FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team closes out its 2014 home schedule Sunday when it hosts No. 6 Florida on Senior Day at Barnhill Arena. First serve of the SEC matchup is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT) and the match will be televised on the SEC Network. General admission is $5 for all home matches while UA students and fans 17 years and younger receive free admission.
Fan Promotions | Sunday vs. #6 Florida
• Senior Day | Presentation will begin immediately following the match
• Season Ticket Holder Appreciation | Up to four (4) guests of season-ticket holder receive FREE admission
• Jason’s Deli #TweetYourSeat | Winner receives a gift card to Jason’s Deli
Students attending volleyball matches this season are asked to use the street-level entrance on Stadium Drive. Vouchers and knit hats will be located at that entrance. Doors at Barnhill Arena open at 10 a.m. Sunday’s match marks the team’s sixth television appearance on the SEC Network this season. Trey Bender and Dain Blanton will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively.
Senior Meredith Hays will be playing in her final home match Sunday when the Razorbacks take the floor against Florida. She enters the weekend ranked first in the SEC and 23rd in the NCAA with 4.37 kills per set. With her second kill against Texas A&M in Arkansas’ last match, Hays became the 16th player in program history to reach 900 career kills. She also tallied her 20th career double-double in the match against the Aggies.
In the middle, junior Chanell Clark-Bibbs continues to be the only player in the SEC ranked inside the top 10 of five stat categories during league play. She is seventh in hitting percentage (.395) and eighth in kills per set (3.12), aces per set (0.28), blocks per set (0.98) and points per set (3.91). Clark-Bibbs has reached double-digit kills in seven of the last eight matches and has at least eight kills in 13 of 15 SEC matches this year.
Freshman Bailee Hankenson heads into Sunday’s match on the verge of becoming the sixth setter in program history with 1,000 assists in a single season. She needs just eight assists to reach the milestone. Hankenson would join career assists leader Tina Rico as the only Razorback freshmen to hit the 1,000 mark in a single season. She is seventh among league setters with 10.59 assists per set in SEC matches.
Arkansas enters Sunday’s home finale with a 14-14 overall record and an 8-7 mark in SEC play. The last four meetings in Fayetteville between the Razorbacks and Florida (22-3, 16-0 SEC) have gone at least four sets. The teams met earlier this season in Gainesville with the Gators posting a straight-set victory in front of their home crowd. Arkansas is looking for its first win in the series since the 2007 season, a five-set victory at Barnhill Arena.
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