FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Despite a trio of Razorbacks in double figures, the University of Arkansas volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to No. 19 Texas A&M on Senior Day at Barnhill Arena. Junior All-SEC performer Pilar Victoria tallied her team-leading 15th double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs, while Barbara Dapic and Chanell Clark-Bibbs registered 13 and 12 kills, respectively.
No. 19 Texas A&M 3, Arkansas 1 (25-27, 25-16, 25-23, 25-23)
Barnhill Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Attendance: 1,072 | Time: 2:05
• Leaders vs. No. 19 Texas A&M
o Kills: Pilar Victoria – 19
o Digs: Pilar Victoria – 15 (team-high 15th double-double)
o Blocks: Danielle Harbin – 6.0 (1-5)
Defensively, Danielle Harbin matched her season high with a team-high six total blocks. She was one of six Razorbacks to finish the match with at least two blocks. Arkansas finished the match with 11.0 total team blocks, the 12th time this season the team finished with 10 or more blocks. Along with Victoria’s 15 digs, SEC All-Freshman selection Okiana Valle finished the match with 14 digs.
The Razorbacks finish the regular season with a 17-13 overall record and 7-11 mark in SEC play. The team now awaits a potential NCAA postseason bid. The 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Selection Show airs Sunday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.
The Razorbacks won the first four points of the match and led 15-12 at the media timeout after a kill by Clark-Bibbs. Arkansas led by as much as four at 21-17 before Texas A&M (23-6, 16-2 SEC) rattled off five in a row to take a 22-21 lead. The home team fought back and saved two set points, evening the frame at 24-all after an Aggie attack error. Having saved a third set point, Arkansas clinched the opener when an attack by Texas A&M landed wide.
Having dropped the second set, the Razorbacks repeated their 4-0 advantage to start the third set. Texas A&M rallied to win 10 of the next 13 points to take a 10-7 lead and force head coach Robert Pulliza into a timeout. The middle stages of the set featured back-and-forth play with Arkansas pulling even at 17-all on a kill by Clark-Bibbs. The Aggies scored three points in a row to take a 20-17 for the final surge of the set. The Razorbacks saved a set point before the visitors sealed the game, 25-23, to take a 2-1 match lead.
Both teams exchanged early leads in the fourth set but neither led by more than three until Texas A&M took a 14-11 lead at the midway point. In a set that featured 12 ties, the score was tied one final time at 18-18 after Harbin and Victoria teamed up for a stuff. The Aggies responded to take a 20-18 lead and eventually arrived at match point at 24-21. Arkansas saved the first two with a kill from Dapic and another block from Harbin and Ana Sofia Jusino. However, Texas A&M closed out the match on the next point with a kill from the outside.
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