Razorbacks Fall in SEC Opener at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The University of Arkansas volleyball team dropped its SEC opener Wednesday evening at Texas A&M. Hailey Dirrigl led the team with seven kills while Ellease Crumpton and Kelly O’Brien each tallied five kills and five blocks in the setback. With the result, the Razorbacks are now 6-5 overall with a 0-1 mark in conference play.

Arkansas returns to Barnhilll Arena on Sunday afternoon for its SEC home opener against Missouri. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be streamed live on the SEC Network+ which is available through the WatchESPN app. Individual match tickets are $5 while UA students and fans 17 years and younger receiving free admission.

Texas A&M 3, Arkansas 0 | Box Score
Attendance: 1,529 | Time: 1:34
Reed Arena (College Station, Texas)

• Stat leaders at Texas A&M
o Kills: Hailey Dirrigl – 7
o Digs: Okiana Valle – 12
o Blocks: Ellease Crumpton, Kelly O’Brien – 5.0

After dropping the first two sets—despite late leads in each—the Razorbacks fell behind 10-2 in the third set. Texas A&M (8-5, 1-0 SEC) maintained its advantage and led 22-14 before Arkansas put together a late-set rally of its own, winning eight of the next nine points to pull within one on a kill by Dirrigl. The sophomore outside hitter went on to save a match point with her seventh kill of the night but the home team clinched the win on the following point.

Six different Razorbacks had at least four kills in the match including redshirt freshman Maia Stripp who put down four kills on four swings with a pair of blocks in the third set. Junior setter Rachel Rippee tallied 25 assists, seven digs, two aces and a kill against the Aggies.

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