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College Round-Up for Nov. 18

VOLLEYBALL

Lady Lions sweep Lady Rattlers

FORT SMITH — The UAFS volleyball team closed the regular-season on Saturday in convincing fashion, sweeping the St. Mary’s Lady Rattlers in Heartland Conference play at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS won the match 25-16, 25-21, 25-17 to sweep the regular-season series with St. Mary’s. It was the eighth consecutive home win for the Lady Lions, who improved to 8-1 all-time against the Lady Rattlers.

The Lady Lions (21-8) finished 16-2 in league play and won the outright regular-season conference title for the second season in a row. They will be the No. 1 seed in this week’s conference tournament, which they will host at the Stubblefield Center on Friday and Saturday.

UAFS will play No. 4 St. Mary’s (14-14) at 5 p.m. on Friday. The championship match will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The conference tournament champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament.

Senior middle hitter Jordan Erz and freshman outside hitter Katarina Krstonosic led UAFS with 13 and 10 kills, respectively.

Senior Stephanie Brock and freshman setter Maja Krstonosic had 19 and 18 assists, respectively, to lead UAFS. Freshman libero Emily Tripp led a quartet of Lady Lions with double-digit digs with 17. Tripp and Katarina Krstonosic each served two of UAFS’ four aces.

Erz had two of UAFS’ three blocks.

A-State draws UALR in first round of SBC tourney

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball squad earned the seventh seed and will face the second seed UALR Trojans in the first round of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference tournament at noon on Nov. 21.

The tournament will be hosted by the Troy Trojans at Trojan Arena and will take place from Nov. 21-23. Western Kentucky earned the top seed of the tournament.

If the Red Wolves are able to defeat UALR Thursday, A-State would advance to play the winner of third seed Texas State and sixth seed Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 22.

The championship match is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. and will be available on ESPN3. All matches can be watched live on www.sunbeltsports.org free of charge.

UALR drops final regular-season match

LAFAYETTE, La. — Despite UALR (20-10, 12-6 Sun Belt) falling in four sets at Louisiana (19-13, 9-9 SBC) 25-22, 25-21, 13-25, 25-21 Sunday afternoon, the Trojans claimed the second seed in the upcoming SBC Tournament thanks to Arkansas State’s 3-2 win against Texas State.

To put UALR up 7-6 in the fourth set, redshirt freshman Carolee Dillard teamed up with freshman Rachel Williams for her 10th block of the match. Dillard finished the day with 11 blocks, becoming the first Trojan since 2007 to record multiple double-digit block matches of the season.

Individually for UALR, Edina Begic paced UALR with 16 kills and eight digs. Sophomore Sonja Milanovic had 14 kills and nine digs. Playing in their final regular season match of their careers, junior Allison Wyatt added 10 digs and Marleen de Zoete had 40 assists.

A-State defeats Texas State

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Texas State 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11) at the Convocation Center on its Senior Day Sunday afternoon.

Arkansas State’s Kendal Davis and Kelsey Reis led the way with 13 kills each, while Kelsey Sullivan (12), Sadie Clark (11), and Jackie Gerig (11) all recorded double-digit kills. Mallory Warrington recorded her team-high sixth double-double by registered season-highs in assists (53) and digs (18) and she also had a season-high nine kills, falling one kill shy of recording Arkansas State’s first triple-double of the season. Defensively, Megan Baska recorded a season-high 33 digs, while Sullivan and Clark added two blocks each.

BASKETBALL

Lions drop Reddies

FORT SMITH — UAFS men’s basketball coach Josh Newman is excited about the offensive potential his young ballclub has, and so far, the Lions have lived up to his expectations.

Four players scored in double-figures and the Lions shot 51 percent from the field in an 84-77 win against the Henderson State Reddies Saturday on the final day of the two-day, four-team Lions Classic at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS (3-0) went undefeated in the classic. The Lions beat Ouachita Baptist in the opening game of the classic. Henderson State (3-1) suffered its first loss after opening the classic with a win against Rogers State.

Junior guard Tramel White led the Lions with 21 points, while senior forward Bo Franklin had 13, sophomore forward Kenny Martin 12 and senior guard Xavier McClish 11. In all, eight different players scored for the Lions, who led 39-38 at halftime.

The Lions will make their first regular-season road trip at on Tuesday when they travel to Joplin, Mo., to play the Missouri Southern State Lions.

Warriors fall to No. 11 Bears

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Hendrix College men’s basketball team lost to No. 11 Washington University of St. Louis 91-64 at the Mabee Center on Sunday.

A lay-up by Warrior senior forward Colton Primm gave the Orange & Black and 7-6 lead at the 17:55 mark of the first half. The Bears went on a 32-9 run to go up 38-16 with 6:16 to play in the first. Hendrix answered with a 20-5 rally to end the first half trailing by seven, 43-36.

Sophomore guard Hank Aldous led Hendrix (0-1) with 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting and going 3-of-4 from behind hte arc. Primm had 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Will Roland came off the bench for a career-high 10 points. Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski had seven points and sophomore guard Jordan Taulton recorded four assists and two steals.

Ala Aboona made four three-pointers en route to 22 points and five assists for the Bears (2-0).

Hendrix will travel to Longview, Texas, on Friday to face LeTourneau University.

Hendrix downs Blackburn

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Hendrix College women’s basketball team picked up their first win of the 2013-14 campaign with an 84-62 victory over Blackburn College at the Rhodes Tip-Off Classic on Sunday.

The Warriors (1-0) led by as many as 16 in the first half, before taking a 43-30 lead into the break. The Beavers cut the lead to seven with 18:33 to play, but the Orange & Black answered with a 34-9 run over the next 10 minutes to go up 77-45.

Freshman guard Taylor Neal led Hendrix with 22 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. Freshman forward Anna King had 19 points and freshman guard Peyton Hurst chipped in 10. Senior center Jamie Tate scored seven points to go with 15 rebounds and freshman point guard Melanie Martin dished out nine assists and had five steals.

Ciara Morgan led the Beavers (0-2) with 13 points.

Hendrix travels to Longview, Texas, on Friday to face LeTourneau University.

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