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Road test at adidas/Michigan Invitational

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Road test at adidas/Michigan Invitational
FAYETTEVILLE — In its first road test of the 2012 season, the University of Arkansas volleyball team travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for this weekend’s adidas/Michigan Invitational. Along with the Razorbacks, the event field will also feature Central Michigan, Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) and the host team, No. 22 Michigan. Arkansas enters the tournament with a 4-0 record. The Razorbacks’ open tournament play Friday with a matchup with UMBC. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT) at Cliff Keen Arena. Arkansas closes out the weekend with Saturday matches against Central Michigan at 12:30 p.m. and Michigan at 6:30 p.m. Central Michigan and Michigan both played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines advanced to last season’s regional semifinal round. In their last outing, the Razorbacks posted a straight-set victory over Tulsa at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville. Jasmine Norton and Roslandy Acosta had 14 and 10 kills, respectively, and libero Emily Helm led the defensive charge with 22 digs. With her performance against the Golden Hurricane, Norton eclipsed 1,400 career kills and currently sits five kills behind Libby Windell (1999-2002) for fourth place on the program’s all-time list. Through the first four matches of the season, Arkansas leads the Southeastern Conference with 13.64 assists per set and is second among the league teams with 14.43 kills per set. The team is also third in the SEC with 17.43 digs per set and tied for third with 2.50 blocks per set. Individually, the Razorbacks’ top-five conference performers are Norton with 3.86 kills per set (fourth), Helm with 5.07 digs per set (fifth), Raymariely Santos with 10.14 assists per set (fifth) and Janeliss Torres-Lopez with 1.36 blocks per set (third). UMBC owns a 2-3 record with a five-set loss to George Mason in its last outing. Central Michigan opened its season winning two of three last weekend at the Country Inn & Suites Tournament in Green Bay, Wis. The Chippewas’ loss came to SEC member Auburn. Host team Michigan is 4-0 after sweeping its matches and winning the team title at the Tiger Invitational, hosted last weekend by Missouri. For coverage of this weekend’s matches in Ann Arbor, Mich., log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com for live stats and interactive blog. An audio stream of all three Razorbacks’ matches will also be available. New for the 2012 season, fans can also follow Razorback volleyball with its sport-specific RazorbackVB Twitter and Facebook pages. Arkansas returns to its home court next week to face Oklahoma (Sept. 4) in a midweek match and to host the Razorback Invitational (Sept. 7-8) against Houston Baptist, ULM and UTEP. Reserved season tickets for home matches 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). General admission at Barnhill Arena is $4 while fans 17 years and younger get in free.

Download: Match Notes 3_adidas-Michigan Challenge.pdf



Sports Category : Volleyball (W)