FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Facing a six-point deficit in the fourth set, the University of Arkansas volleyball team won 12 of the last 16 points to secure a four-set win over Mississippi State Wednesday night at Barnhill Arena. Senior co-captains Danielle Harbin and Breana Jones led the attack with 23 and 13 kills, respectively. Behind 48 assists from freshman Rachel Rippee, the Razorbacks posted a .326 hitting percentage in the win.
With her 15th kill of the match, Harbin became the 25th player in program history to reach 600 career kills. She coupled her offensive production with a career-high 18 digs to complete her second double-double of the season. Jones tied her season high with 13 kills, and finished the match hitting at a .619 clip with no errors on 21 swings. She added a match-high seven blocks and two services aces to her stat line.
Holding a 2-1 match lead, Arkansas (4-18, 2-8 SEC) found itself trailing 21-15 after an attack error by Harbin. However, the home team rattled off six in a row to pull even at 21-all. During the run, Jones put down two kills and teamed with freshman Reagan Robinson for a block. The set would be tied four more times-knotted at 22, 23, 24 and 25-before it ended.
After back-and-forth play, Jones saved a set point for Mississippi State (12-12, 4-6 SEC) with a kill and Harbin put down her final kill of the match to give Arkansas its second match point of the night. On the next play, seniors Barbara Dapic and Ana Sofia Jusino teamed up for a tandem block to complete the fourth-set rally and clinch the win. The Razorbacks finished the match with 12.0 total team blocks.
Arkansas closes out its home stand Sunday afternoon with a conference matchup with Georgia at Barnhill Arena. First serve of the weekend finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CT) on the SEC Network. For more information about tickets, fans can call 800-982-HOGS (4647) or buy tickets online.