MATCH 14: Coastal Carolina (3-6) at Arkansas State (7-6)
Friday, Sept. 22 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: Tied 1-1
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network ($)
MATCH 15: Appalachian State (5-9) at Arkansas State (7-6)
Saturday, Sept. 23 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 6-0
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network ($)
This season marks the 43rd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,011-513-5 (.663) and became the 18th program in Division I history to eclipse 1,000 victories. The Red Wolves began last season with 979 wins.
A-State finished the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 7-6 record after defeating Georgetown (3-1) and Stephen F. Austin (3-0), but falling to Rice (3-2) at the Rice adidas Invitational II. The five-set loss to Rice was the first five-set match of the season for the Red Wolves.
Senior outside hitter Drew Jones was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore Kenzie Fields, usually an outside hitter, was named the SBC Setter of the Week after their performances in Houston, Texas. Jones led the team with 44 kills, while Fields handed out 125 assists.
Drew Jones was named to the Rice Invitational II All-Tournament team alongside senior middle blocker Jessica Uke. Uke totaled 27 kills on a .449 hitting percentage and led the team with 11 blocks.
Freshman Peyton Uhlenhake posted a career-high .500 attacking percentage against Stephen F. Austin, which is also the second highest by an A-State player this season. As a team, A-State hit .312 against the Ladyjacks for the second highest mark of the season.
A-State vs. Coastal Carolina Series History
The Red Wolves and Chanticleers split both meetings last season with A-State earning a 3-2 win over Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., Sept. 25 before CCU claimed a 3-1 decision in the SBC Tournament finals Nov. 20. Both meetings were the first in school history.
In the five-set win over the Chanticleers, Carlisa May led the team with 16 kills, while Kenzie Fields had a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs. Mallory Warrington handed out 54 assists and Markie Schaedig registered 36 digs. Leah Hardeman led Coastal with 21 kills and 20 digs.
May and Fields led the team in kills once again in the 3-1 loss in the Sun Belt Tournament finals with 13 and 11, respectively, with Fields posting another double-double with 11 digs. A-State hit .162 to Coastal Carolina’s .196 while Tahlea Bishop led the Chanticleers with 15 kills and Hardeman posted another double-double with 14 kills and 18 digs.
The split with Coastal Carolina moved A-State to 5-2 all-time against competition from South Carolina. Arkansas State is 2-0 against South Carolina and 1-0 versus The Citadel and Presbyterian. The only other loss is to Clemson.
The Chanticleers enter the weekend with a 3-6 record with wins over UTSA, Indiana State, and American. Their losses are to TCU, Iowa (x2), Florida Atlantic, Duke, and No. 24 North Carolina (in five sets). Coastal had to adjust its schedule due to Hurricane Irma and had to cancel its home tournament a couple of weekends ago.
A-State vs. Appalachian State Series History
Arkansas State is 6-0 all-time against App State with all six matches occurring since the Mountaineers joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
A-State won both matches in 2014 by scores of 3-2 in Jonesboro and 3-1 at Boone, N.C. The two teams met three times in 2015 with A-State winning 3-1 in Boone on Nov. 8 before the Apps made the trip to Jonesboro Nov. 12 with A-State claiming a sweep in front of a volleyball-only record crowd of 2,517. The two squads then met again Nov. 22 in the SBC Tournament finals in Statesboro, Ga. A-State rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Mountaineers and posted 17 blocks to earn the Sun Belt’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Red Wolves won the lone meeting last season by a count of 3-0 in Boone with Carlisa May leading the team with 13 kills. Mallory Warrington handed out 30 assists and Markie Schaedig added 19 digs. Emma Longley had six kills for the Mountaineers.
Appalachian State enters the weekend with a 5-9 record. The Apps have claimed wins over UNC-Wilmington, Loyola University (Md.), South Dakota State, George Washington, and Mercer. App State plays Little Rock Friday night before heading to Jonesboro.
A-State Goes 2-1 at Rice adidas Invitational II
The Red Wolves began the Rice Invitational II with a 3-1 win over Georgetown Friday morning as A-State improved to 10-3 against schools currently in the Big East. The team totaled 11 service aces in the match, which was the most since Nov. 2, 2014 when A-State had 11 at Louisiana-Lafayette. The Red Wolves also out blocked the Hoyas 9-1 and held Georgetown to a .165 hitting percentage. Drew Jones tallied a season-high 18 kills, while Kenzie Fields registered a double-double with 37 assists and 17 digs. Fields led the squad with three aces, while Peyton Uhlenhake Lindsay Cline, and Tatum Ticknor had two apiece.
