MATCH 5: Virginia Tech (3-0) at Arkansas State (2-2)
Friday, Sept. 1 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 2-0
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network ($)

MATCH 6: SMU (1-2) at Arkansas State (2-2)
Saturday, Sept. 2 • 11:00 a.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State trails 0-1
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network ($)

MATCH 7: Ole Miss (3-1) at Arkansas State (2-2)
Saturday, Sept. 2 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
Convocation Center • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State trails 20-36
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network ($)

QUICK DIGS
This season marks the 43rd year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,006-509-5 (.663) and became the 18th program in Division I history to eclipse 1,000 victories. The Red Wolves began last season with 979 wins.
The Red Wolves improved to 2-2 on the year with a 3-1 win over Southern Illinois Tuesday night. Carlisa May led the team with a season-high 23 kills, while Ellie Watkins and Drew Jones tallied double-doubles.
Carlisa May was named to the Bluegrass Battle All-Tournament Team after accumulating 45 kills with a 4.50 kills per set mark. The fantastic weekend also earned her the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Setter Ellie Watkins also earned a SBC weekly award by being named the Setter of the Week after handing out 111 assists for a 11.10 per set average at the Bluegrass Battle.

A-State vs. Virginia Tech Series History
The Red Wolves lead the all-time series with the Hokies by a count of 2-0 with the first meeting coming in 1988 when A-State won a 3-2 decision in Jonesboro. The latest meeting was in 1994 when A-State swept the Hokies at the Virginia Tech/Hardee’s Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.
Arkansas State is 9-19 against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference after defeating NC State last season at the TCU Invitational by a score of 3-0.
A-State head coach David Rehr is 1-1 against schools currently in the ACC after the win over North Carolina State last year. The loss was to Pittsburgh by a score of 3-0 to open the 2013 season at the Mizzou Invitational.
Virginia Tech is currently 3-0 on the year after winning the Pepsi Panther Invitational hosted by Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Hokies defeated Idaho State 3-2, South Dakota State 3-0, and host Milwaukee 3-2.

A-State vs. SMU Series History
Arkansas State and Southern Methodist University have only met once on the volleyball court in history with the Mustangs taking a 3-0 decision in 1998 at the Kentucky’s Conference Challenge in Lexington, Ky.
A-State is now 49-44 against teams currently in the American Athletic Conference with head coach David Rehr holding a 5-2 mark against the AAC after A-State defeated Cincinnati 3-1 for its first win of the season on Aug. 25.
The Red Wolves still have one more AAC school on the schedule when the team takes on UCF on Sept. 8 in the UCA Invitational.
SMU enters the weekend with a 1-2 record after a 3-2 loss to Mississippi State, a 3-1 loss to Rice (who A-State plays later in the year), and a 3-0 sweep of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Mustangs’ host tournament, the SMU DoubleTree Invitational. SMU finished 26-8 a season ago and won a match in the NCAA Tournament.

A-State vs. Ole Miss Series History
The Red Wolves are 20-36 against Ole Miss all-time with the Rebels holding a six-match win streak over the Red Wolves.
A-State claimed the first ever meeting between the two schools during the 1976 season with a 2-0 win in the UT Martin Invitational. However, the Rebels claimed both meetings during the 1977 season by scores of 2-0 and 3-0 in home matches at the Ole Miss Invitational.
The Red Wolves lost 19 straight to the Rebels from 1977 through 1987 before winning both meetings during the 1988 season. Arkansas State then claimed 13 out of 15 meetings from 1988 through 1995.
The two teams split eight matches from 1996-1999, but Ole Miss has claimed 10 of the last 12 meetings dating back to 2000, including the last six after winning 3-1 in Oxford on Sept. 6, 2016.
In last season’s match Ole Miss out hit A-State .369-.196 with Lexi Thompson (18) and Kate Gibson (16) leading the Rebels in kills. Carlisa May led A-State with 16 kills, while Brentlee Weaver and Kenzie Fields had 10 apiece. Fields had a career-high four service aces in the match, while Mallory Warrington handed out 45 assists and Markie Schaedig had 20 digs.
Head coach David Rehr is 0-3 against Ole Miss after last season’s loss. All three losses have been by scores of 3-1. The first meeting was in 2013 in Oxford, Miss., as part of the Ole Miss Magnolia Invitational. The second meeting was in Memphis, Tenn., as part of the Memphis Invitational in 2014.
Arkansas State is 52-65 against teams that are currently in the Southeastern Conference. A-State has played all 14 teams in the league and already played No. 14 Kentucky earlier this year with a 3-0 loss in the opener. Current head coach David Rehr is 0-9 against the SEC.

Red Wolves Down SIU in Midweek Action
Arkansas State traveled to Carbondale, Ill., to take on the Salukis in a midweek battle Tuesday, Aug. 29 and came away with a 3-1 win.
The Red Wolves improved to 10-3 all-time against SIU with Coach Rehr improving to 2-0 against the team
Carlisa May led the way with a season-high 23 kills on a .294 hitting percentage. Drew Jones was second on the squad with 10 kills and added 11 digs for her second double-double of the season. Ellie Watkins tallied her first career double-double with 47 assists and 11 digs. Tatum Ticknor posted 25 digs for her third straight match of double-digit digs.

A-State History at Home Tournament
This is the second straight year and only the second time the Red Wolves have hosted a home tournament under head coach David Rehr. The Red Wolves went 2-1 in last season’s event with 3-0 wins over UCA and UT Martin and a 3-0 loss to Tulsa, who went undefeated in the tournament.
Records indicate that A-State’s first home non-conference tournament was in 1988 and has hosted 25 all-time with an all-time record of 77-10 in the events. The team has only posted a losing record in a home tournament once in 2007 (1-2).

