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Middles dominate in Lady’Back win

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Middles dominate in Lady’Back win

Jump to Georgia boxscore FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior Amy Allison and freshman Destiny Clark combined for 18 kills in a dominating three-game Southeastern Conference volleyball win over Georgia in Barnhill Arena Friday. He largest crowd of the year (792) witnessed Allison hit .526 with 11 kills and seven blocks while Clark hit .875 with seven kills in eight attempts as the Lady’Backs (8-3, 1-2 SEC) downed Georgia (4-9, 0-3 SEC) 30-20, 30-24, 30-18. “It was a great win,” said Arkansas head coach Chris Poole. “I thought we played with a lot of emotion and that’s something we talked about all week. I thought Amy and Destiny were great tonight. Both really stepped p and led the team while they were on the court.” Allison dominated play in the first frame hitting .857 with six kills in seven attempts. She added three blocks leading Arkansas to the 10-point win. Arkansas opened the lead early against a very athletic Bulldog lineup and although Georgia was able to get to a lot of balls they struggled with the aggressive Lady’Back attack. In addition, Georgia struggled to manage its own offense hitting just .097 for the game. Arkansas didn’t seem as focused early in the second game and Georgia limited its unforced errors and the game was close for many of the early points. The rallies got longer as the teams exchanged points with neither taking command of the game. The Lady’Backs squeaked out a two-point 12-10 lead and began to work on the confidence of the Bulldogs stretching the lead to four forcing a Georgia timeout. The Lady’Backs hit .371 as Allison again paced the play for the game. The Jenks, Okla., native had five kills and hit .714 with a pair of blocks in the six-point Arkansas win. Game three was a physical slug-fest as each Lady’Back tried to hit the ball harder than the last. Arkansas was efficient with their attack while Georgia committed several unforced errors leading to the each third frame win. The Lady’Backs jumped out at the four-point mark and never surrendered the lead stretching the advantage to 15 points during the game. “It was a really balanced effort tonight,” added Poole. “Our middles played really well but everyone showed a lot of emotion and energy. I was pleased with the efforts. We’ll need to play as well Sunday when we host a very tough South Carolina team. I really appreciate the fan support tonight as well. We had a great crowd and really carried us when we allowed Georgia to have some mini-runs.” Arkansas returns to the court Sunday at 1:30 p.m., hosting South Carolina. For more information and tickets please call the Lady Razorback Ticket Office at 57-LBACK or log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



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