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Razorbacks host Tulsa at Barnhill Arena

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks host Tulsa at Barnhill Arena
FAYETTEVILLE — Off a tournament title in its season-opening event, the University of Arkansas volleyball team returns to its home floor Tuesday for a midweek match against Tulsa. First serve of the match is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) at Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks registered a 3-0 record on their way to winning the Arkansas Invitational with a four-set win over Kansas in the championship match. In Southeastern Conference statistical rankings, Arkansas is tops in the league with 13.82 assists per set and second among conference teams with 14.64 kills per set. Defensively, the Razorbacks are third in the SEC with 16.27 digs per set, fourth with 2.41 blocks per set and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.125). Roslandy Acosta, the Most Valuable Player of the Arkansas Invitational, and Jasmine Norton are fifth and eighth in the SEC with 3.73 and 3.64 kills per set, respectively. They are the only pair of teammates ranked inside the top 10 of the category. In other top-five rankings, Janeliss Torres-Lopez is second in the SEC with 1.36 blocks per set and Raymariely Santos is fifth among league setters with 10.36 assists per set. In Arkansas’ last match, Norton moved into sole possession of fifth place on the program’s all-time kills list. She moved past Denise Baez (1994-96) and currently has 1,390 kills in her career. Norton is now 19 kills behind Libby Windell (1999-2002) in fourth place on Arkansas’ career list. Entering the match, Tulsa carries a 2-1 record after winning two of three last weekend at the Nike Invitational in Norman, Okla. One of the top attackers in the nation, Golden Hurricane outside hitter Tyler Henderson is averaging 6.73 kills per set through the first three matches of the season. Tulsa is one of seven teams the Razorbacks will play at Barnhill Arena that advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament. “Tulsa is a good team, receiving votes for the Top 25,” head coach Robert Pulliza said. “We have a lot of respect for them. They have a great player in Tyler Henderson and a great bunch that fights really hard. We have to be ready to play Tuesday because Tulsa is very good.” Arkansas holds a 6-1 advantage in the all-time series with Tulsa, including a 3-1 edge in matches played in Fayetteville. The two teams last met in 2009, a five-set road victory for the Razorbacks. The last time the Golden Hurricane played in Barnhill Arena, Arkansas and Tulsa played another five-setter that went in favor of the visitor during the 2008 season. Last year, Tulsa advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Reserved season tickets for the year are $50 while first-time buyers can get tickets for $29. First-time season ticket buyers will also receive $20 worth of concession stand coupons for Sodexho. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Razorback Ticket Office on Razorback Road or by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). During the Arkansas Invitational, Arkansas played in front of the fourth- and ninth-largest home crowds in program history. In the season opener, 1,265 fans saw the Razorbacks top UT-Martin in straight sets. Against Kansas in the championship match, Arkansas was spurred on by 1,208 fans at Barnhill Arena. General admission at Barnhill Arena is $4 while fans 17 years and younger get in free. University of Arkansas students attending volleyball matches this season are asked to use the street-level entrance on Stadium Drive to enter Barnhill Arena. For Arkansas-Tulsa match coverage, including interactive blog, live stats and video stream, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The match will also be broadcast live on KXUA 88.3 FM in Fayetteville. New to the 2012 season, fans can also keep up with Razorback volleyball with its sport-specific RazorbackVB Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Sports Category : Volleyball (W)