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Preview: Red Wolves Set For Final Non-Conference Weekend

September 19, 2019

JONESBORO, Ark. (9/19/19) – Only one weekend separates the Arkansas State volleyball team from Sun Belt Conference play, with the Red Wolves closing non-conference play this Friday and Saturday at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Virginia.

There, A-State (6-3) looks to end pre-Sun Belt action on a high note, taking on Charlotte (Friday, 9 a.m. CT), host Virginia Tech (Friday, 6:30 p.m.) and Chattanooga (Saturday, Noon). Friday night’s showdown against the Hokies will be streamed live on ACC Network Xtra.

Tournament Information
Dates: Sept. 20-21
Location: Cassell Coliseum (9,275) – Blacksburg, Virginia

Friday, Sept. 20:
9 a.m. – Arkansas State (6-3) vs. Charlotte (7-5) (
11:30 p.m. – Chattanooga (5-5) at Virginia Tech (6-4)
4 p.m. – Chattanooga vs. Charlotte
6:30 p.m. – Arkansas State at Virginia Tech (

Saturday, Sept. 7:
Noon – Arkansas State vs. Chattanooga (
2:30 p.m. – Charlotte at Virginia Tech

Series History vs. Hokie Invitational Teams

Record vs. Charlotte: 1-0
Last Meeting: W, 3-2 (2011 – Nashville, Tenn.)
Streak: A-State, 1
Restrepo vs. Charlotte: 2-1

Record vs. Virginia Tech: 2-1
Last Meeting: L, 1-3 (9/1/2017 – Jonesboro, Ark.)
Streak: Virginia Tech, 1
Restrepo vs. Virginia Tech: Never met

Record vs. Chattanooga: 1-0
Last Meeting: W, 3-2 (2000 – Jonesboro, Ark.)
Streak: A-State, 1
Restrepo vs. Chattanooga: Never met

Quick Hitters

  •  – This season marks the 45th year of volleyball at Arkansas State, owning an all-time mark of 1,050-536-5 (.662)
  •  – Timber Terrell posted one of the best weekends of her career during the A-State Invitational, leading the team in blocks and finishing second in kills en route to All-Tournament honors. She and Macey Putt earned all-tournament laurels last weekend in the Red Wolves’ home tournament.
  •  – Through the first nine matches, A-State has tallied 14 total double-double performances. Through nine in 2018, the Red Wolves totaled nine double-doubles.
  •  – Under first-year head coaches, the Red Wolves are 141-99 overall.
  •  – On Saturday vs. UAPB, Santiago Restrepo earned his 300th win at the Division I level.
  •  – Entering Thursday, A-State ranks in the top five in the Sun Belt Conference in 14 categories (See page 5 of Match Notes for more).

Scouting the A-State Invitational

  •  – Charlotte enters the weekend coming off a five-set victory against Davidson on Tuesday night. The 49ers went 16-15 overall a season ago and return five starters, plus their libero from 2018. As of Sept. 18, Charlotte leads the nation in digs (795) and ranks fifth in both attacks (1650) and blocks (109.0) as a team. Yumi Garcia leads the country in digs (289), while Sidney Rowan stands fourth nationally in total attacks (526) and 16th in kills (161).
  •  – Virginia Tech represents A-State’s second Power-5 opponent in three weeks, coming out of the Atlantic Coast Conference (picked 13th preseason). The Hokies enter the weekend on a three-match winning streak, taking wins at the Amy Svodoba Memorial Classic hosted by Air Force, defeating UC Irvine (3-2), Loyola Chicago (3-1) and Air Force (3-1). Tech ranks 14th nationally in total attacks as a team (1510), which leads the ACC. The Hokies also rank second in the ACC in blocks (86.0), as well as holding the top spot in both kills (526) and digs (634).
  •  – Chattanooga enters the weekend on a three-match winning streak, sweeping the Chattanooga Classic with wins over Tennessee Tech (3-1), Manhattan (3-2) and North Alabama (3-0). The Mocs went 10-20 in 2018 and return 11 players from that roster. As a team, Chattanooga ranks 19th in the nation in aces (69).

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 38-8 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 31-0 dating back to 2017.
  •  – This season, the Red Wolves are 4-0 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 has held eight of its nine opponents to hitting percentages of below .200 to open the year. As of Sept. 18, the Red Wolves own the top opposing attack percentage in the Sun Belt Conference, holding foes to a mark of just .151, a mark that ranks ninth nationally.

Welcome to the [Block] Party

  •  – Through the first nine matches of 2019, the Red Wolves have amassed 73.0 blocks, which ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference entering the weekend.
  •  – Over the same span in 2018, A-State tallied 71.5 blocks as a squad.
  •  – Freshman Kendahl Davenport ranks fourth in total blocks in the league (30).

Double Vision

  •  – In nine matches, Arkansas State players totaled 14 double-doubles to open the year, led by four each from Peyton Uhlenhake and Malgorzata Andersohn. That team total bests the 2018 mark through nine (9).
  •  – Julianna Cramer has accounted for three, while Macey Putt has two and Hannah Cox has one.
  •  – In 2018, the Red Wolves totaled 33, with Macey Putt tied for second on the team with 8.

Fans can follow the team on Twitter (@AStateVB) and Instagram (astatevb) along with liking the Arkansas State University Volleyball page on Facebook for the latest news and updates regarding the team.

Original article source: | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

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