JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – Arkansas State’s Darby Graff claimed her first career Sun Belt Conference Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week award, while Markie Schaedig earned her fifth Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week award of the season, and Mallory Warrington picked up her third Setter of the Week accolade this year the league office announced Monday.
The Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week award for Graff is only the second for the team this season and first since Carlisa May earned the weekly honor after week three of the season. Graff, a native of Hallsville, Texas, led the team in kills with 25 (3.57 per set) in A-State’s wins over Georgia State (3-0) and Appalachian State (3-1) and did so on the highest hitting percentage on the squad with a .429 mark.
A redshirt junior, Graff tallied nine kills on a .471 attacking percentage Friday night against the Panthers before leading the team with 16 kills on a .406 percentage versus Appalachian State Sunday. The outside hitter is third on the team in kills (276) and has a team-best .367 hitting percentage, which also lead the Sun Belt Conference. Additionally, Graff has the second-most blocks on the team with 57 and has recorded 39 digs.
Schaedig’s Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week award is her second consecutive and is the 10th career weekly award the Little Rock, Ark., native has won. She was outstanding once again with 56 digs (8.00 per set) in the two Red Wolves’ wins over the weekend. She registered 27 digs against Georgia State Friday night before tallying 29 more against Appalachian State Sunday. She didn’t have a reception error in either match.
The junior libero ranks second in the conference in digs per set at 5.55 and has recorded 494 digs this season, which puts her just outside a top-10 season mark in school history. The 5.55 per set mark ranks as the 10th best in the nation. Additionally, Schaedig has the second-most assists on the team with 102 and has added seven service aces to go along with six kills.
A native of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Warrington earned her fifth weekly award of her career and third Setter of the Week accolade of the season by handing out 87 assists (12.43 per set) in A-State’s wins over Georgia State and Appalachian State. She dished out 37 helpers against the Panthers before following with a 50-assist performance against the Mountaineers. She also had 13 digs against the Apps for her team-best 14th double-double of the year to go along with two service aces.
Warrington has tallied 1,024 assists this season for an 11.51 per set average that ranks second in the conference and 13th in the nation. Additionally, she has the second-most digs on the team with 259 and is second on the squad in service aces with 21. She’s also contributed 87 kills and 24 blocks during the year.
The Red Wolves sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 20 matches and moved up to No. 19 in the PrepVolleyball.com poll. The team also received 71 points in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll to be the first team outside of the top-25 behind No. 25 North Carolina’s 94 points. A-State is ranked 22nd in the latest NCAA Rating Percentage Index rankings.
Arkansas State returns to action Thursday, Nov. 12 against Appalachian State at the Convocation Center. First serve is set for 6 p.m. and “Senior Night” ceremonies will be held to honor outgoing seniors Kariana Castanon-Hill and Hannah Robey.