(Megan Baska, Arkansas State Volleyball)
JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) - The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-15) decision to the UT Arlington Mavericks Friday night at the HPESS Facility.
The highlight of the night for the Red Wolves was senior libero Megan Baska eclipsing 2,000 career digs, joining Margie (Kolat) McGee as the only other Arkansas State player to accomplish that feat. She recorded the dig on the 23-21 point of the second set and finished the night with 17 digs to bring her career total to 2,007. There will be a ceremony before A-State's next home match against UALR, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Convocation Center.
"I'm so proud to be coaching Megan," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "She's such a tremendous leader for our team and is a great example of how things are supposed to be done."
The Red Wolves (11-14, 6-4 SBC) came out strong in the first set and jumped out to a 5-1 lead after a Kendal Davis kill, but UT Arlington (14-9, 7-3 SBC) fought back to tie it at 10-10. The match went back and forth until it was tied 17-17 before a 4-0 UTA run gave the Mavericks a 21-17 lead. A-State got within two points at 24-22 on a kill from Sadie Clark, but an ASU attack error the next point gave UTA the 25-22 set win.
The second set started off positively as the Red Wolves raced out to an 11-7 lead, but UTA fought back to tie the set at 11-11. A-State stretched its lead out to 20-17 after a Kelsey Reis block solo, but UTA won the next three points to tie the set at 20-20 to force an ASU timeout. After the timeout, A-State won the next point on a Clark kill to take a 21-20 lead, but the Mavericks used a 5-0 run to close out the set and earn a 25-21 second set victory.
A-State and UTA were tied at 4-4 early in the third set before the Mavericks used a 10-0 run to take a 14-4 lead. Arkansas State battled back to get as close as six points at 21-15 on an UT Arlington attack error, but a 4-0 run by the Mavericks sealed the 25-15 set victory and 3-0 match win over the Red Wolves.
"I thought we competed well the first two sets," added Rehr. "We got caught in our worst rotation during the third set and they took advantage of it with the 10-0 run. We've got to get that fixed and soon."
Clark led Arkansas State with nine kills, while Jackie Gerig dished out 23 assists. Defensively, Kelsey Sullivan registered four blocks, while Reis totaled three total blocks with two of them being block solos.
Arkansas State returns to action in a road contest at Western Kentucky. The Red Wolves and Lady Toppers square off at noon on Sunday, Oct. 27 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.