Harding Compete at GAC Preview

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Harding women’s golf team will compete Monday and Tuesday at the Great American Conference Preview, hosted by Southern Nazarene University at Lake Hefner Golf Club. The 36-hole tournament will be played on the South Course.

Harding has been led by its two juniors in its first two tournaments. Brittany Marquez, who shot a school-record 69 in the first round of the UCO Classic, has Harding’s top stroke average. She ranks 40th in Division II with 75.75 strokes per round. Emily Plyler is second on the team and 49th in Division II with 76.25 strokes per round.

Harding’s five-player team will also include sophomore Lani Schwartz and freshmen Allyson Springer and Charles Ann Freeman.

Harding Men’s travels to regional invitational

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Harding men’s golf team, ranked No. 11 in the NCAA Division II Central Region, will look to boost that ranking Monday and Tuesday when it takes part in the Drury Inn Central Region Invitational hosted by Missouri Western State.

Harding is led by sophomore Alex Williamson, the Central Region’s fifth-ranked golfer. Williamson has a team-best 73.8 stroke average and tied for second at the NSU Golf Classic in his last outing.

A pair of seniors will also be included in Harding’s five-man team. Lucas Collins is second on the team with a 74.2 stroke average, and Jordan Perry is third at 74.8.

Juniors Nathan Kannenberg (76.2) and Brandon Clark (77.7) will round out the team.

The tournament begins Monday at 8:30 a.m., and teams will play 36 holes. The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m.


Win puts UALR into sole top spot

SAN MARCOS, Texas – UALR (15-4, 7-0 Sun Belt) kept all its streaks intact thanks to a 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 17-25, 15-13 win at Texas State (13-9, 3-4 SBC).

The Trojans have won 13 matches in a row, nine straight matches in true road games and nine consecutive matches in SBC play (dating back to last season) when playing five sets. Now, UALR is the only team who has not lost a match in conference play in 2013.

The Trojans got a big lift in the service game as UALR had only two service errors compared to eight for the home team.

Individually, sophomore Sonja Milanovic led the way for UALR with 23 kills and 16 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. Junior Edina Begic etched her 12th double-double of the year with 12 kills and 13 digs. She also added five blocks.

Redshirt freshman Carolee Dillard added nine blocks and matched a season-best with eight kills. Dillard led the team in hitting percentage with eight kills and only two errors on 21 swings (.286). Junior Marleen de Zoete added 41 assists and is only 11 helpers away from breaking Iva Adzic’s career UALR record of 2,924 assists.

UALR returns to action Friday (Oct. 18) when it hosts Western Kentucky (16-5, 6-1 SBC) at 7 p.m.

Warriors down Panthers In five

CONWAY — The Hendrix College volleyball team completed the season sweep of Birmingham-Southern with a five set victory at Grove Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

The host Warriors (13-9, 4-5) topped the Panthers (16-5, 5-4) 24-26, 25-16, 25-13, 22-25, 15-11 in the Southern Athletic Association match.

For the match, Hendrix hit .278 with 52 kills, 12 aces, 63 digs and 13 blocks. BSC hit .125 with 52 kills, nine aces, 59 digs and four blocks.

Warrior senior Katie Burchfield recorded her second consecutive double-double with 13 kills and a season-high 18 digs. Freshman middle blocker Samantha Stockdale recorded season-bests by hitting .440 with 13 kills and six total blocks. Fresman outside MC Rogers added 12 kills and and five blocks and freshman middle Grace Griffin had seven blocks. Sophomore libero Felicia Beeman registered a career-high 21 digs. Freshman setter Allison Gaia recorded 24 assists and senior Zoe Calhoun had 21.

Hendrix will host Rhodes College in conference action on Wednesday at 7 p.m.