by Brad Brewer
While A-State fell to Rice Friday night in a display of the Houston based program’s class, Saturday it was the Red Wolves systematically outclassing the Golden Lions from Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a quick sweep (25-15, 25-15, 25-10) to close out the A-State Invitational.
Junior Peyton Uhlenhake, who has been the star of the team this season, got off to a slow start with a service error and a missed shot that fell out of bounds. She quickly picked up her form as she scored nine kills, however her hitting percentage was the lowest of the team at .190.
Uhlenhake in a slump was still more than enough to handle UAPB, especially when she received exceptional support from fellow outside hitter Madison Brown. Brown was the only Red Wolf to score double digit kills for A-State at ten and a stunning hitting percentage of .500. Brown also successfully blocked a couple of shots and participated in 13.5 points, leading the team in both categories.
Malgorzata Andersohn, the freshman who earned all-tournament honors last weekend at Southern Miss, notched 16 assists to continue her role as A-State’s lead setter. Sophomore Julianna Cramer wasn’t far off with 15 assists of her own.
Special commiseration has to go to libero Hannah Cox, who was the only active libero all weekend as both Tatum Ticknor and Ryley Gill were out with injury, but both should return soon for conference.
The Red Wolves improve to 6-3 on the season with today’s win. A-State completed a successful 2-1 weekend at home. Next the Red Wolves go on the road to Blacksburg, Virginia to challenge Charlotte, Virginia Tech and Chattanooga as their final non-conference matches of the season.
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