Arkansas Wins 14th Straight Against Mississippi State
FAYETTEVILLE – Freshman Jillian Gillen recorded her fourth-straight 20+ kill performance and senior Rachel Rippee had a season-best 44 assists as the duo helped lead Arkansas to its 14th-straight win over Mississippi State on senior day (28-26, 25-18, 20-25, 20-25, 15-13).
- Rachel Rippee | 44 assists | 13 digs
- Jillian Gillen | 20 kills | 7 digs
- Devyn Wheeler | 15 kills | .560 clip
- Liz Pamphile | 12 kills | 3 blocks
THE TURNING POINT
Arkansas came out fast in the first set and was out in front, 15-13 at the break. The Bulldogs rallied late to tie it at 23-23 but three-straight points and a kill by Maggie Cartwright gave the Razorbacks a 1-0 advantage with a 28-26 opening set win.
The Hogs took a 2-0 match lead after a solid 25-18 performance in the second set but Mississippi State held off the Arkansas offense in the third and fourth sets to tie the match at two sets a piece.
Razorbacks jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the tie-breaker but Mississippi State responded with a run of their own to pull ahead, 7-6. A service error by the Bulldogs and attack error by MSU would sway the score back in favor of the Hogs as they sparked a 4-2 run with another kill by Cartwright.
Mississippi State called a timeout trailing 12-9 and took four of the next six points after the break, but a final slam by Pamphile is all that Arkansas needed to secure the 15-13 win.
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