Haaser reaches 1000 kill milestone

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas senior Jennifer Haaser became the ninth player in school history to reach 1,000 career kills. The Fort Smith, Ark., native reached her 1,000th-kill milestone in the second game against No. 9 Illinois at the C&C Services Invitational Saturday. Her kill tied the game-two score at 29-all and helped the Lady Razorbacks to a second-frame win over the Illini. "It’s great," said Haaser. "As a player, you never worry about individual stats, you just try to play hard so the team is successful. Then, something like this happens and you get a chance to stop and reflect on your career. It’s amazing how fast it has all gone by. I’ve played with so many great players who have all contributed to this and I’m proud to have done it." "This is a huge testament to the work Jennifer has put in," said Arkansas head coach Chris Poole. "This was a very good match against a top 10 program and it was just a great setting for Jennifer to reach this milestone in. It’s amazing to have so many players reach 1,000 kills in such a short time in the program." Haaser joins a decorated list of former Lady’Backs in the 1,000-kill club. Krystal Osborne, one of the first players signed to the inaugural team in 1994, leads the list with a tough-to-catch 2,185 career put downs. American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Kim Storey (1995-98) is second on the list with 1,471, followed by four-time all-Southeastern Conference selection Libby Windell (1999-02) with 1,409. The first player inked by Poole is fourth with Denise Baez (1994-96) checking in with 1,377. Yarleen Santiago (1997-99) is fifth with 1,342, followed by the team’s first AVCA All-American Jessica Field (1997-99) with 1,268. Eftila Tanellari (1999-01) and Jamie Rohme (1996-98) are next with 1,259 and 1,125 kills each, respectively. Haaser and the Lady Razorbacks return to the court this weekend hosting fourth-ranked Florida in a 7:00 p.m., match in Barnhill Arena as SEC action begins. Georgia comes to Barnhill Sunday for a 1:30 p.m., match. For more information and tickets please call the Lady Razorback Ticket Office at 57-LBACK or log on to www.ladybacks.com.