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    SEC Volleyball Roundup: Sunday, October 13

    SUNDAY VOLEYBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS
    Arkansas 3, Tennessee 1
    Kentucky 3, South Carolina 0
    Auburn 3, Ole Miss 1
    Florida 3, Georgia 0
    LSU 3, Mississippi State 0
    Missouri 3, Alabama 1

     

    Four-Set Win in Knoxville to Cap Weekend

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Arkansas volleyball team capped its weekend Sunday afternoon with a four-set road win (13-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22) at Tennessee. The Razorbacks were paced by a pair of career-best performances from senior Hayley Koop and freshman Breana Jones who registered 18 and 13 kills, respectively. Behind the block, senior libero Emily Helm posted 27 digs. Arkansas improves to 12-6 overall and 5-2 in Southeastern Conference play.

    Senior Raymariely Santos filled the stat sheet against the Lady Vols with nine kills, 23 assists and 12 digs, just one kill shy of a second triple-double. She now has a team-leading seventh double-double. Junior Meredith Hays tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 14 digs. At the net, Jones led the way with five total blocks.

    After dropping the opener, Arkansas rallied to even the match at one set apiece with a 27-25 win in game two. The Razorbacks had to save one set point for Tennessee (8-11, 0-5 SEC) and on Arkansas’ second opportunity to win the set, Koop found a spot deep in the court to clinch the set for her team. After being blanked in the first set, Koop responded with six kills in the second.

    With the score tied at 16-all in the third set, the Razorbacks put together a four-point surge to take the lead on the scoreboard. The run of points featured kills from Koop and Santos and a service ace from Helm. On set point, Jones put the ball down for her 10th kill of the match to give Arkansas a 2-1 lead in the match. Jones now has four double-digit efforts this season.

    Arkansas turned an early tie into a three-point lead at 13-10 after consecutive attack errors from Tennessee. The Razorbacks’ lead grew to as many as five points but the home team battled to cut the deficit to two points late in the set. However, Hays pounded a ball through Tennessee’s block to end the match with her 14th kill of the match.

    The Razorbacks return to action next weekend with a pair of home matches against No. 2 Florida and Georgia. For Friday’s match against the Gators, the first 1,000 fans at Barnhill Arena will receive a free Razorback pom-pom. Sunday’s contest with the Bulldogs will be Dollar Ticket Day with the team signing autographs after the match.

    For more information on Arkansas volleyball, follow @RazorbackVB on Twitter.





    Billings Leads No. 15 Kentucky to Sweep at South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Behind the blistering offensive performance from senior right side hitter Whitney Billings the 15th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team claimed a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-23) win at South Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Billings ignited for 18 kills and added 10 digs for her 38th career double-double effort in the win.

    “Defensively we were exceptional holding South Carolina team to a .105 hitting percentage was a great job by our defense,” UK coach Craig Skinner said. “Billings stepped up offensively today and that was a big difference in the match. I thought holding a player like (Juliette) Thevenin to only nine kills was a key component to being successful today as well.”

    Thevenin entered the match ranking eighth nationally in kills per set and was limited to just nine by UK’s defense who registered 11 blocks on the night.

    Kentucky improves to 13-4 overall and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference action. South Carolina falls to 10-8 overall and 2-4 in league competition. Kentucky will enjoy a 10-day break from competition before returning to the court on Oct. 23 at Georgia in a nationally televised broadcast that will air on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. ET.

    Billings was the difference maker for the Cats as she tossed down her 18 hammers on a blazing .484 hitting percentage. Five other Wildcats logged five or more kills with junior Lauren O’Conner notching six. Senior Alexandra Morgan, freshman Anni Thomasson and sophomores Morgan Bergren and Sara Schwarzwalder all had five. Bergren passed out 40 assists in the three-set victory and led the offensive unit to a .287 hitting percentage.

