FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas volleyball team hosts No. 2 Florida Friday night to open a home weekend at Barnhill Arena. First serve of the Southeastern Conference contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT). The Razorbacks enter the weekend with a 12-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark in league play. Fans are encouraged to wear red to Friday’s match against the Gators.
The first 250 UA students will receive a free Razorback Volleyball t-shirt while the first 1,000 fans in attendance will get a free Arkansas pom-pom. During the season, UA students and fans 17 years and younger get into all Arkansas volleyball matches for free. University of Arkansas students attending matches this season are asked to use the street-level entrance on Stadium Drive. Single-match tickets are $4 for general admission and go on sale at the south ticket window at Barnhill Arena one hour prior to the start of each match.
Friday’s match will be the 37th overall between the two programs and the 14th meeting at Barnhill Arena. The last two matches played in Fayetteville have been five-set thrillers including last season’s SEC opener that was played out in front of a program-record 3,015 fans. This will be the eighth time Florida (17-1, 6-0 SEC) brings a top-five ranking to Fayetteville. Arkansas and Florida will only play once during the regular season this year.
In its last outing, Arkansas registered a four-set win (13-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22) over Tennessee in Knoxville. Senior Hayley Koop and freshman Breana Jones both posted career-high performances with 18 and 13 kills, respectively, while senior libero Emily Helm collected 27 digs to pace the defense. Senior Raymariely Santos-nine kills, 23 assists and 12 digs-finished just one kill shy of her second triple-double of the season.
The Razorbacks continue to be one of the top-blocking teams in the country, this week ranked 44th in the NCAA with 2.60 blocks per set. The team is also positioned just outside the top 50 in assists per set (12.69 a/s, 55th) and kills per set (13.58 k/s, 64th). Individually, junior Meredith Hays is 37th among the nation’s attackers with 4.04 kills per set. Helm is averaging 5.04 digs per set in SEC matches.
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Download: Match Notes 11_vs Florida, Georgia.pdf