Lady'Backs host Bama on Senior Day

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas volleyball team celebrates Senior Day in the final regular season match of the 2006 season hosting Alabama Sunday at 1:30 p.m., in Barnhill Arena. Arkansas celebrates the accomplishments of seniors Amy Allison, Kele Brewer and Denitza Koleva prior to the start of the match. "These three players have been the heart and soul of the program," said Arkansas head coach Chris Poole. "We’re going to miss what they bring to the court and to our day-to-day lives when their careers are over. I know they have a lot of things they still want to accomplish and even though we are honoring them today, they have a lot of the season left that they are focusing on." Poole and the Lady Razorbacks have three regular season matches remaining and are hoping for an NCAA Tournament bid as well. The Lady’Backs host Alabama Sunday followed by Southeastern Conference matches at Mississippi and Mississippi State next weekend. "All of the upcoming matches are important," said Poole. "I really feel like we need a couple more wins to get in and that’s our ultimate goal." Arkansas will have its hands full with Alabama who is playing well this year. The Lady Razorbacks enter the match with a 15-10 overall record and an 8-9 mark in SEC play. They are third in the SEC Western Division trailing Bama who is also 15-10 overall and 10-6 in league play. "Alabama’s a good team with a lot of weapons," said Poole. "I thought we played pretty well against No. 11 LSU on the road but I think we’re going to have to have an even better effort Sunday against Bama. Arkansas is loaded with weapons as well. Allison leads the team with a .310 hitting percentage that jumps to .342 against SEC opponents. Koleva leads the team with 400 kills this year and 4.26 kills per game. Redshirt sophomore Christina Lawrence is also playing well hitting .287 for the Lady Razorbacks. For more information about Arkansas volleyball, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.