    Junior Jackie Napper had 13 digs, while Thomasson added nine. Morgan led three Wildcat defenders with five or more blocks as she notched six. Schwarzwalder and Bergren both logged five. Sophomore Shelby Workman contributed five digs in the win.

    O’Conner and Billings struck for three consecutive kills to begin the opening frame for an early 3-0 lead before the Gamecocks were able to get on the board. The Wildcats were able to stretch their lead to 8-2 early in the set benefiting from consistently getting the home team out of system. A long rally from both teams resulted in a Morgan kill off the slide into the deep corner, followed by an ace from Billings stretched the early lead to 11-3 forcing the Gamecocks into a timeout.

    Bergren followed with her first kill of the match before the home team was able to end the run with a kill of its own for a 12-4 UK lead. Billings struck for her fifth kill of the frame to push the score to 19-10 in favor of the Wildcats and South Carolina opted to use its final timeout. Kentucky did not let off the gas, however, as the Blue and White logged a pair of blocks to maintain the momentum and roll to a 25-13 opening set win.

    Billings led the way offensively with seven kills on a .667 hitting percentage. UK as a unit struck for 15 kills on a .464 clip with Bergren dishing out 14 assists. Napper and Billings both logged a team-best five digs and O’Conner and Morgan both were in on a pair of blocks. South Carolina managed just seven kills on a .000 percentage as UK’s defense stifled the Gamecocks offense with three blocks and 15 digs.

    South Carolina took a turn at opening to a multi-point edge in the second set as the home team raced out to a 2-0 lead before Schwarzwalder smoked a ball cross court to end the threat. UK pulled back to within one at 8-7 following a Bergren-Schwarzwalder block, but South Carolina responded with two-straight points of its own to reclaim a three-point edge. Morgan got a three-point swing going for UK with a solo rejection followed by a kill from the senior’s right hand. The smothering UK defense prompted a hitting error by the Gamecocks for UK’s first advantage of the set at 16-15 and a Gamecock timeout.

    South Carolina did not back down, however, and reclaimed the lead at 20-19 forcing Kentucky to take a timeout. The Gamecocks were charged with an unforced error to tie the score at 20. Schwarzwalder notched a kill in transition to reclaim the lead at 21-20. Billings then followed suit with her 10th kill of the match for a 22-20 edge and the Gamecocks chose to exhaust their timeouts to attempt to quash the Wildcat run. Kentucky finished the frame with a pair of Billings kills and a Morgan-Bergren block for the 25-22 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.

    Kentucky charted 16 kills on a .289 hitting percentage with Billings again leading the way with five. Schwarzwalder added four. Bergren dished out 13 assists and had a trio of blocks. Thomasson paced the back line defense with six scoops. South Carolina notched 15 kills on a .205 hitting clip, but committed seven hitting errors to aid the Wildcat cause.

    The Gamecocks were charged with consecutive errors to lift UK to an early 2-0 lead to begin the third set. Billings began the third set strong yet again, helping push UK’s lead to a 5-1 edge. The lead was extended to 7-2 before the Gamecocks logged three-straight points to pull to within 7-4. A 4-0 run by the home team closed the Wildcat lead to 9-7, but a big hit from Thomasson ended the run. The tandem of Bergren and Schwarzwalder hooked up again for a big block and an 11-8 UK lead. Despite the 38th double-double of Billings’ career being achieved in the third frame, the Gamecocks continued to fight back and eventually pulled to within one at 14-13 prompting a Kentucky timeout.

    Out of the break, Billings responded with her 17th kill of the match, but the Gamecocks fired back with a kill of their own and a block to tie the score at 15 apiece. From there the teams would swap points, until Thomasson registered a kill through the block and then teamed up with Morgan for a block and a 22-21 lead. South Carolina opted to take its first timeout. Out of the break, UK’s defense forced the Gamecocks into a hitting error for a two-point Wildcat lead at 23-21. The Gamecocks were charged with a double-contact to give UK match point, but the home team staved off two-straight points to pull back to within 24-23. Following the timeout, the Wildcats set up Billings down the pipe and the senior delivered for a 25-23 decision and a 3-0 sweep in the match.

