JONESBORO, Ark. (11/14/19) – Four spots in the 2019 Sun Belt Conference tournament are up for grabs, and the Arkansas State volleyball team is vying for one of those coveted spots with its final two regular-season matches this weekend at First National Bank Arena.
The Red Wolves (15-11, 6-8) close out the regular season against a pair of West Division foes, taking on Louisiana (12-15, 8-6) on Friday before the regular season finale against ULM (11-19, 1-13) on Saturday.
On Friday, kids 12 and under receive free admission in addition to a mini volleyball giveaway. After the match, fans can stick around for a post-match autograph session at the blue concourse. Saturday’s regular-season finale follows the football game vs. Coastal Carolina, so fans can bring their football ticket to First National Bank Arena to receive free admission.
Dates: Nov. 15-16
Location: First National Bank Arena (10,563) – Jonesboro, Arkansas
Friday, Nov. 15:
5:00 p.m. – Louisiana (12-15, 8-6 SBC) at Arkansas State (15-11, 6-8) (LIVE STATS | WATCH LIVE)
*PROMOTION: Youth/Howl’s Pals Night*
- Kids 12 and under receive free admission
- Post-match autograph session (blue concourse)
- Mini volleyball giveaway
Series History vs. Louisiana & ULM
Record vs. Louisiana: 49-17
Last Meeting: L, 0-3 (10/26/2019 – Lafayette, La.)
Streak: Louisiana, 2
Restrepo vs. Louisiana: 1-2
Record vs. ULM: 42-5
Last Meeting: W, 3-2 (10/25/2019 – Monroe, La.)
Streak: A-STATE, 35
Restrepo vs. ULM: 2-0
- - This season is the 45th year of volleyball at Arkansas State, owning an all-time mark of 1,059-544-5 (.660).
- - A-State is looking to claim its 36th straight win over ULM.
- - 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. See page 5 for more.
- - Under first-year head coaches, the Red Wolves are 150-107 overall.
- - A-State has allowed the fewest service aces in the Sun Belt, just 97 through 99 sets played - seven fewer than the No. 2 spot (Troy, 104). 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 fourth-lowest hitting percentage defense in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a .179 clip. That mark ranks inside the top 60 nationally (as of 11/12).
- - In 2019, A-State has tallied 35 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: Louisiana/ULM
- - Louisiana enters the weekend second in the West Division behind league-leading Texas State. The Ragin’ Cajuns have won three in a row and seven of their last eight matches dating back to October 18. Asa team Louisiana ranks 10th nationally in attacks per set (38.70) and 25th in digs (1,747). Individually, Hali Wisnoskie leads the squad in kills (297), kills per set (3.03) and attacks (1,050). She also ranks second on the team in service aces (15) and fourth in blocks (42). Avery Breaux is the team’s top setter, dishing out 816 assists, which ranks sixth in the league. Defensively, Hannah Ramirez leads with 429 digs while Tia Jade Smith is the top blocker on the team with 84 total blocks on the year.
- - In this season’s first meeting between the Red Wolves and Cajuns, Louisiana claimed a 3-0 sweep in Lafayette (25-12, 25-16, 25-22). In the sweep, the Ragin’ Cajuns only trailed once, with Wisnoskie leading with 12 kills.
- - ULM comes into the weekend having dropped four straight and sitting at the bottom of the league standings at 1-13 in SBC play. The Warhawks have dropped seven straight in conference play after defeating Georgia Southern in five sets on Oct. 17. Mikaela Worley leads ULM in kills (267) while Kate Blasingame owns the most aces on the squad (30) in addition to the most digs (289). Alix Christie is the team’s top blocker, owning 75 total blocks on the year.
- - Earlier this season, A-State claimed a five-set victory over the Warhawks, extending the Red Wolves’ winning streak in the series to 35 matches.
Welcome to the (Block) Party
- - In 2019, the Red Wolves have amassed 201.0 blocks and 2.03 blocks per set, the latter which ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference entering Friday night’s match. A-State also ranks third in the league in solo blocks (70) and block assists (262).
- - A-State’s total is the most since the 2015 team tallied 208.0 blocks as a team through 26 matches. That team was 25-1 over that stretch and claimed the Sun Belt Conference championship.
- - 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 35 double-doubles, led by Malgorzata Andersohn’s 10 and eight apiece from Macey Putt and Peyton Uhlenhake. That team total is the most since before 2010.
- - Julianna Cramer has accounted for seven while Hannah Cox and Paulina Sobolewska each have one.
- - In 2018, the Red Wolves totaled 33, with Macey Putt tied for second on the team with 8.
“My Friends Called Me ‘Ace’.”
- - A-State has been solid behind the service line in 2019, totaling 136 service aces, which ranks seventh in the league.
- - Over the same time span, the 2011 squad set the tone by firing 161 through 26 matches.
- - For comparison, the Red Wolves served 130 aces through 26 matches in 2018.
- - Defensively, A-State has only allowed 96 aces, which ranks first in the league. The second-fewest aces given up is 104 by Troy. The Red Wolves are the only team in the conference allowing less than an ace per set.
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.
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. 13, the Red Wolves own the No. 4 opposing attack percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a mark of just .179, which ranks 59th nationally.
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