Razorbacks lose first game since August, outright SEC lead at Kentucky

Arkansas setter Hannah Hogue (18) sets, Saturday, August 27, 2022 during a volleyball game at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville. Visit nwaonline.com/220828Daily/ for today's photo gallery...(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Charlie Kaijo)

No. 10 Arkansas scored the first 2 points in the fifth set, but No. 20 Kentucky countered with 7 straight and went on to the 3-2 (16-25, 25-16, 25-22, 19-25, 15-10) win in SEC volleyball Sunday afternoon.

Arkansas fell to 18-3 overall and 8-1 in the SEC, dropping into a first-place tie with Kentucky. Tennessee is a game back at 7-2.

The Razorbacks had their 16-match winning streak snapped by the Wildcats, who extended their own winning streak in the series to 17. Arkansas hasn’t beaten Kentucky since 2012. 

Taylor Head and Jill Gillen formed a formidable 1-2 offensive punch with 24 and 23 kills, respectively. Head and Gillen also registered double-doubles with 18 and 15 digs each, and Gillen chipped in 5 block assists and 4 aces.

Brooklyn Deleye led Kentucky with 17 kills, while Reagan Rutherford and Elisa Goetzinger added 14 kills each. Kentucky setter Emma Grome and Arkansas setter Hannah Hogue each dished out a 52 assists and the Wildcats’ Eleanor Beavin added a match-high 30 digs.

Arkansas has a three-match conference road stretch beginning this week with matches at South Carolina on Friday, at Florida on Sunday and at Georgia on Nov. 1.