Arkansas Tops State To Earn Series Split
The Bulldogs (11-13, 3-10 SEC) opened their SEC home schedule Sept. 24 with a five-set win over Arkansas. But the Hogs (12-13, 6-8 SEC) rode a 17-kill performance by Jasmine Norton and took advantage of a poor offensive showing by State and a solid effort at the net to notch the Halloween afternoon win. Arkansas owned a 44-28 edge in kills and finished with a 10-3 advantage in total team blocking. Charmaine Whitmore delivered seven knock-downs for UA.
State managed early leads in all three sets, taking a 6-4 edge on a pair of kills by Rance. Arkansas answered with a 4-0 run and never trailed in a 25-20 opening set win. MSU pushed Arkansas in the second set, taking a 19-18 lead on Ashley Newsome’s first kill of the afternoon. The lead was short-lived, however, with UA out-pointing State down the stretch 7-1 to take a 2-0 match lead at the intermission. Rance led another Bulldog charge in the third set, nailing back-to-back kills as State pulled even with the Razorbacks at 14-14. But Arkansas scored six of the next seven points, three on kills by Norton, to regain command of the set en route to a match-clinching 25-17 win.
The Bulldogs open their November schedule at the Newell-Grissom Building this weekend, hosting defending SEC East champion Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m. and Tennessee Sunday at 1:30 p.m.