MATCH 21: A-State (13-7, 5-1 SBC) at Louisiana-Lafayette (7-13, 3-2 SBC)
Friday, Oct. 14 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Earl K. Long Gym • Lafayette, La.
Series: A-State leads 46-14
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: RaginCajuns.com ($)
MATCH 22: A-State (13-7, 5-1 SBC) at ULM (8-15, 2-3 SBC)
Sunday, Oct. 16 • 12:00 p.m. CDT
Fant-Ewing Coliseum • Monroe, La.
Series: A-State leads 36-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: ULMWarhawks.com ($)
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 992-506-5 (.662) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
A-State had its conference win streak stopped at 20 matches with a 3-1 loss at Texas State Oct. 7. It was the second longest SBC win streak in school history.
The Red Wolves bounced back to defeat UT Arlington 3-0 Saturday night and moved to 13-7 on the season and 5-1 in league play. A-State and Texas State are tied atop the West Division, while Coastal Carolina’s 4-1 record is first in the East Division.
For the first time this season, Arkansas State was shut out of the weekly awards. Mallory Warrington tied a conference record with six straight weekly awards, but couldn’t get to seven straight Setter of the Week awards despite posting her best numbers of a weekend this season (13.86 assists per set).
A-State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Series History
Arkansas State has a 46-14 advantage all-time in the series against the Ragin’ Cajuns with Arkansas State claiming the last five 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.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 6-3 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 five straight over the Ragin’ Cajuns, including three matches in the 2014 season, all coming within the span of one month.
The Red Wolves defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns Oct. 1 at the Convocation Center by a score of 3-0. Carlisa May led the team with 13 kills on a .323 hitting percentage, while Mallory Warrington had a double-double with 35 assists and 12 digs. Markie Schaedig led the team with 20 digs and Lindsay Cline had 11. Jessica Uke registered seven kills on a .538 hitting percetnage, while Kelsey Reis had four blocks. A-State hit .339 to ULL’s .071 mark, which was the second lowest the Red Wolves have held a team to hitting all season.
A-State vs. ULM Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with the Warhawks by a count of 36-5. 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 21 meetings between both schools as Sun Belt Conference members. Additionally, A-State has won 29 straight matches against the Warhawks.
Head Coach David Rehr has won all nine matches against the Warhawks during his tenure.
A-State defeated the Warharks 3-0 on Sept. 30 at the Convocation Center. Carlisa May led the team with 13 kills on a .346 hitting percentage, while Brentlee Weaver was second with seven kills on a .778 attacking mark. Mallory Warrington dished out 33 assists to lead the team, while no Red Wolves reached double-digit digs with Jessica Heuertz leading the team with nine. Markie Schaedig tied her career high with four aces and Pulotu Manoa registered her first career kill.
Conference Win Streak Ends at 20
Arkansas State stretched its conference win streak to 20 matches after winning all 16 SBC matches a season ago and the first four this year before Texas State claimed a 3-1 decision over the Red Wolves Oct. 7 in San Marcos.
The 20-match win streak was the second longest for the team in SBC play with the longest being a 51-match run from 1991, when Arkansas State joined the Sun Belt, to the first conference match of the 1997 season.
A-State’s longest conference win streak in history was from 1976 to 1981 when the team won 96 straight Arkansas Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Association (AWISA) matches.
The Red Wolves had their lowest hitting percentage of the season against the Bobcats with a .140 mark. The previous low was a .157 percentage in the 3-1 loss to Cleveland State Sept. 17. A-State has hit below .200 in seven matches this season and has only won one of those (.199 on Sept. 3 versus Cal Poly). A-State has only one loss when hitting over. 200 that came when the team hit .205 in a 3-1 setback to No. 19 WKU.
Carlisa May led A-State with 16 kills, while Kenzie Fields tallied 14, but the Bobcats had three players over 14 kills. Mallory Warrington had a double-double with 50 assists and 16 digs and Markie Schaedig led the team with 20 digs.
A-State bounced back to defeat UT Arlington 3-0 with Kelsey Reis leading the way with 14 kills on an outstanding .667 hitting percentage. Kenzie Fields was second on the team with 13 kills, while Carlisa May had 12. The Red Wolves hit .284 as a team and held the Mavericks to a .169 mark. Mallory Warrington had an astounding 47 assists in the three sets for a 15.67 per set average and finished one dig shy of a double-double. Markie Schaedig led the team with 20 digs, while Lindsay Cline and Kenzie Fields had 10 each with Fields earning her fifth double-double of the year (second most on the team). Kelsey Reis had five blocks.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington is now second in the nation and first in the SBC with an 11.99 assist per set ratio. She is also first in the nation in total assists with 875.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.44 digs per set mark that also ranks 3rd in the nation. Her 397 digs are 7th most in the country.
Carlisa May is second in the conference in kills per set with 3.93 and ranks 31st in the nation with 287 total kills. Anna Murphy is third in the league with a .356 hitting percentage and 72nd in the country.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.62) and assists per set (13.55) with the kills per set mark ranking 4th in the nation and the assists number ranking 9th. The team is first in the conference with a .240 hitting percentage that also ranks 72nd in the country. A-State also took over the top spot in digs per set in the conference with 15.58.
Warrington Joins 1,000-1,000 Club
Senior setter Mallory Warrington joined an exclusive club last weekend when she became the ninth player in school history to become a member of the 1,000-1,000 club. She now has 3,799 assists to go along with 1,023 digs.
She got to 1,000 digs over the weekend on her second dig against Texas State Oct. 7. She finished the two matches with 25 total.
The Lake St. Louis, Mo., native reached the 1,000 assist mark during her sophomore season in 2014 after she handed out 522 assists as a freshman. Her 1,000th assist came Sept. 27, 2014 against South Alabama.
Warrington’s 3,799 assists rank third in school history after she passed Kelly Linder’s 3,725 during the match against Texas State Oct. 7. She’s 926 assists out of second place, which is held by Nicole Grimes’ 4,725 she dished out from 1995-98.
The last A-State player to join the 1,000-1,000 Club was Katie Peil Sudol who had 5,048 assists (the most in school history) and 1,104 digs from 2004-07.
Five members of the 1,000-1,000 Club accomplished the feat with kills and digs, while three members now, including Warrington, have done it with assists and digs. Jo Beth Carmack Mathis is the only player in school history to register at least 1,000 in each category of kills, digs, and assists.
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 .240 mark that is first in the league.
Markie Schaedig is now third in A-State history with 1,941 digs after posting 40 in the third weekend of conference play to give her 397 for the season. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 249 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; May Win SBC Week Six 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 for week six.
Warrington, a native of Lake St. Louis, Mo., dished out 68 assists (11.33 per set) with 33 coming in the win over ULM Sept. 30 and 35 against Louisiana-Lafayette Oct. 1.
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.
May 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. She had 13 kills each against ULM and ULL with a .346 hitting percentage against the Warhawks and a .323 mark versus the Ragin’ Cajuns.
It was May’s first weekly award of the season and her second career OPOW honor and ninth career weekly award.
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.