EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Behind a season-high .416 hitting percentage, the University of Arkansas volleyball team posted a straight-set win over Louisiana Tech Friday morning to begin play at the Cougar Classic in Edwardsville, Ill. The Razorbacks had five players with at least five kills, led by 13 from Pilar Victoria and nine from Liz Fortado. Victoria completed her third-consecutive double-double with 10 digs. Arkansas returns to the court Friday at 7 p.m. to face host SIUE.
The Razorbacks’ offensive output is the program’s highest hitting percentage since hitting .434 against Ole Miss during the 2013 season. Friday morning’s performance is the No. 12 overall showing in program history, and the seventh best against a non-conference opponent. Adrien Wohlschlaeger registered a career-high 25 assists in the win. Defensively, Arkansas held Louisiana Tech to a .078 hitting percentage with the help of eight total blocks.
Arkansas 3, Louisiana Tech 0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18)
Attendance: 85 | Time: 1:22
Vadalabene Center | Edwardsville, Ill.
• Stat Leaders vs. Louisiana Tech
o Kills: 13 – Pilar Victoria
o Digs: 10 – Pilar Victoria
o Blocks: 4.0 (0-4) – Breana Jones
Holding on to a one-point lead early in the first, Arkansas (3-1) won nine of the next 11 points to take control of the set with a 16-8. The Razorbacks maintained their advantage and built on their lead to close out the game, and on the team’s first set point, Victoria went through the block to clinch the opener, 25-15.
Trailing by two in the second, Arkansas took advantage of its opponent’s serving miscues to rally and after consecutive kills from Victoria and Chanell Clark-Bibbs, the lead was 14-11. With their lead down to one, the Razorbacks used another run of four points to take a 20-15 advantage. Like she did in the first, Victoria put away the ball on set point to give Arkansas the 2-0 match lead. Clark-Bibbs finished the match with six kills and a .545 hitting percentage (6-0-11).
After dropping the first point of the third, the Razorbacks didn’t trail again in the final set. An attack error gave Arkansas a six-point lead at 16-10 and Fortado found the floor to get the team to 20 on the scoreboard. Capping her double-double showing, Victoria had the final two kills of the match for Arkansas. The Razorbacks closed out Louisiana Tech by hitting .565 in the final set, committing just two attack errors in the game.
Following this weekend’s road trip, the team returns to Barnhill Arena Sept. 11-12 for the Razorback Invitational. Beginning at $40 and a free team knit hat with each purchase, season tickets are currently on sale online or through the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 800-982-4647.
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