Volleyball team sets off conference season
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 16:09
The Lady Red Wolves volleyball team is setting up to begin their conference season with a two-game weekend.
“I’m excited to be home, definitely,” Head Coach David Rehr said.
“It’s been four long weeks and it’s going to be nice not having to go out and travel, plus playing in the Convocation Center is great.”
A-State enters this weekend with a record of 4-10, with the most recent matchup being a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs of Mississippi State.
Coach Rehr admitted there were several things that needed to be fixed ahead of these matchups.
“We need to take care of our own business,” Rehr added.
“We’ve had moments of doing the right things, but it kind of went away there at the end. You can see on film that we have done a lot of things that we corrected in the past, and we just need to address these issues.”
The Lady Red Wolves will begin this weekend’s action by taking on Georgia State.
The Panthers, who are brand new to the Sun Belt Conference, enter the game 5-9 on the season and are 1-2 on the road.
The Panthers are led by senior Emily Averbeck, the only senior on the team, has had 231 digs on the season and was awarded Sun Belt Defensive Player of The Week last week.
As this is the Panther’s first year in the Sun Belt, much is unknown about this team, which Coach Rehr admitted.
“Georgia State is brand new to the conference, so it’s an unknown,” he said.
“I don’t know that they’ve ever been in the state of Arkansas and definitely not here in Jonesboro, so they’re going to have to get used to these facilities.”
The Panthers recently suffered a 3-1 loss to SIU-Edwardsville.
The second part of this weekend’s action will feature a matchup with a more known foe in Troy.
This is a team that Coach Rehr recognizes will be formidable in conference this year.
“Troy was picked second in the conference coming into this year and they’re a great team. They have a great player coming back in Blair Winston.”
Winston, a sophomore on the team, has had an impressive 65 kills, 13 digs, and eight blocks on the season.
The Trojans, who will face the Red Wolves as their first conference opponent, enter into the game 5-9 as well and are 1-3 on the road.
The similarities between the two teams continue as Troy fell 3-1 to the Clemson Tigers last Saturday.
Coach Rehr is confident in the weekend play.
“Come out and we’ll make you proud,” Rehr said.
The matchup against Georgia State begins Friday at 7 p.m., and the matchup with Troy has been moved to Sunday at noon.
Both matches will be in the ASU Convocation Center.