ASU Volleyball hosts UAPB in "Pink Game" Wednesday night

From Arkansas State University

MATCH 24: vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (8-18, 2-2 SWAC)

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Convocation Center (Jonesboro, Ark.)

7:00 p.m. CDT

Series: A-State leads 20-0

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SERVING IT UP: The Arkansas State volleyball team hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff in its last non-conference match of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center.  The match will also be A-State's "Pink Game."

THE UAPB SERIES: A-State leads the all-time series with the Lady Lions by a count of 20-0.  UAPB was the first opponent Arkansas State competed against in its volleyball history in 1975 and A-State came away with a 2-0 victory.  The last meeting between the schools occurred during the 2010 ASU Invitational with the Red Wolves earning a 3-0 win.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Senior Libero Megan Baska leads the Red Wolves in digs with 405 on the year.  She led A-State with 34 digs over the weekend.  Her 4.55 digs per set average on the year ranks as the second best in the Sun Belt Conference.  She has 1,972 career digs and is second on the all-time career digs list at Arkansas State.  She is only 28 digs from becoming only the second player in A-State history to record 2,000 digs.

SENSATIONAL SADIE: Senior Sadie Clark is tops in kills for the Red Wolves this season with 274 and kills per set with a 3.11 average.  She was second on the team with 16 kills over the weekend.  Her 3.11 kills per set average ranks seventh in the Sun Belt Conference.

KILLING IT WITH KEMP: Junior Sarah Kemp was tied for first on the team with 18 kills over the weekend.  She is now second on the team with 214 kills on the season.  Kemp is also the team's leader in service aces with 23 and is ranked seventh in the Sun Belt Conference with 0.27 aces per set.

SULLIVAN'S SOLID WEEKEND: Senior Kelsey Sullivan was tied for the lead in kills over the weekend was 18 and led the team with a .314 hitting percentage.  Sullivan is third on the team in kills with 208 and leads the team with a .283 hitting percentage that also ranks as ninth best in the conference.  Sullivan is also second on the team in blocks with 73 and a 0.82 blocks per set average.

SETTING IT UP: Senior Jackie Gerig leads the Red Wolves in assists with 671 assists and an 8.83 assists per set average that ranks fifth in the SBC.  She is averaging 9.85 assists per set in conference matches and that average is good for fourth in the conference.

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 (14).  She also ranks third on the team in digs with 144 on the year.

A SIDE OF REIS: Freshman Kelsey Reis leads A-State freshmen in kills (127) and is second on the team with a .264 hitting percentage.  She is the team leader in blocks with 76 and blocks per set at 0.89.  Additionally, she leads the team in block solos with 11.

DIGGING WITH SCHAEDIG: Freshman Markie Schaedig is second on the team in digs with 179 on the season for a 2.03 digs per set average.  She is also third on the team in service aces with 15.

THIS IS WARRINGTON: Freshman Mallory Warrington started at setter against ULM and finished with 41 assists and fell one dig shy of her third straight double-double.  She recorded double-doubles against Texas State and UT Arlington.  She registered 28 assists and 11 digs against the Bobcats and had 48 assists and 17 digs against the Mavericks.

BASKING IN THE GLORY: Senior libero Megan Baska was awarded her 11th career Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week award for her efforts during week seven of the season.  She is the all-time record holder in the SBC for DPOW awards.

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: Megan Baska earned a spot on the Belmont Bruin Classic All-Tournament Team during A-State's last tournament of the season, 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.

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.

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. (10/19/13) – The Arkansas State volleyball team lost to Western Kentucky 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-20) in Sun Belt Conference action at the Convocation Center Saturday night.
With WKU (18-5, 8-1 SBC) up 2-0, the Red Wolves put up a valiant effort in the third set.  A-State (10-13, 6-3 SBC) jumped out to an early 5-2 lead after a kill by Kendal Davis, but Western Kentucky fought back to tie it at 5-5 after a 3-0 run.  The Red Wolves were able to gain a two point edge at 11-9 after a Lady Topper error, but the two teams found themselves tied at 15-15.  WKU earned the next two points to take a 17-15 lead, but two straight points from A-State; capped by a Kelsey Sullivan kill tied the set at 17-17.  The Lady Toppers regained the lead and stretched it out to two points at 20-18 before a Jackie Gerig kill and a block from Davis and Kelsey Reis tied the set at 20-20.  Western Kentucky regained control by scoring the next two points to force an ASU timeout and then reeled off three straight points to finish the set on a 5-0 run and take the third game 25-20 and the match 3-0.
"Western Kentucky is a good team, but we gave them too much respect during the first two sets," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said.  "We started playing two sets too late and it's hard to overcome that."
Sullivan led the Red Wolves in kills with nine during the match, while Gerig dished out 23 assists.  Defensively, Megan Baska led A-State with 11 digs and Kelsey Reis had three blocks.
Western Kentucky raced out to an 11-5 lead in the first set, but A-State clawed its way back to within two points at 13-11 after a Markie Schaedig service ace.  The Lady Toppers would go on to end the set on a 12-3 run to earn a 25-14 first set victory.  The second set started off evenly with the score being tied at 7-7 and A-State only trailed by two at 14-12 after a WKU service error.  The Lady Toppers began to separate themselves by going on a 5-0 run to set the score at 19-12 and ended the set on an 11-4 run to take a 25-16 game two victory.
Arkansas State returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 23 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.  The contest against UAPB represents A-State's "Pink Game" to help raise breast cancer awareness and support cancer research.