Schaedig's Record-Setting Day Helps A-State Volleyball Top ULL in Five Sets
LAFAYETTE, La. (astateredwolves.com) – Sophomore libero Markie Schaedig registered an Arkansas State rally scoring record 42 digs to help the A-State volleyball team earn its fourth consecutive victory in a hard-fought 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 25-12, 15-13) win over Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday afternoon at the Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette, La.
After the two squads split the first four sets, A-State (15-8, 10-4) and Louisiana-Lafayette (16-11, 5-10) battled to a 6-6 tie in the fifth and deciding set, but the Red Wolves used a 5-1 run, capped by a Drew Jones and Jessica Uke block, to take an 11-7 advantage. The Ragin' Cajuns fought back with two points, but A-State was able to take a 14-10 lead after a Kariana Castanon-Hill kill. ULL won the next three points to force an A-State timeout, but a ball-handling error on the Ragin' Cajuns gave the Red Wolves a 15-13 set victory and 3-2 match win.
“We played great games in sets one and four and were able to gut out the fifth set for the win,” A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. “It's always tough to come here and get a win, but we were able to get to 10 wins in conference, which is huge. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into next week.”
Offensively, Uke led the team with 15 kills on a .500 hitting percentage, while Jones added 12 kills. Mallory Warrington registered her team-leading 17th double-double by handing out 47 assists and tallying the second most digs on the team with 14. A-State registered a season-high 11 service aces with Jessica Heuertz tying the team's season high with four, while Schaedig added three of her own.
Schaedig's 42 digs were also tied for the second most in Sun Belt Conference history in the rally scoring era and comes just nine days after her 41 digs against Appalachian State set the A-State rally scoring record. As a team the Red Wolves recorded their second-highest block total of the season with 13 as Kelsey Reis and Castanon-Hill tied for the team high with six blocks each.
“We heard that ULL was going to try and hit away from Markie, but obviously she was all over the place and still got her numbers,” Rehr added. “She did a great job getting us into system. She's a great player and we've always known that but she's really stepped up to the plate and played like a star the past couple of weeks.”
The Red Wolves started the match by jumping out to a 10-5 lead in the first set after a block from Warrington and Reis. The Ragin' Cajuns got within three points at 15-12, but never got any closer as A-State closed the set on a 10-5 run, capped by a Reis kill, for a 25-17 victory. ULL responded in the second set by taking a 20-14 lead, but A-State battled back within one point at 23-22. Louisiana-Lafayette was able to secure the next two points for a 25-22 second set victory.
With the match tied 1-1, ULL jumped out a 10-5 lead in the third set to force an A-State timeout. The Red Wolves fought hard to eventually take an 18-17 on a Reis block, but ULL earned the next two points and went on to win the set 25-22 for a 2-1 edge in the match. A-State trailed early in the fourth set 4-3, but took the lead back at 5-4 and ended the set on a 22-8 run for a 25-12 set victory that tied the match at 2-2.
The Red Wolves return to action Friday, Nov. 7 when they travel to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Georgia State. First serve from the GSU Sports Arena is set for 5 p.m., and fans can keep up with the entire match's action by viewing live stats at AStateRedWolves.com and by following @AStateGameday on Twitter. For the latest on the A-State volleyball team follow the squad on Twitter (@stAteVolleyball).