Blossoms snap skid, sweep Belhaven
MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak and turned in a season-high in team hitting percentage in a three-set victory non-conference over Belhaven Thursday night at home.
Final game scores were 25-9, 25-20 and 25-17.
Junior Jessica Cuba led the Blossoms (12-13) with her sixth double-digit kills performance of the season. Cuba had 12 kills and just one error on 30 attempts for a .367 individual percentage.
Senior Tori Bozzo turned in her second straight double-double and seventh of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs.Juniors Gabriella Jandotti and Tasha Evans each added seven kills in the victory.
Senior Tusalava Kuaea paced the UAM back row with 16 digs, marking her 15thmatch of the season with at least 10 digs. Senior Amy Bazemore reached the 30-assist mark for the sixth time this season with a match-high 32 assists in the victory.
UAM is back to Great American Conference matches for the next three contests, starting this Saturday at home against Southern Nazarene.
Suns down OKC in three
OKLAHOMA CITY — Junior Emily Todd led the team with 17 kills and 15 digs, while sophomore Katie Huff finished with a .546 hitting percentage having ten kills on 19 attempts as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (16-9) swept the Oklahoma City University Stars (16-10) 3-0 Thursday night at Abe Lemons Arena.
Junior Sierra Nighswonger led the defense with 19 digs. Senior Sara Motsinger and freshman Kaylee Konsella both added two blocks, respectively. Sophomore Morgan McKellar added 16 digs.
Motsinger earned 11 kills, Stephanie Channell had ten kills, and Konsella added five. Amber Cerrillos dished out 44 assists.
The Golden Suns will travel to Alva, Okla., Friday for a conference match against Northwestern Oklahoma.
Lady Bisons defeat Southern Nazarene
SEARCY — The Harding volleyball team defeated Southern Nazarene 3-2 on Thursday in Great American Conference action to remain atop the standings. The Lady Bisons improved to 19-7 overall and 8-0 in the GAC.
With the win, Harding extended its conference win streak to 25 matches which ties the record the Lady Bisons set during the 2003-05 seasons. HU’s current streak dates back to the 2011 season.
Southern Nazarene (17-7, 7-1 GAC) suffered its first GAC loss this season and takes sole possession of second place in the standings.
Harding was led by Mollie Arnold who had 20 kills and 23 digs for HU. It was the 14th time this season she has had a double-double, seventh time with 20 or more kills and the second time with 20 or more digs. Marindia Turner had 13 kills and Short had 11.
Junior setter Taryn Eubank captured her 11th double-double of the season with 53 assists and 10 digs.
Senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland had 22 digs. Three Harding players had four blocks in the match – Eubank, Liv Savage and Alyssa Short.
Harding will play its second of a four-match road trip on Saturday as they travel to Weatherford, Okla., to face Southwestern Oklahoma.
A-State sweeps UAPB
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated in-state opponent UAPB 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-12) in its last non-conference match of the season Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
Sadie Clark led the Red Wolves (11-13) with 11 kills and Sarah Kemp was second on the team with 10 of her own. Warrington handed out 16 assists to lead A-State, while Jackie Gerig added eight assists. Defensively, Megan Baska recorded 18 digs, while Kemp and Kelsey Sullivan each had two blocks a piece.
The Red Wolves are back in action today as they take on conference foe UT Arlington in the HPESS facility on the A-State campus.
Rector scores twice, Stevens net game-winner for HU
BETHANY, Okla. -– Harding freshman Jeremy Rector scored his first two collegiate goals and junior Jacob Stevens added the game-winner as the Bisons defeated Southern Nazarene 3-2 on Thursday night in MIAA action.
With the victory, Harding improved to 5-5-3 overall and 3-4-0 in conference play. It marks only the second time in program history that the Bisons have won as many as three conference games. In 2008, Harding went 3-3-0 in the Gulf South Conference. The Bisons also have a .500 record or better after 13 games for the first time since going 6-6-1 to start the 2003 season.
The Bisons remain in fifth place in the MIAA standings. Fourth-place Upper Iowa tied Southwest Baptist 1-1 on Thursday and has a 3-2-2 record with one game remaining.
Harding has three games remaining, all on the road, beginning Saturday at 17th-ranked Fort Hays State.
Stevens sealed the victory for the Bisons, their second of the season against Southern Nazarene, off another assist from Cole Walker. It was Stevens’ fourth goal and second game-winning goal this season.
Harding outshot Southern Nazarene 18-13. Senior Will Lynn made four saves to earn his fifth victory of the season. Tyler Wythe made eight saves for the Crimson Storm.
JONESBORO, Ark. (10/23/13) – The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated in-state opponent UAPB 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-12) in its last non-conference match of the season Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.
A-State (11-13) jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the third set after a Mallory Warrington service ace and used a 9-3 run, powered by three Jessica Heuertz service aces, to stretch the lead out to 16-5. UAPB (8-19) got within 22-12 after a kill, but a 3-0 run by A-State, capped by a Markie Schaedig service ace clinched a 25-12 set victory and 3-0 match win for the Red Wolves.
“We struggled at the beginning of the match, but give credit to UAPB for playing us tough,” A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. “We can’t afford to get off to a slow start against the conference opponents we have coming up. I’m pleased with the win tonight and hope this helps our confidence heading into the second round of conference play.”
Sadie Clark led the Red Wolves with 11 kills and Sarah Kemp was second on the team with 10 of her own. Warrington handed out 16 assists to lead A-State, while Jackie Gerig added eight assists. Defensively, Megan Baska recorded 18 digs, while Kemp and Kelsey Sullivan each had two blocks a piece.
In the first set, the score was tied 6-6 before used a 9-4 run to take a 15-10 advantage on a Clark kill. Arkansas-Pine Bluff got within one point at 21-20 on a kill before A-State recorded two straight points to earn a 23-20 edge. UAPB tied the set at 23-23 after a quick 3-0 rally that forced an ASU timeout. After the timeout, Kendal Davis recorded a kill to give the Red Wolves a 24-23 lead and a block assist by Kemp and Sullivan the next point gave A-State a 25-23 set victory.
Holding a 1-0 advantage, the Red Wolves raced out to a 7-2 lead in the second set after an Arkansas-Pine Bluff attack error. UAPB responded with a 9-3 run to take an 11-10 lead after a block and forced ASU to call timeout. After the timeout, A-State came back with an 11-3 run to set the score at 21-14 after a Heuertz service ace. UAPB got as close as 23-17 before a service error and attack error gave the Red Wolves a 25-17 game two victory.
The Red Wolves are back in action Friday, Oct. 25 as they take on conference foe UT Arlington. The match begins at 7 p.m. in the HPESS facility on the A-State campus.