JONESBORO, Ark. (11/7/19) – Fresh off an in-state rivalry sweep over Little Rock on Tuesday night, the Arkansas State volleyball team is set for its final two regular-season road tests of the season, traveling to Texas to take on UT Arlington and Texas State.
The Red Wolves (14-10, 5-7 SBC) open up the weekend at 6:30 p.m. Friday against UTA (15-10, 7-6) before heading South to San Marcos to face the league-leading Bobcats (19-8, 11-2). Earlier this season in Jonesboro, A-State claimed an epic 3-2 victory over Texas State before sweeping UTA the following day.
Saturday, Nov. 9:
7:00 p.m. – Arkansas State at Texas State (19-8, 11-2) (LIVE STATS)
Series History vs. Texas State & UT Arlington
Record vs. Texas State: 10-9
Last Meeting: W, 3-2 (10/4/2019 – Jonesboro, Ark.)
Streak: A-State, 2
Restrepo vs. Texas State: 1-0
Record vs. UT Arlington: 10-11
Last Meeting: W, 3-0 (10/5/2019 – Jonesboro, Ark.)
Streak: A-State, 1
Restrepo vs. UTA: 4-0
- - This season is the 45th year of volleyball at Arkansas State, owning an all-time mark of 1,058-543-5 (.660).
- - A-State claimed both meetings against UTA and Texas State earlier in the season, sweeping the Mavericks (10/5) after taking a five-setter against the Bobcats (10/4).
- - The Red Wolves are currently in the hunt for one of the final four seeds in the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament, along with UTA, Louisiana, Appalachian State and Georgia State.
- - A-State is 38-1 since the 2017 season when taking the first two sets.
- - Under first-year head coaches, the Red Wolves are 149-106 overall.
- - A-State has allowed the fewest service aces in the Sun Belt, just 85 through 90 sets played - 18 fewer than the No. 2 spot (Troy, 99). The Red Wolves give up less than one ace per set and are the only team in the league to average under an ace allowed per set.
- - The Scarlet and Black is the only team in the conference with three players who hold 60 or more blocks on the year (Davenport , Stanford  & Terrell )
- - The Red Wolves own the third-lowest hitting percentage defense in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a .170 clip. That mark ranks inside the top 40 nationally (as of 11/7).
- - In 2019, A-State has tallied 32 total double-double performances. In 2018, the Red Wolves only totaled 33 as a squad. A-State’s 2019 pace is the best by a Red Wolves team since before 2010.
Know the Foe: Texas State & UT Arlington
- - UT Arlington enters the weekend on a four-match winning streak as one of the hottest teams in the conference recently. The Mavericks are led offensively by Brooke Townsend’s 317 kills. UTA is one of the top blocking teams in the conference, tallying 196.0 total blocks as a squad led by Bre Walp (99). Madelyn St. Germain leads in digs with 433, while Jessica Stancliff serves as the team’s top setter with 579 assists. St. Germain also leads behind the service line with 24 aces.
- - In this season’s first meeting between the Red Wolves and Mavericks, A-State claimed a quick sweep of UTA in Jonesboro.
- - Texas State comes into the weekend after dropping a tough five-setter to Louisiana on Nov. 3. However, the Bobcats have been on a tear recently, claiming 11 of their last 13 matches, including nine straight prior to the loss to the Cajuns. Cheyenne Huskey leads offensively with 338 kills while Emily DeWalt pilots the offense with 967 assists. Behind the service line, Huskey paces the Bobcats with 44 aces. Defensively, Brooke Johnson leads with 249 digs while Tyeranee Scott owns 93 blocks to lead up front.
- - Earlier this season in the Red Wolves’ home SBC opener, A-State overcame a 2-0 deficit to take an epic five-set victory in Jonesboro.
Welcome to the (Block) Party
- - In 2019, the Red Wolves have amassed 189.0 blocks and 2.10 blocks per set, the latter which ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference entering Friday night’s match. A-State also ranks fourth in the league in solo blocks (66) and block assists (246).
- - A-State’s total is the most since the 2017 team tallied 190.0 blocks as a team
- - Entering Friday’s match, Arkansas State is the only team in the conference with three players owning 60 or more blocks on the season.
- - In 2019, Arkansas State players have totaled 32 double-doubles, led by Malgorzata Andersohn’s nine and eight from Peyton Uhlenhake. That team total is the most since before 2010.
- - Julianna Cramer and Macey Putt have each accounted for seven 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 44-9 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 38-1 dating back to 2017.
- - This season, the Red Wolves are 9-1 when taking leads of 1-0 and 2-0.
“My Friends Called Me ‘Ace’.”
- - A-State has been solid behind the service line in 2019, totaling 125 service aces, which ranks seventh in the league.
- - Over the same time span, the 2011 squad set the tone by firing 152 through 24 matches.
- - For comparison, the Red Wolves served 120 aces through 24 matches in 2018.
- - Defensively, A-State has only allowed 84 aces, which ranks first in the league by a wide margin. The second-fewest aces given up is 99 by Troy.
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 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 Nov. 7, the Red Wolves own the No. 3 opposing attack percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a mark of just .170, which ranks 39th nationally.
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