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Razorback Roundup — Sept. 28

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Razorback Roundup — Sept. 28

RAZORBACK ROUNDUPSept. 28, 2009MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Men’s and women’s cross country were off this weekend but will compete next at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday. In Madison, Wis., the men’s 8K race will start at 11 a.m. and the women’s 5K race will follow at 11:45 a.m. The men’s squad is currently ranked 18th in the USTFCCCA poll. After the Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 19, junior Lane Boyer was named the SEC Runner of the Week, and Alyssa Allison and Solomon Haile were named the SEC Freshmen of the Week.FOOTBALL (1-2, 0-2): Arkansas travels to Arlington, Texas, to renew its rivalry with former Southwest Conference foe Texas A&M on Oct. 3 when the two teams meet at the state-of-the-art Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and the game will be aired on ESPN2. The teams have not met since 1991, Arkansas’ final year in the SWC. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series 38-24-3. The two teams met for the first time on Oct. 31, 1903. From 1934 until 1991, the two teams played annually as Southwest Conference members. On March 10, 2008, officials from both schools announced the revival of the series. The initial agreement between the two schools allows the game to be played for at least 10 years. WOMEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks hit the links for their second event of the season, traveling to Manhattan, Kan., for the Sunflower Invitational Monday and Thursday. Arkansas travels six this week for the second of four fall events.MEN’S GOLF: The Razorbacks picked up a second-place finish at the Wolverine at Radrick Farms in Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend. Senior Jamie Marshall was the overall winner of the tournament after shooting a 65 over the final 18 holes to move from a tie for eighth to a one-stroke victory at 10-under par. Fellow senior David Lingmerth finished tied for fourth overall with a third round 67 and eight-under par for the tournament. Arkansas’ second-place finish is the second time this season that the Hogs have been just off the team title in two events this fall. The Razorbacks are back on the course Oct. 5-6 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind.GYMNASTICS: Team members have been conditioning and participating in voluntary workouts since the beginning of the fall semester, but practice officially began on Thursday. The 2010 schedule is out and Arkansas opens the season at home on Jan. 9 against Arizona. Other home meets are Jan. 29 against Kentucky, Feb. 5 against Auburn, Feb. 19 against LSU, March 12 against Pittsburgh and March 19 against Oklahoma.SOCCER (6-2-2, 0-2): With losses to Tennessee (1-0) and No. 8 Georgia (2-0), Arkansas suffered its first losses of the season. The Razorbacks entered conference play one of only four teams in the league undefeated. Arkansas has allowed three goals in the last two games, but only six for the season. The two goals allowed to Georgia mark just the second time this year the Razorbacks have allowed two or more in a game. The other was a 4-2 victory over Air Force on Aug. 28. Britni Williams had eight saves against Georgia and now has 35 for the season and 195 for her career to move into sixth on Arkansas’ all-time list with 195. Arkansas travels to Auburn on Friday and Alabama on Sunday for the first two of four consecutive road games.SOFTBALL: Junior Becca Carden and senior Sandra Smith each homered in game two of a doubleheader to lead the Razorbacks to a 9-0 win and a split on the day with Tulsa at Bogle Park. In the first game, the Hogs lost 2-0 after being shutout on two hits. Through four exhibition games this fall, Brittany Robison and Miranda Dixon lead the team in hitting with a .444 and .400 averages, respectively. Smith and Carden are tied for the team lead with four RBIs each. Arkansas returns to the field Saturday for its final doubleheader of the fall, a meeting with Seminole College at Bogle Park. Game one of the twin bill is set for 1 p.m. SWIMMING: The swimming and diving team prepares for the 2009-10 season with its Red and White meet on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Arkansas Natatorium. Last season, the Razorbacks posted a program-high 10 dual wins and finished fifth in the Southeastern Conference, the highest finish in Arkansas swimming and diving history. With returning All-Americans Yi-Ting Siow, Jamie Marks and Leah Pierce, and a class of talented newcomers, excitement is high entering the season. MEN’S TENNIS: Juniors Christopher Nott and Matt Hogan opened the season at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas, on Friday night. Nott notched a pair of wins to advance to the round of 16 in singles play. After falling in the opening round, Hogan rebounded with three consecutive wins to advance to the semifinals of consolation. In doubles action, Hogan and Nott advanced to the quarterfinals with back-to-back wins over Piotr Olechowski and Javier Pulgar-Garcia of Louisiana-Lafayette and Slah Mbarek and Chris Price of TCU. Next on the schedule is the ITA All-American Championship Oct. 3-11, in Tulsa, Okla. Senior Dmitry Lebedev, freshman Mike Ward, Hogan and Nott will compete at the tournament. WOMEN’S TENNIS: The duo of junior Anouk Tigu and freshman Claudine Paulson advanced to the finals of the doubles draw to highlight a strong weekend at the Colorado Tennis Invitational in Boulder, Colo. Singles play was strong for the Razorbacks as well. Four different players (Tigu, Kelsey Sundaram, Annemijn Koenen and Adriana Nieto) all won at least two matches. Arkansas returns home to host the Razorback Classic on Friday through Sunday at the Billingsley Tennis Center.VOLLEYBALL (7-8, 1-3): Jasmine Norton was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for last week. She is the fourth player in program history to earn the honor. In competition, the Razorbacks lost matches at Tennessee and No. 17 Kentucky in their first road trip of the Southeastern Conference season. In the weekend opener, Arkansas dropped a 3-0 decision to Tennessee. Norton and fellow freshman Amanda Anderson led the team with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. It marked the 10th time this season for Norton to lead Arkansas in kills and the eighth time she racked up a double-digit total. Against the 17th-ranked Wildcats, sophomore Kelli Stipanovich turned in a 12-kill performance on 15 attempts with no errors, good for an .800 hitting percentage, tied for the third-best effort in program history. It is the highest hitting percentage for an Arkansas player since the 2007 season (Christina Lawrence, .727). Kentucky, however, came away with a straight-set victory on its home court. The Razorbacks return to the road next weekend with matchups at Georgia and Auburn.OLYMPIC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE:Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Barnhill Arena interview room.



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