MEMPHIS, Tenn. (8/25/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball team got a strong all-around performance, including double-digit kill efforts from Kenzie Fields and Carlisa May, to bounce back and sweep Memphis 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-20) to close out the season-opening Memphis Invitational at Elma Roane Fieldhouse.
Fields led the team with 14 kills on a .382 hitting percentage, while May chipped in with 13. Ellie Watkins handed out 37 assists, while May posted her first career double-double with 10 digs. The Red Wolves (2-1) hit .340 in the match and held the Tigers (1-2) to a .185 mark. A-State knocked in six aces and didn’t allow Memphis to record any.
“This was a great bounce back for us after this morning’s match,” A-State head coach David Rehr said. “We didn’t play well at all and didn’t earn it. Tonight I felt like we earned it. We played well in all facets of the game, especially Kenzie Fields. I’m proud of the effort tonight and we made some strikes. It was a total team effort tonight.”
The match began with a tightly-contest set one with the score tied 20-20 after 40 points. A-State secured the next two points on kills by Madison Turner and Fields for a 22-20 edge. The team was up 23-22 when kills by Fields and May gave A-State a 25-22 set win. Set two was mostly controlled by A-State as the team held a 20-10 advantage before a 6-1 run by the Tigers made it 21-16. However, the Red Wolves finished the frame on a 4-1 run for a 25-17 victory.
The third set was close throughout with the score tied 16-16 before A-State took a slight 19-17 edge after a block from May, Macey Putt, and Turner. Memphis got within 20-19, but a 5-1 run, capped on a thunderous kill by May, gave A-State the 25-20 set win and 3-0 match sweep.
May and Watkins were named to the All-Tournament team. May recorded 36 kills (4.00 per set), 20 digs, six blocks, and four aces, while Watkins handed out 86 assists (10.75 per set), 12 digs, and nine kills.
Arkansas State returns to action Friday, Aug. 31 versus Creighton in the SMU Doubletree Classic.
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