Clark-Bibbs, Hays Named to Jayhawk Classic All-Tournament Team
In earning her second all-tournament selection of the season, junior Chanell Clark-Bibbs totaled 22 kills and 10 total blocks during the Jayhawk Classic. Half of her block total came in Saturday night’s match against No. 24 Kansas. Senior Meredith Hays totaled 48 kills during the weekend including a 20-kill effort in the tournament opener against Cleveland State. She finished the weekend with 4.36 kills per set.
Can You Dig It?
With her 14th dig Saturday night at No. 24 Kansas, junior Monica Bollinger moved into sole possession of 25th place on the program’s all-time list. She finished the match with a team-high 16 digs and now has 562 digs in her Razorback career. The St. Louis, Mo., heads into SEC play just 38 digs shy of becoming the 24th player in program history to reach 600 career digs. Bollinger averaged 3.82 digs per set during the Jayhawk Classic.
Stalking the Top 20
With 48 kills during last weekend’s Jayhawk Classic, senior Meredith Hays moved into 23rd place on the program’s all-time list with 662 career kills. Hays is now just 38 kills shy of becoming the 22nd player in program history to reach 700 kills. She leads the SEC with 221 kills and has reached double figures in 12 of the Razorbacks’ 13 matches this season.
Charting the Progress
20. 780 – Tina Rico (1994-97)
21. 768 – Amy Allison (2003-06)
22. 667 – Kristin Seaton (2005-09)
23. 662 – MEREDITH HAYS (2013-pres.)
24. 645 – Karla Crose (2002-05)
25. 591 – Roslandy Acosta (2011-12)
In Arkansas’ four-set win over North Texas, sophomore Ana Sofia Jusino registered a career-high 10.0 total blocks. She surpassed her previous best of nine blocks which she’d established two times prior. The Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, native has at least five blocks in nine of Arkansas’ 13 matches this season. Jusino is the first Razorback with double-digit blocks since teammate Summer Morgan posted 10 blocks last season vs. Texas State. Overall, Arkansas has out-blocked its opponent in 10 of 13 matches this season.
How They Rank
Through the first four weeks of the 2014 season, Arkansas is represented among the nation’s best in this week’s release of the Top 50 statistical rankings. Continuing to shine from all attack positions on the court, senior Meredith Hays moved up to 20th in the NCAA with 4.33 kills per set, a figure that also leads the SEC. Defensively, sophomore Ana Sofia Jusino ranks 29th in the country with 1.38 blocks per set. Overall, Arkansas is 27th in the NCAA with 2.72 blocks per set as a team.
The Razorbacks return to Barnhill Arena this weekend to open SEC play with matches Friday against Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. (CT) and Sunday against Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on SEC Network+ which is available through SECNetwork.com, ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app.
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