OXFORD, Miss. – For the fifth time this season, the University of Arkansas volleyball team had three players reach double figures in kills but it wasn’t enough in a four-set loss Friday evening at Ole Miss. Junior Pilar Victoria paced the trio with a match-high 21 kills while Breana Jones and Chanell Clark-Bibbs added 13 and 12, respectively. Defensively, the team had seven players with five or more digs. With the setback, Arkansas drops to 14-9 overall and 4-7 in SEC play.
Ole Miss 3, Arkansas 1 (25-20, 25-27, 25-19, 25-21)
Attendance: 811 | Time: 2:14
Gillom Sports Center | Oxford, Miss.
• Leaders at Ole Miss
o Kills: Pilar Victoria – 21 (11th match with 20+ kills)
o Digs: Okiana Valle – 14
o Blocks: Chanell Clark-Bibbs – 6.0 (seventh match with 6+ blocks)
Arkansas went out to a 3-1 advantage in the first after a block by Clark-Bibbs and Victoria but the home team scored six of the next seven points to claim the lead. The Razorbacks pulled even at 11-all on a kill by Jones but Ole Miss (20-7, 6-6 SEC) re-established its lead on the next point and didn’t trail for the remainder of the set. Despite five kills from Jones in the frame, the Rebels took the opener, 25-20.
With the score tied early in the second set, the Razorbacks rattled off six-consecutive points to take a 10-4 lead on a kill by Jones. Ole Miss pulled to within one at 14-13, but using a run of their own, the Razorbacks opened a 21-15 advantage after a kill and service ace by Clark-Bibbs. Arkansas went on to have set point at 24-19 but the Rebels once again pulled even with a 5-0 rally. On the team’s sixth opportunity to close out the set, Adrien Wohlschlaeger teamed up with Clark-Bibbs for the 27-25 game win.
The teams played even through the first 10 points of the fifth set before Ole Miss inched ahead, never leading by more than two. Holding on to a 12-11 advantage, the Rebels scored four points in a row to pad their lead. Arkansas put together a run to get to within two at 19-17 after another tandem block for Clark-Bibbs and Wohlschlaeger. Ole Miss scored the next five to arrive at set point, and on its third chance, took a 2-1 match lead with a block.
The Rebels jumped out to an early lead in the fourth, winning seven of the first 10 points in the frame. Ole Miss’ lead was as high as eight points before Arkansas put together a late-set push to get within three. After an Ole Miss attack error and kills from Victoria and Danielle Harbin, the Razorbacks trailed 23-20. However, Ole Miss closed out the four-set win with a block on its second match point.
The Razorbacks close out the weekend road trip Sunday afternoon at Mississippi State (14-10, 3-7 SEC). First serve of the SEC matchup is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT) and will be streamed on SEC Network+ and through the WatchESPN app. The Razorbacks enter Sunday’s contest having won 36 of 41 in the all-time series with Mississippi State with wins in the previous seven meetings. Arkansas is 16-4 in matches played on the Bulldogs’ home floor.
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