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Lady’Backs fall in four to Michigan State

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lady’Backs fall in four to Michigan State

Jump to Michigan State box score || Jump to Michigan State Play by Play WICHITA, Kan. – Despite a solid blocking effort the University of Arkansas volleyball team dropped its first match at the Green Mill Restaurant Classic to Michigan State, 3-1, Friday. Arkansas, 1-3 overall, was paced by senior Jennifer Haaser with 13 kills and five blocks and recorded nine team blocks but couldn’t overcome the Spartans, falling 31-29, 24-30, 22-30, 20-30 in Wichita. Michigan State, who is receiving votes in the national poll, improves to a perfect 5-0 on the year. “I was disappointed in the effort today,” said head coach Chris Poole. “I don’t feel like we played as hard as we did last weekend. We need to limit our unforced errors to be successful.” Haaser hit .265 for the match but the Lady’Backs struggled hitting .086 for the match. Sophomore Amy Allison contributed nine kills, freshman Jessica Dorrell tallied six and sophomore Denitza Koleva and junior Iva Docekalova added five kills each for Arkansas. The Lady’Backs battled unforced errors all match with 29 hitting errors, eight service errors, eight reception errors and four ball handling miscues. Arkansas won an exciting game one with a dramatic late-frame comeback. The Spartans led by as many as six points twice in the game but the Lady’Backs chipped their way back into the contest handing Michigan State their first game loss of the season. A Spartan hitting error tied the game at 27 and prompted State coach Chuck Erbe to call the game’s final timeout. Michigan State scored out of the break but the Spartans handed it right back with a service error evening the score again. Arkansas committed an unforced error, serving the ball into the net but Haaser picked the team up with a laser kill to tie the score at 29. Arkansas took its first lead of the game with one of two blocks in the game from Allison and Docekalova and a kill from Koleva gave the Lady’Backs the 31-29 win. Michigan State controlled game two from the first serve. The Spartans led wire-to-wire opening as much as a five-point margin before winning by six, 24-30. The Lady’Backs hit just .139 in the frame but managed three blocks. Lady’Back Kele Brewer returned to the lineup in the second frame. Brewer has missed the first three weeks of the season battling a stress fracture but contributed in today’s contest. Michigan State jumped out to an early lead in the third game going up by as many as eight points, 13-21, but Arkansas didn’t quit, climbing back within live late. The early lead saw the Spartans do a good job of taking the Arkansas’ setter, Docekalova, out of the offense and forcing others to set. With the momentum clearly in Michigan State’s favor the Lady Razorbacks struggled down the stretch in the final frame. Unforced errors and a steady attack by the Spartans sealed the match. The Lady’Backs return to the court at 5:00 p.m., facing No. 6 Washington in Arkansas’ second match of the evening. Arkansas concludes tournament play with the host Shockers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For more information about Arkansas volleyball log on to www.ladybacks.com.



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