Volleyball team dominates the weekend
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 23:09
This weekend was a battle that came down to the final 15-points for A-State’s volleyball team in their first two matches of Sun Belt Conference play.
The Red Wolves defeated Georgia 3-2 on Friday (23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 15-6). The team over powered Troy (5-11, 0-2) on Sunday after a five-set battle to win the series 3-2 (25-17, 29-31, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13).
State’s match up with Georgia State (5-11, 0-2) opened up conference play and after a physical weekend, the team earned a 2-0 conference record; 6-10 overall.
The Red Wolves lead the series with the Panthers 3-0.
Friday night at the Convocation Center was the teams first time to face each other since ASU defeated Georgia State 3-0 in Atlanta 22-years before.
“Coming into our home opener, senior season, you always want to win and I think that all of us in the locker room tonight expected to win and that’s great,” Sadie Clark, senior outside hitter said.
“I don’t know that I expected it to be this big of a dog fight, but I’m glad it was. It made it more exciting and intense.”
The first set of Friday’s match did not end the way the majority of it went.
Although there were three ties in the set, ASU maintained the lead for 22 points.
After an ASU error, the Panthers took the lead with a 7-3 run and finished the set with a win.
“We just got comfortable and kind of let down a little bit and just coasted for the rest of the game,” Kelsey Sullivan, senior middle-blocker said.
“We let them get on a roll and we just made too many errors on our side of the net.”
The Red Wolves came out hot in the second set.
The team worked hard to have a lead larger than one point and their efforts paid off when a 7-point lead had the set in their favor, 14-6.
Georgia State tried to get ahead, but ASU had the lead the whole set, winning 25-21.
Set 3 started much like the second, but the Panthers came back at one point to take the lead.
After a nerve-racking battle of the volleys, the Red Wolves came out on top, 25-23.
Set 4 was a back-and-forth battle that went to the Panthers.
“We just wanted to come out on top with energy,” Sullivan said about the matches second and third sets.
“We played our game on our side and took care of our jobs and let them make the mistakes on their side.”
But set 5 was when ASU shut down the Panthers.
“I just love the way we finished game five,” Rehr said. “It was a butt-kickin’. I don’t know how or why yet, but we took them out of system and we need to do that more often.”
The Red Wolves weren’t going home without giving their home crowd a win and only allowed 5-points to win 15-5.
“I think we just wanted it,” Clark said.
“ We’re at home in front of a great crowd. They’ve changed so much in this place to make it home for us and I think we just really wanted to show to ourselves we can do it and show every one who came, this is what A-State volleyball is.”
Arkansas State showed the same fight on Sunday that helped them win on Friday.
After defeating Troy 3-2, the Red Wolves lead the series 10-0.
The last time the two played each other was last season when ASU won the match 3-1.
A-State won the first set 25-17, but fell to Troy 29-31 and 20-25 in the two that followed. Like Friday, ASU wasn’t ready to go home and took set 4.
Set 5 came down to the final minutes as State won 15-3.
“This was a great win for us today in another hard-fought conference match,” Rehr said.
“We’re seeing our difficult non-conference schedule paying off. It was tough to lose some of those matches when we did, but we learned from it and it has obviously prepared us well for our conference schedule, which is what we wanted it to get us ready for.”
A-State travels to Little Rock on Wednesday to take on in-state rivals UALR at 7 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center.