FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Having played seven of their past eight matches on the road, the University of Arkansas volleyball team returns to Barnhill Arena this Sunday, Oct. 18, to host Ole Miss. First serve of the conference matchup is scheduled for 4 p.m. (CT). The Razorbacks are 6-1 on their home floor this season including a win over then-No. 9 Florida in their last match at Barnhill. Arkansas enters Sunday’s match with a 13-4 overall record and a 3-2 mark in SEC play.
Individual match tickets are $5 at the Barnhill Arena ticket window while UA students and fans 17 years and younger receive free admission. Sunday’s match has also designated as the Razorbacks’ annual Pink Match as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Susan G. Komen Ozark will be in attendance providing awareness information and promotional items.
Fan Promotions | Pink Match vs. Ole Miss
• All fans encouraged to wear pink
• First 500 fans receive a pink pom-pom
• Post-match autographs with the Razorbacks
• Breast cancer survivors will be recognized at halftime
o Email Chase Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your attendance
• Complimentary admission for UA faculty and staff with valid ID
Sunday’s match will be the 42nd meeting between Arkansas and Ole Miss (16-4, 2-3 SEC) with the Razorbacks owning the 30-11 advantage in the series. Arkansas has won the past six matches between the two programs, including a straight-set win in Fayetteville last year. The Razorbacks have also won 17 of 21 matches played in Fayetteville including five in a row.
Arkansas-Ole Miss will be televised on the SEC Network with Melissa Lee and Missy Whittemore handling the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively. This marks the Razorbacks’ fourth of eight television appearances during conference play. In addition to the SEC Network broadcast, fans can follow online with the live stream available on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app.
Individually, junior outside hitter Pilar Victoria is up to 10th in the NCAA with 4.59 kills per set and 12th among the nation’s attackers with 5.11 points per set. She has registered 20 or more kills in five of Arkansas’ six SEC matches including a 26-kill performance in her last outing at Tennessee. Victoria is averaging 5.24 kills per set and 2.24 digs per set against SEC competition. She also leads the team with seven double-doubles this season.
Senior middle blocker Chanell Clark-Bibbs is ranked 42nd in the NCAA with her .389 hitting percentage. In the Razorbacks’ last match, she tallied 11 kills and a .474 hitting percentage against Tennessee. The Houston, Texas, native enters Sunday’s match eight kills shy of 500 and six blocks away from 200 during her Razorback career. Also in the middle, junior Breana Jones is coming off a week in which she hit .484 (15-0-31) against No. 20 Kentucky and Tennessee.
In this week’s AVCA coaches’ rankings, the Razorbacks are receiving votes to continue their run as a top-30 team in the nation. Collectively, Arkansas carries a .261 hitting percentage which ranks fourth in the SEC and 30th in the NCAA. The team is also among the top-50 nationally in distribution with 12.95 assists per set which is good for 42nd in the country. That figure leads the SEC.
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