ASU Volleyball travels to UALR Wednesday

From Arkansas State Univeristy

MATCH 17: at UALR (10-4, 2-0)
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Jack Stephens Center (Little Rock, Ark.)
7:00 p.m. CDT
Series: A-State leads 47-16
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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 per set.

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 All-Tournament Team.

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.

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 Convocation Center.
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 State.
"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.