ASU volleyball opens season at Mizzou Invitational

From Arkansas State Sports Information Department

GAME 1: vs. Pittsburgh (0-0)

Friday, Aug. 30 • Columbia, Mo. • 12:00 p.m. CDT

Series: A-State leads 3-0

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GAME 2: vs. Idaho State (0-0)

Friday, Aug. 30 • Columbia, Mo. • 4:00 p.m. CDT

Series: First meeting

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GAME 3: vs. South Dakota (0-0)

Sat, Aug. 31 • Columbia, Mo. • 10:00 a.m. CDT

Series: First meeting

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GAME 4: at Missouri (0-0)

Sat, Aug. 31 • Columbia, Mo. • 4:00 p.m. CDT

Series: Missouri leads 1-4

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Live Online Video: Mizzou Network (Can be purchased at

TIME CHANGES: Saturday's match times against South Dakota and Missouri have been changed.  The starting time for the match against South Dakota is now 10:00 a.m. and the match against Missouri is now scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State volleyball team opens the season at the Missouri Tiger Invitational, squaring off against Pittsburgh and Idaho State on Friday before wrapping up the tournament against South Dakota and host Missouri on Saturday.

THE PITTSBURGH SERIES: A-State owns a 3-0 record over the Panthers.  The last meeting occurred in the 1994 Virginia Tech Hardee's Invitational with the Red Wolves securing a 3-0 sweep.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: The Red Wolves will take on the Idaho State Bengals for the first time in school history on Friday.  ASU then turns around to take on the South Dakota Coyotes (KI-yotes) Saturday for the first meeting between the two schools.

THE MISSOURI SERIES: Missouri leads the all-time series against A-State by a mark of 4-1.  Mizzou won a 3-0 decision over the Red Wolves last season.

SENIOR RED WOLVES: Megan Baska, Sadie Clark, Shelby Crncic, transfer Jackie Gerig, and Kelsey Sullivan are all beginning their final seasons as Red Wolves this weekend.

IT'S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE:  A-State says goodbye to 2012 seniors Amanda Chaparro, Taylor Coughlin, Kelsie Hodges, Allison Kearney, and Jasmine Terry.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Senior Libero Megan Baska now has 1,567 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 has registered at least 496 digs in each of her first three seasons at A-State.

KILLER KELSEY: Senior Kelsey Sullivan is the leading returner in kills for the Red Wolves this season.  She registered 238 kills, good enough for third on the team.

MY MARIE: Junior Marie Hadar had a career-high and A-State season-high .824 attacking percentage against ULL on Nov. 2 last season.  She has the highest career attacking percentage of any returning player at .291.

RECAPPING REHR'S FIRST SEASON: The Red Wolves went 19-14 with an 8-6 SBC record in coach David Rehr's first season.  Coach Rehr led the Red Wolves to its first win in the conference tournament since 2000 with a 3-1 victory over UALR.

NEW ASSISTANTS: The Red Wolves have two new assistant coaches for the 2013 season.  Susie Jangada joins the A-State staff after spending one season at Jacksonville University.  Tessa McGill joins the staff after lettering the past four seasons at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

FRESH FACES: The Red Wolves welcome 10 newcomers to this year's squad.  Of the 10, two are transfers, while the other eight are true freshmen.

FAMILIAR FACE: Senior setter Jackie Gerig transferred to A-State from LSU prior to this season, but is the only player on the roster to have played multiple seasons under Coach Rehr because of her time at Blinn Junior College in 2010 and 2011.

THE GREAT EIGHT: The Red Wolves feature players from eight different states this season.  The states represent are Arkansas (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (1), Iowa (1), Kansas (4), Missouri (2), Nebraska (1), and Texas (5).

SHORTEST TO TALLEST: Senior Shelby Crncic has the distinction of being the shortest player on the A-State roster this season coming in at 5'5, while there is a tie for tallest Red Wolf between redshirt freshman Hannah McRee and freshman Kelsey Reis with both registering a height of 6'3.

SIBLING RIVALRY: Megan Baska's brother, David Baska, is entering his senior season as a punter on the Air Force Academy football squad and has also lettered two years on the Falcon baseball team.

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Senior Jackie Gerig has seven siblings and all of them are volleyball players.  Four of them have played or are currently playing college volleyball.

BASKING IN THE GLORY: Senior libero Megan Baska has already set the Sun Belt Conference record for Defensive Player of the Week awards in a career with 10.

PRESEASON POLL: Arkansas State finished in a tie for fourth place in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll.  The Red Wolves and conference newcomer Texas State both received 64 points.

CONFERENCE CHANGES: For the 2013 season, the Sun Belt Conference will use a double round-robin format where each team will play each other twice.  With 10 members in the conference, this will equal 18 conference matches for the Red Wolves.  The SBC also welcomes three new members to the conference in Georgia State, Texas State, and UT Arlington.

BREAKING DOWN THE SCHEDULE: A-State will play teams from 11 different conferences and 12 different states this season.  The conference the Red Wolves face off against the most in the non-conference slate is the SEC.  The Red Wolves take on Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss this season.

2012 ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: Last season the Red Wolves placed two players on the SBC All-Conference teams.  Senior setter Allison Kearney earned first-team honors, while Megan Baska earned second-team honors for the second time in her career.

REPLACING KEARNEY: 2012 senior setter Allison Kearney finished her A-State career in fourth place all-time on the career assists list with 3,344.  She had her most productive season a year ago with 1,305, good enough for the 8th highest season total for assists in ASU history.

WHO'S GOING TO KILL IT: The Red Wolves must replace their top two kills leaders from a year ago.  Jasmine Terry led the Red Wolves with 387 kills, while Kelsie Hodges was second with 292.

THE REHR FILE: David Rehr completed his first season at Arkansas State with a 19-14 record.  He was named the seventh head coach in A-State volleyball history in 2012 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: Arkansas State will look to continue its rich volleyball history in 2013 after a successful campaign in 2012.  The Red Wolves went 19-14 with an 8-6 mark in Sun Belt Conference play.  A-State also registered its first win in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament since 2000 with a 3-1 win over Arkansas-Little Rock.

Head coach David Rehr looks to build upon the success from last season, but will have to do it with an entirely new coaching staff.  Rehr hired Susie Jangada to be his assistant coach.  Jangada spent the past season at Jacksonville University and has several years of coaching experience at the high school and college level to go along with a successful collegiate and professional playing career.  Joining Jangada on the staff will be Tessa McGill, a former volleyball player at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

A-State will have to replace several key contributors from last year's team, including first-team All-Sun Belt member Allison Kearney, who finished her career fourth on the all-time assists list at ASU.  The Red Wolves will also have to replace Jasmine Terry and Kelsie Hodges who were first and second on the team in kills a year ago.  The Red Wolves return six lettermen and their experience will be invaluable on the 2013 Red Wolves as the squad welcomes 10 newcomers, including eight true freshmen.

LSU transfer Jackie Gerig joins the Red Wolves for her senior season and figures to replace Kearney at setter.  Second-team All-Sun Belt selection Megan Baska and senior Shelby Crncic will anchor the defense.  Baska is third all-time on A-State's career digs list and her 10 SBC Defensive Player of the Week awards are the most in conference history.  Additionally, Baska and Crncic are the squad's returning leaders in service aces.

Senior Kelsey Sullivan was third on the team in kills last season and will be counted on to lead the team's front line.  Junior Marie Hadar has valuable experience as a middle blocker and outside hitter and figures to see an increased role on the front line along with senior Sadie Clark and redshirt junior Taylor Szypulski.