    UK totaled 14 kills in the third set with Billings leading the charge with six in the frame. South Carolina was limited to 11 kills on a .086 hitting percentage.

    Visit UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky volleyball team and all 22 varsity sports. For additional info on the volleyball team like Kentucky Volleyball on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @KentuckyVB.





    Wroblicky Gets 1,000th Dig as Auburn Beats Ole Miss

    OXFORD, Miss. -- Senior Sarah Wroblicky recorded her 1,000th career dig, and the Auburn volleyball team got their first SEC win of the season with a 3-1 win (14-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20) at over Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center.

    The Tigers (10-7, 1-4 SEC) snapped a six-match losing streak after rebounding from a poor first set to come back strong in the final three games. Ole Miss (10-9, 0-6 SEC) remains one of three winless teams in the league and fell to Auburn for the third time in four meetings.

    Wroblicky became the 10th player in Auburn history to reach the 1,000-dig plateau for her career and actually moved into eighth all-time at Auburn, passing Bailey Veit (1,001 digs) and Jaunelle Hamilton (1,002) on the all-time list. Wroblicky had 17 digs in today's match.

    The Tigers were able to find their most consistent offensive success through the middle of the floor as Auburn's three middles combined for 33 of Auburn's 54 kills with just two errors. Senior Camila Jersonsky led the way with 15 kills with just one error for a .519 hitting percentage. She was bested in the hitting department by freshman Stephanie Campbell, who had an error-free 10 kills on 19 swings for a .526 percentage. Jersonsky also had three blocks in the match while Campbell was in on two of them. Auburn's third middle, senior Courtney McDonald, had eight kills on 10 attacks with just one error for a .700 hitting mark.

    Auburn found more limited success on the outside, but still got contributions all around. Emily Klitzke and Katherine Culwell had seven kills apiece, and Kathia Rud added six kills along with a team-leading 19 digs.

    Auburn had more kills than the Rebels (59-49), a higher hitting percentage (.267-.213), and more digs (55-53). The Rebels did have an advantage in the service game with eight aces to Auburn's five, and Ole Miss had seven total blocks while the Tigers had five.

    The Tigers struggled mightily in the opening set, thenfound themselves staring down the barrel of a 2-0 deficit as Ole Miss led 17-9 in the second. But Auburn steadily clawed its way back, running off five-straight points to cut the Rebel lead to 19-17. After Ole Miss pulled back ahead at 21-18, Auburn scored three straight to tie the game at 21-all, then took their first lead of the entire match at set point, 24-23. A kill from Jersonsky put the game away, tying the match at one game apiece.

    After not leading until the very end of the second set, Auburn never trailed in the third as they pulled away early and held on for a 25-18 win. The Tigers jumped out to a 10-5 lead and never led Ole Miss any closer than two points the rest of the way. The Tigers took advantage of eight Ole Miss hitting errors and held the Rebels to .026 hitting in the third.

    Game four was a back-and-forth affair early, but once the Tigers took a lead at 13-12, they never trailed again. Ole Miss would get within one point at 16-15, but a strong offensive attack helped Auburn pull away for a 25-20 win to clinch the match. The Tigers had 20 of their 25 points on kills, then closed out the match with a block from Campbell and McDonald.

    The Tigers will return home for a pair of televised matches next weekend. Auburn will face the LSU Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday before hosting Texas A&M at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for both matches at Auburn Arena, and both contests will be televised by SportSouth.





    No. 2 Gator Volleyball Stays Perfect in SEC with 3-0 Sweep of Georgia

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 2 University of Florida volleyball team used a well-balanced offensive attack to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) for the sixth straight sweep in the series.

    Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann notched a match-high 12.5 points, tallying 11 kills and two blocks. Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Alex Holston also tallied 11 kills against the Bulldogs, hitting .714 on the afternoon.

