MATCH 24: Arkansas State (13-9, 6-3) at South Alabama (13-5, 8-0)
Sunday, Oct. 22 • 12:30 p.m. CDT
Jag Gym • Mobile, Ala.
Series: A-State leads 29-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: JagNationTV.com (Free)
This season marks the 43rd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,017-516-5 (.663) and became the 18th program in Division I history to earn 1,000 victories on Nov. 4, 2016. The Red Wolves began last season with 979 wins.
A-State improved to 13-9 overall and 6-3 in league play with a pair of wins over West Division foes ULM and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Red Wolves swept the Warhawks Oct. 13 before defeating the West Division leader Ragin’ Cajuns 3-1 on Oct. 15.
The Red Wolves held the Ragin’ Cajuns to an .082 hitting percentage, which was the second lowest the A-State defense has held an opponent to. Carlisa May had 18 kills against ULL to lead the team, while Drew Jones had 17. May also had 10 against ULM.
Speaking of Carlisa May, she recorded the 1,000th kill of her career Sept. 22 against Coastal Carolina and now has 1,118, which is 26 kills away from tying Pip Soulsby’s 1,144 (10th most in school history). Drew Jones is at 989 kills after registering 27 in the two matches between the Warhawks and Ragin’ Cajuns.
Madison Turner posted career highs in kills (8), hitting percentage (.615), and blocks (4) against ULM.
A-State vs. Troy Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with Troy by a count of 15-1 with the last 15 matches coming as conference foes.
The first meeting and only match as nonconference foes occurred in 1999 at the Southern Mississippi Holiday Inn Classic where the Red Wolves defeated, then, Troy State by a score of 3-1.
The two teams began playing as SBC opponents in the 2005 season with A-State earning a 3-1 win in Troy, Ala. The Red Wolves have won every other match between the two schools since then except the 2013 match in Troy, which the Trojans won 3-1. Since then, the Red Wolves have won five straight against Troy.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 7-1 all-time against the Trojans with the lone loss coming in 2013. Troy gave A-State all it could handle in 2015 when the Red Wolves had to come from behind trailing 2-0 to win 3-2. A-State won the third set 25-12, fourth set 25-15, and fifth set 15-4.
Last season, A-State defeated Troy 3-0 Oct. 22 in the Convocation Center with Kenzie Fields leading the team with 13 kills. Mallory Warrington recorded a double-double with 32 assists and 11 digs. A-State held the Trojans to an .076 hitting percentage in the match and hit .276.
Troy enters the weekend with an 8-15 record after defeating Alabama State in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night. The Trojans are 2-6 in league play with both wins being 3-2 triumphs over Georgia State. A-State and Troy shared one common non-conference opponent with both teams sweeping Southern. However, Southern lost the three sets to Troy by a combined seven points, while they lost by a combined 36 points to the Red Wolves.
A-State vs. South Alabama Series History
Arkansas State has a 29-5 advantage over South Alabama all-time and has won five straight over the Jaguars.
The first meeting happened in 1982 with Arkansas State dropping a 2-0 decision to South Alabama at the Mississippi University for Women Invitational in Columbus, Miss. The two teams met again in 1988 with A-State picking up a victory that started a 14-match win streak over the Jaguars that USA snapped with a 3-1 victory in Jonesboro in 2001.
Since the loss in 2001, the Red Wolves are 14-3 against the Jaguars with head coach David Rehr holding a 7-1 advantage over South Alabama all-time. His 2012 team swept the Jags in the only meeting before the two teams split two matches in 2013 with each squad winning on its home floor. A-State currently sports a five-match win streak.
Last season, the Red Wolves swept South Alabama on Oct. 21 in the Convocation Center. Carlisa May led the team with 13 kills, while Kelsey Reis added 11 on a .409 hitting percentage. Kenzie Fields led the team with 16 digs, while Mallory Warrington was one dig shy of a double-double with 27 assists and nine digs.
South Alabama enters the weekend with a 13-5 mark and 8-0 record in league play to sit atop the East Division standings. The Jaguars are the only team in the league to defeat Texas State (3-0 on Sept. 22) and have already defeated Troy twice. The Jaguars and Red Wolves shared one common non-conference opponent in Ole Miss. A-State defeated the Rebels 3-1, while South Alabama split a pair of matches with the Rebels winning 3-2 and losing 3-1 on Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, respectively.
Red Wolves Top ULM, Avenge Loss to Louisiana
Arkansas State ran its win streak over ULM to 32 matches with a 3-0 sweep of the Warhawks Oct. 13. A-State out hit ULM .186 to .118, out blocked them nine to six, and had more aces (5-2). Carlisa May led the team with 10 kills despite hitting for a negative percentage at -.036, the third time she’s hit negative this season with the other two coming against Coastal Carolina and SMU (both A-State losses). Ellie Watkins handed out 31 assists and Kenzie Fields led the team with 17 digs.
