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College Round-Up for Sept. 23

Cross Country

Lady Lions post Top 10 finish

FORT SMITH — First-year UAFS women’s cross country coach Lauren Unger knew the Missouri Southern State University Stampede was one of the most-competitive meets in the region.

Her Lady Lions proved to be more than ready for the challenge.

Junior Kelsea Geschwentner posted a 28th-place finish to lead the Lady Lions to a ninth-place finish in the annual event held on Saturday at Joplin, Mo.

It was the second time in as many opportunities for Geschwentner to lead the Lady Lions’ contingent. The transfer from Garden City (Kan.) Community College covered the 5k course in a time of 18:51.46.

Earnest leads Lions at stampede

FORT SMITH — TaBaris Earnest has picked up where he left off last season.

Earnest posted at 58th-place finish to lead the UAFS men’s cross country team to a 14th-place finish on Saturday in the Missouri Southern State University Stampede in Joplin, Mo.

The All-Conference performer covered the 8k course in a time of 26:51.12. It was the second time in as many opportunities this season that the senior from Conway has led the Lions.

His twin brother, TaTaris, finished 77th with a time of 26:51.12.

Golf

No. 13 Harding tees off at NSU Golf Classic

SEARCY — The 13th-ranked Harding men’s golf team will play its second tournament of the season today and Tuesday when it takes part in the 15th Annual NSU Men’s Classic, hosted by Northeastern State University at the Emerald Falls Golf Club in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Harding opened the 2013-14 season with a victory at the GAC Preview in Oklahoma City. The Bisons shot a school-record 863 to win by four strokes over Southeastern Oklahoma.

Volleyball

Hendrix splits on road

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Hendrix College volleyball team went on the road over the weekend for a pair of Southern Athetlic Association matches and came away with a split. On Saturday, the Warriors (10-6, 1-2) fell to Millsaps College (9-6, 2-0) 25-22, 25-12, 25-22, but rebounded to take down Birmingham-Southern College (10-2, 1-2) 25-20, 19-25, 26-24, 25-18 in Alabama on Sunday.

In the win over the Panthers, freshman outside hitter MC Rogers connected on a season-best 20 kills to go with 11 digs and seven blocks to lead the Warriors. Freshman outside hitter Samantha Stockdale also had a personal best with nine kills. Freshman middle Jen Karnes added eight kills and seven blocks and freshman setter Allison Gaia recorded 20 assists. Junior libero Ella Concavage-Nasar led the defense with 15 digs and sophomore Jill Sikes had 11.

Against the Majors, Rogers led the Warrior offense with nine kills to go with a season-best 27 digs and three aces. Karnes added six kills and Concavage-Nasar had a career-high 29 digs.

Hendrix will be back in action on Saturday when they host Berry College.

Soccer

UALR ends non-conference with Ole Miss loss

OXFORD, Miss. -– Ole Miss scored three goals in the first 18 minutes allowed no shots on goal as it defeated the UALR soccer team 3-0 on Sunday evening.

The lone shot for the Trojans (3-6) came off the foot of Ashley Barksdale, but otherwise the goalie for the Rebels (8-1-1) was untested. UALR keeper Sara Cavanagh made six saves, nearly matching a career high of seven that she made against UAB on Friday at home.

Ole Miss cored three times in the first 18 minutes. The Trojans defense improved from there, not allowing a shot on goal in the final 45 minutes. Barksdale’s shot for the Trojans came in the 61st minute.

The conference season now begins for UALR as it travels to Arkansas State on Sunday. The Trojans and Red Wolves play their first Sun Belt Conference game at 1 p.m.

A-State defeats Murray State

JONESBORO— Arkansas State sophomore forward Loren Mitchell scored two goals to help lead the Red Wolves women’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Murray State Sunday afternoon at the A-State Soccer Complex.

Mitchell scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 18th minute when she took a pass from Madison Joyce on the right side of the box which left her one-on-one with the Racers’ goalkeeper and Mitchell put the ball out of her reach to give ASU a 2-0 lead.

She scored again in the 46th minute on a header on a corner kick from Katey Carmichael to push the advantage to 3-1. Carmichael sent the ball into a crowd of defenders in front of the net and Mitchell was able to find enough space to get a clean head on the ball and score the third goal of the game for A-State.

Carmichael scored the game’s first goal in the sixth minute after taking a pass from Jordan Adams on the left side of the box, which left Carmichael one-on-one with goalkeeper.

Amanda Lee has been equally impressive in goal at the A-State Soccer Complex this season. In three home games she has allowed just two goals, made nine saves and recorded her second career shutout.

Carmichael also etched her name into the Red Wolves’ record book on Sunday. Her goal and assist gave the sophomore 21 career points, which is the 10th most in school history. Her nine career goals are also tied for the 11th most in school history.

Arkansas State will return to pitch Sunday, Sept. 29 as the squad will open up Sun Belt Conference play against in-state opponent Arkansas-Little Rock. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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