Razorbacks saves second swipe to volumes

For the first time since 2014, Arkansas volleyball beat Tennessee twice in one season after the Hogs swept the Vols 3-0 on Saturday.

It was the second sweep in as many nights for the Hogs, and the team is now 13-5 overall and 4-4 in conference. Tennessee goes 10-10 and 4-4 in the SEC.

Jill Gillen led the Razorbacks with 15 eliminations, and Maggie Cartwright also posted double-digit numbers with 10. For the second night in a row, Arkansas hit their best team percentage since September at .352, which also matches the second best all season. . Five Hogs hit over .300 individually that day in Gillen, Cartwright, Taylor Head, Tatum Shipes and Abigail Archibong.

Set 1
A three-run run by the Hogs with two aces from Gillen and a kill from Gracie Ryan helped the home side pull away from the Vols for a 9-4 early lead. The Razorbacks maintained control from there and allowed no more than two Tennessee runs at a time and kills from Cartwright and Hailey Dirrigl gave Arkansas a 15-10 lead late in the game. media. The Hogs extended the lead to eight at 22-14 on a Head kill and pushed it to set point with a Gillen kill. Tennessee went four straight, but another Gillen kill ended the set 25-19 for the Hogs.

Set 2
Arkansas got hot early in the second with back-to-back aces from Hannah Hogue, and the Hogs quickly took a 5-1 lead, which sent the Vols to a timeout. Arkansas kept up the momentum after that and hit 10 points first with a Dirrigl kill, and Tennessee couldn’t cut the deficit to less than five. A 5-1 run with four Gillen kills and a Hog block took a 19-10 Arkansas lead, and the Hogs rolled from there. Five unanswered Razorbacks points, which included back-to-back blocks, closed the second set 25-13 for the home side. Arkansas hit .667 in the set, with eight kills from Gillen on 11 attempts for .727.

Set 3
The Vols closed in on the Hogs all night in the third set, and while the Razorbacks had the lead to start, Tennessee used a four-run run and went up 8-6. The Vols held the advantage steadily from then on and kept the Hogs to no more than two points at a time at the halfway mark. The Hogs then went on a 4-1 series capped by kills from Cartwright and Dirrigl and found themselves ahead 19-18. Tennessee took a timeout and with the score tied three times afterwards, Arkansas settled. Two kills from Shipes and Dirrigl put the Hogs within two runs, and Ryan delivered back-to-back service aces for the 25-21 win and sweep of the game.

Next
Arkansas ends its five-game homestand with a midweek game against Texas A&M on Wednesday, October 19. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network.

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