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Arkansas falls to No. 25 Michigan

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas falls to No. 25 Michigan

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ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team’s woes continued as the Razorbacks were handed a 3-0 loss to No. 25 Michigan at the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday. Arkansas fell to 0-5 on the year with the 14-25, 20-25, 16-25 loss while the Wolverines remain unbeaten at 5-0. Although Arkansas’ head coach Robert Pulliza didn’t have much to say about the Michigan match, he did try and rally the team after the loss. “We have to get back on the horse,” he said. “We are going to set our minds on getting ready for Georgia State.” Senior Yun Tang posted a career-best seven kills and hit .333 in the loss to lead Arkansas. Freshman Kelli Stipanovich also added seven kills while sophomore Heather Royal tallied six. As a team, the Razorbacks hit just .103 with 30 kills and 20 hitting errors. Michigan, meanwhile, hit .379 with 43 kills and just 10 hitting errors on the night. The first set sped by at a blistering pace as Michigan controlled the tempo and dominated the frame. Arkansas hit just .036 with eight kills, two each from Tang, Kristin Seaton and Destiny Clark. The Wolverines hit .500 with 13 kills and just two errors. They took the lead, 2-1, and never trailed in the set. The Razorbacks were able to mount a better battle in the second set through the first half of the competition. Arkansas had as much as a three point lead over Michigan but the Wolverines were able to stay close through the first 10 points. Tied at 10, Michigan took advantage of an Arkansas net violation to take the lead and they would never trail again. Arkansas was much better statistically in set two hitting .182 with 12 kills, four from Royal. The final set mirrored the second frame in that Arkansas was able to stay close for the first 10 points. Then the Wolverines pulled away stretching the lead to has many as nine before winning by that margin. Arkansas wraps up tournament play Sunday facing Georgia State on the Panthers’ home court. The Razorbacks open their home season Wednesday in Barnhill Arena hosting Tulsa at 6 p.m. For more information about Arkansas volleyball and for tickets, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.DID YOU KNOW? Arkansas freshman Kelli Stipanovich is the daughter of former Indiana Pacers professional basketball player Steve Stipanovich. The Razorbacks played Georgia Tech Friday and Kelli faced Talisa Kellogg, daughter of Clark Kellogg who played with Steve. Clark Kellogg is currently a basketball analyst for CBS Sports. In addition, Arkansas and Kelli Stipanovich faced Michigan Saturday. Wolverines hitter Megan Bower is the daughter of Kevin Bower who works with Pacers Sports and Entertainment.



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