STARKVILLE, Miss. - Bulldog freshman Taylor Scott registered her team-leading sixth double-double of the campaign Sunday afternoon, but it was a balanced Arkansas attack that stole the show in a 3-0 Razorbacks win over the Bulldogs. Arkansas (16-6, 7-4 SEC) prevailed 25-18, 25-10, 25-16 over Mississippi State (4-16, 0-11 SEC) in the second match of Homecoming weekend played in Humphrey Coliseum.
Scott, from Claremont, Calif., tallied a team-best 10 kills and backed that with a 10-dig performance on defense.
Jasmine Norton registered a pair of her nine kills in the opening minutes of the match as Arkansas raced to a 5-1 advantage and never trailed in taking the opening set 25-18. Fortado and Torres had six kills each during an impressive 24-kill, .385 showing in the opening stanza.
Lainey Wyman and Scott combined for a block on the opening play of the second set to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the match. Moments later freshman Sarah Nielsen added a kill that put State up 7-5. Nielsen would finish the afternoon with five kills and a team-best .364 attack percentage.
But Arkansas, sporting the league's fourth-best NCAA RPI ranking, answered decisively. UT strung together a 10-0 run that included three points off of blocks involving Janeliss Torres. The Razorbacks finished off the set with a 7-0 run and with a 25-10 win took a 2-0 lead at intermission.
The Bulldogs stayed close to the Razorbacks in the early going of the third set. Wyman knotted the score at 5-5 with a kill and combined with Chanelle Baker for a block that made it a 9-9 contest. Arkansas reeled off five straight for a 14-9 advantage and successfully closed out the match with a 25-16 win.
Sophomore setter Rachel Williams took the court as a starter in her first match of the season, recording 16 assists. Freshman Roxanne McVey returned to the libero position and finished with 14 digs. McVey, the SEC digs leader, raised her season total to 388, 23 away from joining MSU's top 10 listing for digs in a season. Scott climbed past the 200 mark in both kills (team-best 206) and digs (206).
Liz Fortado took match honors with 11 kills and led a trio of Razorbacks with double digit kills totals. Janeliss Torres and Roslandy Acosta registered 10 each. Torres had four blocks to share match honors with State sophomore Lainey Wyman.
State begins its seven-match November slate on the road this weekend, taking on 11th-ranked Florida Friday (6 p.m.) in Gainesville and defending SEC West champion LSU in Baton Rouge Sunday (1 p.m.).