MATCH 18: UT Arlington (8-9, 2-2) at Arkansas State (9-8, 2-2)
Friday, Oct. 6 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State trails 7-9
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: ESPN3
MATCH 19: Texas State (11-7, 3-1) at Arkansas State (9-8, 2-2)
Saturday, Oct. 7 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 8-6
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: ESPN3
This season marks the 43rd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,013-515-5 (.662) 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 has started Sun Belt Conference play at 2-2 after splitting a pair of matches in Louisiana with a 3-2 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette and 3-0 sweep of ULM. The two losses in Sun Belt action are more than the team had the last two seasons in league play (31-1).
The Red Wolves had two players earn weekly awards from the league with Carlisa May taking home her second Offensive Player of the Week award of the year after she average 4.50 kills per set on a .384 hitting percentage, while the other was Timber Terrell, who claimed her second straight Freshman of the Week award after posting 18 kills on a .378 hitting percentage with four blocks.
Carlisa May recorded the 1,000th kill of her career Sept. 22 against Coastal Carolina and now has 1,054, which is 90 kills away from tying Pip Soulsby’s 1,144 (10th most in school history).
Timber Terrell recorded a .727 hitting percentage (eight kills in 11 attempts with no errors) against ULM Oct. 1 which is the best by an A-State player this season.
A-State vs. UT Arlington Series History
The Red Wolves trail the all-time series with UT Arlington 7-9. The two teams met as Southland Conference foes six times from 1982 to 1986 with A-State dropping all six matches versus the Mavericks.
The two teams didn’t play again until the 2001 season when Arkansas State claimed its first victory in the series, a 3-2 victory at the Texas-Arlington Classic in the second match of that season. The Mavericks and Red Wolves also played one other time in nonconference action, with that meeting occurring in the 2009 season. UTA won that match 3-2 at the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational.
A-State and UT Arlington have played eight times since the Mavericks joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2013 with all eight matchups coming with David Rehr as head coach. The Red Wolves own a 6-2 record over that span. The teams split the two meetings in each of the first two seasons with the road team winning in 2013 before each team protected its home floor in 2014. A-State won the lone meeting in 2015 and went 3-0 against UTA last season by winning the two regular-season meetings and sweeping the Mavericks on Nov. 19 in Arlington in the SBC Tournament semifinals. A-State has won four straight over UTA.
Carlisa May registered 51 kills (5.10 per set) in the three matches against UTA last season on a .352 hitting percentage. She posted 20 kills against the Mavs in A-State’s 3-1 home win on Nov. 4 of last season before adding 19 on an outstanding .533 attacking percentage in the SBC semifinals Nov. 19. Kelsey Reis was also effective with 31 kills on a .433 hitting percentage in the three matches and led the team with 14 kills on a .667 percentage in the sweep at UTA Oct. 8. Mallory Warrington was fantastic with a 13.90 assists per set average in the three matches, while Markie Schaedig averaged 6.40 digs per set.
UT Arlington enters the weekend with an 8-9 overall record and identical 2-2 mark as the Red Wolves in league play. A-State and UTA are currently tied for third place in the SBC’s West Division. UT Arlington opened league action at home with a 3-1 victory over Troy before dropping a 3-1 result to South Alabama. The Mavericks hit the road and were swept by Coastal Carolina before sweeping App State. UTA and A-State shared one common non-conference opponent with UT Arlington sweeping Southern in its season opener. A-State swept the Lady Jaguars at the UCA Classic Sept. 9.
A-State vs. Texas State Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with Texas State by a count of 8-6 with the first meeting between the two schools occurring in 1981 at the Southwestern AIAW Regional Tournament in Nacogdoches, Texas. Texas State, then referred to as Southwest Texas State, claimed a 2-0 win over Arkansas State.
However, the Red Wolves reeled off six straight victories in the series, four of which came as non-conference opponents before the 2013 season, to account for six of their eight wins. Texas State snapped the streak with a 3-0 win in the 2013 SBC Tournament in Troy, Ala., despite dropping both regular-season contests to the Red Wolves.
The Bobcats were able to extend their winning streak over the Red Wolves to four matches by claiming all three matches in 2014. Texas State won the conference opener in Jonesboro 3-0 before winning two 3-1 decisions in San Marcos, the last being in the SBC Tournament semifinals to mark the second straight year the Bobcats ended A-State’s season.
A-State defeated Texas State in the teams’ lone meeting in 2015, but the Bobcats won last season’s first meeting in San Marcos 3-1 to snap A-State’s 20-match SBC win streak. However, A-State was able to bounce back to sweep Texas State Nov. 5 on the Red Wolves’ Senior Night.
Carlisa May led the team with 16 kills in the first match, while Mallory Warrington handed out 50 assists and had 16 digs for a double-double. Jessica Uke led the team in the Nov. 5 sweep with 10 kills on a .714 hitting percentage and Warrington handed out 35 assists and had 20 digs while A-State held the Bobcats to an .077 hitting percentage.
