SEC PLAY CONTINUES
Arkansas has a interesting week coming up. The Razorbacks travel to Ole MIss Wednesday for a mid-week match followed by a Sunday match against Auburn at home.
SEC SEASON PART II
The Razorbacks travel to Ole Miss Wednesday in a match that marks the end of the first half of conference play. That match is the 10th in SEC action and the Razorbacks “start over” Sunday hosting Auburn, a team they played and defeated on the road to start league play on Sept. 19.
STIPANOVICH LEADS TEAM
Freshman Kelli Stipanovich made it nine in a row with nine consecutive matches with double-figure kills. She has 12 matches with double-digit numbers and has two double-doubles with 11 digs twice this year.
TANG PLAYS GOOD DEFENSE
Yun Tang collected a career-best 10 kills and to lead the University of Arkansas to its second SEC win of the season against Mississippi State. Tang hit .412 for the weekend (actually hitting .412 in both matches) while collecting eight total blocks to average 1.14 blocks per game. Tang added seven kills and hit .316 at Tennessee while collecting six blocks to tie her second-best block total of the season.
LAWRENCE LOOKS GOOD THIS WEEKEND
Senior Christina Lawrence also enjoyed a solid weekend of play against at No. 23 Kentucky and Tennessee. The Sullivan, Mo., native hit .207 with 10 kills against the Wildcats and bettered her numbers to 17 kills and a .406 hitting percentage at Tennessee. She also had eight digs and four blocks this weekend.
LAWRENCE MOVES UP THE LIST
Senior Christina Lawrence is on pace to become the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills. Lawrence moved up to number 13 and has 957 career kills. She and needs just 43 kills to reach 1,000. Here’s the top 14 list.
LAWRENCE PART II
In addition to moving up on the career kills list, Lawrence is moving up in other areas as well. She is sixth this week in career attack percentage, hitting .274 and is 14th in attack attempts with 2,305. Lawrence ranks 17 in kills-per-set with 2.55 for her career and ranks 11th in career block assists with 295. She is 13th in total blocks with 307 and 20th in blocks-per-set with 0.82. Lawrence ranks 16th in career points with 1,121.5 and 18th with 2.99 points-per-set. Finally, Lawrence is 16th in games played with 375 and 19th in matches played with 102.
OTHERS IN THE RANKINGS
Several other Razorbacks show up in the career stats as well. Kelli Stipanovich is 8th in KPS with 3.19, Caira Dortch and Lindsay Scanlan are both in the top 20 for assists and assists-per-set. Scanlan ranks tied for 13th for service aces and Heather Royal ranks 17th in PPS with 3.02.
ARKANSAS IN THE SEC STATS
As the SEC stats continue to take shape, Arkansas remains ranked in several categories. In SEC-only stats, the Razorbacks remain sixth for hitting percentage, as well as assists, kills and blocks. Arkansas ranks 10th in service aces and ninth in digs. Individually, senior Christina Lawrence ranks 8th in hitting percentage, senior Caira Dortch is sixth and junior Lindsay Scanlan is eighth in assists, Lawrence ranks eighth in kills-per-game followed by freshman Kelli Stipanovich and freshman Phoebe Bautista is ninth in digs.
In all matches, Arkansas is eighth in hitting percentage, ninth in assists and kills, sixth in blocks, 10th in service aces and ninth in digs. Lawrence ranks 10h in hitting percentage, Dortch and Scanlan rank fourth and 10th, respectively, Stipanovich is ninth in KPS and senior Yun Tang is second in blocks.
ABOUT OLE MISS
Ole Miss enters the weekend with an 8-10 overall record and a 4-5 SEC mark after a thrilling five-set loss to No. 23 Kentucky Friday. The Lady Rebels were sitting on top of the SEC Western Division standings prior to the weekend but Ole Miss dropped three SEC matches falling to second-place.
The Lady Rebels are led by Regina Thomas hitting a team-best .353 with 145 kills and 2.59 kills-per-set. Katie Norris leads the team with 162 kills and is averaging 2.53 KPS.
