MATCH 15: Arkansas State (8-6) at Appalachian State (2-11)
Friday, Sept. 23 • 5:30 p.m. CDT
Holmes Convocation Center • Boone, N.C.
Series: A-State leads 5-0
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: None
MATCH 16: Arkansas State (8-6) at Coastal Carolina (9-3)
Sunday, Sept. 25 • 12:00 p.m. CDT
The HTC Center • Conway, S.C.
Series: First Meeting
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: None
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 987-505-5 (.661) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
Mallory Warrington was named the SBC Setter of the Week for the fourth straight week to open the 2016 campaign. She dished out 177 assists (11.80 per set) to claim the award.
Arkansas State went 2-1 at the Hoosier Classic to conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule. The team defeated Indiana Sept. 16 for its first win in school history over a Big 10 opponent. The Red Wolves lost to Cleveland State and defeated IUPUI to wrap up the event Sept. 17.
Carlisa May picked up her second all-tournament nod of the year after she had 49 kills (4.45 per set) at the Hoosier Classic.
A-State finished non-conference play with an 8-6 record, the best in the West Division of the SBC. Texas State is 7-8 so far.
A-State vs. Appalachian State Series History
Arkansas State has won all five meetings in the series history against Appalachian State with all five happening during the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.
The two teams first played in 2014 when App State joined the Sun Belt Conference. A-State claimed a five-set victory in the first meeting at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro before earning a 3-1 win later in the season in Boone, N.C.
The Red Wolves won all three meetings a season ago with the teams playing each other in back-to-back contests at the end of the regular season before meeting in the SBC Tournament championship match. A-State won 3-1 in Boone, N.C., on Nov. 8 before the Mountaineers came to Jonesboro Nov. 12 with Arkansas State sweeping the match 3-0 and claiming a perfect 16-0 SBC regular-season title in front of a volleyball-only record crowd of 2,517. The teams then met in the tournament championship and the Mountaineers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage only to see the Red Wolves win the last three sets to clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournment.
Head Coach David Rehr has coached the Red Wolves in all five meetings agains the Mountaineers.
A-State vs. Coastal Carolina Series History
Arkansas State and Coastal Carolina have never played in volleyball in school history.
The Red Wolves have only played four schools from the state of South Carolina in school history and have accumulated a 4-1 record in those matchups. A-State is 1-0 against the Citadel and Presbyterian along with a 2-0 mark against South Carolina. The team’s only loss is to Clemson.
A-State head coach David Rehr has never coached against a team from South Carolina in his tenure.
Coastal Carolina was in the Big South Conference before joining the Sun Belt. The Chanticleers were 25-5 a season ago and made the NCAA Tournament. CCU is off to a 9-3 start this season.
Red Wolves at the Hoosier Classic
A-State went 2-1 at the Hoosier Classic hosted by Indiana University at University Gym in Bloomington, Ind. The Red Wolves began the tournament with a program first with the team’s first win over a Big 10 school when they defeated Indiana by a score of 3-1 Sept. 16. It was A-State’s first win in seven tries against a school from the Big 10 and the first in four tries versus Indiana. Carlisa May had 22 kills, which was a team-best in kills this year, while Brentlee Weaver hit a career-best .455 with 13 kills in the win. Mallory Warrington registered her team-high fifth double-double with 45 assists and 13 digs.
Arkansas State fell in its second match to Cleveland State 3-1 but lost set two 32-30 and set four 29-27 after having set point in each one. Markie Schaedig had her first 30+ dig effort of the season with an even 30, while Anna Murphy set a career high with 14 kills.
The Red Wolves rebounded for a big sweep of IUPUI to close out the tournament. Murphy tied her career high of 14 kills she set earlier in the day, but did so on a career-best .632 hitting percentage.
Carlisa May earned all-tournament accolades for the event. She led the team with 49 kills (4.45 per set) on a solid .264 attacking percentage. She also contributed five digs, three blocks, and an assist. It was her second all-tournament nod of the season after earning the honor at the TCU Invitational and her fourth of her career.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington is now third in the nation and first in the SBC with a 12.04 assist per set ratio. She is also second in the nation in total assists with 626.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.27 digs per set mark that also ranks 18th in the nation. Her 274 digs are 15th most in the country.
Carlisa May is second in the conference in kills per set with 3.92 and ranks 29th in the nation with 204 total kills. Anna Murphy is fourth in the league with a .352 hitting percentage and 102nd in the country.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.60) and assists per set (13.46) with the kills per set mark ranking 8th in the nation and the assists number ranking 12th.
Warrington Wins Fourth Straight Weekly Award
Setter Mallory Warrington won her fourth consecutive Setter of the Week award to open the 2016 season after handing out 177 assists (11.80 per set) in the Red Wolves’ four matches the last week.
The Lake St. Louis, Mo., native handed out 46 assists in the loss to Missouri State before dishing out 45 in the Red Wolves’ win over Indiana. She concluded the Hoosier Classic with 50 helpers against Cleveland State, her fourth match of 50+ assists this year, and had 36 in the sweep of IUPUI to close the tournament.
For the season, Warrington has 626 assists and a 12.04 assists per set average.
This was Warrington’s ninth career Setter of the Week award and 10th weekly award overall.
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 131 assists at the Hoosier Classic put her at 3,550 for her career. She is now 178 assists from tying Kelly Linder for third all-time at 3,728, which Linder did from 2000 to 2003 for Arkansas State.
Markie Schaedig is now third in A-State history with 1,818 digs after posting 62 in the Hoosier Classic to give her 274 on the season. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 372 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.
A-State Falls to Missouri State
Arkansas State dropped a 3-1 decision to Missouri State Tuesday night and is now 2-4 all-time against the Bears.
Missouri State avenged last year’s A-State 3-2 win in Springfield, Mo.
Brentlee Weaver had a career-high 15 kills on a then career-high .379 hitting percentage and also dished out her first career assist. Mallory Warrington tied her career high with three blocks.
Carlisa May tied her then season-high with 18 kills against the Bears.
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 Sept. 8-10.
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 now has 102 kills with a 3.00 per set average that ranks third on the team after the Hoosier Classic. Her .324 hitting percentage is third on the team and ranks seventh in the conference, while her 3.00 kills per set mark ranks sixth in the league.
A-State in SBC Openers
A-State is 18-7 in conference openers all-time, including a 7-4 mark in openers on the road.
Head coach David Rehr is 3-1 in SBC openers, including a 2-0 mark on the road and 1-1 mark at home with the only loss a 3-0 decision to Texas State in the 2014 season.
The Red Wolves began 7-0 in conference openers from 1991 to 1997 with the first loss coming at Western Kentucky in 1998.
A-State is 11-3 in openers that occur in Jonesboro.
Arkansas State has an all-time record of 236-110 (.682) in Sun Belt Conference matches.
Red Wolves Non-Conference Notes
Arkansas State went 8-6 in non-conference this season with wins against teams from the ACC, Big 10, Summit League, Southland (2-0), Atlantic 10, Big West, and Ohio Valley.
The losses were to teams from the Big 12, SEC, American Athletic, Horizon League, Missouri Valley, and Conference USA.
The two wins over teams from “Power 5” leagues (North Carolina State and Indiana) are the most in a single season for A-State since 2000 when the Red Wolves defeated Marquette and LSU.
The Red Wolves are now 36-28 in non-conference action under head coach David Rehr.