- Arkansas def. Tennessee 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-20)
- Arkansas moves to 6-20, 4-10 SEC, while Tennessee drops to 15-12, 5-9 SEC
- Hosted by Arkansas
Courtesy of Arkansas Athletics
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball controlled the net with 14.0 total blocks Sunday afternoon in a straight-set win over Tennessee in front of 1,271 fans at Barnhill Arena. Senior co-captains Danielle Harbin and Breana Jones had 17 and nine kills, respectively, to pace the offense. Six different players had at least two blocks in the victory, led by a match-high seven blocks by Ana Sofia Jusino.
The Razorbacks return to action Friday, Nov. 18, at Georgia for their first of three-consecutive road matches. The upcoming weekend will also feature a Sunday contest at Mississippi State. Arkansas’ next home match—and Senior Day—is Saturday, Nov. 26, when the team hosts No. 6 Florida.
Arkansas 3, Tennessee 0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-20) | Box Score
Attendance: 1,271 | Time: 1:40
Barnhill Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Leaders vs. Tennessee
o Kills: Danielle Harbin – 17 (10+ kills in 21 of 26 matches)
o Digs: Savannah Voelzke – 11 (10+ digs in 10 matches)
o Blocks: Ana Sofia Jusino – 7.0
The Razorbacks’ 14.0 blocks represent the team’s highest mark in a three-set match this season and the second-highest total overall. Arkansas’ season-high of 15.5 blocks came Sept. 3 in a five-set match at No. 4 Kansas. Jusino had her 11th outing of her senior campaign with four or more blocks. With four matches remaining, the Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, native is within 24 blocks of cracking the program’s career top 10.
Arkansas (6-20, 4-10 SEC) trailed by as many as five points in the first set before putting together an 8-2 run to take a 21-20 lead on a Harbin kill. The opening set was tied at 23-23 when Harbin registered another kill and Savannah Voelzke put up a solo block on set point to secure the first frame. In a similar pattern, Tennessee (15-12, 5-9 SEC) erased a five-point deficit in the second to pull even at 20-all. The score was tied at 22-22 when Harbin responded with three-consecutive kills to give the Razorbacks the 2-0 match lead.
The home team won six of the first eight points in the third set to take control out of the halftime break. Arkansas put up six blocks during a 10-point stretch to go ahead 18-8 and force the Volunteers to use a timeout. The visitors used a final push to close to within four at 22-18 but Barbara Dapic put down a kill followed by a Jones-Voelzke tandem block. On the team’s second match point, Voelzke secured the sweep with her fourth kill.
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Courtesy of Tennessee Athletics
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Tennessee Volunteers finished their road SEC weekend Sunday with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-20) loss to Arkansas at Barnhill Arena.
Freshman Sedona Hansen recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 31 assists and 10 digs to lead the Vols (15-12, 5-9 SEC). Danielle Harbin paced the Razorbacks (6-20, 4-10) with 17 kills and two aces.
Freshman Tessa Grubbs had 10 kills and senior Raina Hembry added nine in the loss.
In the first set, the Vols built an 18-13 lead on a kill by Kendra Turner, but Arkansas got back in the match by winning eight of the next 10 points to take a 21-20 lead. Tennessee came back to tie the match 23-23, but Arkansas won the next two points, ending the set on a solo block by Savannah Voelzke on the right side.
Arkansas led the second set 18-13, but the Vols won seven of nine points to tie the match 20-20 on a kill by Raina Hembry. With the score tied 22-22, Danielle Harbin recorded three consecutive kills for Arkansas as the Razorbacks took the set 25-22.
Arkansas used a 5-0 run to take an 18-8 lead in the third set. The Vols answered by winning eight of the next 10 points to cut the lead to 20-16. The Vols got no closer than four points within the Razorbacks, saving two match points before Arkansas eventually sealed the match 25-20 on a kill by Voelzke.
On the defensive side, Arkansas out-blocked Tennessee 14 to 7 and out-dug the Vols 44 to 36.
- Tennessee starters: Sedona Hansen, Raina Hembry, Erica Treiber, Tessa Grubbs, Kanisha Jimenez, Asha Phillips and Brooke Schumacher at libero. It was the first career start for Phillips, becoming the Vols’ fourth freshman to make a start this year (Hansen, Grubbs, Andreno).
- Sedona Hansen has now recorded 14 double-doubles at setter this season (assists, digs), nine of them coming in SEC play.
- The Vols return home for a full week at Thompson-Boling Arena, hosting Texas A&M on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern and LSU on Sunday at 4 p.m.
- Texas A&M won the first meeting of the year 3-0 in College State on Nov. 6. This will be the Vols’ first match against LSU this year.