JONESBORO, Ark. (10/10/19) – Riding the momentum of two strong victories against divisional foes Texas State and UT Arlington, Arkansas State volleyball faces the two unbeaten teams in Sun Belt Conference play to close out a four-match home stand.
The Red Wolves (11-5, 2-2 SBC) host Appalachian State (8-9, 4-0) Friday night before taking on Coastal Carolina (14-2, 4-0) on Saturday. First serve for both matches is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Friday’s match has been designated as the “Pink” game for the season and breast cancer survivors and those currently battling will receive free admission, with families receiving discounted tickets ($3). On Saturday, fans are encouraged to bring two canned good items to benefit the A-State food pantry. Those bringing items will receive a voucher to get a free ticket for the next home match on Nov. 1.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door for all matches.
Dates: Oct. 11-12
Location: First National Bank Arena (10,563) – Jonesboro, Arkansas
Friday, Oct. 11:
6:30 p.m. – Appalachian State (8-9, 4-0 SBC) at Arkansas State (11-5, 2-2) (LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE)
*PROMOTION: Pink Night*
- Breast cancer urvivors and those currently battling breast cancer receive free admission, family members receive discounted tickets ($3).
- Ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha will be handing out pink ribbons
Saturday, Oct. 12:
6:30 p.m. – Coastal Carolina (14-2, 4-0) at Arkansas State (LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE)
*PROMOTION: A-State Food Pantry Night*
- Bring TWO (2) canned good items to receive a voucher for a free ticket to the next home match (Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.)
Series History vs. Appalachian State
Record vs. Appalachian State: 7-1
Last Meeting: L, 1-3 (11/17/18 – Atlanta, Ga.)
Streak: Appalachian State, 1
Restrepo vs. Appalachian State: First meeting
Record vs. Coastal Carolina: 2-4
Last Meeting: W, 3-1 (11/16/18 – Atlanta, Ga.)
Streak: A-State, 1
Restrepo vs. Coastal Carolina: First meeting
- - This season marks the 45th year of volleyball at Arkansas State, owning an all-time mark of 1,055-538-5 (.662).
- - Arkansas State is a perfect 36-0 since 2017 when taking the first two sets. See page 5 of match notes for more.
- - The Red Wolves own the No. 2 hitting percentage defense in the league, holding foes to a .159 clip. A-State held 11 of its first 12 opponents to percentages of under .200.
- - A-State has started 4-1 or better at home for the second year in a row (5-0 through first five home matches in 2018).
- - Through the first 16 matches, A-State has tallied 21 total double-double performances. Through the same amount of matches in 2018, the Red Wolves totaled 14. A-State’s 2019 pace is the best by a Red Wolves team since before 2010.
- - The Red Wolves have played the third-toughest schedule among Sun Belt Conference counterparts.
- - Entering Friday’s match, Arkansas State ranks in the top five in the Sun Belt Conference in nine categories, including the top team in fewest aces allowed.
- - Under first-year head coaches, the Red Wolves are 146-101 overall.
Know the Foes: Appalachian State & Coastal Carolina
- - Appalachian State, despite a slow start to the year at 4-9 in pre-Sun Belt play, enter Friday’s match on a four-match winning streak, most recently taking wins at Louisiana (3-2) and ULM (3-0). Aggressive offensively, the Mountaineers rank first in the conference with 2,334 total attacks thus far on the year led by Emma Longley’s Sun Belt-leading 738. Longley also ranks second in the league in kills with 242. Emma Reilly is the currently digs leader in the conference (325) while freshman setter Sam Bickley ranks third in assists with 622.
- - In the preseason, App State was projected to finish second in the East Division by the league’s coaches, earning five first-place votes, behind Coastal Carolina.
- - Coastal Carolina comes to Jonesboro unblemished in conference play and was voted by the league’s coaches as the preseason favorite in the East Division. The Chanticleers own the nation’s best service game, serving up a staggering 2.18 per set (131 total - ranks No. 2 nationally) led by Brigitta Petrenko, who ranks second in the league and 11th nationally in aces (32). Offensively, Coastal hit at a .279 clip, which ranks 11th in the country. Petrenko also leads the way in assists for the Chanticleers, ranking third in the conference and 30th nationally with 622 assists.
- - The Chanticleers are winners of four straight to open conference play, only dropping one set in the process.
Home, Sweet Home
- - The 2019 season marks the 32nd season Arkansas State has played volleyball at First National Bank Arena, formerly known as The Convocation Center.
- - In the previous 31 seasons (with the 2011 season being played at the HPESS building), A-State has racked up a solid 293-82 ledger (.781) and has claimed eight or more home victories in five straight seasons.
- - The Red Wolves went 8-3 in the 2018 season and has had undefeated home seasons six times, most recently in 2015 (8-0).
Welcome to the (Block) Party
- - Through the first 16 matches of 2019, the Red Wolves have amassed 125.0 blocks, which ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference entering the weekend. A-State tops the league in solo blocks (44).
- - Entering Friday’s match, Arkansas State is the only team in the conference with three players owning 40 or more blocks on the season.
- - Freshman Kendahl Davenport ranks fifth in total blocks in the league (53).
- - In 16 matches, Arkansas State players totaled 21 double-doubles to open the year, led by seven from Peyton Uhlenhake and five from Malgorzata Andersohn. That team total bests the 2018 mark through 16 (14) and is the most since before 2010.
- - Julianna Cramer and Macey Putt have accounted for four each and Hannah Cox has one.
- - In 2018, the Red Wolves totaled 33, with Macey Putt tied for second on the team with 8.
First Set Is Key … Second Set Also Helps
- - Winning the first set is always a great start to a Red Wolves’ victory. In 2018, A-State was nearly unbeatable after taking the first set, going 16-3.
- - Over the past two-plus seasons, the Red Wolves are 43-9 when going up 1-0 in the match.
- - If you extend that trend into the second set, A-State was 14-0 when it took the first two sets in 2018, and 36-0 dating back to 2017.
- - This season, the Red Wolves are 8-0 when taking leads of 1-0 and 2-0.
Defense! (Clap Clap) Defense! (Clap Clap)
- - Defense has been a staple of Arkansas State’s success in recent years. In 2018, the Red Wolves were 8-2 when holding opponents to a hitting percentage of under .200.
- - This year, A-State has held 11 of its first 12 opponents to hitting percentages of below .200 to open the year (the one team being nationally-ranked Rice, who hit .226). As of Oct. 10, the Red Wolves own the No. 2 opposing attack percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a mark of just .159, a mark that ranks inside the top 30 in the country.
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