Arkansas State (14-9, 4-3) at Arkansas-Little Rock (9-10, 5-2)
Tuesday, Oct. 16 • 7 p.m. CDT
Series: ASU Leads 45-15
SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State Red Wolves travel to Little Rock to take on in-state Sun Belt Conference foe Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m. in the Jack Stephens Center on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
THE UALR SERIES: ASU holds a 45-15 record over the Trojans all-time, including a pair of wins over the school during the 2011 season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior setter Allison Kearney recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 39 assists and 16 digs against the Ragin' Cajuns. She is the only ASU player to register more than one double-double performance this season and now has 35 career double-doubles.
CAREER-YEAR: Senior Jasmine Terry is on pace to have the best season of her career at A-State. Through 23 matches this year she has accumulated 302 kills and a 3.73 kills per set. Her highest season total for kills came in 2011 when she had 314 kills and a 2.73 kills per set average. She is also on pace to reach 900 kills for her career, having totaled 883 thus far.
ANOTHER CAREER-YEAR: Senior Kelsie Hodges has already turned in the best kill totals of her career for a single season with 199 on the year. She also leads the team with 64 total blocks on the year, 32 more than the next closest person on the team. Her .338 attacking percentage is also best on the team.
RANKING HIGH: Arkansas State ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference with 13.86 kills per set on the year and fourth in assists with 12.86 assists per set on the year. The Red Wolves also rank fourth in the conference with 15.05 digs per set.
MORE RANKINGS: Keslie Hodges ranks third in the conference in hitting percentage with a .338 mark while Jasmine Terry's 3.73 kills per set also ranks third in the conference. Allison Kearney's 10.91 assists per set is also third best among her conference peers.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Kearney's 10.91 assists per set clip is the 42nd highest ranking in the NCAA, while Hodge's .338 hitting percentage ranks 87th. As a team ASU ranks 47th in kills per set (13.86) and 53rd in assists per set (12.86).
SWEEPING THE HONORS: Jasmine Terry and Megan Baska were named the Sun Belt Conference's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the Week of Oct. 1-7. It was the first time this year an ASU player had received either honor. The award was the second of Terry's career and the ninth career award for Baska.
REWRITING HISTORY: Arkansas State junior libero Megan Baska moved into fourth place on the all-time ASU career digs list with 1,383 for her career. Baska passed Caitlyn Mitchell who had 1,382 career digs. Erin Neely is third on the list with 1,497 career digs.
JAZZ IT UP: After tying her previous career-high of 18 kills against North Texas, senior Jasmine Terry broke new ground with a career-high 24 kills against Southeast Missouri State. She also had a career-best 56 attacking attempts in the match.
ASSIST ME: Allison Kearney moved into fifth-place on the all-time ASU career assists list with 2,895 for her career. She now has 856 assists on the season, which is best among all ASU players. Jo Beth Mathis is fourth on the list with 3,054 assists for her career.
HOME SWEET HOME: Starting Sept. 28, ASU played in Jonesboro for the first time since Aug. 28 when the Red Wolves defeated Memphis 3-0. A-State had played 13 straight road or neutral site matches since defeating the Tigers. ASU is currently in the midst of playing four of its next five games in Jonesboro. The homestand will conclude this weekend.
CAREER-HIGHS: Junior Sadie Clark had a career-high four blocks against South Alabama.
MY MARIE: Marie Hadar had a career-high 10 kills against SEMO.
IT'S JUST A COUGH: Taylor Coughlin had a career-high 17 digs against Southeast Missouri State.
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.
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 on Sept. 30.
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.
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.
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.
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. (10/12/12) – Arkansas State Senior Jasmine Terry turned in a 12 kill performance, but it was not enough as Louisiana-Lafayette defeated the Red Wolves 25-20, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21 in a Sun Belt Conference road volleyball match on Friday night.
ULL (11-11, 3-4 Sun Belt) jumped out to a 2-0 set lead before ASU (14-9, 4-3 Sun Belt) rebounded with a 25-19 victory in the third set. Junior Kelsey Sullivan led the way for A-State in the set with four kills. The Red Wolves had a .320 attacking percentage in the set and finished with a side out percentage of 69 percent.
"We didn't show up for the first two sets," ASU volleyball coach David Rehr said. "I am proud of the way they responded in game three but couldn't sustain it in game four."
The Red Wolves displayed their blocking ability at the net by sending back seven attacks attempts on the night and have now blocked 156 attempts on the year. Senior Jasmine Terry led ASU with four blocks on the night.
Terry's 12 kills led the team, while Amanda Chaparro had nine kills on the night. Kelsie Hodges added eight kills on the night, while Sullivan had seven. Allison Kearney recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 39 assists and 19 digs, while Megan Baska led the team with 19 digs.