– The University of Arkansas volleyball team posted a straight-set win over Georgia (25-16, 25-23, 25-18) Sunday afternoon at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. The Razorbacks were paced by a match-high 12 kills from Roslandy Acosta
and held the Bulldogs to a .067 hitting percentage. With the win, Arkansas improved to 11-3 overall and 2-1 through the first two weekends of Southeastern Conference play.
“It was a good win for us today,” head coach Robert Pulliza
said. “Our players were focused all match and knew what needed to be done. It was a great match for them and I’m very proud of the way they played today against Georgia. We had great balance throughout the match. Raymariely did a great job running the show and our passers did a good job of working to make things happen.”
Trailing by a point early in the first set, the Razorbacks reeled off seven points in a row to take a 9-3 lead. During the run, Acosta had three kills and Jasmine Norton
collected a service ace. The Razorbacks maintained their advantage and increased the lead to double digits, 18-8, on a kill by Raymariely Santos
. Acosta brought the team to set point with her seventh kill of the game. On the next point, Liz Fortado
and Janeliss Torres-Lopez
teamed up for a block to close out the set.
In the second set, the score was tied seven times early before Arkansas took a 13-12 lead off an Amanda Anderson
kill. The Razorbacks held on to the lead for the remainder of the game. An ace by Ashley Vazquez
and kill from Acosta extended the lead to 18-13, forcing a timeout from Georgia (8-5, 2-2 SEC). Norton and Torres-Lopez combined for a block to give Arkansas set point, 24-17. The Bulldogs won the next six points but Norton found the floor on the team’s seventh set point to end the threat and give her team a 2-0 match lead.
The home team took an early 6-4 lead in the third set but Arkansas fought back to take an 8-7 lead after a block from Fortado and Torres-Lopez. As they did in the second, the Razorbacks maintained the lead for the rest of the way. Emily Helm
had an ace to give her team a 21-16 lead and force Georgia into its final timeout of the match. Three of the next four points for the Razorbacks came on kills by Norton, including the match winner. After a slow start Sunday, the Razorback senior tallied seven of her nine kills in the third set.
“If you want to win championships, you have to be able to win on the road,” Pulliza said. “That’s a reality for any team. We want to win a championship. That is something we’ve talked about. It’s one of our goals and we’re working hard to get there.”
With the win, Arkansas improved to 4-1 in matches played away from Fayetteville. The team began the weekend with a four-set win against No. 21 Tennessee in Knoxville, the program’s first win on the Lady Volunteers’ home court since the 2007 season.
The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville for a pair of SEC matches next weekend against Auburn and LSU at Barnhill Arena. Sunday’s finale against LSU will be televised by Cox Sports Television (CST) at 1 p.m. For more information regarding Razorback volleyball, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com or visit the RazorbackVB pages on Facebook and Twitter.