MATCH 20: Little Rock (6-12, 2-4) at Arkansas State (10-9, 3-3)
Monday, Oct. 9 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 54-23
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: ESPN3
This season marks the 43rd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,014-516-5 (.662) and became the 18th program in Division I history to eclipse 1,000 victories. The Red Wolves began last season with 979 wins.
A-State has started Sun Belt Conference play at 3-3 after earning a split in each weekend of league play. Most recently the Red Wolves swept UT Arlington at home before losing to Texas State 3-0 on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, respectively. A-State is now 3-4 at home, with the four losses at home representing the most by an A-State team since the 2008 team lost seven.
Drew Jones earned her team-best ninth double-double of the season against UT Arlington with 13 kills and 10 digs and just narrowly missed another one with 13 kills and nine digs against Texas State.
The Red Wolves had two players earn weekly awards from the league in Week Six with Carlisa May taking home her second Offensive Player of the Week award of the year after she average 4.50 kills per set on a .384 hitting percentage, while the other was Timber Terrell, who claimed her second straight Freshman of the Week award after posting 18 kills on a .378 hitting percentage with four blocks.
Carlisa May recorded the 1,000th kill of her career Sept. 22 against Coastal Carolina and now has 1,075, which is 69 kills away from tying Pip Soulsby’s 1,144 (10th most in school history).
The win over UTA and loss to Texas State put the Red Wolves at 4-1 all-time in home matches broadcast by ESPN3. A-State has played in two other TV this season going 1-1 with a win over SIU and loss to Kentucky.
A-State vs. Little Rock Series History
The Red Wolves lead the all-time series with the Trojans by a count of 54-23 with the first three meetings occurring during the 1975 season and 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 27-19 advantage during that time frame.
A-State head coach David Rehr is now 8-5 against Little Rock all-time after the Red Wolves have claimed five straight matches against the Trojans.
Arkansas State won the first meeting last season against Little Rock by a count of 3-0 on Oct. 24 in Jonesboro, which was the team’s sixth straight sweep at the time. A-State hit .398 compared to a .209 mark for the Trojans with Jessica Uke tallying 10 kills on a .692 attacking percentage. Carlisa May led the team with 15 kills and Mallory Warrington dished out 42 assists. The second meeting of the year was tougher for A-State as the squad claimed a 3-1 decision over the Trojans in Little Rock in the regular-season finale. The win for Arkansas State clinched the top seed in last season’s SBC Tournament. Kenzie Fields (15), Kelsey Reis (14), and May (12) all had double-digit kill numbers, while Warrington and Markie Schaedig both had 23 digs with Warrington also handing out 50 assists.
Little Rock enters the match with a 6-12 mark on the year and 2-4 record in league play. The Trojans were swept by Texas State Oct. 6 before bouncing back to win a five-set thriller over UT Arlington Oct. 7. Little Rock’s other win in SBC action came against ULM, while the team has lost to App State, Coastal Carolina, and Louisiana-Lafayette. A-State and Little Rock shared two common non-conference foes with Central Arkansas defeating both teams 3-1, while Little Rock was swept by Stephen F. Austin and the Red Wolves swept the Ladyjacks.
Red Wolves Sweep UTA, Swept by Texas State
Arkansas State moved to 10-9 on the year and 3-3 in the Sun Belt Conference with a sweep of UT Arlington Oct. 6 and loss to Texas State Oct. 7.
The Red Wolves improved to 8-9 all-time against UT Arlington with the sweep on Friday night with head coach David Rehr improving to 7-2 against the Mavericks. Additionally, A-State now has a five-match win streak against UTA. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills on a .448 hitting percentage with 10 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. Carlisa May added 10 kills as the Red Wolves out hit UTA .274 to .137. Ellie Watkins had 28 assists and Tatum Ticknor led the team with 12 digs. A-State had nine blocks to UT Arlington’s four, with Timber Terrell leading the way with four of her own.
