The ASU Women’s Cross Country team won their first conference Sun Belt Title. With handwork and dedication, the women’s cross country team prepared for this moment by having long and hard practices. In addition, head coach Jim Patchell said that he was extremely proud of the women’s team for their outstanding performance on November 2, 2013. In addition, The Red Wolves are also ranked 10th in the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association
Under the leadership of Arkansas State University head coach Marina Engelbretch; this year’s tennis season is up for the taking. With six returning players and the addition of two new high class recruits the Arkansas State Women’s Tennis team is ready to salvage something great. Coach Engelbretch stressed the importance of practice and team spirit in her game plan for all of her players. “The game of Women’s tennis hasn’t changed much since I played here at ASU, but the only thing which can change is expectations of work ethnic,” Coach Marina Engelbretch said. Tennis in general is not normally considered or even in the same category of being a major sport such as basketball and football, which is why our Arkansas State University Women’s tennis team hopes it will change. Many people don’t understand the skills mentally and physically which are needed to play tennis. It’s more than just swinging a raquet and making loud grunt sounds according to coach Engelbretch. Unlike most sports tennis is a non timed sporting event, which means a match can last for a couple hours into a couple days. According to Victoria Pisani, “Tennis very different here in the United States, considering my home in England, but I’m so ready to compete and travel with the team. Unlike many sports our women’s tennis team plays most of their matches on the road. “Not only must we win at home but we have the pressure of winning on the road at other schools which can be challenging for us,” said coach Engelbretch. The Women’s team kicks off the season on January 18-20 in Florida which is a quad meeting invitational in Fort Myers. This is only one of four matches they will have on the road before coming home to defend their home courts. Overall this season should be fast paced and exciting battle for our ASU Women’s Tennis team.
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After a rocky season for the Lady Red Wolves Volleyball team the team closed out the season with a loss to Texas State 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-20) in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Troy, Alabama. They ended the season with an overall record of 15-20 and have advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament the last two seasons with Coach Rehr as head coach.
Before A-State fell to #3 Texas State they slid by with a win over #2 UALR who had defeated the Red Wolves twice before that in regular season play, once at UALR and the other defeat at home for the Red Wolves. In the fifth and deciding set, Arkansas State got off to great start with three straight kills from Kelsey Sullivan, Kelsey Reis, and Jackie Gerig to take a 3-0 lead. A-State stretched the lead out to 8-4 on a kill by Kemp before the teams swapped sides of the court and another kill on the next point gave A-State a 9-4 lead that forced UALR into its last timeout of the set. A-State registered the next two points to take an 11-4 lead, but the Trojans came back and got within five points at 12-7. Consecutive kills from Sullivan and Sadie Clark gave the Red Wolves match point at 14-7 and a Trojan attack error on the next point clinched a 15-7 fifth set victory and a 3-2 match win.
“The Chemistry on our team was great the skill level of the freshmen always kept the reassure on the seniors to perform,” said senior Kelsey Sullivan. “They truly pushed us to perform at our best. We would not have been the team we were if the freshmen were not as driven to play as they were. I can hang up my hat for my career with a smile thanks to the teammates I had to finish this season.”
Freshman Mallory Warrington went on to say, “the team really stuck together the whole season. When we were in a slump we found our way out together and definitely ended on a good note!” Mallory Warrington dished out 50 assists and also recorded 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season in the UALR game right before the last game of the season.
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