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VOLLEYBALL CENTRAL: Tennessee at Arkansas

Oct. 13, 2012

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TENNESSEE (12-5, 5-3) at ARKANSAS (14-5, 5-3)
Oct. 14, 2012   |   2:00 p.m. ET
Barnhill Arena   |   Feyetteville, Ark.

THE ARKANSAS MATCH
  • Sunday afternoon's meeting between the Tennessee Lady Vols and Arkansas Razorbacks marks the 32nd all-time meeting and the second this season.
  • The teams have faced off at least once a season since 1994. UT currently holds a 16-15 advantage in the series, but the Hogs claimed the last match by a 3-1 margin in Knoxville just over three weeks ago.
  • Arkansas held the early advantage in the series, winning 12 of the first 15 meetings. However, the Lady Vols won 13 of the next 15 meetings, including an 11-match winning streak vs. the Hogs. The Razorbacks snapped that streak with most recent victory.
  • This marks the 17th matchup in Fayetteville, with the series currently tied at 8-8. The Lady Vols handled the Hogs 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 on Oct. 2 last year to even the series on the road.
  • Prior to the meeting three weeks ago, Tennessee had won 11 consecutive matches, including four in straight sets. Including those four, there have been 14 meetings decided in three. There have been 10 matches decided in four and seven that have needed all five sets to decide a winner. There has not been a five-setter between the squads since Oct. 8, 2010.
  • Coach Rob Patrick is 15-12 all-time vs. the Hogs.

SCOUTING THE RAZORBACKS

  • Arkansas enters the Sunday matinee with a 14-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in SEC action after dropping a five-set decision to current Western Division leader Texas A&M on Friday. The Aggies topped the Hogs, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 15-3, in that matchup.
  • Currently in second place in the SEC West, Arkansas came in at No. 20 - just one slot ahead of UT - in week two of the NCAA's RPI Rankings.
  • Arkansas statistically ranks in the top half of the conference in every category but blocks, aces and digs. The Hogs rank third in both assists per set (12.96) and opponent hitting percentage (.174), fourth in kills per set (14.09) and fifth in hitting percentage (.248). They rank eighth in blocks per game (2.21), ninth in digs per set (14.60) and 12th in aces per frame (0.89).
  • All-American Jasmine Norton leads the Razorbacks offensively. The SEC's active kills leader with 1,601 career spikes, Norton is averaging 3.59 kills per set and 3.19 digs per set for the Hogs. She has 10 double-doubles on the season and 251 total kills. Norton's kills per set average ranks eighth in the league, while her 0.26 aces per set comes in at No. 12 in the conference.
  • Senior Janeliss Torres is efficient in the middle for the Hogs, hitting .358 with 142 kills on 296 attempts for the season. Torres also ranks sixth in the SEC with 1.09 blocks per set.
  • Arkansas is 9-3 at Barnhill Arena this season.
  • Robert Pulliza is in his fifth season with the Razorbacks and has compiled a 65-76 record.

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