ASU Volleyball hits the road to take on SEMO Tuesday night

From Arkansas State University

SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State Red Wolves will travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Tuesday, Oct. 2 to take on the Redhawks in a nonconference matchup.

THE SEMO SERIES: ASU leads the all-time series between the schools 22-20, including a 3-0 sweep over the Redhawks last season in Jonesboro.

JAZZ IT UP: For the second time this season, Jasmine Terry tied a career-high with 18 digs against North Texas on Friday night. She has reached 18 kills four different times in her career, including once against Rice earlier this season.

ASSIST ME: Allison Kearney moved into sixth-place on the all-time ASU career assists list with 2,761 for her career over the weekend. Susan Buttry is fifth on the list with 2,817 for her career.

HOME SWEET HOME: Starting Sept. 28, ASU will play in Jonesboro for the first time since Aug. 28 when the Red Wolves defeated Memphis 3-0. A-State has played 13 straight road or neutral site matches since defeating the Tigers.

DOMINATING THE COMPETITION: ASU continued its dominance over the Warhawks with a sweep on Sunday. The Red Wolves have lost just three sets to ULM since 2005 and have not lost a set since 2007.

MOVING UP: Megan Baska continues to steadily make her away up the all-time ASU career digs list. She has 1,325 digs for her career and is currently in fourth-place on the All-time list at ASU.

MILESTONES: Senior Jasmine Terry surpassed 800 career kills against ULM with 18 against ULM. She has 811 for her career and leads A-State with 230 kills so far this season.

MORE MILESTONES: Senior Taylor Coughlin hit the 500 career-dig mark over the weekend, while fellow senior Kelsie Hodges is closing in on 600 career kills. Hodges currently had 562, including 168 on the year.

FIRST WIN: First-year head coach David Rehr won his first career Sun Belt Conference game with a 3-1 victory over Florida Atlantic on Sept. 21.

MY MARIE: Sophomore Marie Hadar set a new career-high with nine kills against Florida Atlantic.

MAKING A NAME: Junior Kelsey Sullivan had a season-high seven digs against Florida-Atlantic and also recorded her first solo block of the season against the Owls.

WHERE THEY RANK: Senior setter Allison Kearney ranks 50th in the nation with 10.85 assists per set. Kelsie Hodges is 45th in the nation with a .378 attacking percentage on the year.
Hodges .366 attacking percentage is second among the best conference players, while Kearney's 10.98 assists per game is second in the conference. Jasmine Terry ranks seventh in the conference with 3.32 kills per set.

TEAM RANKINGS: As a team, ASU ranks 48th in the nation with 12.98 assits per set. THe also rank 51st in the nation with 13.85 kills per set. ASU also ranks among Sun Belt Conference teams in both categories.

NEW HEIGHTS: Senior Kelsie Hodges set a career-high with 16 kills against McNeese State. She also had a career-high .560 hitting percentage in the match. That hitting percentage is also the highest of any A-State player this season.

MAKING AN IMPACT: Junior Kelsey Sullivan had a career-high 19 kills against Northern Iowa, which is also the most of any ASU player this season. She also added a career-high four blocks against Long Beach State and Bradley.

CAREER WEEKEND: Sophomore outside hitter Marie Hadar enjoyed one the best weekends of her career at the CEFCU Classic. Hadar had season-high in kills and career-highs in attacks and blocks. She had eight kills against Long Beach State, 16 attacks against Long Beach State and Northern Iowa and seven blocks against Bradley, which is the most of any ASU player this season.

SENIOR LEADING  THE WAY: Kelsie Hodges' .476 attacking percentage against Bradley was the second-highest of any ASU player this season.

TEAM HIGH: ASU had a team-high 83 digs against Northern Iowa and team-high 11 blocks against Bradley.

ATTACKING THE COMPETITION: As a team, the Red Wolves recorded their three highest team attacking percentages on the year at McNeese State Big Daddy Invitational. The team's .333 percentage against Bethune-Cookman has been the highest so far this season, while the .330 percentage against McNeese ranks second. The .311 percentage against Hampton ranks as the third highest.

FIRST VICTORY: Head Coach David Rehr collected his first victory as a Division I head coach with the win over Rice Aug. 25.

KILL IT: Jasmine Terry tied her career high for digs with 18 against Rice. She previously had 18 digs against Troy in 2010 as a sophomore.

DIG IT: Taylor Szypulski set a new career-high with 16 digs against Rice.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Kelsie Hodges and Megan Baska were each named to the Rice Invitational All-Tournament team.
Allison Kearney and Kelsie Hodges were selected to the All-Tournament at the McNeese State Big Daddy Invitational.
Junior Kelsey Sullivan earned All-Tournament honoro as the CEFCU Classic.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Allison Kearney picked up three more double-doubles over the weekend to give her seven on the year. She had 39 assits and 12 digs against Long Beach State, 45 assists and 20 digs against Northern Iowa and 46 assists and 12 digs against Bradley.

