41 to go along with 11 digs to give her a team-leading seven double-doubles on the year. She also served three of A-State’s four aces. Kendahl Davenportknocked down eight blocks, with Brianna Hollingshed right behind her at seven. Tatum Ticknor collected 25 digs to lead the Red Wolves.
Hali Wisnoskie led Louisiana with 13 kills, with Lauren Tishkoff adding 12. Avery Breaux dished out 36 assists and tallied 17 digs. Hannah Ramirez was her team’s leader in digs with 18 while Tia Jade Smith knocked down a team-high five blocks.
Louisiana 3, Arkansas State 1
Facing a 2-0 deficit in the match, Arkansas State battled to force a fourth set, but Louisiana held on late to take a 3-1 decision in the first of a three-match series on Friday at Earl K. Long Gym.
A-State (5-4, 5-4 Sun Belt Conference) kept it close throughout, taking the third set and building early momentum in the fourth, but Louisiana (12-3, 6-3) picked up key kills and blocks late to take the lead and win the match.
Madison Brown led the Red Wolves with 15 kills to go along with two blocks and five digs. Kendahl Davenport recorded a career-best day, tallying 14 kills and nine blocks – both career highs. Lauren Musante dished out 40 or more assists for the third straight contest, notching 41 to go with eight digs and two blocks.
Defensively, Tatum Ticknor led with 28 digs while Brianna Hollingshed knocked down five blocks. Josie Stanford added four blocks, helping A-State to eclipse 10.0 total blocks for the eighth time this season – totaling 14.0 on Friday morning.
Kara Barnes posted a match-high 16 kills to lead Louisiana, with Hali Wisnoskie adding 13 and four blocks. Kelsey Bennett and Taylor Gates each tallied 12 kills, while Bennett also notched 14 digs. Avery Breaux handed out 50 assists to accompany 12 digs and Hannah Ramirez led the Ragin' Cajuns with 16 digs.