JONESBORO, Ark. (9/26/16) – Arkansas State seniors Markie Schaedig and Mallory Warrington were named the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week and Setter of the Week, respectively, in an announcement by the league office Monday afternoon.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Schaedig put together an impressive opening weekend of conference play as the Red Wolves defeated Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina. She registered 55 digs for a 6.88 per set mark to lead the A-State defense. The libero picked up 19 digs against App State before posting a season-high 36 digs against the Chanticleers. She also had a service ace and only had one reception error in the two matches.
This season Schaedig has recorded 329 digs for a 5.48 per set mark, both of which rank fourth in the nation. She’s got 1,873 digs in her career, good for third in school history. This award was the 12th of her career which ties her with former A-State libero Megan Baska for the most DPOW awards won in a career in conference history.
This is Warrington’s fifth straight Setter of the Week award to open the season and the 10th of her career. The Lake St. Louis, Mo., native paced the Arkansas State offense to a pair of wins on the Sun Belt’s opening weekend of conference play. She handed out 84 assists (10.50 per set) in the two wins and also added 14 digs, 10 kills, two blocks, and a service ace. She dished out 30 assists in the sweep of Appalachian State before recording 54 in the five-set win over Coastal Carolina.
Warrington ranks third in the nation with 11.83 assists per set, while her 710 total assists lead the country. She’s handed out 3,634 in her career to rank fourth in school history.
Arkansas State continues league play Friday night with a home matchup against ULM. First serve from the Convocation Center is set for 6 p.m.