ASU Volleyball participates in Hampton Inn Bama Bash

From Arkansas State University

MATCH 8: vs. UT Martin (6-2)
Friday, Sept. 13 • Tuscaloosa, Ala. • 2:00 p.m. CDT
Series: A-State leads 21-11
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MATCH 9: at Alabama (4-2)
Friday, Sept. 13 • Tuscaloosa, Ala. • 7:00 p.m. CDT
Series: Series tied 3-3
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MATCH 10: vs. Nicholls State (2-4)
Saturday, Sept. 14  • Tuscaloosa, Ala. • 2:00 p.m. CDT
Series: A-State leads 4-1
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SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State volleyball team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the Hampton Inn Bama Bash to face UT Martin and host Alabama on Sept. 13 before squaring off against Nicholls State Sept. 14.

THE UT MARTIN SERIES: A-State leads the all-time series against the Skyhawks 21-11.  The Red Wolves have swept UT Martin 3-0 in the previous two meetings in 2008 and 2009.

THE ALABAMA SERIES: A-State and Alabama are 3-3 against each other all-time.  Alabama won the last meeting 3-0 in 2001.

THE NICHOLLS STATE SERIES: A-State leads the Colonels 4-1 in the all-time series.  A-State has won the last four meetings between the two schools.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Senior Libero Megan Baska recorded 57 digs over the three matches in the Ole Miss Magnolia Invitational and is now second on the all-time digs list for a career at Arkansas State with 1,674.  She passed Tessa Millikan's 1,669 career digs with her 15th dig in the Ole Miss match Sept. 7.

SENSATIONAL SADIE: Senior Sadie Clark leads the team in kills with 85 on the season for a 3.27 kills per set average.  She's also added 10 digs, four blocks, and four assists.

ALL-TOURNAMENT CLARK: Sadie Clark led the Red Wolves with 47 kills on a .200 hitting percentage and a 3.62 kills per set average over the weekend at the Magnolia Invitational.  For her efforts she was named to the Magnolia Invitational All-Tournament team.

A SIDE OF REIS: Freshman Kelsey Reis leads A-State freshmen in kills (33) and tota blocks (16).  She leads the team in block solos with three.

DIGGING WITH SCHAEDIG: Freshman Markie Schaedig is second on the team in digs with 51 on the year.  She is also tied for the team lead in service aces with seven.

BLOCK PARTY: Kelsey Sullivan led the Red Wolves with 14 blocks at the Magnolia Invitational, which was a 1.08 block per set average.  She is now the team leader in blocks on the season with 21.

SETTING IT UP: Jackie Gerig leads the Red Wolves with 196 assists on the season after recording 113 over the weekend.

SULLIVAN'S GREAT WEEKEND: Senior Kelsey Sullivan was awarded a place on the Missouri Tiger Invitational All-Tournament Team for her performance.  She registered 33 kills with an outstanding .360 attacking percentage and also added seven blocks over the tournament's four matches.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP: Seniors Megan Baska, Sadie Clark, Shelby Crncic, and Kelsey Sullivan are the only A-State players to play in all 26 sets this season.

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.

CLARK'S DIVISION I FAMILY: Division I sports are not uncommon to Sadie Clark and the rest of her family.  Her father, Steve, played football at Kansas State before playing in the NFL.  Her older sister Destiny played volleyball at Arkansas and older brother Zac played football at Oregon.  Currently, her younger brother Trace is playing football at Oklahoma State.

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.

LAST TIME OUT: OXFORD, Miss. (9/7/13) – The Arkansas State volleyball team fell to Ole Miss (4-2) by a score of 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23) in the final match of the Magnolia Invitational held in Oxford, Miss.

In the first set against the Rebels, A-State and Ole Miss battled to an 8-8 tie until the Rebels were able to stretch lead out to 14-10.  A-State got within two points 15-13 before Ole Miss responded to take a 19-14 lead.  The Red Wolves got within 20-17 on a Rebel attack error, but Ole Miss closed out the set with a 5-2 run to earn the 25-19 set win for a 1-0 lead in the match.  A-State responded with a strong start to the second set by racing out to an 8-3 lead capped by a kill from Shelby Holmes.  Ole Miss rallied to take the lead at 17-16 and went back and forth until it was tied 22-22.  Sadie Clark recorded two straight kills and Jackie Gerig capped the 25-22 set victory for the Red Wolves with a kill.

Ole Miss started the third set off strong by gaining an 8-3 lead over the Red Wolves.  A-State battled back with an 8-1 run, finished with a kill from Holmes, to earn an 11-9 advantage over the Rebels.  With the set tied 15-15 Ole Miss started to pull away with a 4-0 run and went on to win the set 25-19.  With the Rebels up 2-1 in the match, the fourth set proved to be a thriller.  After A-State jumped out to a 7-3 lead, neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way out.  A Clark kill gave A-State the lead at 21-20, but four consecutive Ole Miss points put the Red Wolves down 24-21.  A kill by Sarah Kemp got A-State within 24-23, but an Ole Miss kill on the next point gave the Rebels a 25-23 set victory and 3-1 match win.

Clark led the Red Wolves with 16 kills in the match and Kemp added 11 of her own.  Gerig led A-State with 37 assists and added five kills with seven digs.  Megan Baska registered 19 digs to pace the Red Wolves and moved into second place all-time in A-State history with 1,674 career digs.  Sullivan led A-State with five blocks.

"We were playing three freshmen and two transfers most of the match," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said.  "I felt like this was the best we've played so far this season.  We got better this weekend and we should keep getting better and better."

Clark was named to the Magnolia Invitational All-Tournament team after leading the Red Wolves in kills with 47 kills, which came out to a 3.62 kills per set average.

The Red Wolves will return to action Friday, Sept. 13 in the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, hosted by the University of Alabama.  A-State will face UT Martin at 2 p.m. before squaring off against host Alabama in the nightcap at 7 p.m.