MATCH 7: Arkansas State (4-2) at Ole Miss (6-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 5 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
The Pavilion at Ole Miss • Oxford, Miss.
Series: A-State trails 20-35
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: SEC Network +
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 983-501-5 (.662) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
The Red Wolves started the season by winning two of three matches at the TCU Invitational. A-State swept Northwestern State and North Carolina State before losing to host TCU in five sets. A-State continued the trend by winning two of three matches at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic in St. Louis, Mo. The Red Wolves defeated host Saint Louis 3-1 Friday before splitting a pair of matches on Saturday against Cal Poly (3-2) and No. 19 Western Kentucky (1-3).
Mallory Warrington was named SBC Setter of the Week and Kenzie Fields the SBC Freshman of the Week for week two of the season. Warrington handed out 12.38 assists per set to earn the award, while Fields had 40 kills (3.08 per set) and 27 digs (2.08 per set).
Senior Mallory Warrington was named to the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic All-Tournament squad. She dished out 161 assists over the event and had a double-double against Cal Poly.
Markie Schaedig and Mallory Warrington were named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Setter of the Week, respectively, for week one of the season
Prior to the beginning of the season, the Red Wolves were voted to win the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference by the league’s coaches with 72 points and all 12 first-place votes. Newcomer Coastal Carolina was picked to win the East.
A-State vs. Ole Miss Series History
Arkansas State trails the all-time series with Ole Miss by a count of 20-35. A-State claimed the first ever meeting between the two schools during the 1976 season with a 2-0 win in the UT Martin Invitational. However, the Rebels claimed both meetings during the 1977 season by scores of 2-0 and 3-0 in home matches at the Ole Miss Invitational.
The Red Wolves lost 19 straight to the Rebels from 1977 through 1987 before winning both meetings during the 1988 season. Arkansas State then claimed 13 out of 15 meetings from 1988 through 1995.
The two teams split eight matches from 1996-1999, but Ole Miss has claimed 10 of the last 12 meetings dating back to 2000, including the last five.
Head Coach David Rehr is 0-2 against Ole Miss with the two meetings occurring in 2013 and 2014. Both losses were by 3-1 scores with the 2013 meeting happening in Oxford, Miss., while the 2014 matchup was in Memphis, Tenn., as part of the Memphis Invitational.
Arkansas State is currently 52-64 against teams that are currently in the Southeastern Conference. A-State has played all 14 teams and has winning records against six schools that include Mississippi State (18-7), South Carolina (2-0), LSU (2-1), Tennessee (2-1), Arkansas (1-0), and Vanderbilt (1-0). Vanderbilt has since discontinued the sport.
A-State’s last win over a SEC school came in 2009 at Mississippi State. Current head coach David Rehr is 0-8 against SEC schools during his tenure.
Warrington, Fields Win SBC Weekly Awards
Senior setter Mallory Warrington won her second straight and seventh career Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Week award for week two of the season. It was her eighth weekly award of her career after winning one SBC Freshman of the Week honor in 2013.
Warrington handed out 161 assists for a 12.38 per set average during the past week and also had 28 digs. She dished out 49 assists in Friday’s 3-1 win over Saint Louis before handing out 58, just one shy of her career high, in the victory over Cal Poly. She finished the weekend with a 54-assist performance against No. 19 Western Kentucky.
Redshirt freshman outside hitter Kenzie Fields won her first career weekly award with the SBC Freshman of the Week award for week two.
A native of Bartlett, Tenn., Fields registered 40 kills (3.08 per set) and 27 digs (2.08 per set) in the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic. She had a career-best 18 kills and 11 digs against Cal Poly for her first career double-double. She was solid in Friday’s win over Saint Louis with nine kills, seven digs, four assists, and three blocks, before she finished the tournament with 13 kills against No. 19 WKU.
Warrington Named All-Tournament
Mallory Warrington was named all-tournament at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic after dishing out 161 assists (12.38 per set) during the three matches.
The all-tournament accolade was Warrington’s first of the season and second of her career after winning the MVP award at the Golden Hurricane Classic a season ago.
Drew Jones and Carlisa May earned all-tournament nods at the TCU Invitational a week ago to give A-State three on the year.
Red Wolves in the Polls
A-State received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Preseason Poll with 23 points that would rank them 34th. However, A-State hasn’t received any points in the last two polls, but Ole Miss is currently receiving votes.
Arkansas State was also ranked 50th in PrepVolleyball.com’s Preseason Top 50 rankings and moved up to No. 40 in this week’s Top 50 Poll after the 2-1 record at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic in St. Louis, Mo.
