MATCH 17: ULM (7-12, 2-0 SBC) at Arkansas State (10-6, 2-0 SBC)
Friday, Sept. 30 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 35-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network
MATCH 18: Louisiana-Lafayette (4-12, 1-1 SBC) at Arkansas State (10-6, 2-0 SBC)
Saturday, Oct. 1 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 45-14
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 989-505-5 (.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 fifth straight week to open the 2016 campaign. She dished out 84 assists (10.50 per set) to claim the award.
Markie Schaedig earned her second SBC Defensive Player of the Week award during week five. She posted 55 digs in the two matches for a 6.88 digs per set mark.
Arkansas State opened SBC play with wins over App State and East Division favorite Coastal Carolina. A-State claimed a 3-0 sweep over the Mountaineers before a hard-fought, come-from-behind five-set win over the Chanticleers. The Red Wolves have now won 18 straight league matches after winning all 16 in 2015.
A-State had its highest ace total of the year (8) against App State.
A-State vs. ULM Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with the Warhawks by a count of 35-5. 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.
The Red Wolves have won all 20 meetings between both schools as Sun Belt Conference members. Additionally, A-State has won 28 straight matches against the Warhawks.
A-State claimed two 3-0 sweeps over ULM a season ago. The Red Wolves defeated the Warhawks in Monroe, La., on Oct. 4, 2015 with Darby Graff (13) and Carlisa May (11) leading the team in kills. Arkansas State outhit ULM .337-.054 in the match that saw Mallory Warrington register a double-double with 35 assists and 11 digs. Hope Pawlik led ULM with eight kills. The second matchup was Oct. 23 in Jonesboro. Graff led the squad with 12 kills and Warrington handed out 36 assists. Hadley Swartz led ULM with nine kills as A-State hit .340 to ULM’s .177.
Head Coach David Rehr has won all eight matches against the Warhawks during his tenure.
A-State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Series History
Arkansas State has a 45-14 advantage all-time in the series against the Ragin’ Cajuns with Arkansas State claiming the last four meetings.
The first meeting between the two schools occurred in the 1977 season with ULL (known as Southwestern Louisiana at the time) earned 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.
The Red Wolves won the lone meeting between the two schools a season ago by a count of 3-0 on Oct. 2. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills, while Darby Graff and Carlisa May each had 11 apiece. Mallory Warrington had a double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs. ULL was led by Chanelle Gardner’s six kills.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 5-3 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 four straight over the Ragin’ Cajuns, including three matches in the 2014 season, all coming within the span of one month.
Red Wolves Open SBC Play With Road Wins
A-State opened the conference portion of its schedule with road wins at Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.
The Red Wolves swept App State 3-0, including a 25-7 win in set three that was the largest margin of victory in a 25-point set under head coach David Rehr. It was the largest set win since 2011 when A-State topped Alcorn State 25-4 in the third set of a sweep Sept. 16. The team also won the first set 25-4 and the fifth set 25-5.
Carlisa May led the team with 13 kills against the Mountaineers while Markie Schaedig posted an impressive 19 digs as A-State improved to 6-0 all-time against App State.
The Red Wolves topped East Division favorite and reigning Big South Conference Champion Coastal Carolina in come-from-behind fashion 3-2 Sept. 25. It was the first meeting between the two schools in history.
A-State won set one 25-12, but dropped sets two (21-25) and three (20-25) to fall behind 2-1. The Red Wolves fought off a few match points in set four to earn a 27-25 set win and won the fifth set 15-9 to claim the match victory.
May led the team with 16 kills with Kenzie Fields adding 14 on a career-high .279 hitting percentage. Schaedig posted a season-high 36 digs, while Mallory Warrington handed out 54 assists, her fifth match of 50+ assists this season.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington is now third in the nation and first in the SBC with an 11.83 assist per set ratio. She is also first in the nation in total assists with 710.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.48 digs per set mark that also ranks 4th in the nation. Her 329 digs are 6th most in the country.
Carlisa May is second in the conference in kills per set with 3.88 and ranks 32nd in the nation with 233 total kills. Anna Murphy is third in the league with a .354 hitting percentage and 86th in the country.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.47) and assists per set (13.33) with the kills per set mark ranking 10th in the nation and the assists number ranking 17th. The team is second in the conference with a .238 hitting percentage that also ranks 78th in the country.
Warrington Wins Fifth Straight Weekly Award
Setter Mallory Warrington won her fifth consecutive Setter of the Week award to open the 2016 season after handing out 84 assists (10.50 per set) in the Red Wolves’ two wins to open conference play last weekend.
The Lake St. Louis, Mo., native dished out 30 assists in the win over Appalachian State before registering 54 helpers against Coastal Carolina, which was her fifth match of 50+ assists this season.
For the season, Warrington has 710 assists and a 11.83 assists per set average.
This was Warrington’s 10th career Setter of the Week award and 11th 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 3,634 for her career. She is now 94 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 1,873 digs after posting 55 in the first weekend of conference play to give her 329 for the season. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 317 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 in SBC Openers
A-State is now 19-7 in conference openers all-time, including an 8-4 mark in openers on the road after the win at App State.
Head coach David Rehr is 4-1 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 238-110 (.684) 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.
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. It was her second all-tournament nod of the season after earning the honor at the TCU Invitational.