Volleyball Hosts Missouri in Midweek Showdown

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Having won their last three matches, the University of Arkansas volleyball team is back in action Wednesday evening when it hosts Missouri at Barnhill Arena. First serve of the SEC matchup is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT) on the Razorbacks’ home floor. Arkansas faces a Missouri team that comes to Fayetteville in second place in the SEC standings. Individual match tickets are $5 while UA students and fans 17 years and younger receive free admission.

Fan Promotions vs. Missouri
• Whataburger Gift Card Giveaway – The first 125 students in attendance will receive a Whataburger gift card.
• Golden Boot – All fans in attendance will have the first chance to take a picture with the Golden Boot.
• Football Ticket Giveaway – All fans in attendance will have a chance to win two (2) tickets to the Arkansas-Mississippi State football game Saturday at 6 p.m.
• Men’s Basketball Ticket Giveaway – One lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of tickets to Wednesday night’s Arkansas-Akron men’s basketball game.

Wednesday’s match between Arkansas and Missouri (23-4, 11-3 SEC) marks just the 10th meeting in the all-time series. The Razorbacks have won three of four against Mizzou in matches played at Barnhill Arena. The teams have split the two matches in Fayetteville since Missouri joined the SEC in 2012. Wednesday’s match will be televised on ESPNU with Sam Gore and Dain Blanton handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively.

Arkansas enters the match having posted three-consecutive sweeps in SEC play for the first time since the 2011 season. In their last outing, the Razorbacks beat Georgia in straight sets behind a .383 hitting percentage and 11.0 total team blocks. The junior duo of Pilar Victoria and Danielle Harbin had 16 and 13 kills, respectively, while senior Chanell Clark-Bibbs tallied a match-high seven total blocks.

Entering the week, Victoria is sixth in the NCAA with 4.78 kills per set and ranks seventh among the nation’s attackers with 5.28 points per set. She also continues to lead the SEC in both categories. Victoria has 20 or more kills in 11 matches this season, including three 30-kill performances. She goes into the Missouri match just 27 kills shy of becoming the ninth player in program history to reach 500 kills in a single season.

During the Razorbacks’ recent three-match winning streak, Harbin is averaging 4.00 kills per set at a .525 hitting percentage and is just as effective defensively with 1.44 blocks per set. In her last outing, the Mobile, Ala., native tied her season high with 13 kills against Georgia. At the net, Arkansas is averaging 2.73 blocks per set as a team over the past 10 matches.

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