    Quick Hits:

    * Holston recorded a team-high .714 hitting efficiency, the third straight match in which the freshman hit .667 or higher.

    * The Gators had three players with double-digit kill outputs, the fifth time this season that three or more players have done so. In addition to Holston and Mann's 11 kills, sophomore Simone Antwi slammed down 10 kills.

    * Senior setter Taylor Brauneis recorded her seventh double-double of her career and fourth of the season. Brauneis set Florida to a .366 hitting percentage, the 15th time the Gators have hit above .300 in 2013.

    * Junior libero Taylor Unroe had an impressive match in backrow, scooping a match-high 14 digs against the Bulldogs. Unroe also dished out three assists and served up an ace Sunday.

    * Mann, Antwi and Taylor Brauneis each recorded two stuffs, all tying for a match high.

    Chloe's a "Mann"ster: Senior middle blocker Chloe Mann is hitting .477 for her career and is the Florida career record holder in the category. The reigning SEC Player of the Year is the NCAA active leader in hitting percentage and sits just above the NCAA record holder in career hitting percentage, Penn State's Arielle Wilson (.468). Mann needs 197 more attempts to be eligible for the NCAA record (approx. 16 attacks/reg. season match).

    Not On Our Watch: Florida has forced 14 of its 18 opponents to operate at under .200 hitting efficiency, including three offensive outputs at .000 and below. The Gators held the Wildcats to .188 on Friday and the Bulldogs to just .032 on Sunday, including -.103 in the second set.

    NCAA Numbers: Senior Chloe Mann is second in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.540), while the Gators are also second in the nation with a .351 offensive clip. Senior setter Taylor Brauneis is 11th in assists (11.86/set) and freshman right-side hitter Alex Holston broke into the top 20 with a .454 hitting percentage for 19th.

    Almost Perfect: Senior Chloe Mann recorded her first attacking error in 23 days, dating back to the Marquette match on Sept. 20. Mann had made 113 consecutive attacks including 15 in today's match before making an error. During that time, the middle blocker was hitting a .618 offensive clip.

    Mary's Minute: "What we're evolving into is a team that's hard to guard. Choose your poison; because of our ability to get kills out of different positions, we're less one-dimensional. Offensively, we got really good play out of everybody but the tone of the match was set by Holly Pole's dig in the first set. Georgia took a very good rip and Holly stepped in there and not only made a dig, but a quality dig, and we went from defense to offense. From that, the energy just kept going and we really made some nice defensive plays."





    Volleyball Stymies Mississippi State, 3-0

    BATON ROUGE -- The LSU volleyball team secured its third victory over a five-day span to complete a perfect week with a 3-0 sweep of Mississippi State [25-20, 25-18, 25-18] Sunday at the Maravich Center.

    The Tigers (13-3, 3-1 SEC) collected their 15th straight victory over Mississippi State (9-9, 0-4 SEC) dating back to the 2006 season. The victory also allowed LSU to move into a fourth-place tie with Arkansas in the SEC standings.

    “I thought we played well enough to win,” head coach Fran Flory said. “I don’t think we executed on a super high level. We did a nice job of remaining calm, having poise and composure. When they made their runs, we were able to stop them quickly enough to where they never took complete control. We didn’t play from behind. We started the second set a little bit down, but we didn’t panic when were behind. We stayed on course. That is a message we have been trying to send to the team, and it was a good step for us.”

    Malorie Pardo conducted LSU’s offense to 52 kills and a .317 hitting percentage. It marked the third plus .300 hitting effort for the Tigers on the season and first since the Arkansas-Little Rock match on Sept. 6. Pardo dished out 44 assists to go along with seven digs, two blocks and two kills. The 44 helpers enabled Pardo to become the third player in program history to eclipse 3,000 career assists.

    LSU’s back row defense was solid fueled by Haley Smith’s match-high 22 digs, two shy of a career-best. It marked the third time that Smith has reeled in 20-plus scoops. The Tigers also converted on 41-of-58 sideout attempts to garner a 70 percent ratio and held Mississippi State with an ace.

