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MS State defeats No. 23 Arkansas is straight sets

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STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State volleyball team continued their home winning streak with a nice-and-tidy 3-0 sweep of No. 23 Arkansas [25-19, 25-21, 25-17] in front of a raucous crowd on Saturday morning at the Newell-Grissom Building.

"Arkansas is a super talented team and a well-coached team," head coach Julie Darty Dennis said. "I am just proud of our girls. All week we've been talking about game plan, executing at a high level and sustaining our level of play. We have pride in who we are. If we can win the serve and pass game and out-ball control people, then good stuff's going to happen."

State (9-4) has improved to 2-1 in SEC action for the fourth time in program history joining the 2004, 2006 and 2021 squads. The Bulldogs also captured its first sweep over the Razorbacks dating back to 2006.

State's offense was led by a 16-kill performance on a .400 attacking percentage from Gabby Waden, who also added three digs and one block. Waden has pumped home double-digit kills in 12 of her last 13 outings.

Shania Cromartie tacked on her third double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs. Cromartie has recorded double-digit kills in seven of her last 13 outings and double-digit digs in five of her 13 apperances.

Lauren Myrick secured her fourth double-double on the season by recording 13 kills and 13 digs. Myrick also amassed a .357 hitting percentage on her 13 kills.

Deja Robinson recorded six kills and one block, while Sania Petties added two blocks and two kills.

Gabby Coulter issued her team-leading eighth double-double, recording 43 assists and 10 digs. Coulter has amassed 30-plus assists in 12 of her last 13 outing. She also added one kill on the day.

Lilly Gunter sprawled out for 19 digs to go along with six assists and an ace. State's libero has secured 10-plus digs in 12 of her 13 appearances on the season.

As a team, Mississippi State compiled 66 digs, 52 kills, 50 assists and a .319 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs limited the Razorbacks to 32 kills and a .161 attack mark.

"This was what it means for us to be at home and play on our home court," Dennis said. "It's incredible. Even before a football game, we had fans here who were propelling us through the sets. It just means a lot that we got this support from our family. Being at home was such a gift. It was great to be at home."