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Season-Best Output In Sweep Of Saint Louis

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Press Release University of Arkansas: 

The University of Arkansas volleyball team closed out itsnon-conference schedule with a straight-set win (25-18, 25-22, 25-10) overSaint Louis on Saturday night at Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks registered aseason-high .378 hitting percentage in the win and had five players with atleast six kills, paced by 10 kills from freshman Barbara Dapic. Arkansas improvesto 7-4 on the season with Saturday's win over the Billikens.

 

"We knew it was an important match for us," head coach RobertPulliza said. "It was our last non-conference opponent and we wanted to makesure we were the team we wanted to be going into SEC play. We wanted to seewhere we were as a team and we committed to doing things the right way."

 

For their performance during the Razorback Invitational, freshmanBreana Jones and sophomore Summer Morgan were named to the All-Tournament Team.They combined for 14 kills and seven total blocks Saturday against Saint Louis.

 

During Saturday's match, senior libero Emily Helm cracked the top20 of the program's career digs list with her third dig of the match. Shefinished the match with a team-high 12 digs and currently has 646 digs in herArkansas career which is good for 19th place on the all-time list.

 

Arkansas won the first four points of the match, including a pairof blocks from Jones. Later in the set, the Razorbacks turned a one-pointadvantage into an 18-14 lead after consecutive kills from Morgan and juniorMeredith Hays. Sophomore Monica Bollinger served up an ace on set point toclinch the opener, 25-18. The Razorbacks held Saint Louis (4-9) to a .067hitting percentage in the first set.

 

With the score tied at 19-all in the second set, Arkansas won sixof the final nine points—and three of the last four—to win the game and take a2-0 match lead. During the final push, senior Raymariely Santos tallied a pairof kills including the game winner. She had five kills in the set and was oneof six Razorbacks with at least two kills in the game.

 

The Razorbacks closed out the match with its most efficient set ofthe weekend, posting a .435 hitting percentage in the third set to close outSaint Louis. Arkansas won nine of the first 11 points, forcing Saint Louis toburn both of its timeout early in the set. The winning score of 25-10 is theteam's most lopsided set score of the season.

 

Saturday's match marked the end of the Razorbacks' non-conferenceschedule. Arkansas begins SEC play next weekend with a road trip to Ole Missand Mississippi State. The team's conference home opener is set for Oct. 2, amidweek matchup with Missouri that will be televised by ESPNU as part of thenetwork's Wednesday Night Volleyball package.

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