JONESBORO, Ark. (11/4/19) – A lengthy in-state rivalry will be renewed Tuesday night in Northeast Arkansas, as the Arkansas State volleyball team hosts Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. at First National Bank Arena.
The Red Wolves (13-10, 4-7 Sun Belt Conference) look to sweep the season series against the Trojans (6-17, 4-7) after claiming a 3-0 victory in Little Rock on October 19. A-State has claimed two in a row and nine of the last 10 in the series. Tuesday’s match could also be key for conference standings, as both the Red Wolves and Trojans are tied for the No. 8 spot in the league. The top eight teams based on conference record earn a spot in the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament held later this month.
Tuesday’s match is also “Dollar Ticket Night,” with tickets to the contest being $1 and available both at the door and online.
Date/Time: Nov. 5 (6:30 p.m.)
Location: First National Bank Arena (10,563) – Jonesboro, Arkansas
Promotions: Dollar Ticket Night
Series History vs. Little Rock
Record vs. Little Rock: 58-24
Last Meeting: W, 3-0 (10/19/2019 – Little Rock, Ark.)
Streak: A-STATE, 2
Restrepo vs. Little Rock: 8-0
- – This season is the 45th year of volleyball at Arkansas State, owning an all-time mark of 1,057-543-5 (.660).
- – Arkansas State has won two in a row in the series against Little Rock, including nine of the last 10 meetings between the in-state foes.
- – The Red Wolves and Trojans are currently tied at 8th in the conference, making Tuesday night’s match key to both teams’ 2019 Sun Belt Conference Tournament hopes.
- – A-State is 37-1 since the 2017 season when taking the first two sets. See page 5 for more.
- – Under first-year head coaches, the Red Wolves are 148-106 overall.
- – A-State has allowed the fewest service aces in the Sun Belt, just 81 through 87 sets played – 17 fewer than the No. 2 spot (Troy, 98). The Red Wolves give up less than one ace per set and are the only team in the league to average under an ace allowed per set.
- – The Scarlet and Black is the only team in the conference with three players who hold 60 or more blocks on the year (Davenport & Stanford – 68, Terrell – 63)
- – The Red Wolves own the third-lowest hitting percentage defense in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a .177 clip. That mark ranks inside the top 50 nationally (as of 11/4).
- – In 2019, A-State has tallied 32 total double-double performances. In 2018, the Red Wolves only totaled 33 as a squad. A-State’s 2019 pace is the best by a Red Wolves team since before 2010.
Know the Foe: Little Rock
- – Little Rock enters Tuesday’s match on a three-match winning streak, most recently ousting Georgia State (3-2) and Georgia Southern (3-0).
- – The Trojans’ streak came after dropping 10 of their last 11, with the only win coming against Appalachian State in four. Little Rock is led offensively by 2018 all-conference honoree Carol Barbosa, who has tallied 248 kills on the year. Nathalia Vigineski leads in assists with 343, but Alyssa Nayar is right behind at 313. Behind the service line, Laura Jansen leads with 17 aces.
- – Defensively, the Trojans are led in digs by Diana Giodani while Madison Nichols leads up front with 58 total blocks.
- – Arkansas State owns a commanding 58-24 lead in the all-time series and is 1-0 in 2019 against Little Rock, sweeping the Trojans at the Jack Stephens Center on Oct. 19.
- – The state of Arkansas is represented by four of A-State’s 15 players – Sara Betts (Marion), Madison Brown (Cabot), Julianna Cramer (Harrison) and Kendahl Davenport (Conway) are all native Arkansans.
- – Against Division-I opponents from the Natural State, the Red Wolves have been quite successful. A breakdown of series records vs. Arkansas counterparts is below:
A-State vs. Arkansas Opponents (Division 1)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 24-0 (1-0 in 2019)
Central Arkansas: 24-2
Little Rock: 58-24
Welcome to the (Block) Party
- – In 2019, the Red Wolves have amassed 178.0 blocks and 2.05 blocks per set, the latter which ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference entering Tuesday night’s match. A-State also ranks fourth in the league in solo blocks (56).
- – A-State’s total is the most since the 2017 team tallied 180.0 blocks as a team
- – Entering Tuesday’s match, Arkansas State is the only team in the conference with three players owning 60 or more blocks on the season.
First Set Is Key … Second Set Also Helps
- – Winning the first set is always a great start to a Red Wolves’ victory. In 2018, A-State was nearly unbeatable after taking the first set, going 16-3.
- – Over the past two-plus seasons, the Red Wolves are 44-9 when going up 1-0 in the match.
- – If you extend that trend into the second set, A-State was 14-0 when it took the first two sets in 2018, and 37-1 dating back to 2017.
- – This season, the Red Wolves are 9-1 when taking leads of 1-0 and 2-0.
Defense! (Clap Clap) Defense! (Clap Clap)
- – Defense has been a staple of Arkansas State’s success in recent years. In 2018, the Red Wolves were 8-2 when holding opponents to a hitting percentage of under .200.
- – This year, A-State held 11 of its first 12 opponents to hitting percentages of below .200 to open the year (the one team being nationally-ranked Rice, who hit .226). As of Nov. 4, the Red Wolves own the No. 3 opposing attack percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a mark of just .179.
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