Dig This: Fall 2010
Arkansas continues its spring competition schedule Saturday afternoon at the Lone Star Classic in Dallas. The Razorbacks are scheduled to take on the University of Texas at the Dallas Convention Center in Hall A with first serve set for 2 p.m. (CT). The matchup between regional foes will be a featured exhibition during the large club qualifier. The final date of spring competition for the Razorbacks is April 28, a road match against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo.
The Razorbacks paired with Special Olympics Arkansas to host a volleyball clinic March 12 at Barnhill Arena. More than 130 adult and youth players along with the Arkansas coaching staff and student-athletes participated in the event.
Click here for a photo gallery of the day’s action.
The final attendance numbers for the 2010 season have been posted by the NCAA. Among the nation’s conferences, the SEC is fifth overall in total attendance and sixth in average attendance. This past season, a total of 151,668 fans watched SEC volleyball, good for an average of 960 fans per match. Both figures represent increases from the previous year when a total of 146,576 and an average of 888 fans enjoyed SEC volleyball in 2009.
The growth in attendance was also felt in Fayetteville where the Razorbacks averaged a program-best 847 fans per match during the 2010 season. It was the first time the season’s average eclipsed the 800 mark, topping the previous high of 737 fans per home match in 2009.
Barnhill Arena hosted three crowds of more than 1,000 this past season, including the program’s second-highest attendance ever when 1,272 fans watched Arkansas’ five-set battle against regional rival Oklahoma. Three of the top six home figures came in 2010. In addition to the OU crowd, the Razorbacks also played in front of home crowds of 1,263 (Nov. 19 vs. No. 1 Florida) and 1,185 (season opener vs. UMKC).
To view a complete report of the NCAA volleyball attendance figures, click here.
Entering their third week of spring workouts, the Razorback volleyball team is in full swing with their routine. As is the case with all sports, the work turned in during the offseason will translate to the regular season. Workouts are split into lifting groups, individual work, position sessions, team practices and a handful of matches toward the end of the spring schedule.
As it works through the semester, Arkansas will have the added bonus of working with a roster that could stay constant through the spring and into the 2011 season. With the addition of Kasey Heckelman in January, the Razorbacks will have the next few months to gel together and build chemistry.
Stay tuned for updated details about Arkansas’ spring matches and other offseason events.
With the classes set to begin next week, the Razorbacks will return to campus to begin their spring workouts in preparation for the 2011 season. However, the so-called "off"-season is anything but…last season Arkansas took a training trip to Houston over the Spring Break vacation and were busy throughout the semester with a handful of competition dates, including two tournaments in Houston (Texas Tornados and Rice), an Alumni match and a meeting with Missouri State.
Stay tuned for continued updates of the Razorbacks’ spring schedule and training.