Saturday night against a school from Texas wasn’t as kind to the Red Wolves as Texas State swept A-State. Arkansas State is now 8-7 all-time versus the Bobcats with head coach David Rehr falling to 4-6 against them. The sweep against a conference opponent was the first since Nov. 22, 2014 when UALR swept the Red Woves at the Convocation Center. Drew Jones led the team with 13 kills and was one dig short of another double-double. Carlisa May added 11 kills, but the Bobcats held A-State to a .154 hitting percentage, while TXST hit .242. Ellie Watkins dished out 35 assists, while Tatum Ticknor picked up 16 digs. Texas State posted 11 blocks to just seven for the Red Wolves. Watkins and Jessica Uke led the team with four blocks, with the four for Watkins giving her a new career high.
A-State Goes 1-1 in Louisiana
The Red Wolves hit the road for two conference matches in Louisiana and dropped a heartbreaker in five sets to Louisiana-Lafayette Friday, Sept. 30 before bouncing back to sweep ULM Sunday, Oct. 1.
A-State out hit the Ragin’ Cajuns .228-.203 and had more kills, digs, and aces, but wasn’t able to win the match. The Red Wolves were up 2-1 and had match point at 24-21 in set four, but ULL rallied to win 28-26 before winning the fifth set 15-11. It was the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first win over A-State since 2013 and snapped a six-match win streak for the Red Wolves.
Carlisa May led the team with a season-best 24 kills on a .352 hitting percentage and it’s her fourth match of 20+ kills this season, but first since 22 against Virginia Tech Sept. 1. A-State had three players record double-doubles in Kenzie Fields, Drew Jones, and Ellie Watkins. Fields tallied 12 kills and picked up a career-high 22 digs, while Jones had 11 kills and 12 digs for her team-high eighth double-double of the season. Watkins dished out 60 assists and had 10 digs with the 60 assists representing the most by an A-State player this season and the second most by a Sun Belt player. Tatum Ticknor (33) and Lindsay Cline (20) posted career highs in digs.
A-State wasted little time bouncing back with a 3-0 victory over ULM by scores of 25-17, 25-16, and 25-15. May led the team with 12 kills on a season-high .474 attacking percentage, while Watkins handed out 33 assists. The Red Wolves hit a season-best .455 as a team, while holding the Warhawks to a .116 percentage. Timber Terrell tallied eight kills on 11 attempts with no errors for an A-State season-best and career-high .727 hitting percentage. The victory for the Red Wolves was their 31st consecutive over the Warhawks with the streak dating back to the 1987 season.
May, Terrell Claim SBC Weekly Awards
Carlisa May was tabbed the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the two matches for her second honor of the season, while Timber Terrell earned her second straight SBC Freshman of the Week award.
A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., May recorded 36 kills for a league-best 4.50 per set average over the nomination period. She hit .384 across both matches. She posted a season-high 24 kills against Louisiana-Lafayette on a .352 hitting percentage Sept. 30 before registering 12 more kills on a season-best .474 attacking percentage Oct. 1 at ULM.
Terrell, a native of Wheeling, Ill., had 18 kills (2.25 per set) on a .378 hitting percentage to go along with four blocks, four digs, and the first two service aces of her career. She tallied 10 kills in Friday’s match versus the Ragin’ Cajuns and had three blocks defensively before posting eight kills on an A-State season-high .727 hitting percentage Sunday afternoon at ULM.
The Red Wolves have won at least one of the Sun Belt weekly awards in five of six weeks this season and have had at least one weekly award winner 25 times out of 30 chances since the beginning of the 2015 season. Over that time span, Arkansas State players have claimed 42 separate individual weekly honors.
Red Wolves Earn Split on SBC-Opening Weekend
A-State opened Sun Belt Conference play at home for the first time since 2014 and played two straight home SBC games to open conference action since 2013. The Red Wolves dropped a 3-1 decision to East Division favorite Coastal Carolina before bouncing back to win a thrilling five-set match versus Appalachian State.
A-State only hit .097 in the match against Coastal and lost by a score of 3-1 to the Chanticleers. The Red Wolves have now been held under .100 twice this season after going a span of 96 matches without being held under .100. Timber Terrell led the team with 11 kills, which was a career high, while Kenzie Fields totaled four blocks in the match to tie a career high. Tatum Ticknor posted 22 digs to give her seven matches of 20+ digs this season. A-State is now 1-2 against Coastal Carolina all-time.
