“It’s definitely disappointing,” fifth-year MSU coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “We just did not execute the way we wanted today but with the off week coming up, we’ll have an opportunity to correct our mistakes from this weekend. I know our girls have the desire to get better and will make the necessary adjustments going forward.”
MSU stole the momentum early in the first set and built an 18-12 advantage before an 8-0 run gave the Razorbacks all the life they needed. State fought off two set points and even had one of their own at 25-24, but three straight points gave UA a 1-0 lead in the match.
With all the momentum on Arkansas’ side, the Maroon and White struggled to gain any traction in the second set as the Razorbacks sprinted out to a 7-1 margin. MSU managed to pull within three at 19-16 but the Hogs sealed the deal 25-21.
State showed life early in the third set and forced a seesaw-affair through much of the set. After the Bulldogs took a 15-14 lead, the Razorbacks produced a 7-0 run to seal MSU’s fate.
Freshman Chelsea Duhs continued her steady work in the middle with five blocks against Arkansas to add to her four against the Gators Friday night. She also had five kills.
The Bulldogs have next weekend off before venturing on their first SEC road trip of the season beginning with Texas A&M on Oct. 11 followed by LSU on Oct. 13.