3 Razorback volleyball players earn All-America recognition

Arkansas outside hitter Jill Gillen (10) and teammates react after a point, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, during the third set of the Razorbacks’ 3-0 win (25-8, 25-17, 25-23) win over the Stephen F. Austin Lady Jacks in first round of the NCAA Div. I Women’s Volleyball Championship at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Three Arkansas volleyball players were recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday. 

Graduate outside hitter Jill Gillen was named second-team All-American, senior outside hitter Taylor Head was selected to the third team and junior setter Hannah Hogue was honorable mention.

It is the first time the Razorbacks have had two players named to the AVCA All-America teams in the same season. Gillen and Head became Arkansas’ first players to be named All-America since Kim Storey made the second team in 1998.

Gillen led the Razorbacks in kills (527), kills per set (4.15), aces (56), aces per set (0.44) and points (616.5) this season. Each of those figures were single-season bests for the native of Stilwell, Kan. 

Gillen finished her Arkansas career second in program history in kills (2,075) and holds the service aces (189) record.

Head was second on the team in kills (494), kills per set (3.89), digs (406) and digs per set (3.20) this season. She had 22 double-doubles, which were the most for a Razorback since 1999. She was an All-America honorable mention in 2022.

This season was the first for Hogue as the Razorbacks’ primary setter. She was sixth nationally with 11.13 assists per set and her 1,413 total assists ranked second in Division I. She was SEC setter of the week five times. 

Hogue also had 0.40 aces per set, which was second in the SEC, behind Gillen.

The Razorbacks advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals for the first time. After defeating Stephen F. Austin, TCU and Kentucky, they were eliminated by No. 1 Nebraska in four sets last Saturday.