Volleyball team sweeps Texas trip
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 18:10
The volleyball team is one that really can’t be called successful in taking down opponents with ease. What has made the lady Red Wolves successful however, is heart and it showed this past weekend.
A week after what Head Coach David Rehr deemed an “embarrassing loss” to ULL, the Lady Red Wolves took to the road to battle Sun Belt foes Texas State and the University of Texas-Arlington on Friday and Saturday night.
On Friday, the Red Wolves dropped their first two matches by scores of 24-26 and 21-25 before rallying to win the next three by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 15-12.
Despite the slow start in dropping the first two sets, A-State came out strong in those first two sets, jumping out to a lead of six points on four occasions in the first set.
In the second set, the Red Wolves and Bobcats clawed to a 22-22 tie before the Bobcats reeled off three straight to take the second set.
From there, A-State faced a 5-1 deficit early in the third set before taking a 10-8 lead. After the Bobcats responded by going up 13-10, the third set would go back and forth until ASU ended the set on a 7-5 run, capped by a junior Sarah Kemp kill.
Though Texas State attempted to rally, the Red Wolves would clinch the fourth set 25-20 before finishing off the Bobcats in the fifth and final set.
“Tonight was a total team effort,” Rehr said. “Even though we dropped the first two sets of the match, we fought hard in both of them and I’m proud of the effort throughout the match. This was a huge conference road win.”
For the Red Wolves, freshman Mallory Warrington helped lead the way by posting 28 assists and posting 11 digs to earn her first double-double. Senior Sadie Clark posted a team high 18 kills in the match, while Kemp and senior Kelsey Sullivan recorded 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Megan Baska led the way defensively, posting 22 digs, while freshman Markie Schaedig recorded 20 digs. The Lady Red Wolves finished with 13 total team blocks.
Saturday would prove to be a different tale. Arkansas State and UT-Arlington would battle each other tooth and nail before the Red Wolves eventually came away with a 25-23, 17-25, 27-25, 13-25, 15-13 victory.
After splitting the first four sets, the Red Wolves would start the fifth set up 7-4 after a Clark kill.
The Mavericks would cut the ASU lead to 14-13, but Sarah Kemp would end the match with a kill to give the Red Wolves their second straight Sun Belt Conference win.
The sweep moves the lady Red Wolves to 9-12 overall, 5-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. The 5-2 conference record puts them in second place in the standings. At the top, WKU and UALR are tied for the conference lead at 6-0. All five conference victories have gone the full five sets.
“I’m so proud to get a road sweep,” Rehr said. “I know we do not make it easy on ourselves but battling for conference wins shows our level of dedication and heart in our players and our program.”
The Lady Red Wolves will return to action on Friday, Oct. 18th when they host the ULM Warhawks at the Convocation Center at 7 p.m.