JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Arkansas State sophomore libero Markie Schaedig (Little Rock, Ark.) earned her third career Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week award, while freshman middle blocker Jessica Uke (Cedar Hill, Texas) was named the SBC Freshman of the Week for the second straight time the league office announced Monday.
Schaedig, ranked number one in the country in digs per set with a 6.51 average, had a record-setting match Sunday against Louisiana-Lafayette when she registered an A-State rally scoring era record 42 digs. The 42 digs also tied her for the second most in SBC rally scoring era history and came just nine days after tallying 41 digs versus Appalachian State, which was an A-State rally scoring record at the time and placed her tied for the third most in conference history.
Friday night against Troy, Schaedig recorded 21 digs to give her a combined total of 63 (7.88 digs per set) for the weekend. She has 553 total digs on the year, which puts her ninth on A-State's season record list with six regular-season matches still left to play. Additionally, the 553 digs are the most in the Sun Belt Conference and fifth most in the entire nation.
Uke continued her fantastic freshman campaign by leading the team in kills over the past weekend with 25 total on a .500 hitting percentage. She registered 10 kills on a .500 attacking percentage in A-State's 3-0 win over Troy Friday night and followed that performance with a 15-kill showing, also hitting at a .500 clip, in the Red Wolves' 3-2 win over ULL. She also tied for the team lead with eight blocks between the two matches.
This season, Uke has the highest hitting percentage on the team at .386, a mark that is ranked second in the conference. She is second on the team in total blocks with 41 and has the third most block solos with nine. Her 136 kills rank fourth on the team and her 2.34 kills per set average is the third highest on the squad.
Arkansas State, ranked 77th in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) standings, returns 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