JONESBORO, Ark. (12/14/16) – Arkansas State senior libero Markie Schaedig wrapped up her phenomenal career by being an American Volleyball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American for the second time in her career the AVCA announced Wednesday.
This is the third All-American award for A-State in school history with Schaedig earning the first accolade as an Honorable Mention selection in 2014 before Carlisa May earned Honorable Mention status last season. Most recently, Schaedig was named to her third consecutive AVCA All-Southwest Region team, which is a school record.
“I am really honored and can’t thank my coaches and teammates enough,” commented Schaedig. “They are my second family and have made my four years here at A-State something to remember. All I wanted to do was make the program better and I feel like I’ve helped to do that.”
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Schaedig led the team with 609 digs (5.30 per set), which is the eighth most in a single season in school history. The 5.30 digs per set mark ranks 11th in the nation, while the 609 digs are 18th most. The senior libero registered her third consecutive Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year award and claimed two Defensive Player of the Week awards this season to give her 12 for her career, which is tied for the most in league history. She leaves A-State with the third-most career digs in school history with 2,153.
Schaedig tallied double-digit digs in all but three matches during the 2016 campaign, including a season-high 36 in a 3-2 win at Coastal Carolina Sept. 25. She registered 20 or more digs in 17 matches and helped the Red Wolves’ defense hold opponents to a .160 hitting percentage, which ranked second in the league and is 15th-best in the country.
“This is a fantastic accolade for Markie,” A-State head volleyball coach David Rehr said. “She was our very first All-American in school history and now she’s the first to be recognized two times. She’s definitely left a positive mark in her four-year career at Arkansas State.”Fans can follow the team on Twitter (@stAteVolleyball) and Instagram (astatevolleyball) along with liking the Arkansas State University Volleyball page on Facebook for the latest news and updates regarding the team.