The Red Wolves were able to bounce back to defeat App State Sept. 23, but it was a tough battle in five sets, including a 22-20 fifth set. The Red Wolves had five players post double-digit kills, led by Carlisa May’s 16. Kenzie Fields posted a season-best 13 after moving back to outside hitter and Timber Terrell posted a career-high 13 after setting a career high the night before with 11. Terrell also added a career-best seven blocks, which led the team. Sheridan Webb started the match at setter after relieving Fields against Coastal Carolina and handed out 57 assists with 11 digs to register her first career double-double. Tatum Ticknor posted 21 digs to give her eight matches of 20+ digs this season. The team had 14 blocks for a season high and the most since the 2015 season with six different players posting at least one block. The five-set match was only the second one of the season for A-State and it’s first win in five sets this year as the Red Wolves improved to 7-0 all-time against App State.
Terrell Wins SBC Freshman of the Week
Freshman middle blocker Timber Terrell was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Week for week five. It was the first weekly award of her career and the first SBC Freshman of the Week award for an A-State player this season.
The Wheeling, Ill., native posted the second most kills on the team over the weekend with 24 (2.67 per set) on a .302 hitting percentage. Additionally, she had the most blocks on the team with 10 (1.11 per set), including two solo blocks.
Terrell set career highs in kills on back-to-back nights with 11 and 13 against Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State, respectively. She also set a career high with seven blocks against the Mountaineers.
A-State has 17 double-doubles this season with Drew Jones leading the way with nine, all of hers being in kills and digs. Kenzie Fields is second with five, while Ellie Watkins has two and Sheridan Webb has one.
The Red Wolves had two consecutive matches (Sept. 23 versus App State and Sept. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette) with three players picking up double-doubles. Drew Jones and Kenzie Fields had double-doubles in both matches, with Sheridan Webb earning her only one of the season in the five-set win over App State (57 assists, 11 digs), while Ellie Watkins returned to post her second of the season in the five-set loss to Louisiana when she dished out a career-best 60 assists and tallied 10 digs.
Kenzie Fields picked up a career-high 22 digs to go along with 12 kills in the five-set loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. Drew Jones tallied 11 kills and 12 digs in the loss.
Drew Jones is the current active leader in career double-doubles for the Red Wolves with 17. Kenzie Fields is the next closest with 11. Jones’ latest double-double came Oct. 6 against UT Arlington.
Mallory Warrington was last season’s leader with 15 double-doubles and ended her career with 60.
Ticknor, Watkins Top SBC Leaderboard
Freshman libero Tatum Ticknor leads the Sun Belt Conference in digs and digs per set with 362 for a 5.17 per set average. The digs per set mark ranked as 28th best in the country, while the total digs was 21st coming into the weekend.
The Grapevine, Texas native has posted double-digit digs in all but two matches, including the season opener when she only played two sets. She has nine matches of 20+ digs and set her new career high with 33 on Sept. 30 at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Setter Ellie Watkins leads the Sun Belt Conference with an 11.03 assists per set average and is the only setter in the SBC averaging double-digit assists in the league.
Carlisa May ranks second in the league in kills per set with a 3.84 mark, while Drew Jones is fifth at 3.30.
Red Wolves Non-Conference Notes
A-State went 7-6 this year in non-conference action with wins against the AAC (2x), Big East, SEC, Southland, SWAC, and Missouri Valley. The losses came to the PAC-12, SEC, ACC, Conference USA, Southland, and AAC.
Arkansas State has recorded winning records in non-conference play in five of Coach Rehr’s six seasons at the helm. In the last 10 seasons, only 2013 saw A-State post a losing record in non-conference action at 5-10.
Head coach David Rehr earned his first win over an SEC school in 10 tries when A-State defeated Ole Miss Sept. 2.
The Red Wolves are now 43-34 in nonconference action under head coach David Rehr.