MATCH 26: A-State (18-7, 10-1 SBC) at Georgia Southern (12-12, 4-4 SBC)
Friday, Oct. 28 • 5:30 p.m. CDT
Hanner Fieldhouse • Statesboro, Ga.
Series: A-State leads 5-1
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: ESPN3
MATCH 27: A-State (18-7, 10-1 SBC) at Georgia State (9-12, 5-5 SBC)
Saturday, Oct. 29 • 5:00 p.m. CDT
GSU Sports Arena • Atlanta, Ga.
Series: A-State leads 7-0
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: GeorgiaStateSports.com ($)
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 997-506-5 (.663) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
The Red Wolves swept Little Rock Monday night for its sixth straight win, all sweeps, which is the most since a streak of seven sweeps in 1996. The six straight sweeps of conference opponents ties the most since the 1994 season.
The Red Wolves had their second highest hitting percentage of the year against the Trojans with a .398 mark as a team. Jessica Uke had a season high for the team with a .692 mark, while Kenzie Fields set a career high with a .375 hitting percentage.
Mallory Warrington handed out 42 assists against Little Rock and had nine digs to fall one shy of a double-double.
Monday’s match was broadcast on ESPN3, making it the first time in school history a home volleyball match was broadcasted on ESPN3.
A-State vs. Georgia Southern Series History
Arkansas State holds a 5-1 advantage all time against Georgia Southern, with all six meetings occurring during the 2013 season or later, including three last season.
The first meeting was in the 2013 Magnolia Invitational in Oxford, Miss., in a nonconference contest with the Eagles claiming their only win of the series by a score of 3-1. Georgia Southern finished the season 28-6 and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The two teams are now conference foes and A-State has earned five straight victories over the Eagles with 3-1 wins in both meetings during the 2014 season. A-State claimed 3-0 sweeps in all three contests a season ago, including a 3-0 win in the first round of the 2015 SBC Tournament at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 5-1 against Georgia Southern as all six meetings between the two schools have come with him as head coach.
Last season Carlisa May had 32 kills against the Eagles on a .314 hitting percentage as the Red Wolves hit .251 as a team compared to .123 for Georgia Southern. Kelsey Reis had 11 blocks in the three matches and had a team-high six aces, while Mallory Warrington had 104 assists for an 11.56 per set average. Markie Schaedig totaled 52 digs for a 5.78 per set average in the three matches.
A-State vs. Georgia State Series History
The Red Wolves lead the all-time series with the Panthers by a count of 7-0 with five of those seven meetings occurring over the last three seasons after the Panthers joined the Sun Belt Conference.
A-State and Georgia State played for the first time in the 1989 season at the UAB Lady Blazer Classic in Birmingham, Ala., with Arkansas State earning a 3-0 victory over the Panthers. They played again in 1990 with A-State earning a 3-0 win in Atlanta, Ga.
The Red Wolves and Panthers have been Sun Belt Conference foes for the last five meetings. A-State began conference play in 2013 with a 3-2 win over the Panthers in Jonesboro before claiming a 3-1 victory later in the season in Atlanta. The Red Wolves also won both meetings in 2014 with A-State earning a sweep at home before chalking up a 3-1 triumph on the road later in the year. The two squads only met once last year with the Red Wolves claiming a 3-0 sweep in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 6.
Last season’s win moved head coach David Rehr to 5-0 against the Panthers all-time. Markie Schaedig had an outstanding 27 digs, while Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills. Mallory Warrington handed out 37 assists, while Kelsey Reis had six blocks. The Red Wolves hit .336 in the match and held Georgia State to an .045 mark, which was the second lowest a team had against A-State all season.
A-State Chasing 1,000; Rehr Chasing 500
The Arkansas State volleyball program is three wins away from 1,000 wins in its history. The team has a 997-506-5 mark in 42 years of the sport.
The team began the year with 979 wins, which ranked as the 18th most in NCAA history. The team is still ranked 18th currently behind USC’s 1,003 and ahead of Texas A&M’s 990 with its 997 total wins.
Head coach David Rehr is also chasing a milestone of his own as he has accumulated 494 wins overall between his days at the Junior College level and at Arkansas State. He currently sports a 494-116 record in 17 total seasons, including a 101-53 mark as the Red Wolves’ head coach.
Coach Rehr just recently won his 100th game at A-State with a 3-0 win over Troy on Oct. 22. His 101 wins ranks as fourth most on the school’s all-time wins list.
Red Wolves Run Over Little Rock
A-State won its fourth straight match over the Trojans with a 3-0 sweep Oct. 24. The Red Wolves have won six straight matches overall, all sweeps. The six straight sweeps is the most since a streak of seven sweeps in 1996 and the six straight sweeps of conference opponents ties the most since the 1994 season.
A-State had its second highest hitting percentage of the season (.398) and Jessica Uke had the highest attacking mark of any Red Wolves player this season with a .692 on 10 kills in 13 attempts with one error. Kenzie Fields also set a career high with a .375 percentage and had 11 kills.
Mallory Warrington had a great night with 42 assists and nine digs that tied for the team high in the game with Markie Schaedig and Kenzie Fields. Carlisa May led the team with 15 kills on a .333 attacking mark, while Kelsey Reis had two service aces.
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.
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 1,055.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.18 digs per set mark that also ranks 18th in the nation. Her 456 digs are 16th most in the country.
Carlisa May now ranks first in the conference in kills per set with 3.99, a mark that also ranks 48th in the country. May’s 347 total kills are first in the SBC and 34th in the nation.
Jessica Uke leads the league with a .423 hitting percentage and also has a .449 mark in league games to top the SBC leaderboard. Anna Murphy is fourth in the conference with a .345 hitting percentage, while Kelsey Reis ranks eighth with a .316 percentage. Reis is second in conference only matches behind Uke with an outstanding .441 attacking percentage.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.77), assists per set (13.67), and digs per set (15.75). The kills per set mark ranks second in the nation behind San Diego’s 14.88, while the assists per set mark is fourth. A-State is second in the league in hitting percentage with a .252 mark that ranks 46th in the country.
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 3,979 assists rank third in school history after she passed Kelly Linder’s 3,728 during the match against Texas State Oct. 7. She is only 21 assists shy of becoming the third player in school history with 4,000 or more assists and she is 746 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 .252 mark that is second in the league.
Markie Schaedig is now third in A-State history with an even 2,000 digs after posting nine against Little Rock Oct. 24. She is just the third player in school history to register 2,000 or more digs. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 190 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.