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Razorback Roundup — Nov. 9

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Roundup — Nov. 9

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPNov. 9, 2009BASEBALL: The 2009 team was recognized during halftime of Saturday’s football game. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long and Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn were joined by members of the team during the on-field ceremony. A clip of Andrew Darr’s game-winning double against Florida State in the Super Regional round played on the video board as the players, coaches and support staff from the 2009 team lined up at midfield. The squad advanced to the College World Series last season, the Razorbacks’ sixth appearance in Omaha, and completed the season with a third-place national finish, tied for the second-best finish in program history. Arkansas begins its 2010 season with a three-game series against Ball State at Baum Stadium Feb. 19-21. The Razorbacks play their first seven games at home.MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Razorbacks won both of their exhibition games last week with a 77-59 victory over Dillard and then eclipsing the 100-point mark in a 102-69 win against LeMoyne-Owen. The Razorbacks showed significant improvement from game-to-game and even from half-to-half as they held LeMoyne-Owen to just 21 percent shooting and 20 points in the second half of their game. Mike Washington led Arkansas with 25 points against Dillard and five Razorbacks scored in double figures in the LeMoyne-Owen victory. Arkansas opens the regular season on Friday night at Bud Walton Arena against Alcorn St.WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Razorbacks won their lone exhibition game last week and open the 2009-10 season this week in Hot Springs. Arkansas faces Alcorn State Sunday at 2 p.m. in a game that is televised by CST. The Razorbacks are at SMU Nov. 18 before the home opener on Nov. 22.MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: No. 22 men’s and No. 28 women’s cross country competes next at the 2009 NCAA South Central Region Championships, held in Waco, Texas, at Baylor University, on Saturday. The men’s 10K race begins at 10 a.m. and the women’s 6K race follows at 11 a.m. The Razorback men are led by junior Dorian Ulrey, who picked up a runner-up finish at the 2009 SEC Championship. The Razorback women are led by junior Miranda Walker and her 10th-place finish at the 2009 SEC Championship.FOOTBALL (5-4, 2-4): The Razorbacks play their final game in Fayetteville as Arkansas takes on Troy at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Prior to the game, the 14-member senior class will be recognized. The game will be broadcast on CSS and CST. For areas in the state of Arkansas that do not receive CSS, the game will be available on Cox Sports Television. The Troy game marks the ninth time this season UA will play on network television, which will match the 2006 season for the most appearances during a regular season in school history MEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks are off until Feb. 14-16 when they compete at the Battle at the Beach.WOMEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks are idle until the Central District Invitational Feb. 22-23, in Parrish, Fla. A few members will compete in amateur events during the winter break and those will be updated as they become available.SWIMMING AND DIVING (4-1, 2-1): Arkansas sophomores Katie Whitbeck, Lisa Lunkenheimer and Katie Davis each won two events Friday to lead the Razorback swimming and diving team over Vanderbilt at Arkansas Natatorium. Fourteen event wins carried the Hogs to a 206-87 defeat of the Commodores, giving Arkansas its second Southeastern Conference victory. The Razorbacks return to action Nov. 20-22 when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Purdue Invitational.SOCCER (8-7-4, 2-7-2): Senior defender Kim Schleif was named second-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches and forward Allie Chandler was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team. Schleif was one of three Razorbacks to start all 19 games and played 1,712 minutes, which ranked second on the team. Her defense helped Arkansas set school records with 10 shutouts, four SEC shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average. Chandler started 14 games and played in all 19. She led the team with five goals, 12 points, 71 shots and 34 shots on goal. She was fifth in the SEC in shots (71) and fifth with 3.74 shots per game. She played 1,167 minutes, which ranked seventh on the team. Schleif and Chandler helped the Razorbacks go 8-7-4 to give Arkansas consecutive winning seasons for the first time in program history. UA was 11-8-0 in 2008.WOMEN’S TENNIS: Arkansas competes again on Jan. 23 against Oklahoma State and St. Louis at George M. Billingsley Tennis Center and Dills Indoor Stadium.MEN’S TENNIS: Arkansas concluded its fall with the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va. Bradwin Williams led the charge with a 5-1 record to finish first in both singles and doubles in his flight. Williams and Nicholas Spinnazze were invincible, clinching the championship win with an 8-4 victory over Artem Hakeem and Tanner Stump of Mississippi State. Arkansas’ duo of Chris Nott and Mike Ward secured the flight three championship with an 8-5 victory over Mississippi State’s Antonio Lastre and Max Gregor Smith. Other tournament highlights included Matt Hogan’s upset win over Carlos Alvarez of Clemson, ranked No. 80 in the ITA preseason rankings, 6-3, 6-0, and Nott’s victory over Clemson’s top player, Moritz Dettinger, 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Mike Ward saved match point and ultimately won the match, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3) against Clemson’s Kevin Galloway. The Razorbacks return to action Jan. 17 to start the spring season against the Washington Huskies in Fayetteville.VOLLEYBALL (11-15, 5-10): To begin the week, Jasmine Norton was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season, the third player to earn the honor four times in the same season since the inception of the award in 2005. The Razorbacks lost a five-set match to No. 19 LSU, 25-22, 27-25, 14-25, 21-25, 15-10, Sunday at Barnhill Arena. It was Arkansas’ second five-setter in as many matches at home. Norton led all players with a career-high 29 kills and equaled her career best with 17 digs. It was her eighth match this season with 20 or more kills and 11th consecutive with double-digit kills. Norton also tied a career mark with six total blocks. Lindsay Scanlan turned in a 55-assist, 14-dig effort against the Tigers, her fourth double-double in a row. The senior setter now has eight matches this season with at least 50 assists. Kristin Seaton and Kelli Stipanovich added 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Seaton picked up 10 digs, too, for her second double-double of the season. Sunday’s match was televised by CSS and Cox Sports in the Northwest Arkansas area. The Razorbacks hit the road for a pair of matches this week at Mississippi State and Alabama. The meeting with the Crimson Tide will be broadcast by Fox Sports South at 1:30 p.m. (CT).OLYMPIC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE:Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Barnhill Arena interview room.



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