Pulliza, Victoria Begin Play at FIVB Grand Prix

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball program continues its presence on the world stage Friday night with head coach Robert Pulliza and 2015 signee Pilar Victoria presenting the Puerto Rico National Team in the first leg of the FIVB World Grand Prix. Being played in Puerto Rico, the three-day opening round begins against Canada, followed by matches against Poland and Bulgaria.

FIVB Grand Prix – Group 2/Pool K
Friday, July 3 | Puerto Rico vs. Canada | Live Stats
Saturday, July 4 | Puerto Rico vs. Poland | Live Stats
Sunday, July 5 | Puerto Rico vs. Bulgaria | Live Stats

This weekend’s Grand Prix matches continues a recent run for Victoria with the Puerto Rico National Team which began in May at the Calgary 2015 event, the largest-ever volleyball competition held in Canada. In June, she earned a spot on the roster that competed at the XIV Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru. Victoria helped the team advance to the fifth-place match in the 12-team tournament.

Pulliza is serving as an assistant coach for the Puerto Rico National Team this summer, a role that began in June at the NORCECA Champions Cup in Havana, Cuba. In addition to the Grand Prix, the team’s summer schedule also includes the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto. The prestigious, global competition begins later this month.

Victoria is part of the Razorbacks’ five-player recruiting class for the upcoming 2015 season which also features Kimi Davis of Rogers, Ark., Juliette Fidon of France, Fernanda Güiton of Mexico and Okiana Valle of Puerto Rico. Victoria comes to Fayetteville as a junior after spending the first two year of her collegiate career at Texas.

When the Razorbacks return to the court for their Aug. 28 season opener against McNeese State, the roster will feature 12 returners from last year’s team including seniors Monica Bollinger, All-SEC performer Chanell Clark-Bibbs and Liz Fortado. Season tickets are now on sale through the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 800-982-4647 or emailing raztk@uark.edu. Click HERE to purchase tickets online. Each purchase includes a free team knit hat.

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