AUBURN, Ala. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team closed out its SEC road schedule with a loss Sunday afternoon at Auburn. Junior Barbara Dapic paced the offense with a team-high 11 kills while Danielle Harbin and Pilar Victoria each had seven kills in the match. Defensively, freshman libero Okiana Valle led all players with 25 digs. With Sunday’s result, the Razorbacks are now 17-11 overall with a 7-9 mark in SEC play.
Arkansas’ next home match is this Wednesday, Nov. 25, against South Carolina. First serve is set for 7 p.m. (CT) at Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks wrap up the 2015 regular season Saturday, Nov. 28, by hosting current SEC leader Texas A&M. Individual match tickets for home matches are $5 while UA students and fans 17 years and younger get free admission.
Auburn 3, Arkansas 0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-14)
Auburn Arena (Auburn, Ala.)
Attendance: 624 | Time: 1:42
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• Kills: Barbara Dapic – 11
• Digs: Okiana Valle – 25
• Blocks: Adrien Wohlschlaeger – 3.0 (0-3)
In the opening set, the score was tied 9-9 when the Razorbacks scored five of the next six points to take a 14-10 lead after an attack error by Auburn (17-11, 9-7 SEC). Arkansas led by as many as five points including at 21-16 after a kill by Dapic. With the team’s lead down to one, Chanell Clark-Bibbs went off one foot for a kill on the slide attack to give the Razorbacks set point at 24-22. The home team responded with a four-point rally to surge past Arkansas to win the frame, 26-24.
The teams exchanged points through the early stages of the second set until the score was tied at 12-all. The Tigers scored the next three points for the final lead change of the set. Arkansas scored the next two points with consecutive kills from Harbin and Ana Sofia Jusino, and trailed by one at 16-15. The Razorbacks were within one again at 18-17 but the home team rattled off three in a row to cushion its advantage, and eventually come away with the 25-21 win in the second.
Auburn scored five of the first seven points of the third set to force head coach Robert Pulliza into an early timeout. With a quick push, Arkansas was within one at 6-5 after back-to-back kills off the hand of Dapic. The Tigers made a definitive push with a 7-2 run to regain momentum with a 13-7 lead. The Razorbacks got no closer than five points for the remainder of the set. Dapic registered her final kill to cut the deficit to single digits but Auburn won the next two points to secure the win.
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