Behind career-high kill totals from juniors Patricia Montero (16) and Zoe Hill (14), the Kansas volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Arkansas. The Jayhawks claimed a 3-2 victory (21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-8) Friday night inside Barnhill Arena.
"I think they served for the match in the fourth set, and we always seemed to have an answer," head coach Ray Bechard said in a team release. "There was nothing pure about tonight, both teams with attackers and typical first-night jitters. But certainly we found a combination that started working for us about halfway through the match. The team believed in it, bought in and played really hard. As long as you play hard and give effort the execution hopefully will come."
In the first two sets combined, the Razerbacks posted a .257 hitting percentage and only committed nine errors. In the final three sets of the match, Arkansas combined for a .040 hitting percentage and added 23 errors.
Sophomore Annika Carlson paced the Kansas offense with 38 assists, while senior Gabby Simpson added 12. Junior Allie Nelson recorded 26 digs, and freshman Lacey Angello finished with 21.
Kansas plays host to Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday.