Volleyball team splits weekend, pushing WKU to top
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 17:10
The women’s volleyball team had a chance to make a statement over the weekend. That statement remains on hold, for now.
With a chance to make things very interesting at the top of the Sun Belt Conference standings, the Red Wolves defeated ULM on Friday night before falling to WKU on Saturday.
On Friday, the Red Wolves would win their match against ULM in straight sets, winning by scores of 25-23, 25-16 and 30-28.
The victory moved Arkansas State to 6-2 in conference play.
This was also the Red Wolves first conference victory which did not go the full five sets.
“I’m very glad to be 6-2 in the conference,” head coach David Rehr said.
“The team has put in the time at practice and definitely earned this one. Our tough non-conference schedule has definitely paid dividends for us now that we’re in conference play.”
For the match, senior Sadie Clark and junior Sarah Kemp would both post double-digit kills with 12 and 11, respectively.
Freshman Kendal Davis would come one kill shy of double-digits with nine.
Defensively, senior Megan Baska would continue piling up digs, totaling 23 on the match.
Freshman Mallory Warrington would post nine digs to go with her 41 assists, while Kemp and senior Shelby Crncic would each post digs apiece.
The victory Friday night would set up a pivotal conference matchup on Saturday between Western Kentucky and Arkansas State.
After coming off a convincing 3-0 sweep of UALR, Western Kentucky would move into a tie for first place at 7-1 in Sun Belt Conference play.
In a matchup of two of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference, WKU would coast to a three set sweep, winning by the scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-20.
The victory would move WKU into sole possession of first place of the Sun Belt with an 8-1 mark in conference play.
“Western Kentucky is a good team, but we gave them too much respect during the first two sets,” Rehr said.
“We started playing two sets too late and it’s hard to overcome that.
For the Red Wolves, senior Kelsey Sullivan would post a team high nine kills on the match, making her the third Red Wolf to hit the 200 kills mark on the season, joining Kemp and Clark in that department.
Kemp would post seven kills, while Clark and Davis would post four apiece.
Defensively, Baska was limited to only 11 digs on the match. Three Red Wolves would each finish with three digs.
The split moves the Lady Red Wolves to 10-13 overall, 6-3 in the Sun Belt.
A-State sits in third place in the Sun Belt Conference rankings heading into their next match.
The team will return to action Wednesday, Oct. 23 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
The contest against UAPB represents A-State’s “Pink Game” to help raise breast cancer awareness and support cancer research.