MATCH 19: A-State (12-6, 4-0 SBC) at Texas State (10-9, 3-1 SBC)
Friday, Oct. 7 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Strahan Coliseum • San Marcos, Texas
Series: A-State leads 7-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: txstatebobcats.com ($)
MATCH 20: A-State (12-6, 4-0 SBC) at UT Arlington (9-10, 3-1 SBC)
Saturday, Oct. 8 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
College Park Center • Arlington, Texas
Series: A-State trails 4-9
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: UTAMavs.com ($)
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 991-505-5 (.662) 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 sixth straight week to open the 2016 campaign. She dished out 68 assists (11.33 per set) to claim the award.
Carlisa May earned her first Offensive Player of the Week award of the season and second of her career with 26 kills (4.33 per set) on a .333 hitting percentage.
Arkansas State continued Sun Belt Conference play with its first pair of home league matches against ULM and Louisiana-Lafayette. A-State defeated both teams by scores of 3-0 and improved to 4-0 in SBC play.
A-State had its most aces of the season against ULM Sept. 30 before posting eight blocks against ULL, the most against a SBC opponent.
A-State vs. Texas State Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with Texas State by a count of 7-5.
The first meeting between the two schools occurred in 1981 at the Southwestern AIAW Regional Tournament in Nacogdoches, Texas. Texas State, then referred to as Southwest Texas State, claimed a 2-0 win over Arkansas State.
However, the Red Wolves reeled off six straight victories in the series, four of which came as nonconference opponents before the 2013 season, to account for six of their seven wins.
A-State claimed last season’s lone match by a score of 3-2 in Jonesboro after having lost four straight to the Bobcats. Carlisa May led the team with 18 kills, while Kelsey Reis (13), Darby Graff (12), and Drew Jones (11) also had double-figure kills. Mallory Warrington handed out 52 assists and Markie Schaedig had 28 digs, while Reis had nine blocks, to lead the defensive effort.
Head Coach David Rehr is 3-4 against Texas State all-time. A-State won the two regular-season meetings in 2013, both by scores of 3-2, but lost in the SBC Tournament semifinals to the Bobcats 3-0 to end the campaign. The Red Wolves then lost to Texas State three times, twice in the regular season and in the SBC Tournament semifinals again, in the 2014 season before winning last season’s contest.
A-State vs. UT Arlington Series History
The Red Wolves trail the all-time series with UT Arlington 4-9. The two teams met as Southland Conference foes six times from 1982 to 1986 with A-State going 0-6 versus the Mavericks.
The two teams didn’t play again until the 2001 season when Arkansas State claimed its first victory in the series, a 3-2 victory at the Texas-Arlington Classic in the second match of that season. The Mavericks and Red Wolves also played one other time in nonconference action, with that meeting occurring in the 2009 season. UTA won that match 3-2 at the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational.
A-State and UT Arlington have played five times over the past three seasons since UTA joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. The teams have split the two meetings in each of the first two seasons with the road team winning in 2013 before each team protected its home floor in 2014. A-State won last season’s lone meeting 3-1.
Last season’s contest between the Red Wolves and Mavericks was the home opener for A-State on Sept. 25. Drew Jones led the team with 15 kills, while Kelsey Reis had 14 and Carlisa May 10. Mallory Warrington dished out 44 assists, and Markie Schaedig had 23 digs.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 3-2 against UT Arlington with all meetings coming in the 2013 season or later. The Red Wolves and Mavericks have never faced each other in the conference tournament.
A-State Sweeps ULM, Louisiana-Lafayette
Arkansas State improved to 4-0 in league play and extended its Sun Belt Conference match win streak to 20 matches with 3-0 wins over ULM Friday, Sept. 30 and Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Oct. 1.
Carlisa May led the team with 13 kills, while Jessica Heuertz had a team-high nine digs, which was the first time since the UCA match on Sept. 8, that a player other than Markie Schaedig led the team in digs (Lindsay Cline, 12). Pulotu Manoa tallied her first career kill in an A-State uniform in the match.
A-State hit .292 to ULM’s .110 and had a season-best nine service aces to three errors with the nine aces representing the most by an A-State team since 11 at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2014 in a five-set match.
May led the team once again with 13 kills in the win over the Ragin’ Cajuns, while Mallory Warrington registered her team-best sixth double-double with 35 assists and 12 digs.
The Red Wolves hit .339, their fourth-best mark of the year and held the Ragin’ Cajuns to a .071 percentage, the second lowest mark by an opponent this season.
A-State didn’t allow either team to tally a service ace against them. That makes three matches in which the opponent hasn’t registered a service ace this season with the other match being against App State Sept. 23. The Red Wolves only had two matches last season where the opponent didn’t have an ace.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington is now second in the nation and first in the SBC with an 11.79 assist per set ratio. She is also second in the nation in total assists with 778.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.41 digs per set mark that also ranks 6th in the nation. Her 357 digs are 8th most in the country.
Carlisa May is second in the conference in kills per set with 3.92 and ranks 36th in the nation with 259 total kills. Anna Murphy is third in the league with a .348 hitting percentage and 92nd in the country.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.50) and assists per set (13.38) with the kills per set mark ranking 7th in the nation and the assists number ranking 14th. The team is first in the conference with a .245 hitting percentage that also ranks 65th in the country. A-State also took over the top spot in digs per set in the conference with 15.14.
Warrington; May Win SBC Weekly Awards
Setter Mallory Warrington won her sixth straight conference Setter of the Week award, while Carlisa May won her first Offensive Player of the Week award of the season.
Warrington, a native of Lake St. Louis, Mo., dished out 68 assists (11.33 per set) with 33 coming in the win over ULM and 35 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
This was Warrington’s 11th career Setter of the Week award and 12th weekly award overall. The six straight awards won are tied for the most in league history for one of its weekly awards with Carlisa May, who won six straight Freshman of the Week awards a season ago.
Speaking of May, she took home the team’s first Offensive Player of the Week award this season with 26 kills (4.33 per set) on a .333 hitting percentage.
The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native had 13 kills each against ULM and ULL with a .346 hitting percentage against the Warhawks and a .323 mark versus the Ragin’ Cajuns.
This is May’s first weekly award of the season and her second career OPOW honor and ninth career weekly award.
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 on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25, respectively.
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.
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. They aren’t far off the pace this season with a .245 mark that is first in the league.
Mallory Warrington currently ranks fourth in school history in assists after passing Allison Kearney’s total of 3,344. Warrington’s 68 assists this past weekend put her at 3,702 for her career. She is now 26 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 1,901 digs after posting 28 in the second weekend of conference play to give her 357 for the season. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 289 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.
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.