FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind a .366 hitting percentage, the University of Arkansas volleyball team posted a straight-set win over ULM Saturday morning to kick off day two of the Arkansas Classic. Redshirt senior Pilar Victoria put down a match-high 19 kills while middle blockers Kelly O’Brien and Elizabeth Pamphile combined for 14 kills and no errors. Defensively, Arkansas held the Warhawks to a .014 efficiency.
With the win, the Razorbacks improve to 2-0 and will play for the tournament title this evening against Utah State at 7 p.m. (CT). Individual tickets are $5 at the ticket window starting one hour prior to first serve. UA—with valid ID—and fans 17 and younger receive free admission. One student at tonight’s match will win an Apple watch.
Arkansas 3, ULM 0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-13) | Box Score
Attendance: 563 | Time: 1:11
Barnhill Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)
- Leaders vs ULM
- Kills: Pilar Victoria – 19
- Digs: Paige Johnson – 7
- Blocks: Kelly O’Brien, Pilar Victoria – 2.0
Arkansas took the opening set thanks to an 11-2 run to end the frame, including a six-point surge with junior libero Okiana Valle at the service line. Victoria put down eight of her 19 kills in the first set. The Caguas, Puerto Rico, native finished the match with just one attack error and a .692 hitting percentage. After a quick start in the second set, the home team led by as many as 15 points on its way to its most lopsided set win of the early season, 25-9.
The Razorbacks used another surge of points to start the third set, going ahead 9-0 with Pamphile at the service line. With the first-career kill by freshman Logan Brown, Arkansas took a 16-6 lead which grew to 19-6 on back-to-back aces by Krista Kolbinskie and kill by Pamphile. Fellow freshman Klaire Trainor brought Arkansas to match point with her fourth kill of the match. A service error by ULM (0-2) secured the morning sweep.
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