MATCH 28: UT Arlington (13-14, 7-5 SBC) at A-State (20-7, 12-1 SBC)
Friday, Nov. 4 • 6:00 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State trails 5-9
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: ESPN3
MATCH 29: Texas State (18-9, 11-1 SBC) at A-State (20-7, 12-1 SBC)
Saturday, Nov. 5 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 7-6
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 999-506-5 (.663) and had 979 wins to begin the season, ranking as 18th most in NCAA Division I history.
The Red Wolves swept Georgia Southern and Georgia State in their last two matches to run their win streak and sweep streak to eight matches, which ties for the most since the 1992 season.
A-State only hit .197 in the match against Georgia Southern, which is the lowest the team has hit this season and won a match. Kelsey Reis and Shelby Holmes had 11 kills apiece.
The Red Wolves responded with a .315 hitting percentage against Georgia State and held the Panthers to a .073 mark, the third-lowest mark A-State has held a team to.
Mallory Warrington handed out 105 assists over A-State’s three matches last week for a 11.67 per set average to win her eighth SBC Setter of the Week honor of the year.
A-State vs. UT Arlington Series History
The Red Wolves trail the all-time series with UT Arlington 5-9. The two teams met as Southland Conference foes six times from 1982 to 1986 with A-State dropping all six matches 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 six times over the past four seasons since UTA joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. The teams 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 before sweeping this year’s match in Arlington on Oct. 8.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 4-2 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.
Arkansas State won the match this season 3-0 on Oct. 8 after the team had lost to Texas State to snap a 20-match conference win streak. The win against the Mavericks started A-State’s current eight-match win streak. Kelsey Reis tied her season high with 14 kills on a .667 hitting percentage, while Kenzie Fields (13) and Carlisa May (12) also had double-digit kills. Fields had a double-double with 10 digs, while Markie Schaedig led the team with 20. Mallory Warrington dished out 47 assists and Kelsey Reis had six blocks.
A-State vs. Texas State Series History
Arkansas State leads the all-time series with Texas State by a count of 7-6.
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, but lost to Texas State earlier this season on Oct. 7 in San Marcos to snap a 20-match conference win streak.
ead Coach David Rehr is 3-5 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 then lost a 3-1 decision at Texas State earlier this year.
The Red Wolves only hit .140 against the Bobcats in that Oct. 7 match, which is the lowest by the team this season with the next closest being a .157 showing against Cleveland State in a 3-1 loss Sept. 17. Kenzie Fields (14 kills and 12 digs) and Mallory Warrington (50 assists and a season-high tying 16 digs) had double-doubles and Carlisa May registered 16 kills in the match.
A-State Chasing 1,000; Rehr Chasing 500
The Arkansas State volleyball program is one win away from 1,000 wins in its history thanks to sweeps of Georgia Southern and Georgia State over the past weekend. The team has a 999-506-5 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 1,004 and ahead of Texas A&M’s 992 with its 999 total wins.
Head coach David Rehr is also chasing a milestone of his own as he has accumulated 496 wins overall between his days at the Junior College level and at Arkansas State. He currently sports a 496-116 record in 17 total seasons, including a 103-53 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 103 wins ranks as fourth most on the school’s all-time wins list.
A-State Sweeps Away Georgia Schools
A-State stretched its win streak, and sweep streak, to eight matches with wins over Georgia Southern and Georgia State on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29.
The eight straight sweeps tie for the most since the 1992 season and are the most by the Red Wolves in Sun Belt Conference play ever. The streak ties a record for most sweeps on a conference opponent with the 1990 team that swept eight straight matches from American South Conference foes.
A-State had three players register double-digit kills against the Eagles with Kelsey Reis and Shelby Holmes tallying 11 each and Kenzie Fields adding 10. The 11 kills for Holmes on a .368 hitting percentage were both season highs for the outside hitter. Markie Schaedig led the squad with 21 digs and also had two service aces. Mallory Warrington dished out 32 assists, while Reis and Jessica Uke each had four blocks as A-State had nine blocks to Georgia Southern’s six. A-State only hit .197 in the match, which is the lowest the team has hit and still won a match this season. It’s the lowest the team has hit in a win since a .182 mark Oct. 30, 2015 in a 3-0 sweep of Georgia Southern. A-State hit lower than .182 and still won the match on four other occasions a year ago, including a low of .160 in a 3-0 sweep of South Florida Sept. 4, 2015.
The Red Wolves had a much better and even offensive attack against the Panthers with A-State hitting .315 to Georgia State’s .073 mark, which ranks as the third lowest the Red Wolves have held a team to this year. Carlisa May led with nine kills while Kelsey Reis had eight on an .800 hitting percentage. Jessica Uke and Drew Jones added seven apiece, which Jones playing in all the sets of a match for the first time since Sept. 2 versus Saint Louis. Mallory Warrington picked up her team-high 11th double-double in the win with 31 assists and 10 digs, while Markie Schaedig had 23 digs. Shelby Holmes tied a career high with six blocks with her previous total of six coming during her freshman year against Kennesaw State (9/6/13).
Red Wolves Run Over Little Rock
A-State won its fourth straight match over the Trojans with a 3-0 sweep Oct. 24 to run its win streak to six matches at the time, all sweeps.
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.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington is now second in the nation and first in the SBC with an 11.89 assist per set ratio. She is third in the nation with 1,118 assists.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.32 digs per set mark that also ranks 8th in the nation. Her 500 digs are 14th most in the country and second in the conference
Carlisa May ranks first in the conference in kills per set with 3.89, a mark that also ranks 61st in the country. May’s 362 total kills are first in the SBC and 46th in the nation.
A-State has three players in the top five of the conference in hitting percentage with Jessica Uke’s .382 ranking second, Anna Murphy’s .345 ranking third, and Kelsey Reis fifth with a .343 percentage.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.73), assists per set (13.62), and digs per set (15.83). The kills per set mark ranks second in the nation behind San Diego’s 14.90, while the assists per set mark is fifth. A-State is second in the league in hitting percentage with a .252 mark that ranks 47th in the country. The team is also second in the league in opponent hitting percentage at .172, which ranks 48th in the nation.
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.
Warrington Joins 1,000-1,000 Club
Senior setter Mallory Warrington joined an exclusive club recently when she became the ninth player in school history to become a member of the 1,000-1,000 club. She now has 4,042 assists to go along with 1,092 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 4,042 assists rank third in school history after she passed Kelly Linder’s 3,728 during the match against Texas State Oct. 7. She is now just the third player in school history with 4,000 or more assists and she is 683 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 2,044 digs after posting 21 and 23, respectively against Georgia Southern and Georgia State. She is just the third player in school history to register 2,000 or more digs. The Little Rock, Ark., native is 146 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.