CARBONDALE, Ill. (9/9/23) – Strong defense and an aggressive service game paved the way to Arkansas State volleyball’s second-consecutive 3-0 victory Saturday, sweeping Alabama A&M to conclude the Saluki Bash.
Helzer and Brianna Hollingshed led A-State with 11 kills each, hitting .346 and .562 respectively to help the Scarlet and Black to a .263 mark as a team. Abby Harris added a career-best nine kills on 19 attempts to hit .316 and knocked down a pair of blocks. Glunz added seven kills and two blocks to her four aces.
A-State surged to an early five-point advantage before the Bulldogs scored six unanswered to lead 12-11. A kill by Hollingshed capped a 4-1 A-State run to make it 18-15, and then the Red Wolves took seven of the last 10 points to take the set 25-19 and lead 1-0 in the match.
Alabama A&M held a slight 8-6 edge in the second set before the Red Wolves reeled off nine points in a row to take a 15-8 lead. The Bulldogs responded with an 8-0 run to reclaim a 16-15 lead, but A-State answered with 10 of the set’s final 14 points to take a 2-0 advantage in the contest.
A-State carried its momentum into the third set, leading by as much as 13 and hitting .370 in the frame. Glunz went on a run of four aces to make it 20-7, and then Helzer clinched the sweep with a kill.
A-State closes non-conference play next weekend in Springfield, Mo., at the Bear Invitational. There, the Red Wolves will face Western Illinois and Lindenwood on Friday before a Saturday match against host Missouri State.
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