Clark-Bibbs, Hays Earn All-SEC Accolades
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback volleyball program added a pair of all-conference performers when junior Chanell Clark-Bibbs and senior Meredith Hays were named to the 2014 All-SEC Team as announced by the league Wednesday morning. With the release, Hays earns her second All-SEC selection while Clark-Bibbs becomes the eighth all-conference performer under head coach Robert Pulliza.
Hays is now the 17th player in program history to be named to multiple All-SEC teams, and third to do so under Pulliza’s watch joining the list of Amanda Anderson and Jasmine Norton. With the addition of Clark-Bibbs, Arkansas Volleyball now has 33 all-conference performers in its history dating back to the program’s inaugural season in 1994. The eight All-SEC players under Pulliza have earned a collective 15 All-SEC honors.
Clark-Bibbs enters the final week of the regular season as the only player during SEC play to rank among the top 10 in five statistical categories. She is eighth in points per set (3.79), kills per set (3.03) and blocks per set (0.97), ninth in hitting percentage (.372) and 10th in aces per set (0.26). Clark-Bibbs has 10 or more kills in eight of Arkansas’ last 11 matches.
The Houston, Texas, native has at least eight kills in 13 of Arkansas’ 16 SEC matches this year including a career-high 21 kills in the Razorbacks’ five-set win at Georgia (Nov. 9). She also established a career best with eight blocks against the Bulldogs (Oct. 12) in an earlier match this season in Fayetteville. Clark-Bibbs has registered a .300 or better hitting mark in 12 of 16 conference matches.
Hays currently stands in second among SEC attackers with 4.27 kills per set and third with 4.59 points per set. She has reached double-digit kills in 15 of the Razorbacks’ 16 conference matches. Hays has reached 15 kills in 10 SEC matches including four 20-kill performances. As a six-rotation outside hitter, seven of her 11 double-double efforts have come against conference opposition.
The Hereford, Texas, native notched an SEC-season high of 27 kills at LSU and completed her first double-double of the conference season with 14 digs. Hays’ success during SEC play has led to a pair of individual milestones having reached 800 and 900 career kills in an SEC match. She is averaging 2.50 digs per set and has 10 aces during SEC play this year.
The Razorbacks continue their season Wednesday evening with a road match at Tennessee. The SEC matchup is set for a 5 p.m. (CT) start and will be televised on the SEC Network. Adam Amin and Maria Taylor will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively. This will be the Razorbacks’ seventh television appearance of the year.
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