LAWRENCE, Kan. – Paced by a trio of double-digit kill performances, the University of Arkansas volleyball team picked up its first win of the season with a four-set triumph over Chicago State on Friday evening. Danielle Harbin registered a team-high 14 kills while Barbara Dapic and Breana Jones added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. The Razorbacks close out the Kansas Invitational Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) against the fourth-ranked and host Jayhawks.
Arkansas 3, Chicago State 1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-22) | Box Score
Attendance: 552 | Time: 1:48
Horejsi Center (Lawrence, Kan.)
• Leaders vs. Chicago State
o Kills: Danielle Harbin – 14 (11th career match with 10+ kills)
o Digs: Okiana Valle – 14
o Blocks: Danielle Harbin, Breana Jones, Ana Sofia Jusino – 5.0 (0-5)
After dropping the opening set, Arkansas jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second frame. A tandem block by Harbin and Ana Sofia Jusino pushed the score to 12-6 to force a Chicago State timeout. Out of the break, the Cougars scored four in a row to cut Arkansas’ lead to two. However, the Razorbacks maintained the advantage and won eight of the final 11 points to close out the set.
Mirroring its start in the second, Arkansas got out to a 6-0 advantage in the third and led throughout. The Razorbacks saved their best offensive numbers for the set, posting a .387 figure on their way to taking a 2-1 match lead. The lead reached as high as nine at 22-13 before Arkansas clinched the set with a Chicago State service error.
In the tightest set of the match, the two teams battled to 18 ties and six lead changes in the fourth. The score was tied as late as 22-all when Arkansas reeled off three in a row to secure its first win of the season. On match point, Harbin and Jusino combined for the Razorbacks’ 10th total block. Rachel Rippee set up match point with her second service ace of the match. She has two aces in each of the last four matches.
After three road trips to begin the season, the Razorbacks return to Fayetteville for their home opener Sept. 16-17 with the Arkansas Invitational at Barnhill Arena. Season tickets are available for purchase through the Razorback Ticket Center with pricing options beginning at $40. Fans can call 800-982-HOGS (4647) or buy tickets online.
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