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Koleva has career night in win over Kentucky

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Koleva has career night in win over Kentucky

Jump to Kentucky box score FAYETEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior Deniza Koleva had a career-best 29 kills leading the Lady Razorbacks to a four-game Southeastern Conference win over Kentucky Sunday in Barnhill Arena. Koleva’s record-setting kill gave Arkansas (12-8, 5-7 SEC) a 28-24 lead in game four as the Lady’Backs earned the 30-23, 28-30, 30-21, 30-28 victory over Kentucky (12-8, 5-7 SEC). “There were three significant factors in this weekend’s wins,” said Arkansas head coach Chris Poole. “First, the last time we played them (Kentucky) we hit six percent and played just awful. Second, it was one of our best crowds of the year and we really feed off that energy. Third, we had a good full week of practice with everyone at 100 percent and playing in their regular positions.” Koleva has been the workhorse all year with 16 double-doubles in 20 matches. She hit .266 for Arkansas and recorded 13 digs in the win. Sophomore Christina Lawrence added 11 kills and hit .375 while senior Kele Brewer tallied 10 kills and had 10 digs. Senior Amy Allison paced the defense with seven blocks. The Lady’Backs dominated play in the first game out-hitting Kentucky .405 to .162 but the final three games were a much more back-and-forth battle. Arkansas led late in the game, 21-20, but Kentucky regained the lead at 24-23, stretching it to five points before winning by two. The Lady’Backs made a late run but could never overtake Kentucky. Kentucky kept the momentum to start the third game but Arkansas quickly caught up at the 12 point mark in a game that would see eight ties and three lead changes. The final game again saw Kentucky take an early lead but the Lady’Backs never got rattled chipping away until back-to-back blocks from Allison allowed Arkansas to pull ahead. It was all the edge the Lady’Backs would need and although Arkansas didn’t dominate play, the win never seemed in jeopardy. “It was a wonderful weekend,” said Poole. “The three seniors have all been to the NCAA Tournament all three years and they are hungry to go back.” Arkansas continues SEC action at South Carolina Oct. 27, followed by a road match at Georgia Nov. 29. The Lady’Backs return home hosing Auburn and Florida Nov. 3 and Nov. 5, respectively. For more information about Arkansas volleyball, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



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