Harding sweeps UAM

SEARCY — Great American Conference standings leader Harding University remained unbeaten in league play by defeating the University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team in three sets on Tuesday night inside the Rhodes Fieldhouse.

Final game scores were 25-20, 25-20 and 25-17.

Harding (18-7, 7-0 GAC) extended its conference winning streak to 24 matches and its home match win streak to 22 matches. Both streaks date back to the 2011 season. During the 2003-05 seasons, HU won 25 straight conference matches and 36 straight home matches.

Miranda Turner led Harding with 11 kills and Liv Savage had 10 kills. The HU defense was led by senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland who had 11 digs.

Senior Tori Bozzo led the Blossoms (11-13, 2-7 GAC) with her sixth double-double of the season, totaling 13 kills on 33 attempts with just five errors, while also collecting 10 defensive digs. Junior Tasha Evans followed with six kills and only one error on 13 swings.

Senior Tusalava Kuaea paced the UAM defense with 13 digs, her 14th double-digit dig performance of the season.

UAM is back at home for its next three contests, starting with a non-conference outing against Belhaven Thursday. First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.

Harding will hit the road this weekend for two GAC matches. The Lady Bisons will face Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla., on Thursday at 7 p.m. Both teams head into the contest tied for first place in the GAC standings. HU will then travel to Weatherford, Okla., to face Southwestern Oklahoma State at 3 p.m., on Saturday.

Golden Suns sweep Lady Muleriders

RUSSELLVILLE — After a double-double performance with 14 kills and 13 digs from junior Emily Todd and a 10-kill performance from senior Sara Motsinger, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (15-9, 5-3 Great American Conference) swept the Southern Arkansas Lady Muleriders (14-10, 4-5 Great American Conference) tonight at Tucker Coliseum.

Arkansas Tech took all three sets with efficiency to defeat Southern Arkansas 25-17, 25-21, and 25-17.

Senior Amber Cerrillos dished out 40 assists and two service aces. Sophomore Morgan McKellar had 17 digs and junior Sierra Nighswonger added 10.

The Golden Suns will travel to Oklahoma City on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match against Oklahoma City University.


A-State ranks fourth in preseason poll

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State women’s bowling team was ranked fourth in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Preseason Media Poll that was released Tuesday.

The Red Wolves received 225 points and one first-place vote to finish behind third ranked Central Missouri’s 240 points and two first-place votes. Last season’s national runner-up Vanderbilt received 251 points to rank second in the poll, while defending national champion Nebraska received 277 total points and 7 first-place votes to top the NTCA Preseason Media Poll.

Arkansas State was also ranked fourth in the NTCA Preseason Coaches Poll that was released on Oct. 4.

A-State finished last season ranked fourth after advancing to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Red Wolves finished with a 91-34 mark and set the school record for wins.

Head coach Justin Kostick returns for his fifth season and has accumulated a record of 319-135 (.703) during his first four years at Arkansas State.

The Red Wolves return five lettermen from last season’s squad including NTCA All-American second team selection Sarah Lokker and NTCA All-American third team selection Ashley Rucker.

A-State will have an exhibition against Vanderbilt Oct. 27 before opening up the regular season in Hackensack, N.J. at the Fairleigh Dickinson Jamboree Nov. 1-3.


Warriors win inaugural scrimmage

CONWAY — The Hendrix College women’s lacrosse team won the program’s first ever game 10-5 in a scrimmage Oklahoma Baptist University on Oct. 13.

According to head coach Peri West, the Warriors worked well on offense and defense and played well collectively as a unit.

Hendrix will open the 2014 regular season on Feb. 14 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.