FAYETTEVILLE – Former Razorback volleyball All-American Jasmine Norton has helped lead Leonas de Ponce to the semifinal round of the Puerto Rico Superior League playoffs. Norton is in her first season playing in the professional league and this marks the first semifinal appearance for Ponce since the 2006 season. The semifinals of the LVSF are scheduled to begin this weekend.
In her last match, Norton led all players with 21 points in Tuesday’s win. Leonas de Ponce rallied from a set down to beat Criollas de Caguas in four sets (17-25, 25-21-25-18, 25-23) to secure the team’s spot among the final four teams in the league. Along with Tuesday’s win, Ponce posted another win over Caguas and a pair of wins against Guaynabo to finish play in Group B with a 4-2 record.
Through the first six matches of the playoffs, Norton is averaging 13.3 points per game with double-digit efforts in five outings. In an April 10 match against Guaynabo, Norton totaled 17 points with 14 kills, two service aces and a block. She added 13 digs in the match.
During the regular season, Norton and Leonas de Ponce tied for the second-best overall mark in the league with a 14-8 record, just one game behind first-place Lancheras de Catano.
Norton closed out her collegiate career in Fayetteville by helping lead the Razorbacks to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Norton wrapped her Arkansas career as the second-most prolific attacker in program history and No. 8 on the all-time SEC list with 1,799 career kills. She is also one of just six players in program history to collect 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
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