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JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) - The Arkansas State volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season to Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday afternoon by a score of 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-19).
The Ragin' Cajuns (12-7, 2-3 SBC) came out on fire in the first set by taking a 10-4 lead. A Kendal Davis kill got the Red Wolves within five points at 17-12, but A-State (7-12, 3-2 SBC) wouldn't get any closer as ULL closed the set out on an 8-5 run to take the first game 25-17.
The second set didn't get off to a much better start for A-State as the Ragin' Cajuns jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but the Red Wolves battled back to within one point at 9-8 on a Kelsey Reis and Sadie Clark block. ULL responded with a 6-2 run to take a 15-10 lead that forced an ASU timeout. The Red Wolves got within two points at 18-16 on a Kelsey Sullivan block and Louisiana-Lafayette called a timeout. After the timeout, ULL used a 6-3 run to take a 24-19 lead, but A-State got within two points at 24-22 on a Ragin' Cajun attack error. ULL used its second timeout and was able to record a kill to take the second set 25-22.
Facing a 2-0 deficit entering the third set, the Red Wolves tied it up at 4-4 early after a Sullivan kill. A Louisiana-Lafayette 5-0 run put the Ragin' Cajun lead at 9-4 before A-State was able to battle back within two points at 14-12 after a Clark kill. Once again, ULL responded with a 5-1 run to regain control of the set at 19-13. A Davis kill got the Red Wolves back within three points at 22-19, but a 3-0 run by Louisiana-Lafayette gave the Ragin' Cajuns a 25-19 third set victory and 3-0 match win over Arkansas State.
"We embarrassed ourselves today and overlooked a very good opponent," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We expected to be like the matches before where we came back in five and stole the win. I'm tired of the excuses. I was disappointed from the get go today. We're going to have a good week in practice though, I guarantee that."
Clark led the Red Wolves in kills with 12 during the game, while Sarah Kemp recorded 10 kills of her own. Jackie Gerig handed out 28 assists during the match, while Mallory Warrington and Jessica Heuertz each recorded one service ace each. Defensively, Megan Baska led A-State with 19 digs, while Sullivan, Reis, and Clark each had two blocks.
Arkansas State returns to action when they travel to Texas to take on the Texas State Bobcats Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas and the UT-Arlington Mavericks Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Arlington, Texas.