Texas State enters the weekend with an 11-7 record and 3-1 mark in league play to put them second in the West Division, one match ahead of A-State and UTA. The Bobcats lost their SBC opener to South Alabama 3-0, but have swept three straight opponents, including East Division favorite Coastal Carolina in their last match. Texas State shares three common non-conference opponents with the Red Wolves. They defeated Cincinnati 3-2, lost to SMU 3-2, and beat Stephen F. Austin 3-1. A-State defeated Cincinnati 3-1, was swept by SMU, and swept SFA.
A-State Goes 1-1 in Louisiana
The Red Wolves hit the road for two conference matches in Louisiana and dropped a heartbreaker in five sets to Louisiana-Lafayette Friday, Sept. 30 before bouncing back to sweep ULM Sunday, Oct. 1.
A-State out hit the Ragin’ Cajuns .228-.203 and had more kills, digs, and aces, but wasn’t able to win the match. The Red Wolves were up 2-1 and had match point at 24-21 in set four, but ULL rallied to win 28-26 before winning the fifth set 15-11. It was the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first win over A-State since 2013 and snapped a six-match win streak for the Red Wolves.
Carlisa May led the team with a season-best 24 kills on a .352 hitting percentage and it’s her fourth match of 20+ kills this season, but first since 22 against Virginia Tech Sept. 1. A-State had three players record double-doubles in Kenzie Fields, Drew Jones, and Ellie Watkins. Fields tallied 12 kills and picked up a career-high 22 digs, while Jones had 11 kills and 12 digs for her team-high eighth double-double of the season. Watkins dished out 60 assists and had 10 digs with the 60 assists representing the most by an A-State player this season and the second most by a Sun Belt player. Tatum Ticknor (33) and Lindsay Cline (20) posted career highs in digs.
A-State wasted little time bouncing back with a 3-0 victory over ULM by scores of 25-17, 25-16, and 25-15. May led the team with 12 kills on a season-high .474 attacking percentage, while Watkins handed out 33 assists. The Red Wolves hit a season-best .455 as a team, while holding the Warhawks to a .116 percentage. Timber Terrell tallied eight kills on 11 attempts with no errors for an A-State season-best and career-high .727 hitting percentage. The victory for the Red Wolves was their 31st consecutive over the Warhawks with the streak dating back to the 1987 season.
May, Terrell Claim SBC Weekly Awards
Carlisa May was tabbed the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the two matches for her second honor of the season, while Timber Terrell earned her second straight SBC Freshman of the Week award.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., May recorded 36 kills for a league-best 4.50 per set average over the nomination period. She hit .384 across both matches. She posted a season-high 24 kills against Louisiana-Lafayette on a .352 hitting percentage Sept. 30 before registering 12 more kills on a season-best .474 attacking percentage Oct. 1 at ULM.
Terrell, a native of Wheeling, Ill., had 18 kills (2.25 per set) on a .378 hitting percentage to go along with four blocks, four digs, and the first two service aces of her career. She tallied 10 kills in Friday’s match versus the Ragin’ Cajuns and had three blocks defensively before posting eight kills on an A-State season-high .727 hitting percentage Sunday afternoon at ULM.
The Red Wolves have won at least one of the Sun Belt weekly awards in five of six weeks this season and have had at least one weekly award winner 25 times out of 30 chances since the beginning of the 2015 season. Over that time span, Arkansas State players have claimed 42 separate individual weekly honors.
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.
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 was 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 has 16 double-doubles this season with Drew Jones leading the way with eight, all of hers being in kills and digs. Kenzie Fields is second with five, while Ellie Watkins has two and Sheridan Webb has one.
The Red Wolves had two consecutive matches (Sept. 23 versus App State and Sept. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette) with three players picking up double-doubles. Drew Jones and Kenzie Fields had double-doubles in both matches, with Sheridan Webb earning her only one of the season in the five-set win over App State (57 assists, 11 digs), while Ellie Watkins returned to post her second of the season in the five-set loss to Louisiana when she dished out a career-best 60 assists and tallied 10 digs.
Kenzie Fields picked up a career-high 22 digs to go along with 12 kills in the five-set loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Drew Jones tallied 11 kills and 12 digs in the loss.
Drew Jones is the current active leader in career double-doubles for the Red Wolves with 16. Kenzie Fields is the next closest with 11.
Mallory Warrington was last season’s leader with 15 double-doubles and ended her career with 60.
Ticknor Tops SBC Leaderboard
Freshman libero Tatum Ticknor leads the Sun Belt Conference in digs and digs per set with 334 for a 5.22 per set average. The digs per set mark ranks as 28th best in the country, while the total digs is 21st.
The Grapevine, Texas native has posted double-digit digs in all but two matches, including the season opener when she only played two sets. She has nine matches of 20+ digs and set her new career high with 33 on Sept. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Red Wolves Non-Conference Notes
A-State went 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.