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Strong Fifth Set Propels @AStateVB to Win Over SIU

September 14, 2018

JONESBORO, Ark. (9/14/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball team was pushed to five sets by Southern Illinois, but prevailed in a 3-2 (25-17, 25-27, 25-22, 22-25, 15-4) victory Friday night at the A-State Invitational being held inside First National Bank Arena.

A-State (7-5) pushed its season-best win streak to five matches as the Red Wolves and Salukis (4-8) went the distance. Arkansas State raced out to a 7-0 lead after a kill by Isabel Theut and never looked back. SIU worked back to within 12-4, but A-State scored three straight points on a Carlisa May kill, Madison Turner block, and Macey Putt kill to claim the set 15-4. The Red Wolves out hit Southern Illinois .474-.062 in the frame.

“This was another tough match for us and we had to battle to win it,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “I’m proud of the fight and bounce-back ability we showed in the sets we won, but the way we played in the two sets we lost was disappointing. Obviously, Carlisa (May) and Macey (Putt) delivered a lot of offense tonight, but the defensive effort from both of them with their dig numbers along with Tatum Ticknor’s and the blocks was huge. Ellie Watkins has also been playing very solid in this stretch of wins we have and I hope we can keep this going tomorrow.”

May led the offensive effort with 24 kills and added 10 digs for her fifth double-double, while Putt added 20 kills and 11 digs for her third double-double. Ticknor picked up 32 digs, a new season high and one shy of her career high, while Theut led the team with five blocks in four sets of action. Watkins handed out 49 assists and added five kills, seven digs, and two blocks to her stat line as she helped A-State to a .227 attacking percentage compared to .146 for Southern Illinois.

The Red Wolves jumped out to a 5-1 edge in set one and never trailed before a 3-0 run leading by a score of 22-17 clinched the first game for A-State 25-17. However, the home squad fell behind early in set two, but battled back to tie the frame at 24-24 and 25-25 before SIU won the next two points to win the set 27-25 and even the match at a score of 1-1.

A-State responded by jumping out to a 16-10 advantage in set three on a block by Watkins and Theut, but allowed SIU to get within 23-22 to force a timeout by the Red Wolves. However, a kill by Watkins and attack error by the Salukis gave Arkansas State a 25-22 set win. The home team fell behind 4-0, but rallied to tie set four at 19-19 and again at 22-22. Southern Illinois bounced back with three straight points on two A-State errors and a kill to win the set 25-22 and send the match to a decisive fifth set.

Maggie Nedoma led the Salukis with 19 kills, while Alayna Martin had 36 assists and 17 digs.

Arkansas State returns to action Saturday afternoon to wrap up the A-State Invitational with a 1:00 p.m. first serve against Jackson State. Tomorrow’s first match features UCA and Southern Illinois at 10:30 a.m.

Fans can follow the team on Twitter (@AStateVB) and Instagram (astatevb) along with liking the Arkansas State University Volleyball page on Facebook for the latest updates regarding the team.

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