MATCH 21: ULM (4-19, 0-6) at Arkansas State (11-9, 4-3)
Friday, Oct. 13 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 38-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network
MATCH 22: Louisiana (13-7, 6-0) at Arkansas State (11-9, 4-3)
Sunday, Oct. 15 • 12:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 47-15
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network
This season marks the 43rd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,015-516-5 (.662) and became the 18th program in Division I history to earn 1,000 victories on Nov. 4, 2016. The Red Wolves began last season with 979 wins.
A-State improved to 11-9 on the season and 4-3 in league play with a 3-1 victory over Little Rock Oct. 9. A-State out hit the Trojans .224 to .138 and also out blocked Little Rock 10-7 despite the Trojans having the second highest blocks per set mark in the league.
Drew Jones recorded her team-high 10th double-double in the match against Little Rock by tying a season high with 18 kills and 10 digs. Carlisa May had 15 kills and Kenzie Fields tied a career high with 22 digs.
Speaking of Carlisa May, she recorded the 1,000th kill of her career Sept. 22 against Coastal Carolina and now has 1,090, which is 54 kills away from tying Pip Soulsby’s 1,144 (10th most in school history). Drew Jones is getting closer and closer to 1,000 career kills with 965 to her credit.
The Red Wolves are now 4-4 at home this season with the four losses representing the most at the Convocation Center since the 2008 season. The three conference losses are also more than the team had each of the past two seasons combined.
A-State vs. ULM Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with ULM by a count of 38-5 and has won 31 straight matches versus the Warhawks.
The first three meetings occurred during the 1980 season. A-State won two regular season meetings, both by 2-0 scores, before the teams met at the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Region IV Tournament in Huntsville, Texas with A-State claiming a 2-0 victory.
The two teams were members of the Southland Conference from 1982-1986. A-State won the first four meetings in 1982 and 1983. However, ULM, then called Northeast Louisiana, won five straight meetings from 1984-1986 for its only five victories in the series.
Since those losses A-State won eight non-conference meetings with ULM and has won all 23 meetings between the two schools as members of the Sun Belt Conference with head coach David Rehr a perfect 11-0 against the Warhawks.
Last season the Red Wolves swept ULM at the Convocation Center Sept. 30 with Carlisa May leading the way with 13 kills. Markie Schaedig added four service aces as A-State out hit ULM .292 to .110. Arkansas State swept the Warhawks in Monroe last season as well on Oct. 16. May led the team with 12 kills, while Lindsay Cline posted a career-high 15 digs. The Red Wolves held ULM to an .052 hitting percentage in the match.
In the match against the Warhawks earlier this season on Oct. 1 at Fant-Ewing Coliseum, A-State swept ULM with Carlisa May leading the team with 12 kills on a .474 hitting percentage. As a team, the Red Wolves hit a season-high .455 attacking percentage and held ULM to a .116 percentage. Timber Terrell hit an A-State season-best .727 in the match with eight kills.
ULM enters the weekend with a 4-19 record and 0-6 mark in Sun Belt action. ULM had to play Louisiana-Lafayette in both matches last weekend and lost 3-1 and 3-0.
A-State vs. Louisiana Series History
Arkansas State has a 47-15 advantage all-time in the series against the Ragin’ Cajuns with Louisiana-Lafayette snapping a six-match losing streak to the Red Wolves with a 3-2 win over A-State on Sept. 29.
The first meeting between the two schools occurred in the 1977 season with Louisiana (known as Southwestern Louisiana at the time) earning a 2-0 victory over A-State. The next meeting in 1980 at the Mississippi State tournament would see Arkansas State claim its first victory in the series by a score of 2-1.
A-State and Louisiana-Lafayette met in 1982 at the Southland Conference tournament and every other matchup since then has come with both schools as members of the same conference, including the American South Conference and Sun Belt Conference, in addition to the Southland.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 7-4 against the Ragin’ Cajuns in his tenure. He started out 1-3 against Louisiana with the lone win coming in the second meeting of his first season in 2012. Since then the team has won six of seven over the Ragin’ Cajuns, including two sweeps last season before losing the first match this season on Sept. 29.
