FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team closes out the 2015 regular season Saturday afternoon when it hosts Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon at Barnhill Arena. First serve of the conference matchup is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (CT) on the Razorbacks’ home floor. Prior to Saturday’s match, Arkansas will recognize the careers of its three-player senior of Monica Bollinger, Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Liz Fortado.
Individual match tickets are $5 while UA students and fans 17 years and younger receive free admission. For fans not able to attend Saturday, the Arkansas-Texas A&M match will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and through the WatchESPN app. Live stats will also be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Fan Promotions vs. Texas A&M
• Senior Day – The three Razorbacks seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony
• Knit Hat Giveaway – The first 50 students in attendance receive a FREE team knit hat
Arkansas (17-12, 7-10 SEC) will be looking for its second win of the season against Texas A&M, having posted a four-set win Sept. 27 in College Station. Saturday’s match also finds the Razorbacks taking on the newly crowned SEC champion Aggies who clinched the league title Wednesday with a five-set win at Missouri. The two teams will be meeting for just the seventh time overall, all since Texas A&M joined the conference in 2012.
The Razorbacks are coming off a five-set loss to South Carolina in which junior Barbara Dapic and freshman libero Okiana Valle turned in career-best performances. Attacking from both pins, Dapic put down a career-high 16 kills to go along with a season-best four blocks. Defensively, Valle tied the No. 2 mark in program history with 32 digs. Clark-Bibbs had a match-high 17 kills while Pilar Victoria and Adrien Wohlschlaeger each turned in double-double efforts.
In the first meeting between Arkansas and Texas A&M (22-6, 15-2 SEC) this season, the Razorbacks dropped the first set before rallying to win in four. Victoria led all players with 20 kills while Clark-Bibbs and Breana Jones added 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Valle was one of five Razorbacks with at least seven digs, pacing Arkansas’ efforts with 13 digs.
With her performance Wednesday, Victoria became the ninth Razorback in program history to reach 500 kills in a single season. The All-SEC performer continues to lead the conference with 4.60 kills per set and 5.09 points per set, and enters Saturday’s match as a top-15 national performer in both categories. With her play in the middle, Jones is the SEC leader with her .439 hitting percentage.
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