The Red Wolves broke into the AVCA Top 25 for the first time in school history a season ago. A-State spent two weeks on the Top 25 poll reaching as high as No. 24.
A-State Records Watch
A-State broke the school record for hitting percentage last season with a .267 mark. The previous record was .254 in 1990. Darby Graff led the team with a .355 mark, which ranked as ninth-highest in school history.
Mallory Warrington currently ranks fifth in school history with 3,212 assists after passing Jo Beth Mathis’ 3,054. She’s now 132 helpers away from tying Allison Kearney for fourth place at 3,344.
Markie Schaedig is now tied for third in A-State history with 1,669 digs after posting 65 this past weekend to give her 125 for the year. She’s tied with Tessa Millikan, who had 1,669 from 2001-04. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 521 digs shy of tying Megan Baska at 2,190 for second place in school history. She owns the school record for digs in a season, set in 2014, with 762.
A-State ranks in the top three in the Sun Belt Conference in four categories. The Red Wolves are first in assists per set (13.46) and kills per set (14.58), while ranking third in hitting percentage (.229) and digs (15.83).
Mallory Warrington is first in the league in assists per set with 12.00 while Markie Schaedig is also first in digs at 5.21 per set.
Drew Jones and Carlisa May rank second and third, respectively, in kills per set with 4.00 and 3.88, while Anna Murphy is fourth in hitting percentage at .378. National rankings weren’t available at the time of these notes.
Schaedig, Warrington Win SBC Week One Awards
Markie Schaedig won her 11th career SBC Defensive Player of the Week award for her performance during the first week of the season. The Little Rock, Ark., native had 60 digs (5.45 per set) across three matches during the TCU Invitational. She recorded 19 digs in each of the Red Wolves’ 3-0 wins over Northwestern State and North Carolina State before adding 22 more in the team’s final match of the tournament against TCU.
Mallory Warrington was honored with her sixth Setter of the Week award during her career and seventh total weekly award after her performance during the opening weekend of the 2016 campaign. The Lake St. Louis, Mo., native had a fantastic weekend leading the A-State offense to a 2-1 record at the TCU Invitational as the team hit .241 during the three matches. She dished out 127 assists (11.55 per set) and also picked up double-doubles with double-digit dig totals against Northwestern State and TCU. She handed out 37 assists against both Northwestern State and North Carolina State before recording 53 against TCU.
Jones, May Earn All-Tournament Accolades
Drew Jones and Carlisa May picked up All-Tournament honors for their performance in the TCU Invitational to open the year.
Jones led the team with 44 kills (4.00 per set) in the opening weekend on a .212 hitting percentage. She also had 20 digs, including 10 against TCU, along with a career-high tying 20 kills for her first double-double of the year. The Fort Smith, Ark., native had 11 and 13 kills in the first two matches, respectively.
Carlisa May was second on the team with 43 kills (3.91 per set) on a .277 attacking percentage. She had 18 kills against TCU with 14 and 11, respectively, against Northwestern State and North Carolina State. She also had four blocks defensively.
Both Jones and May each earned one all-tournament nod during the regular season, with Jones earning MVP honors at the Redhawks Invitational. Both players were also named All-SBC Tournament with May claiming the MVP accolade.
A-State welcomes three newcomers to this season’s team with Pulotu Manoa joining the team as a junior-college transfer from Missouri State-West Plains. Madison Turner and Diane Phillips are the two true freshmen to join the squad.
The Red Wolves lost three letterwinners from last season’s squad with Hannah Robey and Kariana Castanon-Hill finishing their eligibility, while Darby Graff had to call it a career due to a medical issue.
Arkansas and Missouri are the two states represented the most by hometown with six apiece, while Texas is the only other state with multiple players with two. A-State also has single players from Kansas, Illinois, California, and Tennessee.
May We Have Another All-American
Carlisa May was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American at the conclusion of last season making her the second All-American in school history and second in as many seasons as Markie Schaedig earned Honorable Mention All-American status from the AVCA after the 2014 season.
May was also named to the AVCA All-Southwest Region team and was selected as the Region Freshman of the Year, which was the first time an A-State has earned the honor. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native led the team with 365 kills (3.58 per set) on a .300 hitting percentage.
Head coach David Rehr was named the Region Coach of the Year, which is the first time an A-State coach has claimed that honor, while Markie Schaedig and Mallory Warrington were named All-Southwest Region, while Darby Graff was an Honorable Mention selection.