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Torres-Lopez earns SEC defensive accolades

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Torres-Lopez earns SEC defensive accolades
FAYETTEVILLE — Senior middle blocker Janeliss Torres-Lopez has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week based on her performance in wins at No. 21 Tennessee and Georgia. During the weekend road trip, she averaged 1.57 blocks per set and helped the Razorbacks limit their opponents to a .117 hitting percentage. Torres-Lopez also hit .419 in the two matches with 2.29 kills per set. In Arkansas’ four-set win at No. 21 Tennessee, Torres-Lopez registered seven total blocks–two solo, five assist–and helped anchor the Razorback defense in holding the Lady Volunteers to a .150 hitting percentage, more than 100 points below their season average entering the match. She also added nine kills at a .533 clip against Tennessee, helping Arkansas to its first win over the Lady Vols since the 2007 season. Torres-Lopez closed out her weekend with four total blocks in straight-set win at Georgia. She and the Arkansas defense limited the Bulldog attack to a .067 hitting percentage. It was the fifth time this season an opponent hit below .100 against the Razorbacks. Torres-Lopez also tallied seven kills, hitting .312 against Georgia. The Salinas, Puerto Rico, native is currently ranked fourth in the SEC with 1.14 blocks per set and helping Arkansas hold opponents to a .163 hitting percentage, the third-lowest mark in the conference. Torres-Lopez is also ranked fifth in the SEC with a .369 hitting percentage. This is the second SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the Razorbacks this season. Junior libero Emily Helm was recognized (Sept. 4) for her efforts at the adidas/Michigan Challenge. Torres-Lopez is the first Razorback middle blocker to earn the award since the 2005 season. Arkansas is receiving nine votes in this week’s release of the AVCA Top 25 coaches’ poll, marking the team’s second appearance in the national rankings this season. Through the first five weeks of the 2012 campaign, the Razorbacks are 11-3 overall with a 2-1 conference record. After a short road trip, Arkansas returns to Fayetteville this weekend for a pair of SEC matches against Auburn and LSU at Barnhill Arena. Sunday’s finale against LSU will be televised by Cox Sports Television (CST) at 1 p.m. (CT). For more information regarding Razorback volleyball, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com or visit the RazorbackVB pages on Facebook and Twitter.


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