ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team closed out its non-conference schedule with a four-set loss at Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. Sophomore Logan Brown led all players with a career-high 20 kills while Hailey Dirrigl and Rachel Rippee each tallied double-double efforts in the setback. With the loss, Arkansas will enter league play with a 6-4 record.
The Razorbacks return to action Wednesday, Sept. 21 for their SEC opener at Texas A&M. The match will be televised on the SEC Network with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT). Arkansas’ next home match is Sept. 23 when it hosts Missouri at Barnhill Arena.
Georgia Tech 3, Arkansas 1 | Box Score
Attendance: TBA | Time: 2:16
O’Keefe Gym (Atlanta, Ga.)
• Stat leaders at Georgia Tech
o Kills: Logan Brown – 20 (career high)
o Digs: Okiana Valle – 20
o Blocks: Three each w/ 3.0
o Hailey Dirrigl – 16 kills, 11 digs
o Rachel Rippee – 47 assists, 10 digs
With Saturday’s outing, Brown replaced her previous best of 15 kills established Sept. 8 against Northwestern. In the second set, Brown registered seven of her 20 kills. She was joined in double figures by Dirrigl who put down 16 kills and completed the first double-double of her career with 11 digs. Rippee posted her second double-double of the weekend with 47 assists and 10 digs.
Defensively, senior libero Okiana Valle collected 20 digs against Georgia Tech which marks her fourth match of the season with at least 20 digs. Ellease Crumpton, Fernanda Güitron and Elizabeth Pamphile each had three total blocks.
Each of the first three sets were settled by a 25-23 score with the Razorbacks taking the second set. With a 2-1 match lead, Georgia Tech (11-2) used an early 9-2 run in the fourth set to gain control of play. Arkansas trailed by as many as 13 in the set but pushed back to pull to within seven after consecutive kills from Dirrigl and Brown—which saved two match points—but the Yellow Jackets secured the match on the next point with a kill off the block.
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