Volleyball sweeps both legs of Natural State showdown


Photo by: Krishnan Collins | Sports Editor: Kendahl Davenport accounted for five blocks in A-State’s win over Little Rock. 

The Arkansas State volleyball team swept in-state foe Little Rock for the second time this season on Tuesday night.

The Red Wolves improved to 5-7 in the Sun Belt Conference and A-State’s overall record jumped to  14-10.

Macey Putt was the only A-State player to register double-digit kills as the sophomore accounted for 11 on the night. Timber Terrell and Madison Brown both chipped in seven kills a piece.

Setters Julianna Cramer and Malgorzata Andersohn had good nights as Cramer completed 16 assists while Andersohn accounted for 13 assists.

Game Summary

Third Set

The Red Wolves dominated most of the third set to close the game out comfortably. The Red Wolves carried over a scoring run from the second set that totaled out to be a 12-0 run as the Red Wolves took a 4-0 lead to start the third set.

A-State closed out in the set in a powerful fashion. First, Madison Brown and Davenport combined on a big time block to put the Red Wolves ahead 20-11.

Moments later Davenport connected on a solo block to push A-State ahead 23-11.

A-State closed out the game comfortably 25-11.

Second Set

The second set was a wildly close contest. Both teams put their bodies on the line and battled in a back and forth set that eventually ended in favor for the Red Wolves.

First Little Rock jumped out to a 5-2 lead before A-State took control and brought the game to a 13-7 scoreline in favor of the Red Wolves.

While it looked like A-State was going to run away with the set, the Trojans never gave up and went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 13-13.

A-State regained the lead on an intense rally. The Trojan’s Nathalia Vigineski bundled into the media table after saving a ball from going out of bounds before A-State’s Andersohn saved the ball with one hand. A-State eventually won the long-fought for point on an error by Little Rock.

At one point the contest was tied at 18-18 before the Red Wolves finally pulled ahead after gaining a ton of momentum late in the set. Putt completed a big kill forcing Little Rock into a timeout at a 20-18 scoreline. The Red Wolves ended the set on an 8-0 scoring run as Andersohn won the set 25-18 with an ace.

First Set

Despite Little Rock winning the first three points of the set, the Red Wolves stormed back and took complete control. Terrell got the momentum going when she brought the game to a 4-3 scoreline in favor of A-State with a big kill.

A-State eventually took a 7-4 lead forcing the visitors into a timeout.

Later in the set, Peyton Uhlenhake tormented the Trojans registering a kill to make the score 13-7 before getting a block on the very next rally.

Little Rock showed no signs of stopping the Red Wolves in the first set as A-State jumped out to a 23-9 lead before Putt ended the set with a kill 25-11.

Looking Ahead

The Red Wolves travel to Texas-Arlington on Friday before heading to Texas State on Saturday. First service on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. while the matchup on Saturday starts at 7 p.m.


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