MATCH 23: South Alabama (12-8, 3-4 SBC) at A-State (15-7, 7-1 SBC)
Friday, Oct. 21 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 28-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network
MATCH 24: Troy (6-18, 0-7 SBC) at A-State (15-7, 7-1 SBC)
Saturday, Oct. 22 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 14-1
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 994-506-5 (.662) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
Since dropping its first conference against Texas State Oct. 7 after winning 20 straight, the Red Wolves have rebounded to win three straight, including sweeps of Louisiana-Lafayette (Oct. 14) and ULM (Oct. 16), and have now won 23 of its last 24 SBC matches.
The Red Wolves are now 7-1 in league play and atop the West Division with Texas State a half a match behind at 6-1. Coastal Carolina leads the East Division with a 6-1 record.
A-State’s Mallory Warrington reclaimed the SBC Setter of the Week award after not earning the award for the first time this season last week. She recorded 13.17 assists per set to win the honor.
The Red Wolves held ULM to an .052 hitting percentage, which is the second lowest by an opponent this season.
A-State vs. South Alabama Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with South Alabama by a count of 28-5.
The first meeting happened in 1982 with Arkansas State dropping a 2-0 decision to South Alabama at the Mississippi University for Women Invitational in Columbus, Miss. The two teams met again in 1988 with A-State picking up a victory that started a 14-match win streak over the Jaguars that USA snapped with a 3-1 victory in Jonesboro in 2001.
Since the loss in 2001, the Red Wolves are 14-3 against the Jaguars and currently sport a four-match win streak.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 6-1 all-time against South Alabama. His 2012 team swept the Jags in the only meeting before the two teams split two matches in 2013 with each squad winning on its home floor. A-State has swept the Jaguars each of the past two seasons. Last season, A-State opened SBC play with a 3-0 sweep of South Alabama in Mobile on Sept. 18, 2015 with Carlisa May leading the team with 10 kills and Mallory Warrington handing out 41 assists. The second meeting of the season was in Jonesboro on Oct. 16, 2015 with May leading the way with 13 kills and Drew Jones tallied 11. Warrington also had 41 assists, while Markie Schaedig had 20 digs.
This matchup on Friday is the only scheduled meeting between the two schools this season.
A-State vs. Troy Series History
Arkansas State has accumulated a 14-1 record against Troy with the last 14 matches coming as conference foes. The first meeting and only match as nonconference foes occurred in 1999 at the Southern Mississippi Holiday Inn Classic where the Red Wolves defeated, then, Troy State by a score of 3-1.
The two teams began playing as SBC opponents in the 2005 season with A-State earning a 3-1 win in Troy, Ala. The Red Wolves have won every other match between the two schools since then except the 2013 match in Troy, which the Trojans won 3-1. Since then, the Red Wolves have won four straight against Troy.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 5-1 against Troy during his tenure, including two wins last season. The Red Wolves had a come-from-behind win at Troy last season on Sept. 19, 2015 with the Trojans taking the first two sets 25-22 and 26-24. However, A-State responded with 25-12, 25-15, and 15-4 wins to earn a 3-2 victory. Drew Jones led the team with 17 kills. The two teams played just a week later with the Red Wolves having an easier time in a 3-0 sweep at the Convocaton Center. Jones led the team with 10 kills, while Markie Schaedig had 16 digs.
Saturday’s contest is the only scheduled match between the Red Wolves and Trojans this season.
A-State Sweeps Louisiana Schools
Arkansas State swept both Louisiana-Lafayette and ULM for the second time this season on Oct. 14 and Oct. 16.
Carlisa May led the team with 17 kills against the Ragin’ Cajuns, while Mallory Warrington dished out 47 assists, the second time this season she’s handed out 47 in a three-set match, which comes out to an outstanding 15.67 per set average.
Warrington also added 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the year, while Markie Schaedig led the team with 14 digs. Lauren Petersen had her first career dig in the match. The Red Wolves hit .371 in the contest, their fourth highest of the year.
A-State continued the trend into the ULM match as well with Carlisa May swatting 12 kills on a .500 hitting percentage, including starting a perfect 8-of-8. Warrington handed out 32 assists and had 12 digs for her team-high ninth double-double of the year.
Lindsay Cline posted a career-high 15 digs to lead the squad, while Markie Schaedig registered 11. Anna Murphy led the team with three blocks in only two sets while Lauren Petersen tallied her first two career kills.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington is now second in the nation and first in the SBC with an 12.08 assist per set ratio. She is also first in the nation in total assists with 954.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.34 digs per set mark that also ranks 6th in the nation. Her 422 digs are 12th most in the country.
Carlisa May now ranks first in the conference in kills per set with 4.00, a mark that also ranks 48th in the country. May’s 316 total kills are first in the SBC and 29th in the nation. Anna Murphy is third in the league with a .353 hitting percentage and 75th in the country.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.72), assists per set (13.66), and digs per set (15.81). The kills per set mark ranks second in the nation, while the assists per set mark is third. A-State is second in the country in hitting percentage with a .247 mark.
Warrington Wins Week Eight Setter of the Week
Setter Mallory Warrington won her seventh SBC Setter of the Week award in eight tries after handing out 79 assists (13.17 per set) in A-State’s sweeps of Louisiana-Lafayette and ULM.
Warrington handed out an astounding 47 assists against ULL for a 15.67 per set average before 32 versus ULM. She also posted 11 and 12 digs, respectively, in each match to give her a team-best nine double-doubles on the season.
This was Warrington’s 12th career Setter of the Week award and 13th weekly award overall. She won six straight awards to open the season, which tied the conference record with Carlisa May’s six straight Freshman of the Week awards won last year.
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.
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 3,878 assists to go along with 1,046 digs.
She got to 1,000 digs on her second dig against Texas State Oct. 7. She finished the two matches against the Bobcats and UT Arlington 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 3,878 assists rank third in school history after she passed Kelly Linder’s 3,725 during the match against Texas State Oct. 7. She’s 847 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 .247 mark that is second in the league.
Markie Schaedig is now third in A-State history with 1,966 digs after posting 25 in the fourth weekend of conference play to give her 422 for the season. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 224 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.