LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team plays the final match of its regular season Saturday with a road contest at No. 15 Kentucky. First serve of the SEC matchup is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT) at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. The Razorbacks began the Thanksgiving road trip with a win Wednesday at Tennessee and enter Saturday’s match with a 15-15 overall record and 9-8 mark in conference play.
The Arkansas-Kentucky match will be streamed on SEC Network+ which is available online at ESPN3.com or through the WatchESPN app. Dave Baker and Kathy DeBoer will hand the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively. Live stats will also be available at UKAthletics.com. With a win Saturday, Arkansas would remain eligible for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Saturday’s match will be the 35th meeting between the two programs with the Wildcats owning the 19-15 advantage in the all-time series. Three of Arkansas’ wins in the series have come on UK’s home court including a straight-set win in its last visit to Lexington in 2012. This will be the second meeting of the season with Kentucky (25-5, 14-3 SEC) sweeping the Razorbacks earlier this year in Fayetteville.
In its last outing, Arkansas won its third straight in Knoxville with a four-set win over Tennessee. Liz Fortado led all players with 15 kills while Meredith Hays posted her 12th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 12 digs. Defensively, Barbara Dapic and Chanell Clark-Bibbs led the team with six and five blocks, respectively, while Hays and libero Kori Ortiz each had 12 digs against the Lady Volunteers.
Hays, a 2014 All-SEC selection, is second in the SEC and 29th in the NCAA with 4.27 kills per set. With her offensive output against Tennessee, she became the eighth player in program history with 500 kills in a single season. Hays enters Saturday’s match 12 digs shy of becoming the sixth-ever Razorback with 500 kills and 300 digs in the same season and would be the first to do so since 1999.
Hays and Clark-Bibbs were both named to the All-SEC Team when year-end honors were announced Wednesday. Hays is the 17th Razorback to earn multiple all-conference accolades while Clark-Bibbs is the 33rd addition to the program’s list of All-SEC performers. Clark-Bibbs leads the team with a .337 hitting percentage this season and had a then-career best with 17 kills in this year’s first match against Kentucky.
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