FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team heads to Atlanta this weekend to take on a pair of ACC opponents with matches against NC State and Georgia Tech. The Razorbacks carry a 6-2 overall record into Friday’s date with NC State, an NCAA Tournament team from last year. First serve of the weekend opener is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT).
Against the Field
Arkansas and NC State have only played twice with the last meeting coming in 1997, and the series is tied at one win each. The Razorbacks’ match against host Georgia Tech will be the fifth in the series (0-4), and first since 2008. Georgia Tech is the only ACC program Arkansas has played more than twice.
Last Time Out
The Razorbacks swept their way through the Arkansas Classic, capping the undefeated home weekend with a straight-set victory over Northwestern. Arkansas finished the match with a season-high .361 hitting percentage and only trailed once in the match—down 0-1 in the third. The team also registered wins over Butler and Buffalo.
For their respective performances last weekend, sophomore Logan Brown and junior co-captain Rachel Rippee were named to the Arkansas Classic All-Tournament Team. Brown collected MVP honors after averaging 3.67 kills per set coupled with a .309 hitting percentage. In the weekend finale, she put down a career-high 15 kills against Northwestern. Rippee set the Razorbacks to a .299 team hitting percentage and averaged 11.33 assists per set.
That’s a First
Junior Reagan Robinson tallied a pair of career-best performances on the final day of the Arkansas Invitational. In the day’s first match, she had a career-high 16 kills against Buffalo. Robinson followed with 11 kills and 10 digs in the nightcap against Northwestern for the first double-double of her career. The Fayetteville, Ark., native is hitting .356 with 45 kills this season.
Where They Rank
Through the first three weeks of the 2018 season, Arkansas ranks third in the SEC and 29th in the NCAA in opponent hitting percentage (.151). Individually, junior setter Rachel Rippee is third in the SEC and 30th nationally with 10.89 assists per set while senior libero Okiana Valle is fourth in the league with 4.29 digs per set. Entering the weekend, sophomore co-captain Elizabeth Pamphile is fifth in the SEC with 1.14 blocks per set.
Season tickets are still available with pricing options beginning at $40 and can be purchased through the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 800-982-HOGS (4647). Arkansas returns to Barnhill Arena on Sept. 23 for the team’s SEC home opener against Missouri.
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