UK's SEC Hopes Dashed By No. 23 Arkansas
Nov. 20, 1999
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Kentucky's hopes of playing in its first Southeastern Conference Volleyball Tournament Championship game since 1990 ended Saturday afternoon as the No. 6-seeded Cats fell to the No. 2-seeded and 23rd-ranked Arkansas Lady Razorbacks, 3-1.
Arkansas (27-5) got going early as the Lady 'Backs opened up an 8-2 game one lead. The Cats began the match by playing hesitant but settled down on the heels of three UA hitting errors that helped bring the score to 11-7. Defensively UK was strong from the beginning and three team blocks helped the Cats get within 13-10, but a late UK hitting error and a Yarleen Santiago kill finished off the Cats in game one, 15-10.
Game two was decided by Arkansas' blocking as the Lady 'Backs shut down the UK attack with five blocks in the game. The Cats opened up a 4-2 lead in game two with Weiskircher playing a role in three of the points with one kill, one block assist and one service ace. With the score 4-3, UA's Yarleen Santiago led a charge that saw the Lady 'Backs reel off 11 straight points on their way to a 15-5 win that UK in a 2-0 hole.
Just as they have done all season, the Cats fought hard to get back in the match. The game three comeback came as Eiserman took it upon herself to make sure Kentucky's day wouldn't end in game three. The senior posted seven kills with no errors in the game. The Cats won the game 15-1, not committing a single hitting error and hitting at a .571 clip.
Things continue well for UK into game four as the two sides battled back and forth with no results through 13 sideouts before UK finally got on the board. The Cats led as late as 10-7, but the Kentucky comeback died there when Arkansas went on an eight-point run to seal the match.
April Barnhorst came in off the bench in game two to record eight kills and no errors on 14 attacks for a game-high .571 hitting percentage. Santiago led Arkansas in the match with a double-double of 15 kills and 15 digs.
The Cats will conclude their season next weekend when they travel to Orlando, where they will compete at Disney's Wide World of Sports against Marquette and South Florida on Nov. 26 and 27.
Hit % #6 Kentucky 10 5 15 10 .158 #2 Arkansas 15 15 1 15 .200