ASTATE Q&A: Mallory Warrington

Every succesful team, in any team sport, has to have a top-notch passer. A master pass distributor is the the key element that makes a team flow smoothly. It requires a unique combination of awareness, selflessness, and exceptional athletic ability. In fact, when one refers to a great team as “a well-oiled machine,” the assist-man/woman is the oil. In the NFL, you might think Tom Brady. In the NBA, my first thought is Chris Paul. For Arkansas State Red Wolves Volleyball, it’s Mallory Warrington.

Warrington is a 5’7 Senior from Lake St.Louis, Missouri. Her Senior Class will go down as a group that played a part in transforming ASU Volleyball into a consistent winner. Individually, the redshirt senior finished off her collegiate career with a boom. Prior to the conference tournament, Warrington’ s 1,253 assists ranked third in the entire NCAA; her 11.93 assists per set ranked second. To top it off, she was awarded Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Year and First Team All-Conference.

Recently, Mallory was kind enough to answer a few questions for me:

Hi Mallory, first of all, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, and congratulations on a truly impressive career. I had the privilege of doing commentary for a game earlier in the semester, and I have followed the team’s progress since. Here are a few questions I have for you:

  1. You are credited as being one of the leaders of Senior Class that changed the culture of volleyball here at ASU, how does it make you feel to be mentioned in such high regard?

It’s honestly an honor to be considered someone that had a role in building this program. All 5 seniors had a different role that worked with each other and helped this team get to where we are today. Coming into this program we each had high expectations and worked very hard for four years to leave our mark!

  1. You have received countless awards throughout your career for outstanding play, is there one that stands out the most?

      I am very humbled by the achievements I have accomplished and there is no way    I could accomplish them without my teammates. One that truly stands out to me is            Setter of the Year 2015. I sat out the spring season in 2015 due to shoulder surgery        and   had to work very hard to get back to normal. It was nice to see that all of my hard     work paid off!

  1. Many athletes have little rituals they do before a game, do you have one that you would like to share?

The closest thing I have to a ritual before games is doing every thing in the exact same order. I like routine before games!

  1. Now that your collegiate career is coming to a close, do you have plans to pursue a professional career?

I do not have plans to pursue a professional career. I have been blessed to play this sport for 15+ years and I think it is time to move onto the next chapter in my life. I plan to finish my degree in Radiology and specialize in x-ray and ultrasound.

  1. Finally, you are known as a set-up specialist. Did you ever wish you were on the other end delivering the kills, or is it truly better to give than receive?

I have always been a setter since the day I started playing competitive volleyball. I is something that came very natural to me. I enjoy setting, because I love to celebrate for my hitters and praise my passers. It is nice that I get to touch the ball almost every play and control what happens on our side of the net!

Once again, thanks for the time, and best of luck to you in the future!

ASU is truly lucky to have had Mallory Warrington and the rest of this year’s Senior Class. From all of us to all of the Seniors on the Red Wolves Volleyball team, thank you; you make us proud!

Sun Belt Conference Awards

Warrington Bio

NCAA ASU PAGE

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Sabina Jeresic is a student-athlete who is a member of the Arkansas State Women’s tennis team. She is from Virovitica, Croatia. She told me some interesting things during a recent interview. She has played tennis since she was a child, she began at the age of 7. Since then she has started to have a passion for the sport.

Sabina was privileged enough to be able to come to the United States to pursue her goals. However, she is unsure if she wants to actually become a professional tennis player, as she is worried more about being a student rather than being an athlete just yet. She told me that in her home country of Croatia you really have two options as an athlete; you can put all you have in becoming an athlete where you may or may not succeed, or you can go to college and pursue an education.

 

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Sabina Jeresic improving her skills at the practice court

Sabina Jeresic Interview

 

As stated in the interview above Sabina’s favorite tennis player is Roger Federer She told me that if she were to become a professional she would want to model her game and attitude like his. It is definitely a big goal to follow after and some big shoes to fill, but with a lot of effort, and determination Sabina will accomplish her biggest dreams.

A lot goes with becoming a student-athlete. They have to learn how to manage their time for sports, eat healthy, and make time for school at the same time. Pursuing tennis is not a decision that most people make because the sport isn’t as popular as others. However, if you keep pressing on and pursuing your dreams any sport can rise from under the radar.

Astate Women’s Soccer

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Briana Williams is the member of women’s Soccer in Arkansas State University. She plays positions of defender. She is senior. Her hometown is Clinton, Maryland. Her high School is North Point High School. She went to College of Southern Maryland. Her major is Sports Management.

