ASU Volleyball travels to Texas for weekend SBC action
From Arkansas State University
MATCH 20: at Texas State (13-7, 3-2 SBC)
Friday, Oct. 11
Strahan Coliseum (San Marcos, Texas)
6:30 p.m. CDT
Series: A-State leads 4-1
Live Stats: AStateRedWolves.com
MATCH 21: at UT Arlington (11-7, 4-1 SBC)
Saturday, Oct. 12
College Park Center (Arlington, Texas)
7:00 p.m. CDT
Series: UTA leads 7-1
Live Stats: AStateRedWolves.com
SERVING IT UP: The
Arkansas State volleyball team travels to Texas to take on new Sun Belt
Conference members Texas State and UT Arlington. The Red Wolves square
off against the Bobcats of Texas
State Friday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. and play against the UT Arlington
Mavericks Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.
THE TEXAS STATE SERIES: A-State
leads the Bobcats 4-1 in the all-time series. Texas State took the
first match in 1981, but A-State has won four consecutive matches
between the schools, with
the last being a 3-1 victory at San Marcos, Texas in 2003.
THE UT ARLINGTON SERIES: The
Red Wolves traile the Mavericks 7-1 in the all-time series. A-State's
lone victory was a 3-2 victory in 2001 in Arlington, Texas. UTA won the
last meeting between
the schools in 2009 by a score of 3-2 in Arlington.
CAN YOU DIG IT: Senior
Libero Megan Baska leads the Red Wolves in digs with 328 on the year.
She led A-State with 47 combined digs over the weekend. Her 4.49 digs
per set average on the year
ranks as the second best in the Sun Belt Conference. She has 1,895
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 224
and kills per set with a 3.11 average. She led the team with 32 kills
and a 4.00 kills per set
average over the weekend. Her 3.11 kills per set average ranks sixth in
the Sun Belt Conference.
KILLING IT WITH KEMP: Junior
Sarah Kemp was second on the team with 26 kills during the second
weekend of conference play. She is now second on the team with 170
kills on the season. Kemp is
also the team's leader in service aces with 21 and is ranked sixth in
the Sun Belt Conference with 0.30 aces per set.
BLOCK PARTY: Kelsey Sullivan is the team leader in blocks on the season with 63 and is tied for first in blocks per set with a 0.86 average.
SETTING IT UP: Jackie
Gerig recorded 82 assists in A-State's matches against USA and ULL.
Gerig recorded a season-high 54 assists against the Jaguars. She leads
the Red Wolves with 630 assists
on the year, which comes out to an 8.87 assists per set average.
Gerig's average is good enough to rank sixth in the SBC.
SERVING WITH CRNCIC: Shelby
Crncic is second on the team in service aces with 17 and is the only
Red Wolf to have more service aces (17) than service errors (13).
A SIDE OF REIS: Freshman
Kelsey Reis leads A-State freshmen in kills (104) and total blocks
(59). She leads the team in block solos with seven. Reis is also
ranked eighth in the SBC with a
.301 attacking percentage.
DIGGING WITH SCHAEDIG: Freshman Markie Schaedig is second on the team in digs with 138 on the season for a 1.92 digs pet set average.
DOUBLE VISION: Jackie
Gerig registered her fifth double-double of the season against South
Alabama Oct. 4 after handing out 54 assists and recording 12 digs. Her
previous double-doubles came
against Kennesaw State (Sept. 6), Memphis (Sept. 17), Mississippi State
(Sept. 21), and Troy (Sept. 29).
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
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
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
LAST TIME OUT: JONESBORO,
Ark. (10/6/13) – The Arkansas State volleyball team suffered its first
home loss of the season to Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday afternoon by a
score of 3-0 (25-17, 25-22,
Cajuns (12-7, 2-3 SBC) came out on fire in the first set by taking a
10-4 lead. A Kendal Davis kill got the Red Wolves within five points at
17-12, but A-State (7-12, 3-2 SBC) wouldn't get
any closer as ULL closed the set out on an 8-5 run to take the first
set didn't get off to a much better start for A-State as the Ragin'
Cajuns jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but the Red Wolves battled back
to within one point at 9-8 on a Kelsey Reis and
Sadie Clark block. ULL responded with a 6-2 run to take a 15-10 lead
that forced an ASU timeout. The Red Wolves got within two points at
18-16 on a Kelsey Sullivan block and Louisiana-Lafayette called a
timeout. After the timeout, ULL used a 6-3 run to take
a 24-19 lead, but A-State got within two points at 24-22 on a Ragin'
Cajun attack error. ULL used its second timeout and was able to record a
kill to take the second set 25-22.
Facing a 2-0
deficit entering the third set, the Red Wolves tied it up at 4-4 early
after a Sullivan kill. A Louisiana-Lafayette 5-0 run put the Ragin'
Cajun lead at 9-4 before A-State was able to
battle back within two points at 14-12 after a Clark kill. Once again,
ULL responded with a 5-1 run to regain control of the set at 19-13. A
Davis kill got the Red Wolves back within three points at 22-19, but a
3-0 run by Louisiana-Lafayette gave the Ragin'
Cajuns a 25-19 third set victory and 3-0 match win over Arkansas State.
embarrassed ourselves today and overlooked a very good opponent,"
A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We expected to be like the
matches before where we came back in five and stole the win.
I'm tired of the excuses. I was disappointed from the get go today.
We're going to have a good week in practice though, I guarantee that."
Clark led the
Red Wolves in kills with 12 during the game, while Sarah Kemp recorded
10 kills of her own. Jackie Gerig handed out 28 assists during the
match, while Mallory Warrington and Jessica Heuertz
each recorded one service ace each. Defensively, Megan Baska led
A-State with 19 digs, while Sullivan, Reis, and Clark each had two
State returns to action when they travel to Texas to take on the Texas
State Bobcats Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas and the
UT-Arlington Mavericks Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in Arlington,
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