LITTLE ROCK - UALR (9-11, 5-3 Sun Belt) could not overcome a big deficit in set one and big Red Wolves' service rallies in sets two and three gave Arkansas State (15-9, 5-3 Sun Belt) the 25-22, 25-19, 25-17 win over the Trojans Tuesday Night (Oct. 16) at the Jack Stephens Center.
For the match, UALR was outhit .298-.128 and outdug 58-48. The Trojans did win the battle of the block 7-6.
UALR sophomore Edina Begic registered another double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs while senior Daniele Souza Moura added a team-high 12 digs. Sophomore Adisa Hodzic contributed nine kills and six blocks.
Arkansas State's Allison Kearney added her own double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs while Kelsie Hodges registered 12 kills. Megan Baska added a match-high 17 digs.
UALR trailed 15-9 in the first set before going on a 7-2 spurt to pull within one. Begic registered a pair of kills to start the run before ASU answered back to stop Souza Moura's serve. A Hodzic kill and an Arkansas State error cut the deficit by one more before another side out made it 17-13. An error put Begic on serve and an ace and another Red Wolves' error cut the deficit to one. The visitors called timeout before Begic erred on her serve coupled with three more ASU points made it 21-16.
The Trojans put together one last rally for the set, but a costly error stopped the momentum. Down 22-17, Souza Moura got a kill and a solo block brought the home team within three. UALR looked as if it won the next point but after a lengthy discussion the Trojans were called for being out of rotation. ASU went on to win the set by three.
Set two stood tied at three before Arkansas State tallied a point on its next four serves before UALR forced a side out. The Red Wolves capped the 8-3 run with an ace. The Trojans cut it to 14-11, but ASU answered with a 4-0 run to take control. ASU captured the set by six.
UALR took a 12-9 lead in the third, but the Red Wolves went on a 12-0 run on Shelby Crncic's serve and went on to record the straight-set sweep.
UALR travels to Middle Tennessee Friday (Oct. 19) before battling SBC leader and 19th-ranked Western Kentucky Saturday (Oct. 20). First serve is 7 p.m. against the Blue Raiders before taking on the Hilltoppers at noon.