COLLEGE STATION, Texas
– The University of Arkansas volleyball team registered three double-double performances Sunday afternoon but Texas A&M came away with a four-set win (23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17) in College Station, Texas. Jasmine Norton
led all players with 18 kills and completed her 13th double-double of the season with a team-high 21 digs.
finished Sunday’s match with 11 kills and 14 digs, good for her third double-double of the year. With her seventh kill of the match, she reached 500 career kills. Raymariely Santos
totaled 31 assists and 11 digs against the Aggies. Defensively, Janeliss Torres-Lopez
had a match-high five total blocks and libero Emily Helm
had 18 digs.
After a 3-0 start for the Aggies and seven early ties, Arkansas (18-8, 9-6 SEC) took its first lead of the match at 11-10 with a kill by Norton. With another kill from Norton, the Razorbacks built a three-point advantage and led 13-10. Texas A&M (19-5, 11-4 SEC) responded to pull even. The first set featured 17 ties between the two teams.
Arkansas got a kill from Norton and a service ace from Amanda Anderson
to take a late 23-21 lead. Once again, the Aggies responded to even the score. With the score knotted at 23-all, the Razorbacks scored the final two points of the set. Acosta picked up her fourth kill of the set, a shot down the line off the A&M block, to secure the opener, 25-23.
The Razorbacks won the first two points of the second set, but the home team rallied with a surge of points to take a 10-5 lead, forcing a timeout from Arkansas head coach Robert Pulliza
. Texas A&M stretched its lead to as high as nine points before the Razorbacks began to chip away. The visitors got as close as four with the Aggies leading, 23-19. However, Texas A&M won the next two points to clinch the set, 25-19.
Despite seven kills in the third set from Norton, the Aggies built an early lead behind a handful of scrambling defensive plays and held on for the set win, 25-18. Texas A&M led 13-7 when the Razorbacks called their second timeout of the set. Arkansas pulled to within three late in the set on a kill by Hayley Koop
but the Aggies closed out the set by winning six of the final eight points.
The home team won the first five points of the fourth set, but the Razorbacks started to chip away. Arkansas pulled to within two after a kill from Norton and drew even at 12-12 when a serve from Anderson trickled over the net for an ace. From that point, however, Texas A&M went on an 8-1 run to re-establish control of the set.
The Razorbacks’ next match will be a Nov. 11 matchup with Kentucky at Barnhill Arena. First serve of the match is scheduled for Noon (CT) in Fayetteville. The Arkansas-Kentucky match will also be broadcast live by SportSouth. For more information about Razorback volleyball and University of Arkansas athletics, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also stay connected through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackVB Facebook and Twitter pages.