A-State played tournament host Rice later in the day Friday and dropped a tough 3-2 decision, which was the Red Wolves’ first five-set match of the season. Carlisa May led the team with 19 kills, while Drew Jones posted her team-best sixth double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Kenzie Fields added another double-double in the match with career highs in assists (52) and digs (18). Tatum Ticknor tied a career high with 27 digs as the Red Wolves fell to 2-1 all-time against the Owls.
The Red Wolves bounced back to sweep Stephen F. Austin Saturday and even the all-time series with the Ladyjacks at 6-6. SFA entered the match with a 12-2 record, but A-State got a balanced offensive attack with Carlisa May and Drew Jones both leading the team with 12 kills. Peyton Uhlenhake added nine on a career-best .500 hitting percentage, while Jessica Uke recorded eight kills and led the team with four blocks.
Jones, Uke Garner All-Tournament Honors
Seniors Drew Jones and Jessica Uke earned All-Tournament honors at the Rice adidas Invitational II. It was the second of the season for Jones and fifth in her career, while Uke notched her first of the season and second of her career.
Jones led the Red Wolves with 44 kills for a 3.67 per set average and also contributed 24 digs, seven blocks, five assists, and an ace. She was named to the All-Tournament squad at the A-State Invitational earlier this season. Her other All-Tournament selections include the TCU Invitational (2016), MVP of Redhawks Invitational (2015), and University of Memphis Invitational (2014).
Uke totaled 27 kills for a 2.25 per set average on a team-best .449 hitting percentage. The Cedar Hill, Texas, native led the team with 11 blocks, including three block solos, and added two digs along with two aces. Her only previous All-Tournament honor was at the USF Classic in 2015.
Jones and Fields Earn Weekly SBC Awards
A-State’s Drew Jones and Kenzie Fields were named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Setter of the Week, respectively, for week four of the season.
A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Jones helped A-State to a 2-1 record at the Rice Invitational II and led the team with 44 kills (3.67 per set). She also tallied 24 digs, seven blocks, five assists, and a service ace. This is the first Offensive Player of the Week award for Jones in her career and the third weekly award after she earned Freshman of the Week honors twice in 2014.
A native of Bartlett, Tenn., Fields handed out 125 assists for a 10.42 per set average over the weekend as she claimed SBC Setter of the Week honors, despite not having played Setter since high school. Normally an outside hitter, Fields was thrown into action as setter since both of A-State’s setters have been nursing injuries. In addition to her setting numbers, she registered 10 kills, 44 digs, four blocks, and three aces. Fields also tallied double-doubles in the matches versus Georgetown and Rice to give her three on the season.
Red Wolves Win Two of Three at UCA Classic
A-State made the short drive to Conway to take on Central Arkansas, UCF, and Southern at the UCA Classic Sept. 7-9. The Red Wolves lost to UCA, but defeated Central Florida and Southern to improve to 5-5 on the year.
The loss to UCA was just the second in 25 matches against the Sugar Bears for the Red Wolves. Kenzie Fields had to step in at setter and handed out a career-high 37 assists, while Drew Jones tallied a season-high 17 kills in the match. Tatum Ticknor had 23 digs in the match to lead the team.
The Red Wolves bounced back with a 3-1 win over UCF to improve to 6-0 all-time versus the Knights. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills and Carlisa May registered 10. Tatum Ticknor finished one dig shy of a career high with 26, while Kenzie Fields posted her first double-double of the season with 35 assists and 14 digs.
A-State claimed a 3-0 triumph over Southern to improve to 3-0 all-time against the Lady Jaguars. Peyton Uhlenhake recorded a career-high 11 kills, while Madison Brown (four) and Sara Betts (three) posted their first kills of their careers in their first career action. Brown also added three blocks, while Betts had one as well. Madison Turner had a career-high two kills and a career-high three blocks, while Ryley Gill had her first career kill and service ace.
Fields Earns First Career All-Tournament Nod
Redshirt sophomore Kenzie Fields had to fill in at setter due to injuries and earned her first career All-Tournament selection of her career at the UCA Classic.
