JONESBORO, Ark. (8/16/14) – The Arkansas State volleyball team welcomed back former letterwinners for an alumni barbecue and held an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

The first activity the Red Wolves took part in was the “License to Howl” promotion in the morning before hosting former letterwinners and fans in a barbecue lunch.  After lunch, the team took their individual and team photos for the upcoming season and prepared for the intrasquad scrimmage.

The scrimmage saw A-State separate into a “Red” squad and “Black” squad and battle to a 2-2 tie in four sets of action.  The Red squad took the first two games by scores of 25-21 and 25-22.  The Black team bounced back to take the last two sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-19 to set the final tally.  To conclude the day, the Arkansas State freshmen squared off against several A-State alumni in one set of action.

“This was a fun day for us all the way around,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said.  “It was important for our team to meet the former players and learn about the history of our program.  As for the scrimmage, it was good to see how we responded and played in a game-like atmosphere.  We had a great crowd as well.  Now it’s time for us to get really focused on the season and our first tournament we travel to.”

Kelsey Reis led all players with 18 kills on a .361 hitting percentage.  Mallory Warrington dished out 54 assists to lead all players on the day while Krystal Puente handed out 49 of her own.  Defensively, Markie Schaedig topped all players with 32 digs and Anna Murphy registered six total blocks.  Jessica Heuertz led all players with two service aces on the afternoon.

The Red Wolves begin the season with a trip to Washington, D.C., to take part in the George Washington Invitational.  A-State opens the tournament with host George Washington Aug. 29 with first serve set for 9 a.m.