Carlisa May led the team with a season-best 24 kills on a .352 hitting percentage in the five-set loss to Louisiana and it was her fourth match of 20+ kills this season, but first since 22 against Virginia Tech Sept. 1. A-State had three players record double-doubles in Kenzie Fields, Drew Jones, and Ellie Watkins. Fields tallied 12 kills and picked up a career-high 22 digs, while Jones had 11 kills and 12 digs for her team-high eighth double-double of the season. Watkins dished out 60 assists and had 10 digs with the 60 assists representing the most by an A-State player this season and the second most by a Sun Belt player. Tatum Ticknor (33) and Lindsay Cline (20) posted career highs in digs.
Louisiana enters the weekend at 13-7 and is 6-0 in league play to lead the SBC West Division over Texas State’s 5-1 mark. The Ragin’ Cajuns have gone 4-0 since beating the Red Wolves Sept. 29 with three of the wins coming against Sun Belt foes Little Rock (3-1) and ULM (3-1 and 3-0). They also defeated Southeastern Louisiana 3-0 in non-conference action.
A-State Defeats In-State Rival Little Rock
Arkansas State ran it’s overall record to 11-9 and 4-3 in league play with a 3-1 win over Little Rock Monday, Oct. 9. The Red Wolves are now 55-23 all-time against the Trojans.
Drew Jones tied her season high with 18 kills on a .295 hitting percentage and had 10 digs for her team-best 10th double-double. Carlisa May was second on the team with 15 kills. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native has double-digit kills in 15 of 20 matches this season, including six straight. Ellie Watkins dished out 41 assists, while Sheridan Webb handed out 10 assists. Kenzie Fields tied a career high with 22 digs, while Tatum Ticknor picked up 18 digs. Ticknor, a native of Grapevine, Texas, has double-digit digs in 18 of the team’s 20 matches this season. Timber Terrell led the team with five blocks.
The Red Wolves out hit the Trojans .224 to .138 in the match, which was A-State’s “Pink Match” which saw the team wear pink uniforms. The Red Wolves managed to out block the Trojans 10-7 after Little Rock was the second best blocking team in the Sun Belt statistically.
Red Wolves Sweep UTA, Swept by Texas State
Arkansas State moved to 10-9 on the year and 3-3 in the Sun Belt Conference with a sweep of UT Arlington Oct. 6 and loss to Texas State Oct. 7.
The Red Wolves improved to 8-9 all-time against UT Arlington with the sweep on Friday night with head coach David Rehr improving to 7-2 against the Mavericks. Additionally, A-State now has a five-match win streak against UTA. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills on a .448 hitting percentage with 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. Carlisa May added 10 kills as the Red Wolves out hit UTA .274 to .137. Ellie Watkins had 28 assists and Tatum Ticknor led the team with 12 digs. A-State had nine blocks to UT Arlington’s four, with Timber Terrell leading the way with four of her own.
Saturday night against a school from Texas wasn’t as kind to the Red Wolves as Texas State swept A-State. Arkansas State is now 8-7 all-time versus the Bobcats with head coach David Rehr falling to 4-6 against them. The sweep against a conference opponent was the first since Nov. 22, 2014 when UALR swept the Red Woves at the Convocation Center. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills and was one dig short of another double-double. Carlisa May added 11 kills, but the Bobcats held A-State to a .154 hitting percentage, while TXST hit .242. Ellie Watkins dished out 35 assists, while Tatum Ticknor picked up 16 digs. Texas State posted 11 blocks to just seven for the Red Wolves. Watkins and Jessica Uke led the team with four blocks, with the four for Watkins giving her a new career high.
A-State Goes 1-1 in Louisiana
The Red Wolves hit the road for two conference matches in Louisiana and dropped a heartbreaker in five sets to Louisiana-Lafayette Friday, Sept. 30 before bouncing back to sweep ULM Sunday, Oct. 1.
A-State out hit the Ragin’ Cajuns .228-.203 and had more kills, digs, and aces, but wasn’t able to win the match. The Red Wolves were up 2-1 and had match point at 24-21 in set four, but ULL rallied to win 28-26 before winning the fifth set 15-11. It was the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first win over A-State since 2013 and snapped a six-match win streak for the Red Wolves.
Carlisa May led the team with a season-best 24 kills on a .352 hitting percentage and it’s her fourth match of 20+ kills this season, but first since 22 against Virginia Tech Sept. 1. A-State had three players record double-doubles in Kenzie Fields, Drew Jones, and Ellie Watkins. Fields tallied 12 kills and picked up a career-high 22 digs, while Jones had 11 kills and 12 digs for her team-high eighth double-double of the season. Watkins dished out 60 assists and had 10 digs with the 60 assists representing the most by an A-State player this season and the second most by a Sun Belt player. Tatum Ticknor (33) and Lindsay Cline (20) posted career highs in digs.
