Volleyball Splits Final Day at Maryland Invite
COLLEGE PARK – The University of Arkansas volleyball team (5-5) made up for a three-set loss to Princeton on Saturday morning with a demanding win against George Mason on Saturday afternoon, 3-1. The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville after a 1-2 showing in College Park.
- Princeton 3, Arkansas 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19)
- Arkansas 3, George Mason 1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-20, 25-14)
HOG HIGHLIGHTS vs PRINCETON
- Rachel Rippee | 21 assists | 11 digs
- Lauren Evans | 12 digs
- Hailey Dirrigl | 7 kills | 1.5 blocks
THE TURNING POINT vs PRINCETON
Trailing 0-2 in the match, Dirrigl would go up for a solo block against Princeton’s Elena Montgomery in the third set and win to give Arkansas the 6-5 lead, but the Tigers responded with a four-point scoring run that would put them out in front for the remainder of the set as they closed the match with a kill from Olivia Schewe and a 25-19 set three win.
NOTABLES vs PRINCETON
- The Hogs committed a season-low four service errors in the loss.
- Arkansas never allowed Princeton a rally of more than three points until the final set when they scored four in a row to take the 9-6 lead.
- Rippee recorded her third double-double of the season and 27th of her career – it is also the 11th by a Razorback this season.
- Liz Pamphile’s kill in the second set that helped cut Princeton’s lead to four points was her 500th career kill.
HOG HIGHLIGHTS vs GEORGE MASON
- Jillian Gillen | 13 kills | 6 digs | 3 assists
- Liz Pamphile | 12 kills | .474 hitting percentage | 5 blocks
- Ellease Crumpton | 9 kills | .538 hitting percentage | 4 aces
THE TURNING POINT vs GEORGE MASON
Tied with the Patriots, 1-1 after the second set, the Razorbacks found themselves tied at 16 points apiece in the third. The Hogs outscored Mason 9-4 topped with a kill by Crumpton to take a 2-1 match lead with a 25-20 set three win. Arkansas held the Patriots to a -.034 clip in the final set, forcing 10 attack errors from Mason en route to a dominating 25-14 fourth set victory.
NOTABLES vs GEORGE MASON
- Rippee’s performance is her fifth straight with 20+ assists.
- The Hogs held their biggest lead of the weekend against the Patriots in the final set, leading 20-7 after Devyn Wheeler secured a solo block against the attack of Mason’s Bailey Williams.
FROM COACH WATSON
“We found a way to overcome a really slow start to the day. Proud of the way we battled and excited to get a win outside Barnhill.”
Arkansas will be back in action next week with a two-day tournament hosted by SEC opponent Georgia on Thursday and Friday. The Hogs won’t face the Bulldogs while in Athens but will take on Georgia Tech on Thursday at 4 p.m. (CT) and NC State on Friday at the same time.
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