This story originally appeared on Red Wolves Under the Radar
The Arkansas State Volleyball team knocked off the Bobcats of Texas State Friday night at First National Bank Arena in five sets. The Red Wolves improve to 8-4 in Sun Belt play after serving Texas State their first conference loss.
Senior Carlisa May finished with 22 blocks for A-State in the win.
The Red Wolves assumed command of the match early in front of a fired up crowd notably including the A-State Football team, winning the first set 25-18, but the Bobcats stormed back, taking the second set 25-17. Through two, Texas State had outscored A-State by a single point as the teams split the sets.
The third set was a back-and-forth slugfest between the two teams, but Texas State ultimately pulled away 25-19. The momentum had completely shifted after A-State’s first-set domination. The Bobcats led 2-sets-to-1 going into the pivotal fourth set.
A-State wasn’t ready to give up just yet, though, as they won the fourth set 25-18, tying the match at two sets apiece, setting up a winner-take-all fifth set.
In a nail-biting final set, the teams went back and forth. A-State took a 14-10 lead but gave up three points in a row to cut the lead to one. May took control, finishing the set off with her 22nd kill of the evening. The Red Wolves somehow found a way to bring it home, winning the final set, 15-13, and the match, three sets to two.
The season series between the two is now tied, with each team earning a victory on their home floor.
The Red Wolves will be back in action Sunday for their final home contest of the season. They will host UT-Arlington at noon at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.