No. 10 Arkansas bounces back from opening set, downs No. 12 Tennessee

Arkansas’ Hannah Hogue (center) celebrates a point Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2023, with teammates during play against Wisconsin in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville

The No. 10 Arkansas volleyball team dropped the opening set, but bounced back to claim a 3-1 (25-27, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20) win over No. 12 Tennessee on Friday night.

It was the Razorbacks’ first win in Knoxville, Tenn., in nine years.

Outside hitter Taylor Head registered a double-double with a career-high 24 kills to go with 21 digs for Arkansas (18-2, 8-0 SEC), which remained atop the SEC standings.

Maggie Cartwright added 13 kills, while teammates Jill Gillen and Sania Petties chipped in 12 and 11, respectively. Setter Hannah Hogue also contributed a double-double with 49 assists, a team-best 28 digs and 2 aces. Zoi Evans also added 6 blocks (1 solo), while Petties and Cartwright had 4 blocks apiece.

Tennessee fell to 16-3 overall and 7-2 in league play.

The victory extended Arkansas' win streak to 16 matches. Their only losses came Aug. 30-31 against top-ranked Wisconsin.

The Razorbacks continue their road trip at noon Central on Sunday at No. 20 Kentucky (9-7, 7-1). The matchup will determine which team owns first place in the SEC.

Arkansas is the only unbeaten team in league play and has a one-game lead over the Wildcats. That match will be televised on SEC Network.

Ethan Westerman contributed to this report