FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas volleyball team continues its non-conference schedule with a weekend road trip to Tulsa, Okla., for the Golden Hurricane Classic. The Razorbacks will be joined at the tournament by Northern Colorado, Texas State and Tulsa. Arkansas’ first match of the tournament will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CT) against the host team.
Live stats and video stream for Friday’s match (subscription fees apply) at the Golden Hurricane Classic will be available at Tulsa’s official website. Fans can also follow the weekend’s action with radio broadcasts on KXUA 88.3 FM in Fayetteville, match updates through Twitter and interactive blogs on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
"This is an unbelievable tournament," head coach Robert Pulliza said. "I think all four teams can be an NCAA Tournament team this year. Everyone has played a tough schedule so nobody is going to be scared of anybody and they’re going to really go after it. It’s going to be strongest survives when it’s all said and done. We’re excited for the weekend."
Three of the teams in the field-Arkansas, Northern Colorado and Tulsa-advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks will play both Northern Colorado and Texas State on day two of the tournament at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. The two-day event will be contested at the Reynolds Center on the TU campus.
In their last outing, Arkansas (4-2) traveled to Lawrence, Kan., for a five-set victory over the Jayhawks on their home court. Junior Meredith Hays registered 22 kills for the second-straight match while senior Hayley Koop added 15 kills coupled with a .464 hitting percentage. Defensively, the Razorbacks were paced by 24 digs from senior libero Emily Helm and six total blocks from redshirt freshman Ana Sofia Jusino.
Helm was recognized Monday as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for her collective efforts during Arkansas’ three matches last week. The Queen Creek, Ariz., native averaged 5.31 digs per set during the week and tallied a career-high 27 digs in the team’s first match against Kansas. With her week’s performance, Helm added more than one dig to her season average and now is fifth in the SEC with 4.38 digs per set.
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