A bright spot for the Red Wolves was Madison Turner, who made her first career start for Arkansas State against ULM. The Drexel, Mo., native tallied a career-high eight kills on a career-best .615 hitting percentage. The .615 hitting percentage is the third highest by an A-State player this season. Additionally, the middle blocker also totaled a team-high four blocks, which was also a career high.
The Red Wolves then went on to avenge an earlier loss to Louisiana-Lafayette with a 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center. The victory gives A-State seven wins in its last eight matches versus the Ragin’ Cajuns and handed Louisiana its first setback in league play.
The Red Wolves held Louisiana-Lafayette to an .082 hitting percentage, the second lowest by an A-State opponent this year next to Southern’s .062 Sept. 9. Carlisa May and Drew Jones led the team with 18 kills and 17 kills, respectively, while Ellie Watkins handed out 48 assists. Tatum Ticknor led the team with 26 digs, while Kenzie Fields picked up 20, her third match of the season with 20 or more digs. Jones earned her team-best 11th double-double of the year by adding 15 digs to her kill total. Timber Terrell led the Red Wolves with four blocks, but the Ragin’ Cajuns did out block A-State 11-8 with that category being the only one Louisiana led in. The Red Wolves registered 60 kills in the match, while Louisiana-Lafayette only had 36. A-State also had 90 digs to just 76 for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
A-State Defeats In-State Rival Little Rock
Arkansas State ran it’s overall record to 11-9 and 4-3 in league play with a 3-1 win over Little Rock Monday, Oct. 9. The Red Wolves are now 55-23 all-time against the Trojans.
Drew Jones tied her season high with 18 kills on a .295 hitting percentage and had 10 digs for her team-best 10th double-double. Carlisa May was second on the team with 15 kills. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native has double-digit kills in 15 of 20 matches this season, including six straight. Ellie Watkins dished out 41 assists, while Sheridan Webb handed out 10 assists. Kenzie Fields tied a career high with 22 digs, while Tatum Ticknor picked up 18 digs. Ticknor, a native of Grapevine, Texas, has double-digit digs in 18 of the team’s 20 matches this season. Timber Terrell led the team with five blocks.
The Red Wolves out hit the Trojans .224 to .138 in the match, which was A-State’s “Pink Match” which saw the team wear pink uniforms. The Red Wolves managed to out block the Trojans 10-7 after Little Rock was the second best blocking team in the Sun Belt statistically.
Red Wolves Sweep UTA, Swept by Texas State
Arkansas State moved to 10-9 on the year and 3-3 in the Sun Belt Conference with a sweep of UT Arlington Oct. 6 and loss to Texas State Oct. 7.
The Red Wolves improved to 8-9 all-time against UT Arlington with the sweep on Friday night with head coach David Rehr improving to 7-2 against the Mavericks. Additionally, A-State now has a five-match win streak against UTA. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills on a .448 hitting percentage with 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. Carlisa May added 10 kills as the Red Wolves out hit UTA .274 to .137. Ellie Watkins had 28 assists and Tatum Ticknor led the team with 12 digs. A-State had nine blocks to UT Arlington’s four, with Timber Terrell leading the way with four of her own.
Saturday night against a school from Texas wasn’t as kind to the Red Wolves as Texas State swept A-State. Arkansas State is now 8-7 all-time versus the Bobcats with head coach David Rehr falling to 4-6 against them. The sweep against a conference opponent was the first since Nov. 22, 2014 when UALR swept the Red Woves at the Convocation Center. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills and was one dig short of another double-double. Carlisa May added 11 kills, but the Bobcats held A-State to a .154 hitting percentage, while TXST hit .242. Ellie Watkins dished out 35 assists, while Tatum Ticknor picked up 16 digs. Texas State posted 11 blocks to just seven for the Red Wolves. Watkins and Jessica Uke led the team with four blocks, with the four for Watkins giving her a new career high.
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.
A-State has 19 double-doubles this season with Drew Jones leading the way with 11, 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, while Drew Jones tallied 11 kills and 12 digs on Sept. 30
Drew Jones is the current active leader in career double-doubles for the Red Wolves with 19. Kenzie Fields is the next closest with 11. Jones’ latest double-double came Oct. 15 against the Ragin’ Cajuns when she recorded 17 kills and 15 digs.
Mallory Warrington was last season’s leader with 15 double-doubles and ended her career with 60.
Watkins Tops SBC Leaderboard
Setter Ellie Watkins leads the Sun Belt Conference with an 11.00 assists per set average and is the only setter in the SBC averaging double-digit assists in the league. She had a season-high 60 on Sept. 30 at Louisiana.
Freshman libero Tatum Ticknor is first in the Sun Belt Conference in digs and digs per set with 421 for a 5.20 per set average. The digs per set mark ranks as 32nd best in the country, while the total digs is 18th most in the nation.
Ticknor, a 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 10 matches of 20+ digs and set her new career high with 33 on Sept. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Carlisa May ranks second in the league in kills per set with a 3.85 mark, while Drew Jones is fifth at 3.38.
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.