FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Continuing the road-heavy portion of its schedule, the No. 22 University of Arkansas volleyball team travels to Knoxville for Sunday’s conference match against Tennessee. First serve of the SEC contest is slated for 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Thompson-Boling Arena and will be streamed live on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app. With Sunday’s contest, seven of the last eight matches for the Razorbacks have been played away from Barnhill Arena.
Arkansas enters the match with a 13-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark in SEC play after a Wednesday loss at 20th-ranked Kentucky. The Razorbacks earned the program’s first AVCA national ranking since the 1999 season when the top-25 poll was released Monday. Arkansas has won four of the past five matches in its series with Tennessee (16-4/2-3 SEC), three of which have come on the Volunteers’ home floor. Overall, the Razorbacks own an 18-17 advantage in the series.
The senior class trio of Monica Bollinger, Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Liz Fortado are each within reach of career milestones heading into Sunday’s match at Tennessee. With a team-high 13 digs at Kentucky, Bollinger ran her career total to 896 and is just four digs shy of becoming the 13th player in program history to reach the 900 mark. Clark-Bibbs needs 19 kills to get to 500 during her Razorback career while Fortado is just two shy of the same figure.
Through the first 16 matches of the season, the Arkansas offense is ranked 30th in the NCAA with its .259 hitting percentage which is good for fourth in the SEC. The Razorbacks will be looking to bounce back after consecutive matches of being held below its season average. The team has four match with a .300 or higher hitting percentage this season. Defensively, the Razorbacks are holding the opposition to a .181 hitting efficiency.
Individually, the Razorbacks are represented in the NCAA statistical rankings by Clark-Bibbs, Pilar Victroria and Adrien Wohlschlaeger. Clark-Bibbs is sixth in the SEC and sits just outside of the nation’s top 50 with her .385 hitting percentage. Victoria is 14th in the NCAA with 4.47 kills per set and 17th among the nation’s scorers with 4.99 points per set. She is second in the SEC in both categories. In running the offense, Wohlschlaeger is 41st in the country with 10.90 assists per set.
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