A-State wasted little time bouncing back with a 3-0 victory over ULM by scores of 25-17, 25-16, and 25-15. May led the team with 12 kills on a season-high .474 attacking percentage, while Watkins handed out 33 assists. The Red Wolves hit a season-best .455 as a team, while holding the Warhawks to a .116 percentage. Timber Terrell tallied eight kills on 11 attempts with no errors for an A-State season-best and career-high .727 hitting percentage. The victory for the Red Wolves was their 31st consecutive over the Warhawks with the streak dating back to the 1987 season.
May, Terrell Claim SBC Weekly Awards
Carlisa May was tabbed the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the two matches for her second honor of the season, while Timber Terrell earned her second straight SBC Freshman of the Week award.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., May recorded 36 kills for a league-best 4.50 per set average over the nomination period. She hit .384 across both matches. She posted a season-high 24 kills against Louisiana-Lafayette on a .352 hitting percentage Sept. 30 before registering 12 more kills on a season-best .474 attacking percentage Oct. 1 at ULM.
Terrell, a native of Wheeling, Ill., had 18 kills (2.25 per set) on a .378 hitting percentage to go along with four blocks, four digs, and the first two service aces of her career. She tallied 10 kills in Friday’s match versus the Ragin’ Cajuns and had three blocks defensively before posting eight kills on an A-State season-high .727 hitting percentage Sunday afternoon at ULM.
The Red Wolves have won at least one of the Sun Belt weekly awards in five of six weeks this season and have had at least one weekly award winner 25 times out of 30 chances since the beginning of the 2015 season. Over that time span, Arkansas State players have claimed 42 separate individual weekly honors.
A-State has 18 double-doubles this season with Drew Jones leading the way with 10, all of hers being in kills and digs. Kenzie Fields is second with five, while Ellie Watkins has two and Sheridan Webb has one.
The Red Wolves had two consecutive matches (Sept. 23 versus App State and Sept. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette) with three players picking up double-doubles. Drew Jones and Kenzie Fields had double-doubles in both matches, with Sheridan Webb earning her only one of the season in the five-set win over App State (57 assists, 11 digs), while Ellie Watkins returned to post her second of the season in the five-set loss to Louisiana when she dished out a career-best 60 assists and tallied 10 digs.
Kenzie Fields picked up a career-high 22 digs to go along with 12 kills in the five-set loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Drew Jones tallied 11 kills and 12 digs in the loss.
Drew Jones is the current active leader in career double-doubles for the Red Wolves with 18. Kenzie Fields is the next closest with 11. Jones’ latest double-double came Oct. 9 against Little Rock.
Mallory Warrington was last season’s leader with 15 double-doubles and ended her career with 60.
Watkins Tops SBC Leaderboard
Setter Ellie Watkins leads the Sun Belt Conference with a 10.95 assists per set average and is the only setter in the SBC averaging double-digit assists in the league.
Freshman libero Tatum Ticknor is second in the Sun Belt Conference in digs and digs per set with 380 for a 5.14 per set average. The digs per set mark ranks as 34th best in the country, while the total digs is 21st most in the nation.
Ticknor, a Grapevine, Texas native, has posted double-digit digs in all but two matches, including the season opener when she only played two sets. She has nine matches of 20+ digs and set her new career high with 33 on Sept. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Carlisa May ranks second in the league in kills per set with a 3.84 mark, while Drew Jones is fifth at 3.37.
Red Wolves Non-Conference Notes
A-State went 7-6 this year in non-conference action with wins against the AAC (2x), Big East, SEC, Southland, SWAC, and Missouri Valley. The losses came to the PAC-12, SEC, ACC, Conference USA, Southland, and AAC.
Arkansas State has recorded winning records in non-conference play in five of Coach Rehr’s six seasons at the helm. In the last 10 seasons, only 2013 saw A-State post a losing record in non-conference action at 5-10.
Head coach David Rehr earned his first win over an SEC school in 10 tries when A-State defeated Ole Miss Sept. 2.
The Red Wolves are now 43-34 in nonconference action under head coach David Rehr.