COURTESY: Arkansas State
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (10/14/14) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad saw its six-match winning streak end as the Red Wolves dropped a 3-0 (8-25, 23-25, 15-25) decision to UALR Tuesday night at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, Ark.
The Red Wolves (11-6, 6-2) and Trojans (15-4, 9-0) battled to a 5-5 tie before UALR took control and ended the set on a 20-3 run to earn a 25-8 first set victory. UALR raced out to a 9-4 lead in the second set, but A-State rallied to take a 10-9 lead on a Mallory Warrington kill. The Trojans appeared to gain control again at 21-16, but a 5-0 run, capped by a Hannah Robey service ace tied the set at 21-21. It was tied again at 23-23, but two straight UALR points gave the Trojans a 25-23 set victory and 2-0 lead.
A-State had a solid start to the third set by taking a 7-5 edge after a UALR attack error, but UALR fought back using a 5-1 run to take a 10-8 advantage. A-State tied the set at 10-10 on a block by Jessica Uke, Drew Jones, andSarah Kemp, but were never able to take the lead again as UALR ended the set on a 15-5 run to win the set 25-15 and the match by a count of 3-0.
“I was disappointed with how we started out the match,” A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We competed really well in the second set and the effort was there. We fought hard and there were some things that happened that were out of our control, but we will work hard in practice to get better before our trip to UT Arlington and Texas State this weekend.”
Kelsey Reis led the Red Wolves with eight kills on a .500 hitting percentage, while Kariana Castanon-Hill added six of her own. Warrington handed out 21 assists, while Jessica Heuertz and Robey both registered a service ace each. Defensively, Markie Schaedig tallied 14 digs, while Jones and Uke each recorded two blocks.
Arkansas State returns to action Friday, Oct. 17 on the road versus UT Arlington. First serve from Arlington, Texas is set for 7 p.m., and fans can keep up with the entire match’s action by following @AStateGameday on Twitter. For the latest on the A-State volleyball team follow the squad on Twitter (@stAteVolleyball).