A-State Competes Well at Bluegrass Battle
The Red Wolves went 1-2 at the Bluegrass Battle, hosted by Kentucky Aug. 25-26 with a win over Cincinnati and losses to No. 14 Kentucky and No. 23 Utah.
A-State defeated Cincinnati 3-1 by scores of 25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 25-14. The Bearcats were a NCAA Tournament at-large selection last season. The team lost its other six sets to Kentucky and Utah, but three of the six were by just two points (25-23 first set to UK, 26-24 first set vs. Utah, and 25-23 second set vs. Utah).
Arkansas State fell to 0-3 all-time against Kentucky and 0-2 all-time against Utah. The win over Cincinnati was the first ever meeting between the two teams.

May Takes Home All-Tournament; SBC Honors
A-State’s Carlisa May was named to the All-Tournament team at the Bluegrass Battle after tallying 45 kills for a 4.50 per set average that leads the Sun Belt Conference. The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native also added 22 digs, six blocks, two assists, and one ace. The All-Tournament accolade was the sixth of her career.
Additionally, the junior outside hitter garnered SBC Offensive Player of the Week honors for her effort. It’s the 11th weekly award in her career and fourth OPOW award.
May had 50 digs a season ago and is almost halfway to total. The service ace was also the first of her career.
She had 21 kills in the match versus Cincinnati for a season-high. A-State only had three matches of 20+ kills a season ago with May accounting for two of them.

Watkins Named Setter of the Week
Junior Ellie Watkins picked up SBC Setter of the Week honors after her performance at the Bluegrass Battle in her first weekend at Arkansas State after transferring from Pittsburgh. She handed out 111 assists for an 11.10 per set average that leads the conference.
Additionally, the Weldon Spring, Mo., native posted 13 kills on a .520 hitting percentage, 18 digs, four blocks, and a team-high three service aces.
The 11.10 assists per set mark ranks as 41st best in the country.

Three Named Preseason All-SBC
A-State’s Carlisa May, Kenzie Fields, and Jessica Uke all earned a spot on the SBC’s Preseason All-Conference Team. The three players were the most by any one team with Louisiana-Lafayette, UT Arlington, and Texas State each placing two.
May is the reigning SBC Offensive Player of the Year and has 810 kills to her name during her career at A-State. She won the SBC Freshman of the Year Award and AVCA All-Southwest Region Freshman of the Year before garnering Honorable Mention AVCA All-American honors to become just the second All-American in school history at the time in 2015. May led the league with 445 kills in 2016.
Fields won the league’s Freshman of the Year award in 2016 as a redshirt freshman and was second on the team with 288 kills. She also had the second most double-doubles with six.
Uke, a senior in the upcoming season, has never earned a postseason or preseason award from the league, but was well-deserved after hitting .365 a season ago with 148 kills and 50 blocks. The .365 hitting percentage was the fifth-best in school history for a single season.

A-State Picked to Repeat as Division Champs
A-State was picked to the win the West Division for the second straight season with 71 points and 11 of the 12 first-place votes. Texas State was picked second with 57 points and the other first-place vote. Texas State was responsible for snapping the Red Wolves’ 20-match SBC winning streak last season with a 3-1 win in San Marcos on Oct. 7. However, it was A-State’s only blemish in the regular season to a league foe and the Red Wolves enter 2017 with an 11-match conference win streak.
UTA, Little Rock, Louisiana, and ULM round out the rest of the West Division.
Coastal Carolina was picked to repeat as East Division champions with 72 points and all 12 first-place votes. The Chanticleers defeated A-State 3-1 in last season’s SBC Tournament final and went on to win a match in the NCAA Tournament.
South Alabama was picked to finish second in the East Division followed by Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Appalachian State, and Troy.

What a Senior Class
Arkansas State lost five seniors off last season’s team in Markie Schaedig, Mallory Warrington, Kelsey Reis, Jessica Heuertz, and Shelby Holmes.
Schaedig and Warrington were both All-Americans a season ago, with Schaedig earning the school’s first All-American honor as a sophomore in 2014. Schaedig ended her career with the third most digs in school history (2,153). Warrington became the ninth member of the 1,000-1,000 Club with 4,296 career assists and 1,183 digs. The 4,296 assists were the third most in school history. Schaedig was a three-time SBC Defensive Player of the Year, while Warrington received the Setter of the Year award from the league twice.
Reis was no slouch as she was a back-to-back First-Team All-Conference performer and finished her career with 399 blocks, good for eighth most in school history. She is also responsible for the seventh-highest hitting percentage in school history of .302. Heuertz played in 121 matches in her career with 684 digs as a defensive specialist, while Holmes played in 65 with 246 kills.
A-State has eight newcomers on the squad.

Newcomers Shine
Arkansas State broke in several newcomers with five seeing action in the Bluegrass Battle and another earning the first playing time of her career (Soph. Diane Phillips).
Tatum Ticknor subbed in to play libero for Phillips during the Kentucky match and had a solid weekend by leading the team with 52 digs for a 5.78 per set average. She added another 25 in the win over SIU and leads the league with a 5.92 per set average.
Ellie Watkins played setter and excelled, while Timber Terrell, Peyton Uhlenhake, and Ryley Gill were the other true freshmen to receive playing time. Terrell and Uhlenhake both tallied the first kills of their careers, while Gill had three digs. Uhlenhake also had a block. Terrell also played again Tuesday versus SIU and had two kills and a dig.

Red Wolves Non-Conference Notes
Arkansas State went 8-6 in non-conference last 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 38-30 in non-conference action under head coach David Rehr.
A-State is 1-0 against the AAC and Missouri Valley Conference in 2017 with 0-1 marks against competition from the Southeastern Conference and PAC 12.