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ASU Volleyball faces crucial road test this weekend

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Arkansas State (17-12, 7-5) at North Texas (21-11, 7-5)
Friday Nov. 9 • 7 p.m. CDT
Series: NT Leads 17-16

Arkansas State (17-12, 7-5) at ULM (5-16, 1-11)
Sunday November 11 • 1 p.m. CDT
Series: ASU Leads 28-5

SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State volleyball team plays its final two matches of the year on the road.  The Red Wolves travel to Denton, Texas for a showdown with North Texas on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.  ASU then heads to Monroe, La. to complete the regular season against ULM on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.

THE NORTH TEXAS SERIES: North Texas holds a 17-16 advantage over ASU breaking the tie with its 3-0 win in Jonesboro earlier this year.

THE ULM SERIES: ASU holds a 28-5 all-time lead against the Warhawks, including a 3-0 victory this season in Jonesboro.

HOME SWEET HOME: ASU wrapped up its home schedule with a 3-0 win over ULL Nov. 2.  ASU went 5-2 at home this season.

STANDINGS:  Arkansas State is a full-game behind Arkansas-Little Rock in the race for the Sun Belt West Division title. The teams split a pair of matches this season, but the Trojans hold the edge with an 8-4 conference record, while ASU stands at 7-5 heading into the final weekend of competition.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: ASU has clinched a spot in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, but its seed has yet to be determined.

SENIOR NIGHT: ASU will honor its five seniors, Taylor Coughlin, Amanda Chaparro, Kelsie Hodges, Jasmine Terry and Allison Kearney, in a ceremony after the ULL match on Friday night.

BASKING IN THE GLORY: Arkansas State junior libero Megan Basaka was named the Defensive Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week on Oct. 22 for the second time this season and the 10th of her career, which set the record LORY: for the most DPOW awards in SBC history.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Junior Libero Megan Baska now has 1,504 career digs.  She has now moved into third-place all-time on the career digs list at ASU, passing Erin Neeley's 1,497 digs.  Baska also has over 400 digs in each of her first three seasons at A-State.

ASSIST ME: Senior setter Allison Kearney had a season-high 59 assists against UALR and moved into fourth-place on ASU's all-time career assist list. Kearney now has 3,147 assists for her career. Her 59 assists against the Trojans were just seven shy of trying her career high for a single match.  She also recently surpassed the 1,000 assist mark for the season, marking the third straight season she's done so.

MY MARIE: Junior Marie Hadar had a career-high .824 attacking percentage against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday. She connected on 14 kills in 17 attempts and did not have an error. That percentage is also the highest of any A-State player this season. Her 14 kills were also her highest total of the season.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Kearney's 11.08 assists per set clip is the 34th highest ranking in the NCAA, while Hodge's .330 hitting percentage ranks 97th. As a team ASU ranks 42nd in kills per set (14.03) and 49th in assists per set (13.01).

RANKING HIGH: Arkansas State ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference with 13.95 kills per set and second in the conference with 12.96 assists per set.  ASU is also third in digs with 15.11 digs per set.

MORE RANKINGS: Kelsie Hodges ranks fifth in the conference in hitting percentage with a .324 clip, while Marie Hadar is ninth with a .291 clip. Jasmine Terry is fifth in the conference with 3.41 kills per set.  Allison Kearney is second in the conference with 11.02 assists per set, while Megan Baska is fifth in digs with 4.35 digs per set.

RANKINGS IN CONFERENCE MATCHES:  In conference games, ASU ranks second with 12.98 assists per set, while it also ranks second with 14.24 kills per set. The team is also second in the conference with 15.45 digs per set.

CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Marie Hadar now ranks sixth in hitting percentage with a .351 clip in conference matches.  Jasmine Terry is seventh with 3.48 kills per set, while Allison Kearney is second with 11.19 assists per set.  Megan Baska is also second with 4.35 digs per set.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Senior setter Allison Kearney recorded her 14th double-double of the season against UALR on Oct. 28. She is the only ASU player to register more than one double-double performance this season and now has 36 career double-doubles.

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.

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.

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.

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: COLUMBIA, Mo. (11/6/12) – The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a straight-set decision to Southeastern Conference opponent Missouri 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 in a nonconference match on Tuesday night.

The Red Wolves (17-12) were paced offensively by Marie Hadar's eight kills, while Taylor Szypulski led the team with a .545 attacking percentage. Allison Kearney added 27 assists on the night and Megan Baska collected a team-high 15 digs.

"It was good to go play outside of our conference before playing a tough team like North Texas this weekend," ASU head volleyball coach David Rehr said. "Missouri is a really good team and the environment was a good experience for our team."

ASU fell behind 6-1 early in the first set, but closed the gap to 12-9 behind a strong effort from Hadar. The sophomore had four kills during ASU's push to close within three, but the Tigers went on a 9-3 run to put the set out of reach.

Missouri jumped out to a 16-10 lead in the second set, but the Red Wolves closed the margin to 18-16. Szypulski scored four of ASU's six points during the run and finished with six kills on the night. The Red Wolves pulled within 22-20 later in the set, but got no closer as the Tigers escaped with a four-point victory.

ASU never threatened in the third set after falling behind 18-10. Baska collected seven digs in the set, and A-State had three team blocks in the frame.

The Red Wolves will finish out the regular season on the road with a pair of Sun Belt Conference matches. A-State will take on North Texas on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by its regular-season finale against ULM on Sunday, Nov. 11.


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