MATCH 16: Arkansas State (8-7, 1-1) at Louisiana (8-7, 2-0)
Friday, Sept. 28 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Earl K. Long Gym • Lafayette, La.
Series: A-State Leads 47-14
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Ragin' Cajuns Digital Network
MATCH 17: Arkansas State (8-7, 1-1) at ULM (4-15, 0-2)
Sunday, Oct. 1 • 12:00 p.m. CDT
Fant-Ewing Coliseum • Monroe, La.
Series: A-State leads 37-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Warhawks All-Access
This season marks the 43rd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,012-514-5 (.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 began the Sun Belt Conference portion of its schedule Sept. 22 and 23 with a setback to Coastal Carolina (3-1) before a thrilling five-set win over Appalachian State. It’s only the second time that an A-State squad under Coach Rehr has lost its SBC opener, the other coming in 2014.
Freshman middle blocker Timber Terrell was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Week for week five after registering 24 kills (the second most on the team) on a .302 hitting percentage and team-best 10 blocks against Coastal Carolina and App State.
Carlisa May recorded her 1,000th career kill versus Coastal Carolina and now has 1,018 for her career. She is 126 kills away from breaking into the school’s top 10 for a career.
A-State concluded non-conference play with a 7-6 record and has now registered a winning record in non-conference action in five of Coach Rehr’s six seasons.
A-State vs. Louisiana Series History
Arkansas State has a 47-14 advantage all-time in the series against the Ragin’ Cajuns with Arkansas State claiming the last six meetings.
The first meeting between the two schools occurred in the 1977 season with Louisiana (known as Southwestern Louisiana at the time) earning a 2-0 victory over A-State. The next meeting in 1980 at the Mississippi State tournament would see Arkansas State claim its first victory in the series by a score of 2-1.
A-State and Louisiana-Lafayette met in 1982 at the Southland Conference tournament and every other matchup since then has come with both schools as members of the same conference, including the American South Conference and Sun Belt Conference, in addition to the Southland.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 7-3 against the Ragin’ Cajuns in his tenure. He started out 1-3 against Louisiana with the lone win coming in the second meeting of his first season in 2012. Since then the team has won six straight over the Ragin’ Cajuns, including two sweeps last season.
The Red Wolves won the first match last season in Jonesboro on Oct. 1 with Carlisa May leading the way with 13 kills, while Mallory Warrington had 35 assists and 12 digs. A-State swept the Cajuns just a couple of weeks later on Oct. 14 with May leading the team again with 17 kills on a .389 hitting percentage with Jessica Uke adding 11 on a .667 hitting percentage. A-State had a .371 hitting percentage compared to Louisiana’s .173.
Louisiana enters the weekend with an 8-7 record and is 2-0 in league play for an early lead in the West Division. The Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Georgia Southern 3-1 and Georgia State 3-0 on the road in the first weekend of conference play.
A-State vs. ULM Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with ULM by a count of 37-5 and has won 30 straight matches versus the Warhawks.
The first three meetings occurred during the 1980 season. A-State won two regular season meetings, both by 2-0 scores, before the teams met at the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Region IV Tournament in Huntsville, Texas with A-State claiming a 2-0 victory.
The two teams were members of the Southland Conference from 1982-1986. A-State won the first four meetings in 1982 and 1983. However, ULM, then called Northeast Louisiana, won five straight meetings from 1984-1986 for its only five victories in the series.
Since those losses A-State won eight non-conference meetings with ULM and has won all 22 meetings between the two schools as members of the Sun Belt Conference with head coach David Rehr a perfect 10-0 against the Warhawks.
Last season the Red Wolves swept ULM at the Convocation Center Sept. 30 with Carlisa May leading the way with 13 kills. Markie Schaedig added four service aces as A-State out hit ULM .292 to .110. Arkansas State swept the Warhawks in Monroe last season as well on Oct. 16. May led the team with 12 kills, while Lindsay Cline posted a career-high 15 digs. The Red Wolves held ULM to an .052 hitting percentage in the match.
ULM enters the weekend with a 4-15 record and 0-2 mark in league play. The Warhawks dropped a tough five-set match to Georgia State to open league play before getting swept at Georgia Southern.
Red Wolves Earn Split on SBC-Opening Weekend
A-State opened Sun Belt Conference play at home for the first time since 2014 and played two straight home SBC games to open conference action since 2013. The Red Wolves dropped a 3-1 decision to East Division favorite Coastal Carolina before bouncing back to win a thrilling five-set match versus Appalachian State.
A-State only hit .097 in the match against Coastal and lost by a score of 3-1 to the Chanticleers. The Red Wolves have now been held under .100 twice this season after going a span of 96 matches without being held under .100. Timber Terrell led the team with 11 kills, which was a career high, while Kenzie Fields totaled four blocks in the match to tie a career high. Tatum Ticknor posted 22 digs to give her seven matches of 20+ digs this season. A-State is now 1-2 against Coastal Carolina all-time.
The Red Wolves were able to bounce back to defeat App State Sept. 23, but it was a tough battle in five sets, including a 22-20 fifth set. The Red Wolves had five players post double-digit kills, led by Carlisa May’s 16. Kenzie Fields posted a season-best 13 after moving back to outside hitter and Timber Terrell posted a career-high 13 after setting a career high the night before with 11. Terrell also added a career-best seven blocks, which led the team. Sheridan Webb started the match at setter after relieving Fields against Coastal Carolina and handed out 57 assists with 11 digs to register her first career double-double. Tatum Ticknor posted 21 digs to give her eight matches of 20+ digs this season. The team had 14 blocks for a season high and the most since the 2015 season with six different players posting at least one block. The five-set match was only the second one of the season for A-State and it’s first win in five sets this year as the Red Wolves improved to 7-0 all-time against App State.
Tatum Ticknor leads the Sun Belt Conference with a 5.25 digs per set average and ranks 27th in the nation.
Terrell Wins SBC Freshman of the Week
Freshman middle blocker Timber Terrell was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Week for week five. It’s the first weekly award of her career and the first SBC Freshman of the Week award for an A-State player this season.
The Wheeling, Ill., native posted the second most kills on the team over the weekend with 24 (2.67 per set) on a .302 hitting percentage. Additionally, she had the most blocks on the team with 10 (1.11 per set), including two solo blocks.
Terrell set career highs in kills on back-to-back nights with 11 and 13 against Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State, respectively. She also set a career high with seven blocks against the Mountaineers.
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.
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 seven double-doubles this year to give her 15 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.
She picked up her last double-double Sept. 23 against Appalachian State with 11 kills and 13 digs.
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.