ARKANSAS VERSUS OLE MISS
Arkansas leads the all-time series between these teams with a 23-5 advantage. The Razorbacks, however, has lost the last four meetings with the Rebels – two each in Fayetteville and Oxford. Arkansas last won in Oxford Nov. 6, 2005 in three sets.
THE SCHEDULE REPEATS
The SEC eliminated the SEC Tournament for the 2006 season and 2008 is the third year that teams have played a home-and-away series facing all 10 opponents twice in a year. Arkansas makes the turn working its way through the SEC schedule for the second time beginning Sunday with Auburn.
To say that Auburn is struggling in the league is an understatement. The Tigers have lost 11 consecutive matches including 10 in a row in the SEC. Auburn’s last win was Sept. 13 in a 3-1 victory over Oakland.
ARKANSAS VERSUS AUBURN
Arkansas leads the all-time series with the Tigers 27-3 including a five-set win at Auburn earlier this year. Arkansas has won four of the last five meetings between these teams and is 13-3 in Barnhill Arena.
FIRST TIME WE MET
The first meeting this year saw the Razorbacks win, 3-2, in Auburn. Here is the “short” box from that match.
ARKANSAS vs Auburn (Sep 19, 2008 at Auburn, Ala.)
ARKANSAS def. Auburn 25-22,19-25,17-25,25-23,15-8
ARKANSAS (4-7, 1-0 SEC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Heather Royal 17-1-2; Christina Lawrence 16-0-3; Kelli Stipanovich 13-0-1; Yun Tang 6-0-4; Kristin Seaton 3-0-3; Caira Dortch 2-4-1; Lauren Fielding 0-1-0; Phoebe Bautista 0-2-0; Totals 57-8-8.0. (Assists) – Caira Dortch 47. (Dig leaders) – Phoebe Bautista 15; Lauren Fielding 9
Auburn (5-7, 0-1 SEC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Glover, Jessica 21-1-6; Mellor, Lauren 9-1-2; Clark, Chanelle 7-1-1; Wallace, Jonelle 7-0-3; Bukinac, Milena 7-0-0; Shanks, Sara 4-2-2; Haney, Olympia 3-0-0; Ruffin, Jyoti 2-0-0; Fidero, Kelly 1-0-0; Crouch, Liz 0-1-0; Totals 61-6-9.0. (Assists) – Shanks, Sara 51. (Dig leaders) – Glover, Jessica 16; Crouch, Liz 14; Shanks, Sara 12
Site: Auburn, Ala. (Student Act) — Date: Sep 19, 2008 — Attend: 491 Time: 2:14 — Referees: Ken Matz, Kevin Wendelboe
HOW’S THE SEC?
In a word – good. The SEC finished pre-conference play with a 64-40 record for a .165 winning percentage. The Eastern Division was 35-12 (.745) while the Western Division finished 29-28 (.501) in matches played before the start of SEC play.
Two SEC teams, Florida and Kentucky, are in this week’s top 25 poll. The Gators moved up one spot to No. 8 last week while Kentucky jumps a couple spots to No. 23 this week.
RAZORBACKS ON THE RADIO
The Arkansas Razorback volleyball team returned to the KXUA airways this season for their single match at Auburn. The Razorbacks went live at 6 p.m. Central from Auburn, Ala. KXUA is 88.3 FM on the dial in Northwest Arkansas. The broadcast also aired live on ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Jeri Thorpe provides the play-by-play along with Stephen McGown for your color analysis. Here is the complete KXUA broadcast schedule for 2008:
DATE OPPONENT TIME RESULT
Sept. 19 at Auburn 6 p.m. W, 3-2
Oct. 10 Alabama 7 p.m. L, 1-3
Oct. 12 Mississippi State 1:30 p.m. W, 3-0
Oct. 17 at Kentucky 6 p.m. L, 0-3
Oct. 19 at Tennessee 12:30 p.m. L, 1-3
Nov. 7 Tennessee 7 p.m.
Nov. 9 Kentucky 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 at Mississippi State 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 LSU 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 Ole Miss 7 p.m.
All Postseason matches
The Razorbacks have a road match at Ole Miss, host Auburn and return to the road traveling to South Carolina and Florida as October winds down