A-State rallies to defeat Texas State

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The Arkansas State volleyball team fell behind 2-0 to Texas State before coming back to defeat the Bobcats 3-2 (24-26, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-12) Friday night at Strahan Coliseum.

After dropping the first two sets, A-State (8-12, 4-2 SBC) responded with two set wins in a row to force a decisive game five. The Red Wolves and Bobcats battled to a 9-9 tie in the fifth set before two straight A-State points gave ASU an 11-9 lead. Texas State (13-8, 3-3 SBC) was able to get within two points at 14-12, but a Kelsey Sullivan kill capped the A-State comeback by giving the Red Wolves a 15-12 victory in set five and 3-2 match win over the Bobcats.

Sadie Clark led the Red Wolves with 18 kills on the night, while Sarah Kemp and Sullivan also registered double-digit kills with 15 and 10, respectively. Mallory Warrington led A-State with 28 assists and recorded 11 digs to earn her first double-double of the season. Defensively, Megan Baska led Arkansas State with 22 digs, while Markie Schaedig set a season high by recording 20 digs. ASU recorded 13 total blocks as a team and were led by Kelsey Reis’s eight blocks, with two of those being block solos.

A-State returns to action tonight against conference foe UT Arlington. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.

Suns drop two on first day of invitational

JOPLIN, Mo. — Despite a 29-kill, 16-dig effort from junior Emily Todd and a 74-assist performance from senior Amber Cerrillos, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (12-7) fell 3-0 against Central Missouri (18-0) in the first match and were defeated 3-1 in match two against Pittsburg State (8-10) on Friday at the Missouri Southern State University Invitational.

The Golden Suns fell 25-11, 25-17, and 25-17 in the first match against Central Missouri.

Todd finished the match with nine kills and six digs. Cerrillos added 24 assists and seven digs. Sophomore Katie Huff had six kills, while freshman Kaylee Konsella added five. Sophomore Morgan McKellar added eight digs.

In the nightcap, Pittsburg State took the first set 25-21. The Golden Suns rallied back in the second set to take it 25-21. Set three and four were taken by Pittsburg State 25-19 and 25-21.

Todd led the team offensively with 20 kills. Cerrillos dished out a game-high 50 assists. Huff added 12 kills, freshman Shannon Helm added ten, and Konsella and senior Sara Motsinger each added six, respectively. McKellar added 19 digs, while Todd added ten.

The Golden Suns will finish the Missouri Southern State Invitational today at 9 a.m. with a match against Washburn and finish the tournament with a 3 p.m. match against host Missouri Southern.

UALR holds off UT Arlington

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Trojans won the first two sets handily and shook off a tough start in the fourth frame as UALR (14-4, 6-0 Sun Belt Conference) defeated UT Arlington (11-8, 4-2 SBC) 25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22 Friday night in Arlington, Texas.

With the win, UALR improved its winning streak to 12 matches overall and eight straight in road matches. The Trojans are 8-1 in true road games on the season.

Individually, junior Edina Begic led UALR with 20 kills while sophomore Sonja Milanovic contributed 19. Junior Marleen de Zoete had a match-best 45 assists while classmate Allison Wyatt added a season-best 17 digs.

Junior Capri Rino contributed 14 digs and freshman Carolee Dillard had six blocks.

UALR returns to action Sunday (Oct. 13) when it travels to San Marcos, Texas, to take on Texas State (13-8, 3-3 SBC).

Harding splits at invitational

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Harding volleyball team opened the Missouri Southern State Tournament with a 3-2 win over Southwest Baptist and a 3-0 loss to Emporia State on Friday. The Lady Bisons move to 16-6 overall.

The loss snapped an eight match winning streak.

In the first match against Southwest Baptist, Harding won 25-21, 23-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-12.

Mollie Arnold led HU with a season-high 26 kills. She also had 19 digs. Junior setter Taryn Eubank had 50 assists for the second time this season and 17 digs.

Lisa Copeland led the HU defense with 29 digs and senior middle blocker Alyssa Short had nine blocks.

Harding had a season-high 110 digs in the match as five different Lady Bisons had 10 or more digs. The two other HU players were redshirt freshman Bianca Trevino who had a career-high 16 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Shelby Daniel had 14.

In the second match, Emporia State won 26-24, 25-21, 25-22.

Harding was led by Short who had 10 kills. Copeland had 17 digs for HU.

Today, the Lady Bisons will face Northwest Missouri at 11 a.m., and then wrap up the tournament against No. 4 Central Missouri at 1 p.m.