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Lady’Backs handle Georgia in three

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lady’Backs handle Georgia in three

Jump to Georgia box score FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas volleyball team got back on the winning track with a three-game Southeastern Conference win over Georgia in Barnhill Arena Sunday. The 30-23, 31-29, 30-18 win evens the Lady’Backs’ SEC mark at 1-1 and betters the overall record to 3-8 while Georgia fell to 7-4, 0-2 in SEC. "I’m really pleased with the match," said head coach Chris Poole. "We’re getting better each week and it’s great to be able to see that in the wins/losses column. As we continue to improve we are going to be able to challenge teams. Georgia is a very good team and hopefully this win will give us a boost of confidence for the rest of the year." Arkansas put together its most complete match in recent contests hitting a near season-best .239 in the win. Sophomore Denitza Koleva and senior Jennifer Haaser paced all hitters with 11 kills each while freshman Jessica Dorrell added 10 kills and hit a match-best .467. The Lady’Backs were again in double-digit blocks with 15.0 marking the fifth time this year Arkansas has posted 10 or more. Junior Karla Crose put up nine blocks to lead the team while sophomore Amy Allison added seven with both players recording six kills each. The Lady’Backs dominated game one out-hitting the Bulldogs .316 to .200. The Lady’Backs never trailed in the game leading by as many as seven points in the game. The second frame was a bit more nip-and-tuck with 19 ties and seven lead changes. Arkansas held the advantage at 29-27 and Georgia head coach Mary Buczek took her team’s final timeout. The break worked and Georgia took advantage of back-to-back hitting errors by the Lady’Backs to tie the game at 29-all. The tie prompted Poole to burn his final timeout which also proved to be a tide-turning move. Haaser emerged from the break with a pair of kills from the middle of the court handing Arkansas the win. Arkansas road the momentum into the third game opening a big lead and never looking back. The Lady’Backs were up 7-1, then 15-5 posting a lead too big for the Bulldogs to come back from. Setters junior Iva Docekalova and freshman Amanda Eskridge continued to split time on the floor and Poole and the Lady’Backs were able to clear the bench playing 11 players in the win. The Lady’Backs don’t have much time to enjoy the win returning to the court Friday hosting Mississippi at 7:00 p.m., as SEC action continues. The Lady’Backs host Mississippi State Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For more information please call the Lady Razorback Ticket Office at 57-LBACK or log on to www.ladybacks.com.



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