FAYETTEVILLE – Off the heels of a midweek five-set victory at Oral Roberts, the University of Arkansas volleyball team will resume play Sept. 3-4 with the Jayhawk Classic at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kan. In addition the Razorbacks, the tournament field of the non-conference event will feature the teams from Akron, Chattanooga and Kansas.
Arkansas opens the tournament with two matches Friday, beginning with a 10 a.m. meeting with the Mocs of Chattanooga. In the finale of day one, the Razorbacks will take on Kansas with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. Arkansas will close out the competition Saturday with an 11 a.m. matchup against Akron.
The Razorbacks carry a 4-0 record into the record, their first such start since the 2006 season. As a team, Arkansas has a .265 hitting percentage under the direction of Cassie Clarke. The sophomore setter is averaging 9.93 assists per set through the first four matches of the season. The offensive attack is led by sophomore Jasmine Norton and junior Kelli Stipanovich. Against ORU, Norton tallied 20 kills in the win, her 20th consecutive match with a double-digit kill total. Stipanovich is second on the team with 2.60 kills per set and a .364 hitting percentage.
In its last match, Arkansas got an unexpected lift off the bench from freshman Hayley Koop. The Spring, Texas, native had the first double-digit kill performance of her young career with 12 kills against ORU. Freshman Alex Fitzmorris leads the defensive play at the net with 12 total blocks, seven of which came against the Golden Eagles in her last outing. Freshman libero Brooke Fournier leads the team with 3.07 digs per set.
Arkansas and Kansas (4-0) have met four times previously with each team coming away with two wins. Neither team has won on its respective home court. The Razorbacks last played in Lawrence during the 2006 season, a five-set victory. Last season, the Jayhawks defeated Arkansas in straight sets in Fayetteville. This weekend will mark the team’s first-ever matches against Akron (2-1) and Chattanooga (0-3).
An audio stream, interactive in-match blog and live stats will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com for this weekend’s action at the Jayhawk Classic. The Razorbacks’ next home match is scheduled for Sept. 7 against Oklahoma with first serve set for 7 p.m. at Barnhill Arena. The first 250 fans will receive a pair of Razorback sunglasses.
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