Razorbacks face final volleyball road test at Mizzou

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Arkansas faces its final road test of the regular season on Sunday afternoon with a match at Missouri.

First serve of the SEC matchup is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Columbia.

The late-year match, which will be televised on the SEC Network, is the first between Arkansas and Missouri this season. The Razorbacks enter the match with an 18-9 overall record and an 8-7 mark in league play.

All-Time Series vs Missouri
Sunday’s match will be the 13th meeting between Arkansas and Missouri (17-10, 10-4 SEC) and eighth since Mizzou joined the SEC in 2012. The Tigers own a 9-3 advantage in the series with Arkansas in search of its first win in Columbia.

Last Time Out
With their match at South Carolina (Nov. 12) tied 1-1, the Razorbacks hit .344 over the final two sets on their way to a four-set road win. Arkansas tallied a .270 overall hitting percentage and has now hit .260 or higher in 14 matches.

Balancing Act
For the 10th time this season, Arkansas had at least three players with 10+ kills in its win at South Carolina (Nov. 12). Hailey Dirrigl and Pilar Victoria had 13 kills while Elizabeth Pamphile tied her career high with 12 kills.

It Starts with a Serve
The Razorbacks are third in the SEC with 134 service aces and have six players with double-digit aces. Three players have 20 or more aces including Pilar Victoria who leads the team with 30. She is the first Razorback to reach 30 aces in a season since 2010.

RPI Watch
Arkansas sits at No. 49 in the Nov. 13 release of the NCAA RPI, one of six SEC teams inside the top 50. Each of its final three opponents of the regular season are within the top 40 with Missouri (35), Kentucky (3) and Auburn (37).

Setter-Hitter Connection
Redshirt senior Pilar Victoria enters Sunday’s match as the NCAA leader with 587 kills this season, good for second in the country with 5.54 kills per set. In running the show, sophomore Rachel Rippee is second in the SEC and 20th in the NCAA at 11.30 assists per set.