    “I thought Haley was very good,” Flory said. “She wasn’t feeling very well, and I was a little concerned on how she would respond. Sometimes when we are worried about our health or if something is bothering us, we play a little better and forget about thinking too much and just play. She listened to our game plan. Through the middle of the sets, they were executing exactly what the coaching staff was asking them to do. If they will put themselves in positions and allow us to help them, this game will become a little easier for them.”

    Briana Holman hammered a team-leading 13 kills on a .458 hitting clip and was involved in four of LSU’s eight blocks. She has knocked double digit kills during 13 of her last 14 matches.

    Katie Lindelow crushed 12 kills and corralled 12 digs en route to her fifth double-double of the season. She also was a spotless 21-for-21 on her reception attempts which gave her a perfect passer rating in seven of her last eight outings.

    “Katie has been bouncing back and forth,” Flory said. “We tried to balance our outsides and give people rest at different times throughout this three-match series this week. I thought it was her turn in this match. I fully anticipated she would be good, and that is what we got from her. We get that more often than we don’t. Katie is just such a great competitor.”

    Cati Leak and Helen Boyle tacked on seven kills and six kills, respectively, over their two sets of action. Boyle turned in a career-best .545 hitting clip on 11 errorless swings.

    Desiree Elliott provided six kills, eight digs and three blocks, while Madi Mahaffey totaled four kills and two blocks from the right side. Off the bench, Katarina Raicevic totaled two kills during the third set.

    The Bulldogs were led by Kimmy Gardiner’s 13 kills, but she was limited to a .137 attack percentage on 51 swings. Suzanne Horner amassed a double-double with 29 assists and 11 digs whereas Roxanne McVey sprawled out for 17 digs.

    “I think we were very eager to get back on the court after the two losses,” Smith said. “We just wanted to keep going within the process and stay disciplined as a team. It felt good to take three sets in a row. I think this team understands that a win is a win no matter how you get it. We’d rather get it sooner or later, but we understand what it takes to win.”

    LSU led wire-to-wire during the opening set. Ahead 6-4, the Tigers used 10 of the next 15 points to build a 16-8 advantage. Holman provided three kills to ignite the run. MSU got back to within four points at 24-20, but Leak pounded the set-clincher to tuck away the victory. LSU was in-system for the frame and tallied an 80 percent sideout efficiency going 17-for-21.

    Mississippi State made the most of four LSU hitting errors and two service miscues to come away with a 9-5 lead during the opening moments of the second set. The Tigers regrouped to rip off 13 of the next 16 points to turn the tables and snatch an 18-12 edge. The Holman-Leak-Lindelow trio combined to strike for seven kills to spark the flurry. LSU closed out the 25-18 win on a Boyle-Holman stuff of Gardiner to grab a two-set advantage.

    LSU raced out to a 12-4 lead to begin set three. The Tigers forced Mississippi State into five attacking errors, and Laura Whalen slapped two aces. LSU would complete the sweep and claim the 25-18 victory on a Holman-Pardo block.

    “I think we did a good job of focusing on our side and made sure we knew we were going to either win or lose that match on our own,” Lindelow said. “I think we came back from their runs well and made a few runs of our own. Coming back from back-to-back losses was tough because we never really got a chance to redeem ourselves. This was really good week to get our confidence back.”

    LSU travels to Auburn Friday for the first of two meetings with the Tigers this season. First serve is slated for 7:30 p.m., and the match will televised by Fox Sports Network. Free live audio and live stats also will be provided inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

    Desiree Elliott will continue LSU’s legacy of serving the community. She is teaming up with St. Vincent de Paul and Bishop Ott Shelter Program for her season-long senior class philanthropy project. The Tigers will be collecting items ranging from children’s clothes and shoes along with baby supplies and toys at every home match as part of the “Geaux Kids” initiative. Fans will be able to donate items inside the “Geaux Kids” boxes located at the Tiger Fan Zone.

