FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Pilar Victoria were named to the Arkansas Invitational All-Tournament Team following Saturday evening’s four-set loss to Kansas at Barnhill Arena. Both Razorbacks tallied 13 kills in the match with Victoria and setter Bailee Hankenson posting double-double performances. Saturday’s match was played in front of 1,284 fans, the eighth-largest home crowd in program history.
Kansas 3, Arkansas 1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-15, 25-15)
Attendance: 1,284 (No. 8 in program history) | Time: 2:02
Barnhill Arena | Fayetteville, Ark.
• Stat Leaders vs. Kansas
o Kills: 13 – Chanell Clark-Bibbs, Pilar Victoria
o Digs: 17 – Kori Ortiz
o Blocks: 3 – Chanell Clark-Bibbs
In her first weekend with the Razorbacks, Victoria averaged 4.45 kills per set to go along with 3.18 digs per set during the season-opening Arkansas Invitational. She tallied a pair of double-double efforts Saturday, capping the weekend with 13 kills and 15 digs against the Jayhawks. Clark-Bibbs, a preseason All-SEC selection, hit .417 to go along with 2.67 kills per set and 1.09 blocks per set. She also reached double-digit kills in both of Arkansas’ matches Saturday.
Defensively, the Razorbacks had four players with double-digit digs for the second-consecutive match. Kori Ortiz led the quartet—with Hankenson, Victoria and Okiana Valle—with a team-high 17 digs. Barbara Dapic and Fortado added nine and seven kills, respectively, to aid the offense.
Arkansas (2-1) jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the first set and never trailed in the opening frame. The Razorbacks’ lead reached as high as five at 17-12 following a KU attack error but the visitors closed to within one late in the set. Holding on to a 21-20 advantage, Arkansas won four of the last five points of the set to take a 1-0 match lead. Hankenson—40 assists and 10 digs—directed the offense to a .423 hitting percentage in the opening set.
After a back-and-forth start to the second, the Razorbacks trailed by two at the media timeout but won six of the next eight points to take a 19-17 lead after a kill by Liz Fortado. Arkansas had a set point at 24-23 to take a two-set match lead but the Jayhawks fought it off and went on to win game two to even the match. Big runs in both the third and fourth sets put Kansas (3-0) over the top for the four-set win.
Following a road trip next weekend at the Cougar Classic in Edwardsville, Ill., the team returns to Barnhill Arena Sept. 11-12 for the Razorback Invitational. Beginning at $40 and a free team knit hat with each purchase, season tickets are currently on sale online or through the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 800-982-4647.
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