– Carrying a three-match winning streak, the University of Arkansas volleyball team will hit the road for its regular-season finale. The Razorbacks face a pair of Southeastern Conference matches against LSU on Wednesday and South Carolina on Friday. Arkansas enters this week’s matches with a 21-8 overall record and a 12-6 mark in SEC play.
The Razorbacks’ 20-win season is the program’s first since the 2005 season, and the 10th in school history. The team’s 12 SEC wins are also a team best under fifth-year head coach Robert Pulliza
“We’ve been preparing for this quick turnaround for the past week,” Pulliza said. “We talked about this begin a fast and furious stretch and we needed to understand that the weekend was going to be here but then two more matches would be coming up right after that. Hopefully, we’re in the right mindset to handle the quick turnaround against a very good LSU team.”
Wednesday’s match will be televised by ESPNU with a first serve scheduled for 8 p.m. (CT). Adam Amin and Maria Taylor will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively. With this season’s schedule, five of the past eight Arkansas-LSU matches will have been played in front of a television audience. The teams’ Sept. 30 match earlier this season was televised by CST.
In the Nov. 19 release of the RPI for the 2012 volleyball season, Arkansas is ranked 27th in the nation. The Razorbacks are one of five conference teams in the top 30 and one of seven in the top 60. Four of Arkansas’ non-conference opponents are inside the top 55. The Razorbacks are ranked 43rd in the country with a .248 hitting percentage and 47th with 14.00 kills per set.
Arkansas leads the all-time series with LSU, 24-15, including a four-set win earlier this season in Fayetteville. In that match, the Razorbacks registered a .310 hitting percentage behind a pair of 15-kill performances from Roslandy Acosta
and Janeliss Torres-Lopez
. Amanda Anderson
added 14 kills against the Tigers. After an 11-match skid against LSU, the Razorbacks have won two of the last three meetings.
In the South Carolina series, Arkansas owns a 20-9 advantage and has won the last six matches between the two teams. In the last meeting, the Razorbacks swept South Carolina in Columbia. Arkansas has won eight of 13 of the matches played on the Gamecocks’ home floor.
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