Red Wolves dominate Jaguars
Published: Monday, October 8, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 16:10
The ASU Lady Red Wolves took its fourth Sun Belt Conference win over South Alabama Sunday at the Convocation Center.
ASU would take the win in 3 sets with scores of 27-25, 25-23, 25-15 with close victories in the first and second match, leaving ASU to continue to forge ahead in the final set.
The first set started off slow for the Red Wolves as South Alabama would take 12 of the first 16 points scored at the start of the set.
A comeback run of 15-7 by senior Terry Jasmine and senior Kelsey Hodges, both with 4 kills tied up the match before ASU would take the lead for the first time with a service ace from Hodges to put the Red Wolves up 20-19.
Back-and-forth action ensued as the teams took turns tying up the score. South Alabama would give up points with two consecutive attack errors, giving the Red Wolves the first set victory.
“We kind of let them do some things that we weren’t familiar with at first, which was out of our character, but we responded well after that,” head coach David Rehr said.
Point for point in the second set the Red Wolves and Jaguars battled keeping a consistently tied game until the Red Wolves went up by tow to make the score 23-21.
After capitalizing on an attack error and a pair of kills, the Red Wolves would take set two with a final score of 25-23, giving A-State even more momentum going into what would be the final set of the match.
Arkansas State took the third set in dominative fashion, grabbing a 16-8 lead early after going on an 8-1 run and sustaining it throughout while Terry went 5-of-7 in kills.
ASU ended the final set with a 10-7 run that took advantage of numerous errors by South Alabama and also finished with a .228 team attacking percentage while limiting Southern Alabama to .082.
“The second game of a weekend series is always tough because you don’t really practice for it, so it was really all about just taking care of ourselves, which I think we did a good job of,” Rehr said, “we had a good week of prep, and I think it showed.”
The A-State Volleyball squad will be on the road next weekend to play Western Kentucky Friday, Oct. 19, followed by Middle Tennessee Saturday, Oct. 20. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.