    For all of the latest news and information on Tiger volleyball, visit www.lsusports.net/volleyball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsuvolleyball along with @lsuvolleyball and @lsucoachfran on Twitter and @lsuvb on Instagram.





    Kan Guides No. 25 Mizzou Past Alabama, 3-1

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Freshman outside hitter Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) was sensational on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 13) as she helped No. 25 Mizzou volleyball defeat Alabama, 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-17), to push the Tigers’ to 21-0 and 5-0 in SEC play. Kan tallied a career-best 19 kills on .471 hitting, doing so with just three errors on 34 attacks – 14 of her 19 kills came on .458 hitting in the final two sets. Kan and her teammates wowed a season-high 3,534 fans at the Hearnes Center on Sunday as the Tigers remain as one of just two unbeatens nationally through the first 21 matches.

    “That was a battle today and I can’t say enough about how our team kept its composure during some tough moments in the match,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “I think tonight was a perfect display of how deep our team is. Alabama did a nice job of slowing down Lisa (Henning) but we had other people step up; Carly came up with some big plays. We also got big performances from Regan (Peltier) and Julia (Towler) off the bench. Alabama is a really athletic group and they are going to win a lot of matches, but in the end we just had too many people contribute at a high level and that is why we came away with the win.”

    Kan provided much of the offensive punch in the win, but junior All-SEC middle Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) also had a huge night as she tallied 12 kills on 23 attempts (.522 hitting) while pitching in a season-high nine blocks. Kan and Little accounted for 36.5 total points in the win and both were big-time performances as Alabama slowed down senior and two-time All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.). Although it may seem like an off-day for the two-time All-American, Henning still finished with nine kills and a season-best and team-high 13 digs with two blocks.

    Freshman Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) and sophomore Regan Peltier (Nixa, Mo.) also pitched in five kills each off the bench, hitting .714 and .250, respectively. Mizzou did a nice job of blocking against Alabama, finishing with 12.0 in the win, highlighted by the nine block assists from Little. Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) added a season-best six blocks to go along with her match-high 49 assists while guiding Mizzou to .354 hitting, the 18th time in 21 matches that Mizzou has hit better than .333.

    The Tigers won a hard-fought first set, 25-22, rallying from down 21-17 to take the set, 25-22. After an attack error from Alabama cut the lead to 21-18, Little and Kreklow teamed for a block and Peltier and Little did the same on the next point as Mizzou cut the lead to 21-20. A kill from Henning then tied the set at 21-all and the Tigers ended up scoring four of the last five points, capped by a Henning ace, her first of two on the day. Mizzou hit .324 in the first and limited Alabama to .143 hitting in the frame.

    After Mizzou stole the first set from Alabama, the Tide did the same to Mizzou in the second. The Tigers built a 22-20 lead, but Alabama scored the last five points to escape with a 25-22 set win, knotting things at 1-1 heading into the intermission. Alabama hit .500 in the set with 18 kills and seemed to grab momentum after opening an 8-5 lead over the Tigers in the third. Alabama extended its lead to 13-7, but it was all Mizzou from there. The Tigers scored eight of the next nine points to take a 15-14 lead after a kill from Kan and things stayed close from there. With the scored tied at 17-17, Mizzou then got kills from Towler, Henning and Kan and that put the set away as Mizzou ended it with a 25-20 set win. The Tigers tallied 17 kills in the third frame, hitting .394 as it won the crucial frame running away. Kan had seven kills in the third set alone.

    The fourth set was all Mizzou as it hit .343 with 15 kills while limiting Alabama to just nine kills on .100 hitting to clinch the match. Kan again pitched in seven kills in the fourth set as she tallied 14 of her 19 kills on .458 hitting following the intermission.

    The Tigers have another tough week on tap, facing Georgia at home Friday before hosting second-ranked Florida on Sunday (Oct. 20) in what is shaping up to be a huge match. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.