MATCH 24: Arkansas State (15-10, 7-5) vs Texas State (22-5, 13-0)
Friday, Nov. 2 • 6:30 p.m.
First National Bank Arena  • Jonesboro, Ark,.
Live Stats: AStateStats.com

MATCH 25: Arkansas State (15-10, 7-5) vs UT Arlington (14-9, 8-5)
Sunday, Nov. 4 • 12:00 p.m.
First National Bank Arena  • Jonesboro, Ark,.
Live Stats: AStateStats.com

QUICK DIGS

•This season is the 44th year of volleyball at A-State and the home team has an all-time mark of 1,041-529-5 (.658) and had the 19th most wins in Division I and was tied for the 25th best winning percentage in Division I history entering the 2018 campaign.
•Arkansas State enters the weekend on a three-game win streak over opponents Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Little Rock. The Red Wolves earned sweeps over Georgia Southern and Little Rock and defeated Georgia State 3-1, in Atlanta. Carlisa May led the Red Wolves’ offense with 14 kills while Ellie Watkins handed out a game-high 24 assists, the home team earned 44 kills on the night against Little Rock.
•Senior Carlisa May moved into second-place on A-State’s all-time career kills list, surpassing Beth Cochran’s mark of 1636 kills from 1996-99. May currently stands at 1,747 kills and could catch all-time leader Margie Kolat (1991-94) who has 1,789 kills.
•May currently ranks sixth in the nation with 384 kills on the year, while also checking in at 11th in the nation with 4.74 kills per set.
•Among active players in all of Division I volleyball, May ranks second with her career kills total, and ranks fifth among active players across all divisions.
Ellie Watkins ranks 40th in the nation, and third in the Sun Belt, with 1,913 total assists on the season. She is also 72nd in the nation with 10.29 assists per set.
•Senior setter Ellie Watkins has quickly become one of the school’s most dominant setters and has broke into the school’s all-time career sets list in just her two seasons at A-State. Watkins currently has 1,913. career assists and is now chasing No. 9 Shelly Kirby who handed out 2,343.

A-STATE VS TEXAS STATE SERIES HISTORY

•The Bobcats hold a 9-8 advantage over the Red Wolves in series history. The first meeting between the two schools occurred in 1981 at the Southwestern AIAW Regional Tournament in Nacogdoches, Texas. Texas State, then referred to as Southwest Texas State, claimed a 2-0 win over the Red Wolves.
•The Red Wolves reeled off six straight victories in the series, four of which came as non-conference opponents before the 2013 season, to account for six of their eight wins. Texas State snapped the streak with a 3-0 win in the 2013 SBC Tournament in Troy, Ala., despite dropping both regular-season contests to the Red Wolves.
•The Bobcats were able to extend their winning streak over the Red Wolves to four matches by claiming all three matches in 2014. Texas State won the conference opener in Jonesboro 3-0 before winning two 3-1 decisions in San Marcos, the last being in the SBC Tournament semifinals to mark the second straight year the Bobcats ended A-State’s season.
•A-State defeated Texas State in the teams’ lone meeting in 2015, but the Bobcats won 2016’s first meeting in San Marcos 3-1 to snap A-State’s 20-match SBC win streak. However, A-State was able to bounce back to sweep Texas State Nov. 5, 2016 on the Red Wolves’ Senior Night.
•The Bobcats swept both meetings in 2017. Drew Jones had 13 kills, while Carlisa May had 11 in the first meeting. Tatum Ticknor picked up 16 digs as A-State was out hit .242-.154. May recorded 10 kills in the match in San Marcos, while Ticknor had 16 digs again, but A-State hit only .161 to Texas State’s .293.
•Head coach David Rehr is 4-6 against Texas State. Texas State and Coastal Carolina (1-3) are the only league schools Coach Rehr has a losing record against.
•Texas State is currently 22-5 and 13-0 in league play after defeating both ULM and Louisiana to win the Sun Belt conference.
•The teams most recent meeting took place on Sep. 29, where the Red Wolves dropped a 3-0 decison. Carlisa May led the offense with 14 digs, while Tatum Tickner paced the defense with 13 digs.
•The Bobcats enter the weekend on a 17 game win streak. They haven’t lost a game to a Sun Belt team in the 2018 campaign.

A-STATE VS UT ARLINGTON

•A-State and UT Arlington have battled to an even 9-9 mark in the all-time series. The two teams met as Southland Conference foes six times from 1982 to 1986 with A-State dropping all six matches versus the Mavericks.
•The two teams didn’t play again until the 2001 season when Arkansas State claimed its first victory in the series, a 3-2 victory at the Texas-Arlington Classic in the second match of that season. The Mavericks and Red Wolves also played one other time in non-conference action, with that meeting occurring in the 2009 season. UTA won that match 3-2 at the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational.
•A-State and UT Arlington have played 10 times since the Mavericks joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2013 with all the matchups coming with David Rehr as head coach. The Red Wolves own a 7-2 record over that span. The teams split the two meetings in each of the first two seasons with the road team winning in 2013 before each team protected its home floor in 2014.
•Since the loss in 2014 the Red Wolves have won six straight against the Mavs. A-State won the lone meeting in 2015, three contests in 2016, and two last season. The Red Wolves swept UTA in Jonesboro last season with a double-double from Drew Jones (13 kills, 10 digs) leading the way for the team. Carlisa May had 10 kills and the Red Wolves out blocked the Mavericks 9-4. UTA won the first set in the meeting in Arlington last season, but A-State rallied to win 3-1. May had 17 kills, while Ellie Watkins handed out 37 assists.
•UT Arlington is 14-9 overall and 8-5 in Sun Belt action and went 1-1 last weekend with a win over ULM and loss Louisiana at home.
•The teams most recent meeting occurred on Sep. 28, where the UT Arlington took a 3-2 win over the Red Wolves.
Carlisa May posted a game-high 24 kills while Macey Putt registered her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 13 digs.

TOP 10 -- SECURED


•Senior setter Ellie Watkins has quickly become one of the school’s most dominant setters and has broke into the school’s all-time career sets list in just her two seasons at A-State.
Ellie Watkins currently has 1,913 career assists after concluding the weekend against Georgia State and Georgia Southern earning her way into the Top-10. She is now chasing No. 9 Shelly Kirby who handed out 2,343.
•Wakins is currently averaging 10.67 assists per set.
•In nine games of the 2018 campaign Ellie Watkins has handed out 40+ assist.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

•Senior Carlisa May moved into second-place on A-State’s all-time career kill list surpassing Beth Cochran’s mark of 1,636 from 1993-99. May currently stands at 1,747 and is on pace to catch Margie Kolat (1991-94) who has 1,789.