SERVING IT UP: The
Arkansas State volleyball team will travel to the Jack Stephens Center
in Little Rock, Ark. to take on in-state rival UALR in its first road
conference match of the season.
THE UALR SERIES: A-State
leads the all-time series with the Trojans 47-16. Last season the Red
Wolves took two of the three meetings between the two schools. A-State
defeated UALR 3-0 in Little Rock before
UALR claimed a 3-2 victory in Jonesboro. The two teams met again in the
SBC tournament with A-State winning the match 3-1 in Bowling Green, Ky.
OFF TO A GOOD START: The
Red Wolves 2-0 start in Sun Belt Conference matches is the first time
A-State has been 2-0 in the SBC since the 2006 season when ASU started
out 3-0 in conference play.
CAN YOU DIG IT:
Senior Libero Megan Baska leads the Red Wolves in digs with 255 on the
year. She led A-State with 33 digs during the first weekend of
conference play. Her 4.18 digs per set average on the
year ranks as the fifth best in the Sun Belt Conference. She has 1,822
career digs and is second on the all-time career digs list at Arkansas
State. Baska was named to the Belmont Bruin Classic All-Tournament Team
earlier this season.
SENSATIONAL SADIE: Senior
Sadie Clark is tops in kills for the Red Wolves this season with 175
and kills per set with a 2.92 average. She added 26 kills in the
opening weekend of conference play, which was
the second most on the team. She is ranked sixth in the SBC in kills
KILLING IT WITH KEMP: Junior
Sarah Kemp led the Red Wolves with 33 kills over the weekend for a 3.30
kills per set average. She became the third A-State player to eclipse
the 100-kill mark and is third on
the team with 131 kills on the season. Kemp is also the team's leader
in service aces with 19 and is ranked sixth in the Sun Belt Conference
with 0.33 aces per set.
A SIDE OF REIS: Freshman
Kelsey Reis leads A-State freshmen in kills (87) and total blocks (52).
She leads the team in block solos with seven and blocks per set with
0.91. Reis is also ranked eighth in the
SBC with a .301 attacking percentage.
BLOCK PARTY: Kelsey Sullivan is the team leader in blocks on the season with 53 and second in blocks per set with a 0.87 average.
SETTING IT UP: Jackie
Gerig leads the Red Wolves with 500 assists on the year, which comes
out to an 8.47 assists per set average. Gerig's average is good enough
to rank seventh in the SBC.
DOUBLE VISION: Jackie
Gerig registered her fourth double-double of the season against Troy
Sept. 29 after handing out 47 assists and recording 11 digs. Her
previous double-doubles came against Kennesaw State
(Sept. 6), Memphis (Sept. 17), and Mississippi State (Sept. 21).
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
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
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: JONESBORO,
Ark. (9/29/13) – The Arkansas State volleyball team moved to 2-0 in Sun
Belt Conference play with a 3-2 (25-17, 29-31, 20-25, 25-20, 15-13)
victory over Troy Sunday afternoon at the
A-State (6-10, 2-0) came
out strong in the first set by taking a 10-3 advantage after a kill from
Kendal Davis and the Red Wolves led 19-10 after a Troy attack error.
Troy (5-11, 0-2) was able to get within six
points at 23-17, but a kill by Sadie Clark and Troy attack error gave
the Red Wolves the final two points and a 25-17 win.
With the Red Wolves up in
the match 1-0, an intense second set took place and both teams went back
and forth with A-State tying it up 10-10 on a Jackie Gerig service ace.
Troy responded with a 6-2 run for a 16-12
lead before A-State used an 8-3 run to take a 20-19 lead after a Clark
kill. The match was then tied 10 more times, the last coming at 29-29,
before two Troy kills gave the Trojans a 31-29 set victory. With the
match tied 1-1, Troy started game three out
with a 12-6 lead, but A-State was able to tie it at 18-18 after a Clark
kill. Troy responded with a 7-2 run to win the set 25-20 and take a 2-1
lead into the fourth set.
The fourth game was tied
10-10 before A-State used an 8-3 run, capped by a kill from Sarah Kemp,
to take an 18-13 edge. Troy was able to cut the deficit to 24-20 before
a Trojan service error gave A-State the 25-20
set victory and tied the match at 2-2. The deciding fifth set did not
get off to a promising start for the Red Wolves as the Trojans built a
4-1 lead. A-State fought back to take an 8-7 lead after a Trojan attack
error, but Troy battled back to take a 12-10
advantage. The Red Wolves used an attack error and two consecutive
blocks to take a one point lead at 13-12 before a Trojan kill tied the
set at 13-13. The Red Wolves won the next point on a Sarah Kemp kill
for a 14-13 lead and a block by Davis and Kelsey
Sullivan clinched a 15-13 set victory and a 3-2 match win for Arkansas
"This was a great win for
us today in another hard-fought conference match," A-State volleyball
coach David Rehr said. "We're seeing our difficult non-conference
schedule paying off. It was tough to lose some of
those matches when we did, but we learned from it and it has obviously
prepared us well for our conference schedule, which is what we wanted it
to get us ready for."
Kemp led A-State with 15
kills and also registered a double-double by adding 11 digs. Clark and
Sullivan also reached double-digit kills for the Red Wolves with 13 and
10, respectively. Gerig also recorded a double-double
by handing out 47 assists and totaling 11 digs. Megan Baska registered
15 digs and Clark recorded six total blocks, including two block solos,
to lead A-State defensively.
The Red Wolves return to
action in a road contest against in-state rival and SBC opponent UALR
Wednesday, Oct. 2. The matchup with the Trojans is scheduled to begin
at 7 p.m. in the Jack Stephens Center.