– Off a five-set win in its last outing, the University of Arkansas volleyball team will host Missouri Sunday afternoon at Barnhill Arena. First serve of the Southeastern Conference match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (CT). Winners of three in a row, the Razorbacks own a 17-6 overall record and an 8-4 mark in conference play.
“Missouri is another really good team in the SEC,” head coach Robert Pulliza
said. “They are a team that has been to the Sweet 16 (in 2010) and they know how to win. We’re going to have another battle on our hands to close out the weekend.”
During Sunday’s match, there will be a costume contest for kids—12 years and under—at intermission between sets two and three. Single-match tickets for Arkansas volleyball matches are $4, while fans 17 years and younger are admitted for free. University of Arkansas students attending volleyball matches this season are asked to use the street-level entrance on Stadium Drive to enter Barnhill Arena.
The two programs last met during the 2005 season, prior to the Tigers joining the SEC. Missouri leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 3-2. Both of the Razorback wins in the series have come in Fayetteville. Two of the five meetings between the two teams have come in the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005).
In its last outing, Arkansas held off Alabama for a five-set win Friday evening at Barnhill Arena. Jasmine Norton
led the way with a match-high 19 kills and 21 digs, good for her 11th double-double of the season. Roslandy Acosta
and Liz Fortado
added 14 and 11 kills, respectively, as the Razorbacks posted a .293 hitting percentage. During the match, Amanda Anderson
tallied the 700th kill of her career. She finished the night with six kills and a match-high seven blocks.
Missouri enters Sunday’s match with a 15-7 overall record and a 7-5 mark in the SEC. In their last match, the Tigers dropped a three-set decision at Georgia. Missouri is hitting .262 this season, which is the second-best figure in the conference, and features the league’s top attacker in Lisa Henning with 4.59 kills per set. The Tigers are the top blocking team in the SEC with 2.77 blocks per set.
For match coverage of Razorback volleyball, including interactive blog, live stats and audio/video stream, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas volleyball this season with the team’s sport-specific RazorbackVB Facebook and Twitter pages.