COURTESY: Arkansas State
STATESBORO, Ga. (9/21/14) – The Arkansas State volleyball team earned its first Sun Belt Conference victory of the season with a 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22) win over Georgia Southern at Statesboro High School Sunday afternoon.
A-State (6-5, 1-1) and Georgia Southern (0-12, 0-3) battled with each other closely throughout the first set before the Red Wolves stretched their lead out to three points at 21-18. After a Georgia Southern timeout, the Eagles went on a 3-0 run to tie the set at 21-21 and both teams traded points until the score was 23-23. A-State’s Sarah Kemp registered a kill to give the Red Wolves set point and after another Georgia Southern timeout, she tallied another kill to give A-State a 25-23 win.
The Eagles bounced back in impressive fashion by taking set two by a score of 25-18 and tie the match at 1-1. The third set was much like the first with neither team able to extend a lead beyond two points until very late in the set when A-State took a 24-21 lead on another Kemp kill. Georgia Southern earned the next point, but another Kemp kill clinched the 25-22 set victory and gave the Red Wolves a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, Arkansas State and Georgia Southern battled back and forth with the Eagles taking a slim two-point lead at 11-9 after a kill. The Red Wolves bounced back with a 7-2 run to take a 16-13 lead on a Mallory Warrington kill and held a 23-19 lead after a Markie Schaedig service ace to force a Georgia Southern timeout. After the timeout, the Eagles were able to get within two points at 24-22, but another Warrington kill sealed a 25-22 set victory and 3-1 Red Wolves’ win.
“This was a huge bounce-back win for us,” A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. “It was a quick turnaround to have to travel here and coming off the loss Friday was tough, but we stepped up and got the win. Georgia Southern had better stats in most categories, but we really outplayed them in the serve-pass aspect of the game and that’s what got us the win.”
Drew Jones led the Red Wolves with 17 kills and Kemp registered her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs. Warrington handed out 42 assists and recorded her team-leading ninth double-double after tallying 10 kills. Defensively, Schaedig led A-State with 29 digs and Kelsey Reis had five blocks, including two block solos. As a team the Red Wolves registered seven service aces, including three from Schaedig, against five service errors.
Arkansas State returns to action Friday, Sept. 26 in another conference road clash against Troy. First serve 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).