MATCH 14: Troy (6-7, 0-0) at Arkansas State (8-5, 0-0)
Friday, Sept. 21 • 6:30 p.m. CDT
First National Bank Arena • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 17-1
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network

MATCH 15: South Alabama (6-7, 0-0) at Arkansas State (8-5, 0-0)
Sunday, Sept. 23 • 12:00 p.m. CDT
First National Bank Arena • Jonesboro, Ark.
Series: A-State leads 30-5
Live Stats: AStateStats.com; Live Video: Red Wolves Digital Network

QUICK DIGS
This season is the 44th year of volleyball at Arkansas State and A-State has an all-time mark of 1,033-524-5 (.663) and had the 19th most wins in Division I and was tied for the 25th best winning percentage in Division I history entering the 2018 campaign.
A-State has now reeled off six straight wins after losing a 3-2 decision to UMKC to begin the Kangaroo Classic Sept. 6. Since then, the Red Wolves have beaten SEMO, Providence, SIUE, UCA, Southern Illinois, and Jackson State. The last three came in A-State’s home tournament as the team claimed the A-State Invitational title.
The Red Wolves’ tournament win in last weekend’s A-State Invitational was the first non-conference tournament win since the team won the Golden Hurricane Classic in 2015 hosted by Tulsa. The squad also won the Redhawks Invitational that season.
Senior Carlisa May knocked in 24 kills in each of the matches she played in the A-State Invitational against Central Arkansas and Southern Illinois for a 5.33 per set average and didn’t play in the win over Jackson State. She was still able to win the tournament’s MVP award, her first MVP award of the season and second career (2015 SBC Tournament), and in the process clinched an All-Tournament spot in all of A-State’s non-conference tournaments this year. May also had 20 digs, 10 in each match, to give her a team-best five double-doubles.
Senior Ellie Watkins and sophomore Tatum Ticknor were also named to the A-State Invitational All-Tournament team. Watkins handed out 100 assists in two matches for an 11.11 per set average, while Ticknor had 58 digs for a 4.83 per set average and also tied for the team lead with five service aces.
Freshman Macey Putt had a solid tournament with 37 kills (4.11 per set) along with 20 digs and five aces. The Ozark, Mo., native had 20 kills, her second match of at least 20 kills, and 11 digs against SIU for her third double-double of 2018.
Madison Brown, Sara Betts, Julianna Cramer, and Josie Stanford all had their first career starts in the event with Brown, Betts, and Cramer starting vs. Jackson State.

A-State vs. Troy Series History
A-State leads the all-time series with Troy by a count of 17-1. The series began with A-State winning a non-conference match over Troy 3-1 in 1999 at the Southern Mississippi Holiday Inn Classic in Hattiesburg.
The two teams began playing as Sun Belt Conference foes in 2005 and A-State has won every meeting with the two schools other than the 2013 meeting in Troy, Ala. The Red Wolves lost 3-1 after winning the previous meeting in Jonesboro that season 3-2.
Since that loss, A-State has won seven straight over the Trojans, including two matches last season. A regular-season win in Troy by a score of 3-0 before another sweep of the Trojans inside First National Bank Arena in the first round of the SBC Tournament after Troy, the eighth seed, upset fifth-seeded South Alabama.
A-State head coach David Rehr is now 9-1 against Troy. In the latest meeting in the SBC Tournament all three sets were close with A-State winning 25-22, 28-26, and 25-22. Carlisa May had 16 kills, while Drew Jones had 11. Ellie Watkins handed out 36 assists and Tatum Ticknor had 16 digs.
Troy enters the weekend at 6-7. The two teams have one common opponent thus far with the Trojans losing 3-0 to SEMO in the first weekend of the season, while A-State defeated the Redhawks 3-2 Sept. 7.

A-State vs. South Alabama Series History
The Red Wolves are 30-5 all-time against South Alabama and currently have a six-match win streak over the Jaguars.
The series began in 1982 with A-State dropping a 2-0 decision to the Jags in the Mississippi Univeristy for Women Invitational. The two schools didn’t play again until A-State claimed a 3-1 victory as part of a 41-1 season in 1988. That win started a 14-match win streak over the Jaguars that USA snapped with a 3-1 victory in Jonesboro in 2001.
Since the loss in 2001, the Red Wolves are 16-3 against the Jaguars with head coach David Rehr holding an 8-1 advantage over South Alabama all-time. The Jags claimed wins in 2005 and 2010 before a sweep over A-State in the second meeting of 2013 to represent the only loss under Coach Rehr.
In last season’s meeting, the Red Wolves won 3-1 in Mobile, Ala., Oct. 22 to hand South Alabama its first SBC loss after starting 9-0. Carlisa May led the team with 19 kills, while Timber Terrell Jessica Uke added 12 and 10, respectively. Uke and Terrell each had five blocks, with Uke registering four block solos. A-State hit .250, while USA was close with a .244 percentage, but A-State out blocked South Alabama 10-7 and had five service aces, while the Jaguars had none.
South Alabama enters the weekend at 6-7 and haven’t played a common opponent with A-State. The Jags swept their home tournament two weekends ago with wins over Southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi State, and Louisiana Tech. South Alabama went 1-2 last weekend with the win coming over Southern Miss. The losses were to No. 25 Alabama (3-1) and No. 15 Purdue (3-2).

Opening SBC Play
A-State is 19-8 all-time in SBC openers and began with seven straight wins in league openers from 1991-1997. As a matter of fact, Arkansas State won 51 straight conference matches after joining the SBC in 1991 before a loss to Lamar in its second conference match of the 1997 campaign.
The Red Wolves are 4-2 in conference openers under Coach Rehr, but lost last season’s opener at home against Coastal Carolina. A-State has swept both matches of the SBC-opening weekend three times under Rehr (2013, 2015, and 2016) with 2013 being the only one at home with five-set wins over Georgia State and Troy.

A-State at its Home Tournament
This was the third straight year A-State has hosted a non-conference tournament and the third time under head coach David Rehr. The Red Wolves are now 6-3 in home tournaments under Coach Rehr after three wins at the 2018 A-State Invitational.
Records indicate that A-State’s first home non-conference tournament was in 1988 and has hosted 27 all-time with an all-time record of 81-12 (.871) in those matches. The team has only posted a losing record in a home tournament twice (2007 and 2017).