Successful season ends for Hendrix
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — The most successful season in program history came to an end for the Hendrix College volleyball team in the Southern Athletic Association Tournament finals on Sunday. The Warriors (20-12) lost to the top seed and host Berry College 25-21, 25-13, 16-25, 18-25, 25-11.
Hendrix finishes with a program record 20 wins and had the only winning season in the program’s history.
The Vikings (24-7) took the first two sets, but the Warriors won the next two to force the fifth set. Berry jumped out to a 6-1 run to control the fifth set early. At 14-7, Hendrix went on a 4-0 run, before a service error gave Berry the win.
Freshman outside hitter MC Rogers, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Warriors with 19 kills and four blocks. Senior outside Katie Burchfield, also named to the all-tourney team, had 18 kills and nine digs. Freshman right side Natalie Masten came up with six kills and four blocks as well.
Defensively, sophomore liberos Frelicia Beeman and Jill Sikes had 13 and 12 digs respectively. Both setters for Hendrix recorded double-doubles. Freshman Allison Gaia had 23 assists and a season-high 13 digs and senior Zoe Calhoun had 19 assists and 10 digs. Freshman middle blocker Grace Griffin tied her season-best with eight total blocks, four of which were solo.
Western Kentucky drops UALR
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — UALR (20-8, 12-4 Sun Belt Conference) lost its first true road game since August when it fell in straight sets at Western Kentucky (24-5, 14-1) 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 Sunday afternoon (Nov. 10).
Western Kentucky held a 44-35 edge in kills and outhit UALR .395-191. The Hilltoppers also claimed slim advantages in digs (35-29) and blocks (7-5).
Individually for the Trojans, junior Edina Begic had a match-best 13 kills. With four errors on 25 swings, she had a team high .360 hitting percentage. Sophomore Sonja Milanovic recorded 11 kills, six of which came in the first set. She barely missed the double-double with nine digs.
Junior Marleen de Zoete added 33 assists.
UALR returns to action for its final home match of the season Nov. 15 when it entertains Texas State.
UALR holds Sam Houston State
LITTLE ROCK — The UALR women’s basketball team opened the second half on a 9-0 run and held off a late Sam Houston State rally to claim a 69-65 victory in its season opener.
The Trojans (1-0) got 19 points from junior Kiera Clark — one shy of her career high — including two key free throws late to cushion their narrowing lead after the Bearkats (0-2) rallied from down 12 to down three in the final five minutes. Clark’s free throws made it a five-point game with 30 seconds left, and Sam Houston State turned the ball over on its next possession to seal its fate.
Besides Clark’s game-high 19 points, Shanity James added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 10 points in the second half. Junior Taylor Gault had 11 of her own, all in the first half. Senior Taylor Ford had eight assists – one short of tying a career best – while also adding eight rebounds and seven points. Sophomore Carolee Dillard started, played 35 minutes, picking up seven rebounds and four points.
The Trojans remain undefeated all-time against the Bearkats at 3-0, and UALR has now won its fourth consecutive season opener. Sunday was also the Trojans’ seventh consecutive victory when opening the season at home.
UALR returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Springfield, Mo., to take on Missouri State.
UAM’s Sims scores 32 in loss
CLEVELAND, Miss. — Senior Brandon Sims scored a career-high 32 points, but the University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 9 Florida Southern by a final score of 81-71 on Sunday at the Down in the Delta Challenge.
Sims connected on 12-of-19 field goal attempts in the loss, including one three-pointer. He also added seven points at the free throw line on 12 attempts. Junior Sharif Hudson and senior Brandon Wilson also reached double-digits in scoring with 11 points each.
The Boll Weevils (1-1) led for the majority of the first 10 minutes of the first half before the Mocs (2-0) used a 15-3 scoring run to take an eight-point lead at the 6:21 mark of the opening period.
The Weevils are back in action next Nov. 16 at home against Champion Baptist College.
Lady Bisons fall in GAC championship
WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The Harding women’s soccer team fell to Southwestern Oklahoma 2-0 on Sunday in the Great American Conference Tournament Championship. It was the Lady Bisons first trip to the GAC Touranment Finals.
Harding’s Jenna Taylor, Hannah Hatcher and Melissa Minnich were named to the GAC All-Tournament team. It was the most players named to the all-tournament team since 2004 when HU had four.
Harding advanced to the championship game after defeating Ouachita Baptist 1-0 on Friday. It was HU’s first GAC Tournament win.
The loss snapped a six game winning streak for the Lady Bisons as they end their season with an 8-9-1 overall record.
It was the second straight year Southwestern Oklahoma (13-4-2) has won the GAC Championship.
Harding sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Miller started and played 70 minutes between the posts as she had six saves. Junior goalkeeper Danielle Nonaka came on to finish the game and recorded a season-high six saves.
Southwestern Oklahoma took 30 shots in the game as 14 were on goal. Harding had two shots, one on goal.