She was a four-year varsity starter at North Point High School. She helped led her school to the 2013 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference co-championship. She earned 2012 all-county first-team and all-SMAC first-team accolades a 2013 all-county and all-SMAC first-team honoree. She played one season at the College of Southern Maryland where she helped lead the team to a 14-0 record a District L Championship and the Region XX Championship, and participated in the national tournament.

Her sophomore year in Astate, she appeared in 14 games scored the first goal of her A-State career. She played total 377 minutes on the year.

Her junior year, she played and started in all 18 matches and exclusively on the defensive back line. She finished her career with one goal and four career shots.

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Women’s Soccer (Briana Williams)

 

For more information;

:US Soccer History

:US Women’s National Soccer team

:Fox Sports(Soccer)

:Top Females Players Accuse U.S Soccer of Age Discrimination

:NCAA; Astate Women’s Soccer

:U.S Women’s Soccer Players Fight for Equal Pay

 

Arkansas State Women’s Bowling: A Perennial Powerhouse

One of the most distinguished sports teams on the campus of Arkansas State University is the women’s bowling team. Although not highly publicized, Arkansas State Women’s bowling team has become a perennial national championship contender under the instruction and tutelage of head coach, Justin Kostick. Under Kostick, Arkansas State Women’s bowling team has a record of 578 wins and 237 losses, accumulating a 71% winning percentage. The women’s bowling team has developed a winning pedigree, as the team has made nine straight NCAA championship appearances, and has recorded two national semi-finalist finishes in the NCAA tournament. The team’s success speaks for itself, as Justin Kostick has been named NTCA Coach of the Year three times at Arkansas State, which Coach Kostick says is all due to him having great players over the years. Kostick says “The one thing as a coach is you’re just kind of here to guide, but if you don’t have really good players, you can’t win awards like that. A lot of that is a testament of those coach of the years, were we ranked #1 going into the national championship, two out of the three years, and the other year we were second, but we were number one most of the year. A lot of that is attributed to having really good high quality players”. The team has recruited successfully, as they have received high quality players from all over the United States, most significantly developing a pipeline to the state of Michigan. So far this season, the team has compiled a record of 18 wins and 7 losses, with the team’s highest finish being 2nd place in the Wildcat Invitational tournament, hosted in Orlando Florida.

Although many don’t consider bowling a sport, it takes tremendous skill, technique, and mental toughness. Collegiate bowlers are often required to perform under pressure in intense moments when games are close. Thus, bowling players are subjected to similar high pressure situations as sports that are highly respected, such as baseball and basketball. As Coach Justin Kostick puts it, “The mental game is a big factor [in bowling]. You have to be able to quiet your mind. Bowling is very similar to shooting a free throw in basketball”. Women’s collegiate bowling is becoming more popular every year, as there is up to 80 teams in NCAA bowling currently, and there are 6 schools with FBS football, including Arkansas State, that have a women’s bowling team. In collegiate bowling, in order to make the NCAA tournament, the teams must receive an at-large bid; meaning that 8 teams with the best overall records make the tournament to compete for a national championship. In bowling, there are scholarships awarded for players, however the NCAA has two ways of distributing financial aid. Either the NCAA can allow a school to give head count scholarships, meaning a full ride or nothing, or equivalency scholarships, where a program can split up the scholarships however they want amongst the players. Currently Arkansas State has 5 equivalency scholarships, as the program is fully funded with financial aid, with 5 being the maximum amount of scholarships a NCAA bowling team can receive. Women’s bowling is the only form of collegiate bowling sanctioned and funded by the NCAA, as men’s bowling only occurs at the collegiate level in the form of a club sport. Last year’s team amassed 76 total wins, and a total of nine all-tournament player selections throughout the 2014-15 season. Moreover, the highest win total that A-State’s women’s bowling team has ever received is  98 wins, which occurred in the 2013-2014 season, where A-State saw its program atop two consecutive national polls as the number one team in the country for the very first time. Arkansas State competes in the Southland bowling conference with 2 other universities; Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Local fans of A-State women’s bowling have a few chances to catch the team in action, as they have a host tournament, that takes place in Jonesboro, Arkansas from January 13th through the 15th, as well as the conference tournament that takes place in March. Arkansas State Women’s bowling team practices and competes at the Hijinx Family Entertainment Center at 3102 Shelby Dr, Jonesboro, AR 72404.

