MATCH 25: Little Rock (9-14, 5-5 SBC) at A-State (17-7, 9-1 SBC)
Monday, Oct. 24 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 52-23
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: ESPN3
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 996-506-5 (.663) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
The Red Wolves swept South Alabama and Troy to give the team five straight wins and five straight sweeps. The five consecutive sweeps are the most under head coach David Rehr and the most since the 2009 season when the team swept Memphis, UAPB, Jackson State, Houston Baptist, and UT Martin. It’s the first time since 1994 when A-State swept six conference opponents in a row that the team has swept five straight conference matches.
Mallory Warrington had her team-high 10th double-double of the season Saturday night against Troy with 32 assists and 11 digs.
A-State tied a season high with nine service aces against Troy Saturday night with five of them coming from Markie Schaedig, which was a career high for her and the most by one player on the team this season. A-State had 17 aces over the weekend against South Alabama and Troy, while only allowing three aces in the two matches.
The Red Wolves held Troy to a .076 hitting percentage Saturday night, which is the fourth lowest by an opponent this season.
Kenzie Fields had a couple of career highs on the weekend with 16 digs against South Alabama on Friday night before an attacking percentage of .355 against Troy on Saturday.
The Red Wolves currently sit atop the West Division with a 9-1 mark, while Texas State is a half-game behind at 8-1.
A-State vs. Little Rock Series History
The Red Wolves lead the all-time series with the Trojans by a count of 52-23 with the first three meetings occurring during the 1975 season with A-State winning all three meetings. The first meeting was in Little Rock with the next two occurring at neutral sites. A-State won the first two meetings 2-1 before a 2-0 sweep in the third.
A-State began the series with 14 straight wins from 1975-1983, but Little Rock won three straight meetings from 1985-86.
The Red Wolves won 13 straight meetings from 1988-1995, but since the beginning of the 1996 campaign, the series has been much more competitive with Arkansas State holding a 25-19 advantage during that time frame.
A-State head coach David Rehr is now 6-5 against Little Rock all-time after the Red Wolves won three matches over the Trojans last year.
The team came back from a 2-1 deficit with decisive 25-11 and 15-4 wins in sets four and five, respectively, to defeat Little Rock in the first meeting last year at the Jack Stephens Center on Oct. 7, 2015. The team then defeated Little Rock 3-1 on Oct. 28 at the Convocation Center before sweeping the Trojans 3-0 on Nov. 21 in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals in Statesboro, Ga.
Carlisa May had 58 kills against Little Rock in the three matches last season, including a career-high 22 in the Oct. 7 match. She averaged 4.83 per set and hit .287. Kelsey Reis had 21 kills in the three matches on a .396 hitting percentage. Markie Schaedig averaged 5.80 digs per set against the Trojans, but didn’t play in the final two sets of the tournament win against Little Rock due to injury. Mallory Warrington averaged 11.75 assists per set last season against Little Rock and former middle blocker Kariana Castanon-Hill averaged 1.25 blocks per set against the Trojans.
A-State Earns Sweeps of South Alabama; Troy
A-State ran its win streak to five games overall with sweeps of South Alabama and Troy last weekend. The team also improved its winning streak over each respective school to five matches. The wins also give Arkansas State its 25th win in its last 26 Sun Belt Conference matches.
The Red Wolves have now swept five straight opponents, which is the first time since 2009 that feat has occurred. It’s the first time since 1994 that A-State has swept at least five conference members in a row, when that version had six sweeps in a row over SBC foes Lamar, Texas-Pan American (Now UT-Rio Grande Valley), South Alabama, Jacksonville, Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette), and New Orleans. This year’s victims are UT Arlington, ULM, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, and Troy.
Friday’s match against South Alabama wasn’t easy for the Red Wolves by any means as the first two sets were close at 25-21 and 25-20 before a 25-14 set three win. Carlisa May led the team with 13 kills, while Kelsey Reis added 11 on a .409 hitting percentage. Kenzie Fields set a career high with 16 digs and tied her career high with four aces.
Saturday’s match against Troy was a little easier for A-State with the Red Wolves winning 25-12, 25-20, and 25-14. Arkansas State had nine service aces to tie the team high for the season which also happed against ULM on Sept. 30. Markie Schaedig had five of those nine to set a new career high and represent the most by an A-State player this season. A-State held Troy to an .076 hitting percentage, the fourth lowest by an opponent this year. Kenzie Fields hit a career-high .355 with 13 kills to lead the team and the Red Wolves didn’t allow Troy to register a service ace.
Senior setter Mallory Warrington ranks first in the league with 1,013 assists and an 11.92 per set average. She’s averaging a league-best 11.73 in SBC matches only.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.26 digs per set mark and 447 digs. She’s averaging 5.24 per set in league matches only to top the league leaderboard.
Carlisa May now ranks first in the conference in kills per set with 3.95. May is second in SBC only matches with a 4.00 per set mark.
Jessica Uke ranks second in the league with a .402 hitting percentage, while Anna Murphy is fourth at .345 and Kelsey Reis is eighth at .307. Reis leads the league in conference only matches with a .430 mark while Uke is second at .423.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.68), assists per set (13.60), and digs per set (15.82). A-State ranks second in hitting percentage at .247 and opponent hitting percentage at .176.
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 3,937 assists to go along with 1,066 digs.
She got to 1,000 digs on her second dig against Texas State Oct. 7.
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 3,937 assists rank third in school history after she passed Kelly Linder’s 3,728 during the match against Texas State Oct. 7. She’s 788 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 1,991 digs after posting 25 in the fifth weekend of conference play to give her 447 for the season. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 199 digs shy of tying Megan Baska at 2,190 for second place in school history. With nine digs she will become just the third player in school history to eclipse 2,000 digs. 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.