In her first action at setter since high school the Bartlett, Tenn., native handed out 100 assists for a 9.09 per set average and had 28 digs, 10 kills, and four blocks.
She picked up her first double-double of the season against UCF with 35 assists and 14 digs. Fields registered six double-doubles a season ago.
A-State Goes 1-2 at Home Tournament
A-State hosted Virginia Tech, SMU, and Ole Miss in this season’s version of the A-State Invitational and the Red Wolves lost to Virginia Tech 3-1 on Friday night (Sept. 1) before dropping a 3-0 decision to SMU Saturday morning. The team rebounded with a 3-1 victory over Ole Miss Saturday night (Sept. 2).
In the loss to Virginia Tech, the Red Wolves fell to 9-20 all-time against ACC schools with Coach Rehr moving to 1-2 against them. A-State now leads the all-time series with the Hokies 2-1. Carlisa May led the team with 22 kills to give her three 20+ kill matches on the year, which is a new career high. Drew Jones was second on the team with 15 kills and had 10 digs for a double-double. Madison Turner registered her first career kill and block.
The 3-0 setback to SMU dropped A-State to 49-45 all-time against AAC schools and Coach Rehr to 5-3. A-State had also lost its only other previous meeting to the Mustangs. A-State only hit .099 in the match to mark the first time since Aug. 30, 2014 versus Auburn that the Red Wolves were held under a .100 hitting percentage, a span of 96 matches.
However, the Red Wolves bounced back with a solid win over Ole Miss 3-1 on Saturday night. Carlisa May led the team with 17 kills, while Drew Jones (11) and Jessica Uke (10) also registered double-digit kills. Tatum Ticknor led the team with 23 digs. The win over an SEC foe was the first in 10 tries for Coach Rehr and improved A-State to 21-36 against Ole Miss and 53-65 against teams in the SEC.
This is the second straight year and only the second time the Red Wolves have hosted a home tournament under head coach David Rehr. The Red Wolves went 2-1 in last season’s event with 3-0 wins over UCA and UT Martin and a 3-0 loss to Tulsa, who went undefeated in the tournament.
Records indicate that A-State’s first home non-conference tournament was in 1988 and has hosted 26 all-time with an all-time record of 78-12 in the events. The team had only posted a losing record in a home tournament once prior to this season in 2007 (1-2).
A-State’s Drew Jones was named to the All-Tournament team at the A-State Invitational after registering a double-double in each match, all in kills and digs.
She posted 40 kills and 37 digs overall with 15 kills and 10 digs against Virginia Tech, 14 kills and 14 digs versus SMU, and 11 kills and 13 digs in the win over Ole Miss.
The Fort Smith, Ark., native leads the team with six double-doubles this year to give her 14 for her career. As a team, A-State only had seven double-doubles in kills and digs last season and all of Jones’ are in kills and digs.
The All-Tournament nod for Jones was the fourth of her career and she now has five after making the All-Tournament team at the Rice adidas Invitational II and registering a double-double in the event.
Ticknor Earns SBC Defensive Player of the Week
Freshman libero Tatum Ticknor earned her first career weekly award Monday, Sept. 4 when she was named the SBC Defensive Player of the Week.
The Grapevine, Texas, native picked up 79 digs for a 5.27 per set average to take home the honor. She had 25 digs in the midweek win over SIU and had 23 more in the win over Ole Miss. She’s posted double-digit digs in all but one match this season, which was when she got nine against Kentucky when she didn’t start the match.
Ticknor has put together an excellent freshman campaign to this point as she leads the league with a 5.34 per set average that ranks as 28th in the nation. Additionally, she is tops in the conference with 251 digs, which ranks as 24th most in the country.
Red Wolves Non-Conference Notes
A-State is 7-6 this year in non-conference action with wins against the AAC (2x), Big East, SEC, Southland, SWAC, and Missouri Valley. The losses came to the PAC-12, SEC, ACC, Conference USA, Southland, and AAC.
Arkansas State has recorded winning records in non-conference play in five of Coach Rehr’s six seasons at the helm. In the last 10 seasons, only 2013 saw A-State post a losing record in non-conference action at 5-10.
Head coach David Rehr earned his first win over an SEC school in 10 tries when A-State defeated Ole Miss Sept. 2.
The Red Wolves are now 43-34 in nonconference action under head coach David Rehr.