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College Round-Up: Volleyball for Oct. 26

Suns sweep Northwestern Oklahoma

ALVA, Okla. — The middle duo of senior Sara Motsinger and sophomore Katie Huff each had seven kills on 14 attempts as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (17-9, 6-3 GAC) swept the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers (4-17, 1-8 GAC) 3-0 tonight in Alva, Okla.

The Golden Suns took all three sets with confidence, taking set one 25-14, set two 25-21, and set three with 25-20. Arkansas Tech outhit Northwestern Oklahoma in set one .206 to .054.

Junior Emily Todd led the team with 12 kills and five service aces. She also added 12 digs. Senior Amber Cerrillos dished out 31 assists and two service aces, adding ten digs.

Sophomore Morgan McKellar finished with 15 digs. Huff added four blocks to the match, while Todd had three.

The Golden Suns will travel to Monticello Tuesday, for a conference match-up against Arkansas-Monticello.

OBU clinches fourth straight league win

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Tigers’ volleyball team notched their fourth straight conference win tonight over Southeastern Oklahoma State 3-1 (25-22, 11-25, 25-22, 25-20).

The Tigers are now 12-7 on the season and 6-4 in Great American Conference play.

Junior Kelley Ballard led the Tigers with 10 kills. She provided a defensive spark in set three when she recorded a solo block and a block assist.

Sophomore Abby Pickett had nine kills and led the Tigers with 33 total attacks. She was a presence at the net both offensively and defensively throughout the night.

Freshmen Jayme Shell and Stephanie Pollnow had eight each. Shell led the team with 18 digs. Pollnow recorded two service aces and two blocks.

Senior Kelsi Bodine provided a big lift off the bench offensively in sets three and four and finished the night with seven kills.

Freshman Anna Holcomb had 17 digs on the night, her highest total since the first match of the season where she recorded 21.

Junior Tara Wait led the Tigers with 41 assists and recorded a double-double with her 14 digs.

UALR sweeps Troy, de Zoete registers 3,000 assists

LITTLE ROCK — Junior Marleen de Zoete needed 20 assists to become the first Trojan with 3,000 assists for her career. She accomplished that feat Friday night — in the first set alone.

UALR (16-6, 8-2 Sun Belt) won a nail-biter in the first set, 31-29, and went on to sweep Troy (9-15, 4-6 SBC) by scores of 25-20 in the second set and 25-14 in the third set.

Junior Edina Begic hit .535 for the match with 28 kills and nine digs. The 28 kills bests her own personal record of 23 kills in a straight-set match, set earlier this year against Northern Illinois on Sept. 13. Sophomore Sonja Milanovic hit .429 with three blocks. De Zoete led the match with 49 assists.

Starting her first match, freshman Kelsey Leech added a match-best 14 digs while both junior Adisa Hodzic and redshirt freshman Carolee Dillard contributed four blocks.

Begic (11) and Milanovic (10) both reached double-digits in kills in the first frame.

UALR returns to action tomorrow when it hosts UT Arlington (13-10, 6-4 SBC). It will be the Mavericks first trip to Little Rock to take on the Trojans.

Baska reaches 2,000 career digs in A-State loss

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-15) decision to the UT Arlington Mavericks Friday night at the HPESS Facility.

The highlight of the night for the Red Wolves was senior libero Megan Baska eclipsing 2,000 career digs, joining Margie (Kolat) McGee as the only other Arkansas State player to accomplish that feat. She recorded the dig on the 23-21 point of the second set and finished the night with 17 digs to bring her career total to 2,007.

There will be a ceremony before A-State’s next home match against UALR on Oct. 30 in the Convocation Center.

Sadie Clark led Arkansas State with nine kills, while Jackie Gerig dished out 23 assists. Defensively, Kelsey Sullivan registered four blocks, while Kelsey Reis totaled three total blocks with two of them being block solos.

Arkansas State returns to action in a road contest at Western Kentucky. The Red Wolves and Lady Toppers square off at noon on Sunday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.

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