Volleyball Drops Three-Set Match To Arkansas Sunday Afternoon

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Senior Dani McCree posted a team-best 11 kills Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs fell to the Arkasnas Razorbacks.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – To wrap up the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play, the Mississippi State volleyball team fell to 9-7 on the season and 0-2 in the SEC after dropping a three-set match to the Arkansas Razorbacks (9-4, 2-0) Sunday afternoon.

“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.

Senior Dani McCree posted a team-best 11 kills, while Kimmy Gardiner and Alex Warren added eight of their own. The duo also combined for five blocks on the afternoon.

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.

Suzanne Horner posted 31 assists, while Roxanne McVey and Taylor Scott each had 11 digs. Gardiner also kicked in 10 digs of her own.

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.

Fans can follow the Mississippi State volleyball program on Twitter @HailStateVB, Instagram @HailStateVB and Facebook at facebook.com/HailStateVB.


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