The Arkansas Razorbacks (8-13, 2-7) secured their first sweep of an SEC team this season by defeating the Auburn Tigers (6-14, 0-9) in straight sets Sunday afternoon.
The Razorbacks were trying to secure their first home win since Sept. 10 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. An Auburn Tiger team, who came into the match winless in conference play, gave the Hogs a good chance to gain their second conference win of the season.
Arkansas was recovering from being swept at home Friday night against Missouri. Auburn was coming off of a 1-3 loss at Mississippi State and was competing in their second road game in three days.
Throughout the first set, the Razorbacks held the momentum over Auburn. There were eight instances where the teams were tied, but Auburn was never able to control the lead. Though the Hogs recorded four more errors than Auburn, their 18 kills propelled them to a 25-22 win over the Tigers.
Auburn tested the Razorbacks throughout the second set. The teams exchanged leads four times throughout the set, but a .355 hitting percentage by the Razorbacks and six errors by the Tigers helped the Hogs get a 25-21 victory.
Arkansas carried the momentum over to the third set with a 5-0 run. The Hogs held Auburn to a .000 hitting percentage, and the Tigers recorded seven errors throughout the set. The Razorbacks suffered nine errors, but their 16 kills compared to Auburn’s seven would be the deciding factor as the Hogs won the third set 25-18 to complete the sweep.
The Razorbacks recorded their second best reception percentage of the season and allowed a season-low one ace against the Tigers. After starting off 0-6 in SEC play, Arkansas went 2-1 in the past week to improve its conference record to 2-7.
Jillian Gillen, a freshman, led Arkansas with 17 kills and eight digs. Rachel Rippee, a senior, provided some pivotal play for the Hogs with 24 assists and two digs.
Tatum Shipes, a sophomore, was the only Tiger to record double-digit kills with 10. Auburn’s Morgan Kull, a junior, led all players with 25 assists.
The Razorbacks outscored Auburn in nearly every category. The Hogs recorded 48 total kills compared the the Tigers 33. Arkansas also had 47 assists compared to the 31 by Auburn.
Arkansas will hit the road this week and travel to Georgia for the start of a three-game road stretch. The Hogs play the Bulldogs Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The next home game for the Razorbacks will be against Tennessee on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.