SERVING IT UP: The
Arkansas State volleyball team will travel to Nashville for the Belmont
Bruin Classic and face UAB on Friday, before squaring off against
Belmont and Mississippi State Saturday.
THE UAB SERIES: The
A-State/UAB all-time series is tied 5-5 with UAB taking the last two
meetings. In the last meeting between the schools, the Blazers defeated
the Red Wolves 3-2 in the 2011 Samford/UAB
THE BELMONT SERIES: Arkansas
State leads the all-time series against Belmont 6-1, but Belmont's lone
win against the Red Wolves came in the last meeting between the two
schools, a 3-1 decision in 2006.
THE MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES:
A-State leads the all-time series against the Bulldogs by a count of
18-6, with the Red Wolves earning a 3-1 victory in Starkville the last
time to two schools met in 2009.
CAN YOU DIG IT: Senior
Libero Megan Baska recorded a season-high 29 digs against Memphis. She
now has 1,740 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 continues to lead the Red Wolves in kills with 123 and
kills per set with a 3.15 average. She recorded kills on the last three
A-State points against Memphis in the fourth
set to clinch the match victory for the Red Wolves.
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
SERVING WITH SARAH: Junior Sarah Kemp leads the Red Wolves with 15 service aces and is ranked third in the SBC.
SERVICE ACE CRNCIC: Senior Shelby Crncic is second on the team in service aces with 12 with only five service errors.
CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Sadie
Clark is ranked sixth in the SBC in kills per set with her 3.15 average
while Kelsey Sullivan's .310 hitting percentage is sixth best in the
A SIDE OF REIS: Freshman Kelsey Reis leads A-State freshmen in kills (56) and tota blocks (29). She leads the team in block solos with five.
DIGGING WITH SCHAEDIG: Freshman Markie Schaedig is second on the team in digs with 77 on the year.
BLOCK PARTY: Kelsey
Sullivan led the Red Wolves with six blocks against Memphis. She is the
team leader in blocks on the season with 37 and blocks per set with a
SETTING IT UP: Jackie Gerig leads the Red Wolves with 316 assists on the season, which comes out to a 8.32 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 Texas State both received
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: MEMPHIS,
Tenn. (9/17/13) – The Arkansas State volleyball team improved to 4-7 on
the season with a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22) win over rival
Memphis (6-4) at Elma Roane Fieldhouse Tuesday
In the first set, A-State
was the first team to get to 10 points on a Memphis attacking error.
The Tigers came back and appeared to take control of the match at
20-16. After an A-State timeout, a Tiger attacking
error sparked an ASU 9-1 run, culminated by another Tiger attacking
error, that allowed the Red Wolves to win the first set 25-21. Memphis
responded in a big way by jumping out to a 10-5 lead to start the second
set. A-State fought back to get within three
points at 24-21 on a Sadie Clark kill, but the Tigers earned the next
point to quell the A-State comeback attempt.
With the match tied 1-1,
A-State and Memphis went back and forth for a 10-10 tie to start off the
third set. A 3-0 run, capped by a Jackie Gerig kill, gave A-State a
13-10 advantage and forced a Memphis timeout.
Memphis was able to get within two points at 20-18 on an ASU attacking
error. The Red Wolves stepped up and responded with a 5-1 run to win
the third set by a score of 25-19.
A very intense fourth set
occurred with the Red Wolves leading 2-1. Neither team had a lead of
more than two points and was tied 15-15 before A-State took control. A
5-2 run, culminated by a kill from Sarah Kemp
gave the Red Wolves a 20-17 lead and allowed A-State to take control. A
kill by Kelsey Sullivan gave A-State a 22-18 lead and Clark registered
the last three points for the Red Wolves on kills to give A-State a
25-22 set victory and a 3-1 match win over the
"It was a great win against
our rival," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "It was a great
match against an opponent from a major conference. We're starting to
compete better and it's moving us forward to
where we want to go."
Clark led the Red Wolves in
kills with 11, while Sullivan and Kemp added nine of their own. Gerig
led the team in assists with 44 and added 14 digs. Megan Baska paced
the Red Wolves with 29 digs and Sullivan led
A-State with six blocks during the match.
The Red Wolves return to action Friday, Sept. 20 against UAB in the Belmont Bruin Classic in Nashville, Tenn.