This blog was written by Malcolm R. Miller

Links for additional information about Arkansas State Women’s bowling team

A-State’s Jordan Richard named SBL Bowler of the Month

A-State finishes third at tournament in Houston, Texas

A-State finishes Runner-Up at Wildcat Invitational

Biography of Head Coach Justin Kostick

A-State Women’s Bowling Roster

Soundcloud Links to Audio Recordings from Interview with Team

Interview with Arkansas State Women’s Head bowling coach Justin Kostick

Interview with Arkansas State Senior Women’s bowler Samantha Wallace

Interview with Arkansas State Freshman Bowler Julia Huren

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Jordan Richard attempts to get a strike

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The women’s bowler’s practicing different techniques to get a high score

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Senior Brooke Wood concentrates on her lane as she prepares to bowl

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Kayla Emmendorfer and Nicole Mikaelian prepare to approach the bowling lanes

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A-State women’s bowler practices the proper stance that helps for a great release

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Junior bowling player, Haley Richard prepares for her release

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Nicole Mikaelian attempts to pick up the spare

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A-State’s Head Coach, Justin Kostick, polishes the bowling ball for his players

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Coach Kostick instructs his players on what to do next during practice

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Jordan Kasza aims to complete the spare

 

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Webster defines volleyball as a “game in which two teams of players, usually six on each side, hit a large ball back and forth used to play volleyball. Yet, those who play the seemingly easy sport may have a deeper and more complex meaning to this game in which they love. A game that has taught them important life lessons, how to fight through the ups and downs of injuries, understand self-doubt, and ultimately the game of volleyball is not life but a means to glorify something that’s bigger than themselves and even the fame.

The A-State volleyball team has had a really trying season. Coming back from a conference title last year, they entered this season with a new dynamic. News faces and new challenges, while also experiencing some new defeats. Having to deal with all of these things that come with a new season, some players have seen little playing time. They have watched their Howling crowd’s game attendance drop drastically. Yet, they still have the drive to keep going. Coming off a high this past weekend by setting a school record by sweeping their 8th straight opponent . They are now faced with the last regular season home game coming up this Saturday ,seniors are beginning to face the reality that there just maybe life after volleyball. So what exactly is volleyball, what is it that’s keeping them motivated?

VBall Blog

http://www.astateredwolves.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7200&SPID=2743&SPSID=35048&DB_OEM_ID=7200

http://sunbeltsports.org/index.aspx?path=wvball&

 

Red Wolves Gameday: Dance Team Edition

Here at Arkansas State, we pride ourselves on being passionate about our university and all of our athletic programs. This is the time of year where our spirit is put on full display.

Fall Saturday’s, Thursday’s, Tuesday’s and even Wednesday’s are for A-State football. One of the traditions at Arkansas State is the Red Wolf Walk.

Coach Blake Anderson and his team take a stroll down through “Tailgate City” and greet fans on their way into Centennial Bank Stadium. Surrounding the team are members of the A-State Cheer Squad and Dance Team.

This led me to think about what all goes into the day as a member of one of these spirit squads. Luckily for me, I was able to catch up with Red Wolves freshman dancer Ellie Stafford and in the interview below, she takes you inside a gameday from the cheering perspective.

 

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Ty Robbinson is a 6 foot 4 decathlete from Little Rock Arkansas and a member of Arkansas State’s Track and Field team. This First-year student-athlete is focused on school, athletics, family, and life. He is a multi-events athlete, meaning he does many events at track meets, including the 100, 110 hurdles, the 400, 1500, and much more!

Originally Ty is from Austin Texas but was born in Little Rock. In a recent interview, he told how big of an impact his family had on his life and how they inspired him to keep going and never give up in life! He aspires to become a conference champion while he is still here at Arkansas State. However, his schooling comes first ahead of athletics.

interview with Ty Robbinson

Ty told me outside of the interview that he’d one day like to become an Olympic athlete. Ty hasn’t always done track and field, he played for the varsity basketball team in high school! He has two main role models in his life his nana and Ashton Eaton, a track and field decathlete and two-time U.S. Olympian.

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-courtesy of Ty Robbinson

Track and field are two sports that oftentimes goes overlooked in the United States.  However, there are a lot of people who participate in the activities done. These activities give plenty of opportunities to succeed in life. So even though some sports go “under the radar” you can still live a very successful life if you just keep moving and never look back!

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