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Western Division roadtrip at Ole Miss

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Western Division roadtrip at Ole Miss

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas volleyball team will travel to Oxford, Miss., to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in a Sunday matchup between Southeastern Conference divisional foes. First serve of the match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (CT) at the Gillom Sports Center. The Razorbacks will go into the contest off an open date Friday.

Arkansas enters the match with a 9-11 overall record and a 3-6 mark in conference play. In their last match, the Razorbacks took LSU to four sets but the 12th-ranked Tigers came away with the victory on their home court. Kelli Stipanovich recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs. She posted a .407 hitting percentage against LSU. Jasmine Norton added a team-high 12 kills in the loss.

On the season, Norton leads the Razorbacks’ offense with 3.81 kills per set, the second-best mark in the SEC. Stipanovich is second on the team with 2.36 kills per set and carries a career-high .287 hitting percentage. She has at least 10 kills in seven of Arkansas’ last eight matches. Defensively, Janeliss Torres-Lopez is third in the conference with 1.22 blocks per set. In the Razorbacks’ last match, Mackenzie Rhea made her first start of the season as the team’s libero.

In the all-time series between Arkansas and Ole Miss, the Razorbacks hold a 23-9 advantage, but the Rebels have won the last eight meetings, including a five-set victory in the 2009 season finale in Oxford. In that match, Arkansas won the first two sets but Ole Miss rallied for the win. On the Rebels’ home court, Arkansas has won 10 of 15 meetings.

Ole Miss (13-5, 7-2 SEC) opened the weekend with a straight-set win over LSU, snapping the Tigers’ 34-match Western Division winning streak. With the win, the Rebels improved to 8-0 at home. Entering the match, Ole Miss was holding conference opponents to a .196 hitting percentage behind an SEC-best 2.76 blocks per set.

Individually, Whitney Cravens leads the team with 3.03 kills per set and Regina Thomas boasts an SEC-best .408 hitting percentage with 2.57 kills per set. Thomas and Miranda Kitts pace Ole Miss’ defensive effort with 1.25 and 1.07 blocks per set, respectively. Libero Morgan Springer is second in the conference with 4.86 digs per set.

In Sunday’s match, the Razorbacks will be looking to break Ole Miss’ current streak of 12 consecutive sets won. To follow the team’s progress on the road, an audio stream, interactive blog and live stats will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Download: Notes 11_Ole Miss.pdf



Sports Category : Volleyball (W)