MATCH 30: A-State (22-7, 14-1 SBC) at Little Rock (12-16, 8-7)
Friday, Nov. 11 • 3:30 p.m. CDT
Jack Stephens Center • Little Rock, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 53-23
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Little Rock All-Access ($)
This season marks the 42nd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,001-506-5 (.663) and became the 18th program in Division I history with 1,000 wins with its 3-1 triumph over UT Arlington on Nov. 4. A-State had 979 wins to begin the year.
The Red Wolves defeated UT Arlington and Texas State Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 with the sweep of the Bobcats representing the team’s 10th straight win and nine of the 10 being sweeps. It also avenged the team’s only conference loss of the year (at Texas State Oct. 7).
The 3-1 triumph over the Mavericks on Nov. 4 snapped a streak of eight straight sweeps for the Red Wolves.
A-State’s 10-match win streak is the second longest for the team under head coach David Rehr with last season’s 24-match streak representing the longest.
Mallory Warrington registered double-doubles in both matches to give her a team-best 13 on the year. She had 50 assists and 14 digs against UTA before 35 assists and 20 digs, two shy of her career high, versus the Bobcats.
A-State held Texas State to an .077 hitting percentage that was the sixth lowest by an opponent this year and seventh time the Red Wolves have held an opponent under .100. The Bobcats hit .233 when they defeated the Red Wolves on Oct. 7.
The Nov. 5 match versus Texas State was A-State’s Senior Day and the final home match for Jessica Heuertz, Shelby Holmes, Kelsey Reis, Markie Schaedig, and Mallory Warrington.
A-State vs. Little Rock Series History
The Red Wolves lead the all-time series with the Trojans by a count of 53-23 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 four straight meetings in the 1985 and 1986 seasons.
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 26-19 advantage during that time frame.
A-State head coach David Rehr is now 7-5 against Little Rock all-time after the Red Wolves have claimed four straight matches against the Trojans.
The Red Wolves swept the match against Little Rock earlier this year on Oct. 24 in what was the first home volleyball match ever broadcast by ESPN3 for Arkansas State. 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 Gets Win No. 1,000; Rehr Chasing 500
The Arkansas State volleyball program registered its 1,000th win Nov. 4 against UT Arlington. The team then picked up its 1,001st win the following night against Texas State. The team has a 1,001-506-5 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 1,005 and ahead of Texas A&M’s 993 with its 1,001 total wins. A-State is the 18th program in NCAA history with 1,000 or more wins.
Head coach David Rehr is also chasing a milestone of his own as he has accumulated 498 wins overall between his days at the Junior College level and at Arkansas State. He currently sports a 498-116 record in 17 total seasons, including a 105-53 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 105 wins ranks as fourth most on the school’s all-time wins list.
A-State Defeats UTA and Texas State
A-State wrapped up its home schedule with a 3-1 win over UT Arlington Nov. 4 and 3-0 victory over Texas State Nov. 5. The Red Wolves went 9-2 in home matches, including a 7-0 mark in league play. A-State has won its last 15 home league games and 23 of its last 25.
The Red Wolves had its eight-match sweep streak snapped against UTA, which was the longest since the 1992 season, but was able to run its win streak to nine with the win and then 10 with the victory over Texas State, which is the second longest under head coach David Rehr.
The match against UT Arlington saw A-State hit .222 to UTA’s .103, and Carlisa May recorded her second 20+ kill match of the season with an even 20 (the other coming in a 22 kill performance at Indiana Sept. 16). Mallory Warrington posted her seventh 50+ assist effort with an even 50. Her season high is 58 against Cal Poly Sept. 3, while her season high in a four-set match is 54 versus Western Kentucky also on Sept. 3. Markie Schaedig led the team with 21 digs, while Warrington added 14 for her 12th double-double of the season. Drew Jones picked up 11 digs in just two sets of action along with five kills, while Jessica Uke had five blocks, also in just two sets.
A-State avenged its only conference loss of the season with a sweep of Texas State Nov. 5 which saw the Red Wolves hold the Bobcats to a .077 hitting percentage, which is the seventh time A-State has held an opponent under .100, after Texas State hit .233 in the Oct. 7 win over the Red Wolves. Meanwhile, A-State hit .310 on the evening and got 10 kills from Jessica Uke on a .714 hitting percentage that ranks as the highest by a player this season for the Red Wolves. Mallory Warrington had 35 assists and 20 digs, a season high and just two shy of her career high, for her team-best 13th double-double of the season. Warrington also had three service aces to no errors and Kelsey Reis added five blocks.
The Red Wolves didn’t allow a service aces against either team on the weekend and has now not allowed an ace in three straight matches. A-State hasn’t allowed an opponent to record a service ace in seven matches this season after only accomplishing that feat twice last season.
National and Conference Rankings
Senior setter Mallory Warrington is now second in the nation and first in the SBC with an 11.91 assist per set ratio. She is second in the nation with 1,203 assists.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.29 digs per set mark that also ranks 9th in the nation. Her 534 digs are 14th most in the country and second in the conference
Carlisa May ranks first in the conference in kills per set with 3.91, a mark that also ranks 59th in the country. May’s 391 total kills are first in the SBC and 42nd in the nation.
A-State has three players in the top four of the conference in hitting percentage with Jessica Uke’s .397 ranking second, Anna Murphy’s .353 ranking third, and Kelsey Reis fourth with a .352 percentage.
In conference only matches, Kelsey Reis is hitting .473 to lead the conference and Jessica Uke is second with a .408 mark.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.72), assists per set (13.61), and digs per set (16.03). The kills per set mark ranks third in the nation, while the assists per set mark is sixth. A-State is second in the league in hitting percentage with a .252 mark that ranks 43rd in the country. The team is also second in the league in opponent hitting percentage at .165, which ranks 29th in the nation.
May, Warrington Earn Weekly Awards
A-State’s Carlisa May was named the SBC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, while Mallory Warrington won her ninth Setter of the Week award.
The award for May is her third career OPOW award and 10th career weekly award after winning seven Freshman of the Week awards. She led the team with 29 kills (4.14 per set) on a solid .264 hitting percentage in the wins over UT Arlington and Texas State last weekend. She totaled 20 kills against UTA in a 3-1 win before added nine more in a sweep of Texas State.
The Setter of the Week honor for Warrington is the 14th of her career and 15th career weekly award. She handed out 85 assists (12.14 per set) in the Red Wolves’ wins over UTA and Texas State. She dished out 50 assists against the Mavericks before issuing 35 versus the Bobcats.
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 tied for the most since the 1992 season and are the most by the Red Wolves in Sun Belt Conference play ever. The streak tied 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 had 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 saw Jones playing in all the sets of a match for the first time since Sept. 2 versus Saint Louis. Mallory Warrington picked up her 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).
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 4,127 assists to go along with 1,126 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 4,127 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 598 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.
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.