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Arkansas Volleyball Fact Sheet #13

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Volleyball Fact Sheet #13

The end is near
Arkansas has just two regular season matches remaining in the 2006 season. The Lady’Backs travel to Mississippi on Nov. 17 and is at Mississippi State Nov. 19.

Arkansas’ “new” season
The Lady Razorbacks went through the first 10 SEC matches with a disappointing 3-7 record. The team re-dedicated themselves to the season and are 6-2 in the second half or “new” season. Arkansas has avenged losses to Kentucky, No. 25 Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama during the stretch.

15 wins a milestone
Arkansas defeated Alabama Sunday for the program’s 16th win of the 2006 season. Arkansas has won at least 15 matches in each season since the program’s inaugural year in 1994. The Lady’Backs were 16-14 in 2000 marking the lowest win total for a single season. The Lady’Backs are tied and looking to surpass that 16-win mark yet this season.

Speaking of milestones
The Lady’Backs entered the 2007 season with a 288-129 overall mark and a 144-40 mark in SEC matches. Arkansas’ 16 wins this year bring the all-time record to 304-139 all-time and their 9-9 league record improves the all-time SEC numbers to 153-49.

Denitza Koleva posts good numbers
Senior Denitza Koleva’s season numbers are good enough to earn her post-season honors this year. Koleva started the season with six consecutive double-doubles, had a run of 10 consecutive double-doubles and has posted double-doubles in 20 of Arkansas’ 26 matches this year. She is hitting a career-best .260 and had a career-best 29 kills and 64 total attempts against Kentucky. She had a career-best four service aces against North Carolina and 22 digs at Auburn.

Another feather for Koleva
Denitza Koleva became just the seventh player in school history to record her career 1,000th-dig. Koleva reached the mark with her 14th dig against No. 7 Florida Sunday, Nov. 5. Koleva is just the fifth player in school history to have both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.

Don’t send me on the road
The Southeastern Conference road schedule has been tough on every team in the league this year. Arkansas is 4-6 overall on the road and just 2-6 in the SEC on the road (South Carolina and Georgia). No. 7 Florida and No. 11 LSU are the only two SEC teams with winning road records. This weekend, the Lady’Backs travel to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Lady Rebels are 5-3 in SEC home matches. State is also 5-3 in their home gym.

The Season — Part II
After starting the SEC season with a 3-7 mark, the Lady Razorbacks refocused and rededicated themselves to the last 10 league matches. Arkansas has played to a 6-2 SEC record in this “new” season with losses to No. 7 Florida and No. 11 LSU. The Lady’Backs have avenged earlier season losses to Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee during the stretch and have an opportunity to sweep MSU and avenge a loss to Ole Miss this weekend. In addition, all of Arkansas statistics are much-improved. Here’s a look at Arkansas numbers through the first 10 SEC matches compared to the last eight.



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