JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - The A-State volleyball squad will play host to Florida Atlantic and Florida International this weekend. The Red Wolves-Owls matchup is set for Friday at 7:00 p.m., while the ASU-FIU contest is slated for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will be played in the Convocation Center. Livestats will be available at AStateRedWolves.com.
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State enters its second consecutive home weekend at 10-9 overall and 4-3 in Sun Belt Conference play. The Red Wolves topped in-state rival UALR last weekend in four sets.
FAU will travel to Jonesboro at 10-13 overall, with a 1-6 mart in SBC action. The Owls dropped a pair of matches at home last weekend to Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. FAU has lost its last five consecutive matches.
FIU holds a record identical to A-State at 10-9, 4-3. The Panthers split a pair of matches at home last weekend, topping MTSU in four sets before falling to WKU in five sets. FIU will meet the UALR Trojans Friday night before facing ASU Sunday.
THE FAU SERIES: Arkansas State stands at an undefeated 5-0 on the hardwood against Florida Atlantic in the all-time series. The Red Wolves topped the Owls in three straight sets last season in Boca Raton.
THE FIU SERIES: Arkansas State holds a 14-7 advantage in the all-time series versus FIU, but the Panthers have won the last five consecutive meetings. FIU swept A-State last season in Miami. The last ASU win was a 3-0 victory in Jonesboro during the 2005 season.
THINK PINK: Donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be collected at this weekend's matches in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A donation box will be set up at the Yellow Entrance of the Convocation Center.
BASKA NOTCHES SECOND SBC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: Freshman libero Megan Baska earned her second Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week award after helping the Red Wolves to a 1-1 conference record on the road last weekend, the league announced Monday.
Arkansas State topped Troy Friday night by a score of 3-1 and forced the South Alabama Jaguars into five sets Sunday afternoon. USA held on for the five-set win.
Baska totaled 55 digs on the weekend, posting 25 against Troy and 30 against South Alabama. She averaged 6.11 per set and added five assists, a service ace and her second kill of the season.
The Overland Park, Kan. native now has 333 digs to her credit this season for an overall average of 5.20 per set, which ranks third in the league. She also owns a team-high 14 service aces on the year.
Oct. 29 and 30 will mark a road swing through the state of Louisiana for the Red Wolves as they meet ULM Friday and Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday before returning to Jonesboro for matches against Denver Nov. 5 and North Texas Nov. 6 at the HPESS complex.
ASU will travel to Little Rock to take on the UALR Trojans for a second time in their only midweek action of the season Nov. 9 at the Jack Stephens Center.
The Red Wolves will then wrap up their season Nov. 12 and 13, hosting ULM and Louisiana-Lafayette at the HPESS complex.
This year's SBC Tournament will be hosted by Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Nov. 18-20, and the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds are set for Dec. 2-4.
Ingram said, "We are all optimistic about the direction of this team. The girls have been working hard all summer, and we are certainly seeing the rewards."
The Red Wolves also have some changes to their home facility this season. ASU's locker room got a makeover during the offseason to include a lounge area with a flat screen television, refrigerator and two computer work stations. The lockers now have a personalized touch with each player's name, jersey number and picture displayed in them, and the walls are adorned with custom graphics.
"I am extremely grateful for the locker room renovation," said Ingram. "Facility improvements are important in the recruitment of student-athletes, and specifically it shows the administration's support and positive direction of its programs. Our volleyball team is fortunate and we are all thankful."
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