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UALR Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker to ASU to End 2012 Season
UALR Sports Information
Release: 11/15/2012

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - For a team that played with so much passion and emotion for the entire season, it was no surprise that the 2012 volleyball Trojans ended their season with so much heart.

UALR (13-14), put up a valiant effort after losing the first two sets, but Arkansas State (19-13) claimed a wild fourth set in a 25-23, 25-18, 22-25, 30-28 win in Thursday night's Sun Belt Conference Tournament Quarterfinals final match.

Senior Eva Xie put up quite the final match in a Trojan uniform, recording 21 kills with only three errors on 48 swings (.375 hitting percentage). SBC Player of the Year Edina Begic finished with her 21st double-double of the season with 16 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Marleen de Zoete contributed a double-double of her own with 51 assists, 15 digs to go along with four kills with no errors on nine attacks (.444 percent).

Senior Emily Pepperman, the school's all-time leader in digs, ended her career by leading UALR is bumps with 15. Sophomore Adisa Hodzic added 12 kills and five blocks.

Arkansas State was led by setter Allison Kearney's double-double of 66 assists and 12 digs. Kelsey Sullivan matched Xie's 21 kills while Jasmine Terry added 16 spikes. Megan Baska contributed a match-high 17 digs.

Both teams hotly contested a first set where Arkansas State never took a lead of more than two.  Tied at 18, Sullivan added a kill and a Hodzic attack error gave the Red Wolves a critical service break. UALR broke right back when a service error and a setting error on Arkansas State knotted the match again at 20. UALR actually took a 22-21 lead on kills by Hodzic and Xie, but both teams sided out the next three points as the match was tied at 23. A senior Sawyer Schaedig attack error and a Terry kill ended the set and gave ASU the 1-0 lead.

Set two saw UALR gradually fall behind when it could not force the initial sideout off of Arkansas State's serve. With UALR up 5-4, Kearney added a kill and two Trojans errors put ASU up 7-5. Both teams sided out followed by a Terry kill gave ASU another break point. UALR could never catch up as ASU took the second set by seven to go up 2-0.

UALR came out strong after break and gave ASU a match. With the Trojans down 13-12, Hodzic tied the match with a kill and a Begic spike and a Pepperman ace put UALR up 15-13. ASU pulled with 20-19, but a Begic kill and a pair of Arkansas State attack errors gave UALR back a four-point lead. The Red Wolves fought back within 23-22 to force a UALR timeout. A Xie kill and a Xie-senior Daniele Souza Moura block sent the match to the fourth.

UALR had a 15-14 advantage in the fourth before a Xie kill and an ASU error put the Trojans up by three. Both teams traded the next four points until UALR went up two more breaks thanks to an ASU attack error and a Hodzic kill. ASU answered with a 6-1 run to tie the match at 22. UALR actually went on set point thank to a pair of Xie kills, but ASU rebuffed both set points to tie the match. The Trojans took had three opportunities to end the match on its own serve, but a kill by Kearney on an overpass and a Terry stuff put ASU on set point up 28-27. UALR fought back to tie the match, but a Terry and Kelsey Sullivan kill ended the match.

UALR finishes the season 13-14, was 9-5 in the Sun Belt to claim the West Division title and boasted its first SBC Player of the Year in Edina Begic in four seasons.
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