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Arkansas Volleyball Fact Sheet #7

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Volleyball Fact Sheet #7

About the University of Arkansas
Arkansas opened Southeastern Conference action with a split against a pair of Eastern Division opponents. The Lady’Backs fell in four to fifth-ranked Florida Friday and followed up with a convincing three-set win over Georgia Sunday.

Hey, get in the game
Arkansas head coach Chris Poole has had the opportunity to play 12 of 13 players on this season’s roster. The only player not to see court time is redshirt freshman Christina Lawrence. The Lady’Backs have used five other freshman in the lineup and Poole likes the confidence of the newcomers. Jessica Dorrell has been among the team’s leaders on the offense. She ranks among the team leaders with 96 kills and a 2.34 kill per game average in her first season of collegiate play.
        Amanda Eskridge has been seeing more court time as well. She has 135 assists and three blocks. The other freshmen are all defensive specialists. Kelli Cole, Ashley Miller and Ashley Wiechman have all contributed this year.

First honor of the year
Jennifer Haaser earned Green Mill Restaurant Classic all-tournament team honors at Wichita State last weekend. It is the first honor of the year for the Lady’Backs. It is the fifth all-tournament team honor for the Fort Smith, Ark., native. Haaser earned all-tournament team honors at the 2001 SEC Tournament as well as the Morning News Invitational (2002), the SMS Fall Invitational (2002) and the Quality Inn Tiger Invitational (2003).

Make it two in a row
Haaser continued to play well at the C&C Services Invitational earning her second all-tournament team selection in row. Haaser hit .300 with 44 kills and a 4.00 kill per game. She also had 15 digs and 22 blocks for Arkansas.

Can you dig it?
Freshman Ashley Miller paced the Lady Razorbacks with a career-best 26 digs against Houston at the C&C Services Invitational. That ties the Vacaville, Calif., native for sixth all-time and is also sixth in four game matches at Arkansas. She stepped up again against No. 5 Florida recording 25 against the Gators.

Amy in the sky with diamonds
Sophomore Amy Allison snuck up on No. 9 Illinois hitting a career-best .647 against the Illini. Allson did not commit a hitting error and finished the match with 11 kills in 17 attempts.

Better blocking for Arkansas
The Lady Razorbacks stepped up witha season-best 18 blocks against No. 9 Illinois at the C&C Services Invitational Sept. 17-18. It was the fourth time in nine matches Arkansas has posted double-digit block totals. The Lady’Backs recorded 10 in the opener against Kansas and had 11 at No. 22 Santa Clara. Arkansas has 13 blocks against Houston in the first match of the C&C Services Invitational followed by the 18-block performanced against No. 9 Illinois. The Lady’Backs were again in double-digits to open SEC play with 15 against Georgia.

About the team record
The 3-8 start is the worst start in the 11-year school history. Arkansas was 2-6 in both 2000 and 2001. Arkansas finished the 2000 season with a 16-14 record while the Lady’Backs were 21-12 in 2001.

Tough schedule to start the year
The Lady Razorbacks open 2004 with nine of their 10 first opponents ranked or getting votes in the USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association. Here’s a look at how those 10 teams have faired to date.



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