FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Continuing its week of road matches, the University of Arkansas next travels to Oxford to face Ole Miss Sunday afternoon. First serve of the conference matchup is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (CT) at the Gillom Center. Earlier this season, the Razorbacks notched a five-set win over Ole Miss in Fayetteville. Arkansas enters Sunday’s match at 15-7 overall with a 5-5 mark in SEC play.
All-Time Series vs Ole Miss
With a five-set win in Fayetteville (Oct. 6), the Razorbacks own a 31-14 lead in their all-time series against Ole Miss (14-10, 5-6 SEC). The victory snapped a three-match skid to the Rebels and was the third five setter in the past four between the two teams. Arkansas is 12-9 in road matches against Ole Miss.
Last Time Out
Arkansas’ offense generated a .336 hitting percentage but lost in four sets at Georgia (Oct. 25). It was the team’s first loss of the season when out-hitting its opponent. Redshirt senior Pilar Victoria led all players with 27 kills.
With her 16th of 27 kills at Georgia (Oct. 25), Pilar Victoria became the 16th Razorback in program history with 1,000 career kills. She reached the milestone in her 52nd match as a Razorback, averaging 5.11 kills per set since arriving in Fayetteville in 2015; she was a redshirt last season.
It All Starts With a Serve
Over its last two matches, Arkansas has served up 16 aces which is good for 2.29 service winners per set. Krista Kolbinskie has six of those 16 aces while Hailey Dirrigl has at least one ace in each of the last four matches including a career-high four at Georgia (Oct. 25).
Redshirt senior Pilar Victoria leads the SEC and NCAA with 5.79 kills per set and 6.40 points per set. From her setter position, sophomore Rachel Rippee ranks second in the SEC and 13th in the NCAA with 11.57 assists per set. Arkansas is 31st in the nation with a .261 team hitting percentage; the team is hitting .373 over its past two matches.
Following Sunday’s road contest, the Razorbacks return to Barnhill Arena next weekend for two matches beginning Friday when the team hosts LSU at 7 p.m. Tickets for all home matches are $5 while students—with valid ID—and fans 17 years and younger receive free admission at Barnhill Arena.
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