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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?

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Arkansas State is no stranger to club sports being on campus, however they are welcoming back Women’s Rugby this year. Coach NeMani Delaibatiki tells us that it makes the Rugby team complete having the women’s program back here at ASU.

Twenty-eight girls most with athletic backgrounds in soccer and softball came out to join the team. The Women’s Rugby team has been putting in a lot of hard work and practice leading up to their first 7s tournament on November 22 and 23 here in Jonesboro.

This new team will face many opponents who have experienced programs. Senior Captain, Alex Barylske, tells us that they have been practicing twice a week in preparation for the upcoming tournament. When asked her favorite part of playing rugby she stated, “because I get to tackle girls without getting into trouble.”

Coach Mani told us that just like any other sporting team, they will begin recruiting after this first season. Be sure to come out to the Rugby field on November 22 and 23 to catch these ladies in action!

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Clara Tefteller

Clara Tefteller

Height: 5’5″

Year: Senior

Hometown: Paragould, Arkansas

High School: Greene County Tech

Clara Tefteller has played for four years for the Arkansas State Lady Redwolves Golf team. She is majoring in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is working on becoming a physician assistant at the Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas after graduating in August of 2014.  The daughter of Robby Tefteller and Lana Guinn has 2 brothers Blake and Jack and 1 sister Ellen. Although they may not be athletes like Clara they are there to support her in everything she does. The 5’5″ senior played all four years at her high school before signing to play for the Lady Redwolves.

In the 2010 season entering her freshman year she finished 24th in the Lady Red Wolf Classic. Shot a low round of 82 in the third round of both tournaments. Clara Tefteller also had been named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List.

In her sophomore year entering the Lady Red Wolf Classic once again she improved to a round of 75 in the second round instead of her previous appearance back in her freshman year. Although she tied for 29th in the tournament. She was again named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List.

After completing her freshman and sophomore year she entered her 2012-2013. Clara shot a season-best low round of 77 and finished tied for 27th out of 45 players.

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David Rehr enters his second season as head coach of the A-State volleyball squad and 14th season overall as a head coach.  Rehr has compiled an overall record of 412-77 over 13 seasons as a head coach, which included stints at Blinn College and Frank Phillips College before being named the seventh head coach in ASU volleyball history.

In his first season as Arkansas State’s head coach he led the Red Wolves to a 19-14 recored and 8-6 mark in conference play.  Coach Rehr led A-State to its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament win since 2000 with a 3-1 victory over UALR in the first round.

Prior to being named the head coach at ASU, Rehr spent nine seasons at Blinn College in Texas.  During his time at Blinn he led the Buccaneers to two NJCAA National Championships (2008 and 2011), was a two-time NJCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year, a three-time AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year and a nine-time NJCAA District Coach of the Year.

While at Blinn, Rehr posted a 313-35 record and led the Buccaneers to eight regional championships including six straight from 2003-08. He helped Blinn win its first national championship in 2008, guiding the Buccaneers to a 33-2 mark. He again led Blinn to a national title in 2011 with a perfect 38-0 record that ended with a four-set victory over Western Wyoming in the NJCAA National Championship match.

When he arrived at Blinn in 2003 he won his first 41 matches as head coach and led the school to their first appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament that same year. He was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame on Nov. 16, 2011.

From 2007-11 Rehr served as Blinn’s Director of Athletics and helped guide to the school to success in other sports. In 2009 the Buccaneer football team won the NJCAA National Championship, the fourth in the program’s history. The squad was led by eventual 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

“I am very excited to be joining the Arkansas State family,” Rehr said. “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Blinn after helping put them on the map, but I am excited to come to Jonesboro and continue to build on the great success the Arkansas State volleyball program has had in the past.”

Prior to coaching at Blinn College, Rehr coached for three seasons at Frank Phillips College in Texas, where he amassed an 80-28 record. In 2002 he led the squad to the regional championship and an NJCAA tournament appearance. The Lady Plainsmen won the Western Junior College Athletic Conference title in 2001 and 2002, going undefeated in conference play both seasons. Rehr was named the WJCAC Volleyball Coach of the year both seasons, as well as winning the District C Volleyball Coach of the Year award in 2002.

During his career, Rehr has helped lead teams to 10 conference championships, 10 NJCAA regional championships and nine NJCAA tournament appearances. He has coached 14 NJCAA All-Americans, 11 AVCA All-Americans, 10 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 55 all-region players and 46 all-conference players.

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Those photos show his students hard train, I believe that he and his team in the new season will be get a brilliant achievement!

When I interviewed him I can feel he is a very patient and kind person, I also asked his students about their coach, they are very like him.

For more information about the ASU women volleyball  team you can visit the

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