Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was voted Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year in 2018.
UA volleyball defeats Troy, claims invitational crown
Arkansas coach Jason Watson watches Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2023, during play against Wisconsin in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
Jill Gillen recorded a double-double with 19 kills and 10 digs to lead the No. 17 Arkansas volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16) victory over Troy on Saturday to claim the University Plaza Invitational at Bowling Green, Ky.
The Razorbacks (7-2) also got 15 kills from middle blocker Sania Petties and Taylor Head chipped in 11 kills.
Setter Hannah Hogue dished out a match-high 49 assists and served up five aces. Petties finished with seven blocks and Courtney Jackson had a match-high 17 digs.
Arkansas went 3-0 in the invitational, and also had victories over the College of Charleston and Western Kentucky, which hosted the event.
The Razorbacks will be away from home again next weekend when they play in Queens, N.Y. at the St. John’s Invitational. Arkansas is scheduled to play a doubleheader Friday against Buffalo and St. John's, and one match Saturday against Bryant.
Ethan Westerman contributed to this report
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