FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With fewer than three weeks until their season opener, the University of Arkansas volleyball team reported to campus Sunday morning to officially begin its 2015 campaign. Following the day’s schedule featuring team meetings, pictures, interviews and season-ticket delivery, the Razorbacks return to Barnhill Arena Monday morning for its first practice of the season.
— Razorback Volleyball (@RazorbackVB) August 9, 2015
Fans can get their first look at Arkansas volleyball when the team hosts its annual Red-White scrimmage Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. (CT) at Barnhill Arena. Admission for the preseason exhibition is free. Following the scrimmage, the team will have a meet and greet and pizza party with season-ticket holders in attendance.
Beginning at $40 and a free team knit hat with each purchase, season tickets are available through the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 800-982-4647 or emailing email@example.com. Click HERE to purchase tickets online. Individual match tickets are $5 at the Barnhill Arena ticket window prior to each match while UA students (with valid ID) and fans 17 years and younger receive free admission.
The Razorbacks open their season Aug. 28 against McNeese State with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. at Barnhill Arena. It will serve as the team’s first match of the season-opening Arkansas Invitational that also includes Army and Kansas. Arkansas is the defending tournament champion having defeated Michigan in last year’s title match.
Arkansas’ schedule features 15 home matches at Barnhill Arena, including nine versus SEC teams. Overall, the Razorbacks are set to play 13 matches against teams that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament and nine matches against top-50 RPI teams. The Razorbacks have benefitted from a home-court advantage with its fans turning out in record numbers. Nine of the top 10 home crowds have come over the past five seasons.
Headed up by its three-member senior class, the Razorbacks return 12 letterwinners from last year’s team and add five newcomers. Arkansas’ seniors are Monica Bollinger, All-SEC performer Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Liz Fortado. Along with Pulliza and associate head coach Carol Price-Torok, the Razorbacks’ staff welcomes new faces in assistant coach Sarah Rumely and director of operations Allison Wack.
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