JONESBORO, Ark. (10/18/19) – Looking to bounce back after a pair of tough matches to close a four-match home stand, the Arkansas State volleyball team is set to renew its in-state rivalry against Little Rock on Saturday night in the capital city.
The Red Wolves (11-7, 2-4 Sun Belt Conference) make the short trek to Little Rock to take on the Trojans (3-15, 1-5) at 6:30 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center and are looking to extend their road winning streak in the series to five matches.
Date/Time: Oct. 19 (6:30 p.m.)
Location: Jack Stephens Center (5,600) – Little Rock, Arkansas
Series History vs. Little Rock
Record vs. Little Rock: 57-24
Last Meeting: W, 3-0 (10/30/2018 – Little Rock, Ark.)
Streak: A-STATE, 1
Restrepo vs. Little Rock: 7-0
- - This season is the 45th year of volleyball at Arkansas State, owning an all-time mark of 1,055-540-5 (.661).
- - Arkansas State is a perfect 36-0 since 2017 when taking the first two sets. See page 5 of match notes for more.
- - The Scarlet and Black is the only team in the conference with three players who hold 50 or more blocks on the year.
- - The Red Wolves own the third-best hitting percentage defense in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a .174 clip.
- - Through the first 18 matches, A-State has tallied 23 total double-double performances. Through 18 in 2018, the Red Wolves totaled 14 double-doubles. A-State’s 2019 pace is the best by a Red Wolves team since before 2010.
- - The Red Wolves have played the fourth-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 (67).
- - Under first-year head coaches, the Red Wolves are 146-103 overall.
Know the Foe: Little Rock
- - Little Rock enters Saturday’s match with a 3-15 ledger and earned its first win in Sun Belt Conference play this season last weekend in a 3-1 victory over Appalachian State. Before the win against the Mountaineers on Oct. 12, the Trojans had dropped 10 sets in a row. Little Rock is led by all-conference selection Carol Barbosa, who ranks fifth in the league in kills per set (3.38).
- - In the in-state rivalry series, Arkansas State owns a 57-24 lead over the Trojans. A-State has claimed four straight meetings in Little Rock and eight of the last nine matches. However, the Red Wolves hold a tight 15-10 edge in the series when matches are played in Little Rock.
- - The state of Arkansas is represented by four of A-State’s 15 players - Sara Betts (Marion), Madison Brown (Cabot), Julianna Cramer (Harrison) and Kendahl Davenport (Conway) are all native Arkansans.
- - Against Division-I opponents from the Natural State, the Red Wolves have been quite successful. A breakdown of series records vs. Arkansas counterparts is below:
A-State vs. Arkansas Opponents (Division 1)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 24-0 (1-0 in 2019)
Central Arkansas: 24-2
Little Rock: 57-24
Welcome to the (Block) Party
- - Through the first 18 matches of 2019, the Red Wolves have amassed 144.0 blocks, which ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference entering the weekend and is the most since the 2015 team tallied 151.0 through 18. A-State tops the league in solo blocks (50).
- - Entering Saturday’s match, Arkansas State is the only team in the conference with three players owning 50 or more blocks on the season.
- - Freshman Kendahl Davenport ranks fifth in total blocks in the league (62), which is the most by a Red Wolf through 18 since Kelsey Reis in 2015 (72).
- - In 18 matches, Arkansas State players totaled 23 double-doubles to open the year, led by seven from Peyton Uhlenhake and six from Malgorzata Andersohn. That team total bests the 2018 mark through 18 (15) and is the most since before 2010.
- - Julianna Cramer has tallied five while Macey Putt has accounted for four 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. 17, the Red Wolves own the No. 3 opposing attack percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a mark of just .174.
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