MATCH 31: No. 8 Georgia State (10-17, 6-10 SBC) vs. No. 1 A-State (23-7, 15-1 SBC)
Friday, Nov. 18 • 5:00 p.m. CDT
College Park Center • Arlington, Texas
Series: A-State leads 8-0
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 1,002-506-5 (.664) 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 Little Rock Friday, Nov. 11 by a score of 3-1 to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. It’s the second straight year A-State has been the top seed.
The win over Little Rock extended the team’s win streak to 11 games, but the 3-1 decision marked only the second time in those 11 wins that the Red Wolves failed to sweep their opponent.
A-State’s 11-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 recorded her team-best 14th double-double of the year with 50 assists and a career-high 23 digs against Little Rock. She was named the SBC Setter of the Week for her effort, giving her 10 of the 12 awards this year.
Kenzie Fields led the team with 15 kills on a .275 hitting percentage against the Trojans. She also had nine digs and led the team with four blocks and was named the SBC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
The Red Wolves have hit .280 over their 11-match win streak and have held opponents to a .118 percentage. A-State has also averaged 1.46 aces per set to only 0.40 for its foes.
A-State vs. Georgia State Series History
The Red Wolves lead the all-time series with the Panthers by a count of 8-0 with six of those eight meetings occurring over the last four 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 six 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.
A-State defeated the Panthers 3-0 on Oct. 29 of this season in Atlanta, Ga., to push head coach David Rehr’s record to 6-0 against the team during his tenure.
The Oct. 29 sweep of Georgia State was the team’s eighth straight at the time to tie for the most straight sweeps since the 1992 campaign. A-State had a balanced attack with nine kills from Carlisa May, eight from Kelsey Reis (.800 attacking percentage), and seven by Jessica Uke. Mallory Warrington had a double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs, while Markie Schaedig posted 23 digs, tied for the most in a three-set match this year. Shelby Holmes led the team and tied her career high with six blocks.
A-State at the SBC Tournament
A-State has accumulated a 28-20 record in the conference tournament and 96-74 mark in sets win/loss. The 28 wins is tied for the most among current members of the Sun Belt Conference with Little Rock’s 28.
Last season, the Red Wolves won the SBC Tournament with sweeps of No. 8 Georgia Southern, who was the host team, and No. 5 Little Rock to get to the finals before coming back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Appalachian State to claim the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Head coach David Rehr has led the team to at least one win in the SBC Tournament in each of his first four seasons after A-State went 11 consecutive seasons without a win in the competition. The Red Wolves were 0-10 over those 11 years and didn’t qualify for the tournament in 2002.
Rehr on the Brink of 500; A-State Wins No. 1,000
Head coach David Rehr is close to achieving a milestone of his own as he owns 499 wins overall between his days at the Junior College level and at Arkansas State. He currently sports a 499-116 record in 17 total seasons, including a 106-53 mark as the Red Wolves’ head coach. A win over Georgia State Friday would give him 500 wins.
Coach Rehr just recently won his 100th game at A-State with a 3-0 win over Troy on Oct. 22. His 106 wins ranks as fourth most on the school’s all-time wins list.
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 1,002-506-5 mark in 42 years of the sport after defeating Little Rock Nov. 11.
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 1,006 and ahead of Texas A&M’s 995 with its 1,002 total wins. A-State is the 18th program in NCAA history with 1,000 or more wins.
Red Wolves Top Little Rock 3-1
Arkansas State improved to 54-23 all-time against Little Rock with a 3-1 win Friday afternoon in a match that was moved to Friday from Saturday, Nov. 12 to accommodate a busy weekend for the Trojans’ athletic teams. Head coach David Rehr is now 8-5 against Little Rock. Overall, the team has won 31 of its last 32 league matches.
Kenzie Fields led the team with 15 kills on a .275 hitting percentage, while Kelsey Reis added 14 on a .571 attacking percentage. Carlisa May was also in double-digits with 12 kills and Shelby Holmes just missed with nine kills on a .389 attacking mark.
Mallory Warrington handed out 50 assists, her eighth match of 50+ this year, and also had a career-best 23 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. The 23 digs were tied for the most in the match with Markie Schaedig. Jessica Heuertz had a season-high 17 digs, topping her previous mark of 14 against TCU Aug. 27 in a five-set match. Kenzie Fields led the team with four blocks.
A-State hit .261 to Little Rock’s .134 and also had more blocks than the Trojans with an 8-7 margin. Little Rock is averaging more than three blocks a set to lead the league.
Fields, Warrington Earn Weekly Awards
A-State’s Kenzie Fields and Mallory Warrington were named the SBC Freshman of the Week and Setter of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the win over Little Rock.
The award for Fields is her second of the season after winning the Freshman of the Week nod in week two of the season. She had 15 kills, nine digs, and four blocks against Little Rock.
The Setter of the Week award for Warrington is her 10th of the season in 12 weeks and 15th career Setter of the Week award and 16th total weekly award. She handed out 50 assists and had 23 digs in the win versus Little Rock.
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 and is now at 11.
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 11.93 assist per set ratio. She is third in the nation with 1,253 assists.
Markie Schaedig leads the league with a 5.30 digs per set mark that also ranks 10th in the nation.
Carlisa May ranks first in the conference in kills per set with 3.88, a mark that also ranks 64th in the country. May’s 403 total kills are first in the SBC and 54th in the nation.
A-State has three of the top four players in the conference in hitting percentage with Jessica Uke’s .386 ranked second along with Kelsey Reis (.363) third and Anna Murphy (.353) fourth.
In conference only matches, Kelsey Reis is hitting .482 to lead the conference and Jessica Uke is second with a .395 mark.
As a team, the Red Wolves lead the SBC in kills per set (14.73), assists per set (13.66), and digs per set (16.21). The kills per set mark ranks fourth in the nation, while the assists per set mark is fifth. A-State is second in the league in hitting percentage with a .252 mark that ranks 46th in the country. The team is also second in the league in opponent hitting percentage at .164, which ranks 25th 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 4,177 assists to go along with 1,149 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 4,177 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 548 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.