MATCH 11: Missouri State (7-3) at Arkansas State (6-4)
Tuesday, Sept. 13 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State trails 2-3
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 985-503-5 (.661) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
The Red Wolves split four contests last week with a 3-1 loss at Ole Miss on Tuesday before winning two-of-three at its host tournament, the A-State Invitational. Arkansas State defeated Central Arkansas and UT Martin both by scores of 3-0 before falling to Tulsa 3-0 in its final match of the event.
Mallory Warrington was named the SBC Setter of the Week for the third straight week to open the 2016 campaign. She dished out 161 assists for a 12.38 per set average to claim the award. She also had 29 digs, including a double-double versus Tulsa, and seven kills.
Junior Brentlee Weaver was named to the all-tournament squad for the A-State Invitational for her first all-tournament honor of her career. The Jonesboro, Ark., native tallied 27 kills for a team-high 3.38 per set mark on a .397 hitting percentage. She also added five digs and three blocks.
Three Red Wolves made their first career appearances versus UT Martin Sept. 9. Sophomore Lauren Petersen dished out three assists, while Alden Weeks registered her first kill. Pulotu Manoa also played.
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. Missouri State Series History
Arkansas State trails the all-time series with Missiouri State by a count of 2-3. The first two times the teams played was during the 1989 season with the first meeting coming in the Memphis State Tournament with A-State suffering a 3-0 defeat. However, the two teams played later at the Southwest Missouri State Classic and defeated the Bears 3-2 on their home floor.
The two teams didn’t play again until the 2006 season when A-State dropped a 3-0 decision to the Bears at the Missiouri State Invitational. The Red Wolves made another trip to the Missouri State Invitational in 2011 only to come away with a 3-1 setback.
The last meeting occurred last season when A-State came away with a five-set win against the Bears in Springfield, Mo. The Red Wolves earned a 25-23 set one victory before dropping the next two sets 25-19 and 25-14. Arkansas State responded with a 25-19 set four victory and won the decisive fifth set by a score of 15-10.
Carlisa May led the team with 21 kills on a .425 hitting percentage, while Drew Jones (15) and Darby Graff (10) also totaled double-digit kills. Mallory Warrington handed out 50 assists and Markie Schaedig registered 31 digs.
Last season’s meeting marks the only time head coach David Rehr has faced the Bears. Coach Rehr is 4-0 against squads from the Missouri Valley Conference. The 2012 squad defeated Bradley and Northern Iowa, while last year’s team defeated Southern Illinois in addition to Missouri State.
Missouri State is currently 7-3 and is just outside the AVCA Top 25 with 83 points. The team has wins over No. 12 Ohio State and No. 14 Illinois, both in five sets with two of its three losses coming to ranked opponents in No. 8 UCLA and No. 15 Hawaii.
Red Wolves Host A-State Invitational
Arkansas State went 2-1 in its home tournament, the A-State Invitational, over the weekend with wins over Central Arkansas and UT Martin with the loss coming at the hands of 8-1 Tulsa.
It was the team’s first home non-conference tournament under head coach David Rehr and first for the team since the 2010 campaign.
Records indicate that A-State’s first home non-conference tournament was in 1988 and the team has now hosted 25 all-time with a record of 77-10 in the events. The team has only posted a losing record in a home tournament once in 2007 (1-2).
Weaver Picks Up All-Tournament Honors
A-State junior Brentlee Weaver was named to her first career all-tournament team after her performance in the A-State Invitational.
The Jonesboro, Ark., native and product of Valley View High School had 27 kills with her 3.38 kills per set mark the best on the team during the event. She also hit an outstanding .397 over the three matches. She had a high of 10 kills against Tulsa, while she registered a .583 attacking percentage against UT Martin with eight kills in 12 attempts with only one error.
For the season, Weaver has 55 kills (2.89 per set) in 19 sets of action after missing the first weekend due to an injury. She’s hitting .331, which ranks second on the squad.
Warrington Wins Third Straight Weekly Award
Setter Mallory Warrington won her third consecutive Setter of the Week award to open the 2016 season after handing out 161 assists (12.38 per set) in the Red Wolves’ four matches the last week.
The Lake St. Louis, Mo., native handed out 45 assists against Ole Miss before posting 39 in back-to-back games against Central Arkansas and UT Martin. She finished the A-State Invitational with a 38-assist effort against Tulsa and also added 12 digs for her team-best fourth double-double of the year.
For the season, Warrington has 449 assists and a 12.38 assists per set average.
This was Warrington’s eighth career Setter of the Week award and ninth weekly award overall.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington moved to second in the nation and first in the SBC with an 12.14 assist per set ratio. She is also third in the nation in total assists with 449.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.16 digs per set mark that also ranks 22nd in the nation. Her 191 digs are 20th most in the country.
Carlisa May is second in the conference in kills per set with 3.70 and ranks 57th in the nation with 137 total kills. Anna Murphy is fourth in the league with a .358 hitting percentage and 100th in the country.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.51) and assists per set (13.51) with the kills per set mark ranking ninth in the nation and the assists number ranking 14th.
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 as high as No. 40, but has fallen out of the poll, but the Red Wolves remain a team “on the bubble” according to the publication.
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 fourth in school history in assists after passing Allison Kearney’s total of 3,344. Warrington’s 161 assists during the past week put her at 3,373. She is now 355 assists from tying Kelly Linder for third all-time at 3,728, which Linder did from 2000 to 2003.
Markie Schaedig is now third in A-State history with 1,735 digs after posting 46 this past weekend to give her 191 for the year. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 455 digs shy of tying Megan Baska at 2,190 for second place in school history. Schaedig owns the school record for digs in a season, set in 2014, with 762.
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 Sept. 2-3 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.
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.
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.