JONESBORO, Ark. – The University of South Alabama volleyball team defeated Arkansas State in four sets (25-11, 25-19, 21-25, 30-28) Friday in Sun Belt Conference action at First National Bank Arena.
South Alabama (10-5, 3-0 SBC) extended its win streak to three matches with the win, which marked the second straight over Arkansas State (10-5, 1-2 SBC) and just the program’s third all-time win in Jonesboro. Hannah Maddux finished with a season-high 18 kills and .333 hitting percentage, and Kailey Keeble recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 46 assists and 18 digs.
– South Alabama jumped out to a 4-0 lead after an Arkansas State service error, consecutive attack errors and a kill by Maddie Soboleski.
– A kill by Maddux and solo block by Niki Capizzi increased the Jag lead to 6-1.
– USA pushed its lead to 14-4 with a 5-0 scoring run that featured a pair of kills by Carissa Bradford and a kill from Kennedy Wallace.
– Consecutive kills by Maddux and Soboleski expanded the Jaguar lead to 17-6.
– South Alabama closed the set with a 6-0 run that featured three service aces by Niki Capizzi. The Jags earned set point at 24-11 on an ace by Capizzi, and clinched the set 25-11 on a kill by Morgan Stalcup to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
– A kill by Bradford and solo block by Wallace tied the score 6-6.
– Bradford tied the score 8-8 with a kill before a 3-0 ASU run gave the Red Wolves an 11-8 advantage.
– ASU went on a 4-0 run to take a 15-11 lead after a kill by Maddux tied the score 11-11.
– A 6-0 Jaguar run that featured two solo blocks by Soboleski, and kills from Soboleski and Maddux gave USA a 17-15 lead.
– South Alabama pushed its lead to 23-19 with three straight points, including kills by Keeble and Bradford.
– The Jags earned set point at 24-19 on an ASU attack error, and clinched the set 25-19 on a service ace by Capizzi to cap a 5-0 run to close the set and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
– A Jaguar service errors cut the USA lead to 3-2 before a 4-0 run that featured a kill by Soboleski and block-assist from Capizzi and Keeble gave South Alabama a 7-2 advantage.
– Consecutive kills from Bradford and Maddux highlighted a 3-0 USA run that gave the Jags an 11-5 lead.
– A kill by Maddux pushed the Jag lead to 13-8, but ASU used a 6-0 run, aided by a Jaguar ball-handling error and attack error, to take a 14-13 lead.
– South Alabama answered with a 3-0 run that featured a solo block by Capizzi and service ace from Paige Lynn to take a 16-14 lead.
– The Red Wolves responded with a 5-0 run, which included consecutive blocks, to take a 19-16 lead.
– ASU later earned set point at 24-19 on a block-assist by Brianna Hollingshed and Mariah Hesselgesser, and clinched the set 25-21 on a kill by Macey Putt to cut the USA lead in the match to 2-1.
– The Jags took a 4-3 lead on a kill by Capizzi, but the Red Wolves put together a 4-0 run to take a 7-4 lead.
– A 3-0 USA run, highlighted by kills from Keeble and Bradford, tied the score 7-7.
– ASU later pushed its lead to 20-18 before back-to-back kills by Maddux tied the score 20-20.
– Arkansas State took a 23-20 lead with a 3-0 run, but the Jags responded with a 3-0 run, highlighted by a solo block by Keeble and block-assist from Keeble and Capizzi, to tie the score 23-23.
– ASU gained set point on three different occasions (23-24, 24-25, 25-26) before the Jags earned match point at 27-26 after an ASU service error and kill by Bradford.
– The Red Wolves tied the score 27-27 with a block, but a kill by Maddux gave USA match point at 28-27. A kill by Kendahl Davenport tied the score 28-28. USA then earned match point at 29-28 on an ASU attack error, and clinched the set 30-28 on a kill by Soboleski for a 3-1 win.
– Keeble recorded her team-leading 10th double-double of the season, finishing with a game-high 46 assists and 18 digs, along with three kills and three blocks.
– Maddux finished with a season-high 18 kills and .333 hitting percentage, and also added three digs and one block.
– Bradford posted 14 kills, one assist and six digs, while Soboleski finished with nine kills, one assist, one service ace, 16 digs and two blocks.
– Capizzi finished with a game-high four service aces, and also added six kills, two digs and four blocks.
– Hickey tallied a team-high 21 digs, and added four assists.
– The win marked the Jags third straight victory, and marked the best start to league play since a 9-0 start in 2017.
Head Coach Jesse Ortiz
– On the win:
“We’re obviously really excited to get the ‘W.’ You have to be leery when you jump ahead of a team that has players who are formidable. You get ahead two sets and it is their house with their crowd – they’re going to want to make sure they respond, and you saw them doing that. Nobody wants to lose, and they were fighting hard. We’re really happy and lucky to come out with the win there. Kudos to them (Arkansas State) for the fight. I’m just really excited for our team; we kept our calm and pulled ahead even though we weren’t necessarily firing on all cylinders.”
South Alabama will return to action Saturday when it faces Little Rock in a Sun Belt Conference contest at 6 p.m. in Little Rock, Ark.
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