NEW FACES: ASU welcomed three new faces to the 2012 squad. Freshmen Hannah McRee and Haley Townsend join the squad after enjoying solid prep careers. Kelsey Sullivan joined the team after transferring from Pittsburg State and will have two years of eligibilty remaining.

THE REHR FILE: David Rehr was named the seventh head coach in ASU volleyball history after serving as the head volleyball coach at Blinn College the previous nine years. During his time at Blinn he led the Buccaneers to two NJCAA National Championships (2008 and 2011), was a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year, a three-time AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year and a nine-time NJCAA District Coach of the Year.

LOOKING AHEAD: As another volleyball season approaches, the excitement surrounding the Arkansas State Red Wolves volleyball program continues to build. There have been of changes over the last year that have raised the level of excitement around the program.
The Red Wolves enjoyed a successful 2011 campaign that saw them finish the season with a 20-11 record and 12-4 record in conference play which earned the squad a third straight Sun Belt Conference Western Division Crown and their first Western Division crown outright since 1998.
Building on the momentum from three straight winnings seasons, Director of Athletis Dr. Dean Lee announced Jan. 11 that David Rehr had been selected as the seventh head coach in school in school history, giving the coach his first Division-I head coaching job after enjoying a successful stint at the junior college level. Rehr came to Arkansas State after serving as the head coach at Blinn College the previous nine years. During his time at Blinn he led the Buccaneers to two NJCAA National Championships (2008 and 2011), was a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year, a three-time AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year and a nine-time NJCAA District Coach of the Year.
Rehr worked quickly to establish his first coaching staff, and hired Jessicca Weynand to serve as assistant coach. Weynand previously worked with Rehr at Blinn College where she helped lead the team to the 2011 NJCAA National Championship with a perfect 38-0 record that ended with four-set victory over Western Wyoming in the championship match. Rehr also added assistant coach Jeremy Thornburg in August to serve as the team's travel coordinator, video coordinator and assistant in the day-to-day operations of the volleyball program.
Upon being named head coach, Rehr immediatly began working on his first recruiting class that included a junior college transfer from Pittsburg State and an incoming freshman. The pair will have large task to fill the void left by Cayla Fielder, who was one of the most successful players in A-State volleyball history.
With a strong recruiting class a talented group of returning players the excitement for the 2012 season is high. The Red Wolves return 12 lettermen, including five starters and its libero. Among the returning players are All-SBC second team selections Allison Kearney and Ashley Tipps. Kearney, a senior, is among the best setters in the SBC and ranks eighth on the all-time ASU career assists lists. Tipps enjoyed a career season finishing with career bests in kills, hitting percentage, matches played and a career low in hitting errors.
Senior Jasmine Terry will anchor the front line attack for A-State. In 2011 she was second on the team with 314 kills and a .255 hitting percentage. Junior Shelby Crncic also returns and was among the team's best servers, while seniors Kelsie Hodges, Taylor Coughlin and Amanda Chaparro will provide leadership and will see increased time in 2012.
Libero Megan Baska will anchor the defense after another strong year. She is 11th on ASU's all-time career digs list and had a career-high 40 digs against Alabama-Birmingham which was the third most in the rally scoring era in Sun Belt Conference history.

LAST TIME OUT: JONESBORO, Ark. (9/30/12) – The Arkansas State volleyball team improved its Sun Belt Conference record to 2-2 with a 25-17, 26-24, 25-18 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at the HPESS Facility on Sunday.

The Red Wolves (11-8, 2-2 SBC) trailed just eight times over the three set match and relied on a steady attacking game to pick up the sweep over the Warhawks (4-9, 0-4). Senior Jasmine Terry led the way with 16 kills, just two shy of her career-high. Fellow senior Kelsie Hodges added eight kills and a .429 attacking percentage.

Senior Allison Kearney finished with 37 assists and moved into sixth-place on the all-time career assist list at ASU. Junior libero Megan Baska added 13 digs, while Taylor Coughin chipped in with eight digs.

"We recovered really well after the way we played on Friday night so I was happy about that," ASU volleyball coach David Rehr said. "It is just a matter of us doing it again, especially with a quick turnaround and three matches this coming week."

ASU used a late run to help secure a first-set victory and take an early edge in the match. Hodges and Terry used a 7-1 run to close at the set and give ASU a 25-17 victory. Terry finished the match with three straight kills, including a slam on set point.

ASU posted solid numbers in the second-set, but ULM matched the Red Wolves step-for-step. ULM held a 21-19 lead late in the match, but a kill from Marie Hadar and attack error from the Warhawks evened the score at 21-21. After trading the next four points, Hodges connected on back-to-back kills to send ASU to a 26-24 victory.

The swing in momentum was too much for ULM to overcome and ASU cruised to a 25-18 victory on the third set.

ASU will travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Tuesday to take on Southeast Missouri State in a non-conference matchup. The match will be broadcast for free at First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.