SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State volleyball team will travel to Memphis, Tenn. to face the 6-3 Tigers Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
THE MEMPHIS SERIES: A-State
trails Memphis 26-28 in the series overall, but the Red Wolves have won
the last six matches daing back to 2003, including last year's 3-0
sweep in Jonesboro, and are 17-2 against
the Tigers since 1991. This will be the 55th meeting between A-State
and Memphis, which makes it the second-longest rivalry in A-State
CAN YOU DIG IT: Senior
Libero Megan Baska recorded 37 digs over the three matches in the
Hampton Inn Bama Bash and broke the 1,700 barrier during the tournament.
She now has 1,711 career digs and is second
on the all-time career digs list at Arkansas State. She passed Tessa
Millikan's 1,669 career digs for second place with her 15th dig in the
Ole Miss match Sept. 7.
SENSATIONAL SADIE: Senior
Sadie Clark broke the 100-kill mark for the season over the weekend.
She has 112 kills for a 3.20 kills per set average to lead the Red
Wolves in both categories.
ALL-TOURNAMENT CLARK, TAKE TWO: Sadie
Clark made her second consecutive all-tournament team by making the
Hampton Inn Bama Bash All-Tournament team. She was tied for the lead in
kills over the weekend with
27 and led the team in kills per set with a 3.00 average.
ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES FOR GERIG: Setter
Jackie Gerig recorded her first al-tournament selection of the year at
the Hampton Inn Bama Bash. She had 76 assists for an 8.44 assists per
SERVICE ACE SARAH: Junior
Sarah Kemp leads the Red Wolves with 14 service aces, which is good for
second in the conference. She recorded seven of those 14 this past
weekend at the Bama Bash.
CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Sadie
Clark is ranked fifth in the SBC in kills per set with her 3.20 kills
per set average while Kelsey Sullivan's .328 hitting percentage is fifth
best in the conference.
A SIDE OF REIS: Freshman Kelsey Reis leads A-State freshmen in kills (49) and tota blocks (24). She leads the team in block solos with five.
DIGGING WITH SCHAEDIG: Freshman Markie Schaedig is second on the team in digs with 68 on the year.
BLOCK PARTY: Kelsey
Sullivan led the Red Wolves with 10 blocks at the Hampton Inn Bama Bash.
She is the team leader in blocks on the season with 31.
SETTING IT UP: Jackie Gerig leads the Red Wolves with 272 assists on the season, which is a 8.00 assists per set average.
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
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
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
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.
LAST TIME OUT: TUSCALOOSA,
Ala. (9/14/13) – The Arkansas State volleyball team swept Nicholls
State 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13) in its last match at the Hampton Inn
Bama Bash Saturday and finished the tournament
with a 2-1 record.
In the first set against
the Colonels (3-7), Arkansas State got off to a slow start and trailed
Nicholls State 5-1 after six points. The Red Wolves fought back to tie
the set at 15-15 on a Shelby Crncic service
ace and recorded its first lead at 18-17 after a Nicholls State ball
handling error. A-State got within one point of winning the set at
24-20 on a bad set by the Colonels, but Nicholls State fought off three
set points to make it a 24-23 game. After an Arkansas
State timeout, a Sarah Kemp kill clinched the 25-23 first set victory
for the Red Wolves.
With the 1-0 lead, the Red
Wolves kept the momentum and raced out to a 12-6 lead after an attacking
error by the Colonels. Nicholls State got within four points at 15-11,
but wouldn't get any closer as A-State closed
out the set on a 10-5 run for a 25-16 set victory. With the 2-0 lead in
the match, A-State jumped out to a 13-7 lead after an attacking error
by Nicholls State. After a Colonels timeout, Nicholls State was able to
cut the A-State lead to 16-12, but that was
as close as the Colonels would get. The Red Wolves finished the set on a
9-1 run culminated by a kill from Mallory Warrington to give A-State
the 25-13 set victory and 3-0 sweep of the Colonels.
Sadie Clark led the Red
Wolves with nine kills, while Kemp and Kelsey Sullivan added seven kills
each. Jackie Gerig paced A-State with 17 assists and Warrington handed
out six assists in one set of action. Kemp
recorded four service aces and Crncic added three of her own to lead
Arkansas State. Defensively, Megan Baska, Crncis, and Gerig each had
eight digs to lead ASU, while Kemp and Kelsey Reis recorded five blocks
"I've said it several
times, but we are progressing and heading in the right direction now,"
A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We're learning how to play
as a team now and win as a team which is huge for
us. We've got Memphis and another tournament coming up, but it's all in
preparation for two weekends from now when we open up conference play
with Georgia State and Troy."
Clark and Gerig were both
named to the Hampton Inn Bama Bash All-Tournament team for their
performances over the weekend. Clark recorded 27 kills on a .257
hitting percentage, four digs, and three blocks over the
weekend. Gerig led A-State with 76 assists and also added 14 digs, nine
kills, three blocks, and two service aces during the tournament.
The Red Wolves improve to 3-7 on the season and head to Memphis to take on the Tigers Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in its next match.