– The University of Arkansas volleyball team closed out its weekend with a three-set loss to Tennessee (25-22, 25-22, 25-16) Sunday afternoon at Barnhill Arena. With the loss, the Razorbacks fall to 14-6 overall and 5-4 in Southeastern Conference play. Jasmine Norton
finished the match with a team-high 13 kills, while Raymariely Santos
registered her 11th double-double of the season with 33 assists and 12 digs. Junior libero Emily Helm
led all players with 19 digs.
“I felt like we were too up and down,” Santos said. “I’m not sure if we were still thinking about that loss Friday but we have to come out to practice and be ready to go hard because whenever we play together, we’re a great unit. I feel like that’s missing right now. We need to find that great unit that we know we are in order to be successful.”
Acosta added 12 kills and six digs, while Norton tallied nine digs to go along with her offensive output. At the net, Torres-Lopez had a team-high four total blocks, her 13th match of the season with at least four blocks.
Trailing by two early in the first set, Arkansas scored five in a row to take an 18-15 lead. The streak of points was capped by a tandem block from Liz Fortado
and Janeliss Torres-Lopez
. Tennessee (13-5, 6-3 SEC) responded to even the score at 19-all but the Razorbacks scored two straight out of a timeout to take a late-set lead. However, with the score tied at 22-22, the visitors won the last three points to secure the opening game.
Arkansas jumped out to an early lead in the second set, winning five of the first six points with the help of three Tennessee attack errors. The home team used another surge of points later in the set to take a 12-8 lead after a kill from Roslandy Acosta
. With the score tied at 17-all, the Lady Vols scored seven of the next eight points. The Razorbacks saved four set points before Tennessee clinched the 25-22 set win and took a 2-0 match lead.
In the third set, the Lady Vols never trailed after the score was tied at 4-4. Arkansas stayed within a point through the early stages of the game but another Tennessee surge—a seven-point run—made the difference. The visitors’ lead reached as high as nine points. Arkansas started to chip away after back-to-back kills from Acosta and Fortado. Tennessee maintained the momentum, however, and closed out the match with a 25-16 game.
The Razorbacks will hit the halfway point of the conference season with matches next weekend at Kentucky and Mississippi State. For more information about Razorback volleyball or other University of Arkansas athletics, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with the team at the sport-specific RazorbackVB Facebook and Twitter pages.