August 31, 2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Peyton Uhlenhake’s dynamic opening weekend continued on Saturday afternoon, as her career-best day vaulted the Arkansas State volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep at Belmont to conclude the Bruiser Showcase.
The junior from Overland Park, Kansas, notched a career-high 18 kills on the day, which led all players in the match. She hit .353, while adding 3 service aces and 9 digs to her credit. Additionally, Uhlenhake and Macey Putt earned All-Tournament team honors.
Set 1 – A-State 25-19
The opening set was back-and-forth, as neither team led by more than three points to open up the match. The lead changed six times, until A-State moved ahead 19-18 on a Macey Putt kill. From there, the Red Wolves only surrendered one point to take an early 1-0 lead in the match.
Uhlenhake led the way with 6 kills, while Putt added four in the set. Malgorzata Andersohn dished out 7 assists to lead the Red Wolves’ attack.
Set 2 – A-State 25-22
In the second, A-State opened with a 3-1 lead, but the Bruins surged back to lead by as much as 6 points. The Red Wolves clawed back, winning 10 of the next 14 points to tie up the frame at 19 apiece after Kendahl Davenport and Timber Terrell teamed up on a double-block. After Belmont claimed the next two points, the Scarlet and Black took full control, taking six of the next seven points to take a tight set 2.
Set 3 – A-State 25-17
Looking to put the match away quickly, the Red Wolves surged out of the break, taking an early 6-1 advantage that the Bruins would not be able to overcome. A 4-0 run with kills by Josie Stanford, Peyton Uhlenhake and Madison Brown warranted a Bruins timeout as A-State led 11-4. Sides traded points back and forth until the Red Wolves led 21-16, which was when they claimed five of the final six points, capped off by a Timber Terrell kill.
Uhlenhake led A-State’s attack with 7 kills.
– Arkansas State broke a two-match skid against Belmont and improved to 7-2 in the series.
– A-State’s sweep against North Alabama and Belmont marked its first back-to-back sweeps since it occurred Oct. 27 (at Georgia Southern) and Oct. 30 (at Little Rock).
– Dating back to 2018, Arkansas State is 10-3 when holding opponents to an attack percentage of under .200.
– When claiming the first two sets, the Red Wolves are a perfect 29-0 dating back to 2017.
The Red Wolves will hit the road once again next weekend, heading south to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for the Southern Miss Volleyball Classic. There, A-State will face the host Golden Eagles (Friday, 6 p.m.), Mississippi State (Saturday, 10 a.m.) and New Orleans (Saturday, 5 p.m.) before returning home for the annual A-State Invitational (Sept. 12-14) at First National Bank Arena.