JONESBORO, Ark. (9/11/19) – A pair of 2018 NCAA Tournament participants are set to visit Northeast Arkansas this weekend, as the Arkansas State volleyball team hosts the A-State Invitational to open the 2019 home match slate.
Stephen F. Austin (7-0) and Rice (7-0) played in last season’s national tourney and are the Red Wolves’ (4-2) first two tests of the weekend. In-state foe Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) will take on A-State in the tournament finale on Sunday afternoon. All three matches will be streamed live on the A-State Volleyball Facebook page.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door for all matches.
Dates: Sept. 12-14
Location: First National Bank Arena (10,563) – Jonesboro, Arkansas
Friday, Sept. 13:
10 a.m. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) vs. Rice (7-0) (LIVE STATS)
4 p.m. – Stephen F. Austin vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (LIVE STATS)
6:30 p.m. – Rice at Arkansas State (LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE)
*PROMOTION: A-State Volleyball Campers Night – Campers mention “CAMP” for free ticket; family of camper gets discounted tickets ($3)*
Saturday, Sept. 7:
11 a.m. – Rice vs. Stephen F. Austin (LIVE STATS)
1:30 p.m. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas State (LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE)
*PROMOTION: Professor Appreciation Game – All A-State professors mention “PROFESSOR” for free ticket; family of professor gets discounted tickets ($3)*
Series History vs. A-State Invitational Teams
Record vs. SFA: 6-7
Last Meeting: L, 0-3 (8/25/18 – Memphis, Tenn.)
Streak: SFA, 1
Restrepo vs. SFA: First meeting
Record vs. Rice: 2-1
Last Meeting: L, 2-3 (9/15/17 – Houston, Texas)
Streak: Rice, 1
Restrepo vs. Rice: 1-1
Record vs. UAPB: 23-0
Last Meeting: W, 3-0 (8/24/18 – Memphis, Tenn.)
Streak: A-State, 23
Restrepo vs. UAPB: 2-0
- This season marks the 45th year of volleyball at Arkansas State, owning an all-time mark of 1,048-535-5 (.662)
- Peyton Uhlenhake has posted a career-best start to her junior season, earning all-tournament honors two weekends in a row (Belmont Bruiser Showcase & Southern Miss Classic).
- Through the first six matches, A-State has tallied nine total double-double performances. Through six in 2018, the Red Wolves totaled eight double-doubles.
- In 44 seasons, Arkansas State holds an impressive 37-7 mark in home openers and nine of its last 11 (three of last four).
- Under first-year head coaches, the Red Wolves are 139-98 overall.
Scouting the A-State Invitational
- Stephen F. Austin enters the weekend unbeaten after sweeping the Northwestern Under Armour Tournament in Evanston, Illinois. Last weekend, the Ladyjacks only dropped one set in a 3-1 win over host Northwestern in the finale. SFA ranks third nationally in blocks per set (3.12) and is tops in total blocks (81.0). The Ladyjacks also rank fifth nationally in digs (459).
- Like SFA, Rice enters the weekend with a perfect 7-0 mark. The Owls currently rank among the top in nearly every statistical category in Conference USA and are coming off a 24-7 season in 2018. In their seven victories, the Owls have only dropped two sets.
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff is searching for its first win of the 2019 campaign. In the series, Arkansas State has dominated, winning all 23 matches. The Red Wolves have not dropped a set against the Golden Lions since prior to 1977.
- In six matches, Arkansas State players totaled nine double-doubles to open the year, led by four from Peyton Uhlenhake. That team total bests the 2018 mark through six (8).
- Both of A-State’s setters have accounted for the other five, with Julianna Cramer recording two and Malgorzata Andersohn doing so three.
- In 2018, the Red Wolves totaled 33, with Macey Putt tied for second on the team with 8.
First Set Is Key … Second Set Also Helps
- Winning the first set is always a great start to a Red Wolves’ victory. In 2018, A-State was nearly unbeatable after taking the first set, going 16-3.
- Over the past two-plus seasons, the Red Wolves are 37-8 when going up 1-0 in the match.
- If you extend that trend into the second set, A-State was 14-0 when it took the first two sets in 2018, and 30-0 dating back to 2017.
- This season, the Red Wolves are 3-0 when taking leads of 1-0 and 2-0.
Defense! (Clap Clap) Defense! (Clap Clap)
- Defense has been a staple of Arkansas State’s success in recent years. In 2018, the Red Wolves were 8-2 when holding opponents to a hitting percentage of under .200.
- This year, A-State has held all six of its opponents to hitting percentages of below .160 to open the year. As of Sept. 11, the Red Wolves own the top opposing attack percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a mark of just .147, a mark that ranks ninth nationally.
Home, Sweet Home
- The 2019 season marks the 32nd season Arkansas State has played volleyball at First National Bank Arena, formerly known as The Convocation Center.
- In the previous 31 seasons (with the 2011 season being played at the HPESS building), A-State has racked up a solid 289-81 ledger (.781) and has claimed eight or more home victories in five straight seasons.
- The Red Wolves went 8-3 in the 2018 season and has had undefeated home seasons six times, most recently in 2015 (8-0).
- The state of Arkansas is represented by four of A-State’s 15 players - Sara Betts (Marion), Madison Brown (Cabot), Julianna Cramer (Harrison) and Kendahl Davenport (Conway) are all native Arkansans.
- Against Division-I opponents from the Natural State, the Red Wolves have been quite successful. A breakdown of series records vs. Arkansas counterparts is below:
A-State vs. Arkansas Opponents (Division 1)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 23-0
Central Arkansas: 24-2
Little Rock: 57-24
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