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ASU volleyball hosts Georgia State and Troy this weekend

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MATCH 15: vs. Georgia State (5-9)
Friday, Sept. 27
Convocation Center (Jonesboro, Ark.)
7:00 p.m. CDT
Series: A-State leads 2-0
Live Stats and Live Video: AStateRedWolves.com

MATCH 16: vs. Troy (5-9)
Sunday, Sept. 29
Convocation Center (Jonesboro, Ark.)
12:00 p.m. CDT
Series: A-State leads 9-0
Live Stats and Live Video: AStateRedWolves.com

SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State volleyball team will host Georgia State in its home and conference opener on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.  The Red Wolves will host conference foe Troy Sept. 29 at noon to wrap up the first weekend of conference play.

THE GEORGIA STATE SERIES: A-State leads the series with the Panthers by a mark of 2-0.  The Red Wolves defeated Georgia State in the teams' last meeting 3-0 in Atlanta during the 1990 season.

THE TROY SERIES: Arkansas State leads the all-time series against Troy 9-0.  A-State took last year's meeting by a score of 3-1 in Jonesboro.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Senior Libero Megan Baska was named to the Belmont Bruin Classic All-Tournament Team.  She led the Red Wolves with 49 digs during the tournament for a 4.45 digs per set average.  She has 1,789 career digs and is second on the all-time career digs list at Arkansas State.  

SENSATIONAL SADIE: Senior Sadie Clark continues to lead the Red Wolves in kills with 149 and kills per set with a 2.98 average.  She is ranked seventh in the SBC in kills per set.

ALL-TOURNAMENT RED WOLVES: In addition to Megan Baska's nod to the Belmont Bruin Classic All-Tournament Team, Sadie Clark was named to the Bama Bash All-Tournament Team and the Magnolia Invitational All-Tournament Team, Kelsey Sullivan was named to the Missouri Tiger Invitational All-Tournament Team, and Jackie Gerig was named to the Bama Bash All-Tournament Team.  

CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Megan Baska is ranked third in the Sun Belt with a 4.35 digs per set average, while Sarah Kemp and Shelby Crncic are fifth and eighth, respectively, on the service aces per set SBC rankings.

A SIDE OF REIS: Freshman Kelsey Reis leads A-State freshmen in kills (77) and total blocks (41).  She leads the team in block solos with five.  Reis is also tied for seventh in the SBC with a .308 attacking percentage.

BLOCK PARTY: Kelsey Sullivan is the team leader in blocks on the season with 45 and blocks per set with a 0.88 average.

SETTING IT UP: Jackie Gerig leads the Red Wolves with 405 assists on the season, which comes out to a 8.27 assists per set average.

FRESH FACES: The Red Wolves have played seven freshmen so far this season and counting transfers, nine new players have seen the court for A-State this year.

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 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.
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