The Arkansas Razorbacks’ volleyball team suffered another loss in what has been a very tough stretch of the season. The Hogs lost in three straight sets to the Missouri Tigers Friday night.
Despite putting up solid fights in all 3 sets, the Razorbacks were unable to recover from a series of runs they gave up to the Tigers.
In the first set, the Hogs were fighting and were tied at 13. However, they gave up a 9-0 run to the Tigers to make it 22-13 and couldn’t recover.
In the second set, they were battling and were tied at 18. Then Missouri went on a 7-1 run to win the set 25-19.
Jillian Gillen, a freshman, said after the game that the Hogs need to be better at limiting runs if they want to win future games.
“We just need to have the mindset to get that first ball,” Gillen said. “We talk about it a lot, but sometimes we can lose sight of it. We know we can pass, it’s just first-ball contact.”
The third set was easily the best of the night for the Razorbacks. They came out determined and kept it close the entire set. However, they came up just short, losing by one point, 25-24.
After the match, Jason Watson, head coach for the Razorbacks, credited the Tigers’ play.
“I thought we did some things well tonight, have to give credit to Missouri who’s playing really good volleyball right now,” Watson said. “They play a clean game on their side and we needed to play just as clean if not cleaner and we just couldn’t do that tonight.”
The loss drops the Razorbacks to 1-7 over their last eight games and 7-13 overall. Despite going through the rough stretch, the team is focused on how to improve going forward.
“Every day we’re trying to turn something around. We’re working really hard, and it takes a lot of fight to keep pushing after losing so many games, and I really think we can come back and win Sunday,” Gillen said.
The Razorbacks hope to bounce back Sunday when they host the Auburn Tigers at 1 p.m. at Barnhill Arena.