Golf

Wonder Boys sit at eighth after two rounds

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Alex Mahlik shot back-to-back rounds of 75 (+3) to tie for 32nd as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys golf team lands in eighth place at the Brickyard Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday.

Tech shot a team score of 604 (+28) to stand alone in eighth, nine strokes behind seventh place Lynn University. Barry University came out on top in day one with a 564 (-12). Adam Svensson leads the field at 134 (-10).

All five Tech golfers scored similar rounds with Rowdy Garrett shooting a 151 (+7) and tying for 39th, Jason Purdy and Brian Belz are both tied for 45th carding a two-round score of 152 (+8), and Austin Smith shot a 157 (+13) to tie for 73rd.

Tech will play the final round of the Brickyard Invitational on Tuesday.

Golden Suns lead, Jeffery in 2nd after first round

CATOOSA, Okla. — Junior Megan Jeffery fired an opening-round 74 (+4) to sit alone in second place, two strokes off the individual pace set by Southwestern Oklahoma’s Ana-Laura Gomez, while junior Taylor Kline’s 77 (+7) placed her in a tie for fourth place, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns raced to an opening-day lead at the 11-team Northeastern State Golf Classic at the Cherokee Hills Golf Club.

Freshman Caroline Fredensborg’s opening-round 78 (+8) placed her in a tie for eighth place, while junior Rebecka Surtevall opened with an opening-round 80 (+10) and sits in 12th place.

Freshman Laura Gallizo rounded out the scores, sitting in a 20th-place tie after her opening-round 82 (+12).

The Golden Suns will conclude play at the NSU Golf Classic on Tuesday.

Plyler holds third after first round

CATOOSA, Okla. — Harding junior Emily Plyler shot a 6-over 76 and is in third place of 57 golfers after one round at the 15th Annual NSU Golf Classic, played Monday at the Cherokee Hills Golf Course.

Junior Brittany Marquez is also in the top 20. She is tied for 16th after shooting an 11-over 81.

Harding is currently eighth at the 11-team event. The Lady Bisons shot 341 as a team. Arkansas Tech shot 309 and leads the tournament by seven strokes over Southwestern Oklahoma.

Plyler shot 35 on the back nine, had a team-high 12 pars, and played the par 4s at a tournament-best 2-over. She trails tournament leader Ana-Laura Gomez of Southwestern Oklahoma by four strokes.

The tournament concludes Tuesday with the final 18 holes.

UCA’s Newton ties for lead at Golfweek tourney

BURLINGTON, Iowa — University of Central Arkansas sophomore James Newton is in a three-way tie for first place after two rounds of the Golfweek Conference Challenge being played at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

Newton, from Macclesfield, England, followed his 1-under 71 on Sunday with a 2-under 70 on Monday and stands at 3-under 141, along with Ball State’s Tyler Merkel and LSU’s Stewart Jolly.

UCA is in a four-way tie for fifth place in the 15-team tournament with a score of 296-292_588.

Volleyball

Suns hosts home opener against UA-M

RUSSELLVILLE — After starting the season with eight games on the road, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns volleyball team will open the home and Great American Conference portion of its schedule on tonight with a 6 p.m. contest against Arkansas-Monticello.

The Golden Suns will play three consecutive matches at home, as Tech follows Thursday’s match against UAM with a Thursday matchup against Dallas Baptist, and then the program’s annual "Pack The Stands" Night will be against Harding on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Tech enters its home opener with a 5-3 record, having gone 3-1 at the recent Abbey Road Invitational in Belmont, N.C.

Tech holds a 15-4 all-time record against UAM, and has won eight consecutive matches against the Blossoms dating back to the 2009 season.

Harding opens GAC play at home

SEARCY — The Lady Bisons begin league play Tuesday hosting Henderson State for the third straight season.

The Lady Bisons have won their last 14 straight conference openers. HU is 15-1 since joining the NCAA in 1997 in conference openers.

Harding is coming off a 4-1 week. The Lady Bisons went to Jackson, Tenn., on Tuesday and won 3-1. This past weekend HU participated in the North Alabama Tournament. Harding won its first three matches but fell to Northwood 3-2 to close out the tournament

Henderson State finished the Arkansas-Monticello Tournament with a 0-2 record this past weekend. The Lady Reddies fell to West Alabama and Union by a 3-0 score. HSU’s only win this season came against Oklahoma Panhandle State 3-2.

Harding leads the series 43-22. The Lady Bisons defeated Henderson State both times last season by a 3-0 score.

A-State faces Memphis

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball team will travel to Memphis, Tenn. to face the 6-3 Tigers Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

A-State trails Memphis 26-28 in the series overall, but the Red Wolves have won the last six matches daing back to 2003, including last year’s 3-0 sweep in Jonesboro, and are 17-2 against the Tigers since 1991. This will be the 55th meeting between A-State and Memphis, which makes it the second-longest rivalry in A-State history.

Senior Libero Megan Baska recorded 37 digs over the three matches in the Hampton Inn Bama Bash and broke the 1,700 barrier during the tournament. She now has 1,711 career digs and is second on the all-time career digs list at Arkansas State. She passed Tessa Millikan’s 1,669 career digs for second place with her 15th dig in the Ole Miss match Sept. 7.

Senior Sadie Clark broke the 100-kill mark for the season over the weekend. She has 112 kills for a 3.20 kills per set average to lead the Red Wolves in both categories.

Soccer

Lady Bisons travel to Hendrix

SEARCY — The Lady Bisons face Hendrix tonight at 7 p.m. in Conway.

Harding is coming off a 3-0 loss to Hendrix on Sunday. Sophomore midfielder Melissa Minnich had four shots, two on goal.

The Lady Bisons are averaging 6.8 shots per game.

The Warriors are 4-2-1 this season and are coming off a 1-1 tie to Centenary on Sunday. Hendrix had won three-straight before Sunday.

Hendrix is led by sophomore midfielder Hannah Sigda who had six goals and four assists.

It will be the third-straight year the two teams have met. Harding leads the series 2-0-0. Last season in Searcy, the Lady Bisons won 5-0.

Bisons head to Ouachita

SEARCY — Harding (0-2-1) will play its first road game of the season Tuesday in non-conference action against Ouachita Baptist starting at 4 p.m.

Harding is coming off consecutive ties for the first time in program history. The Bisons tied Lyon 2-2 last Tuesday and tied Texas Wesleyan 0-0 on Saturday.

Harding’s four goals this season have come from four different players. Senior Ryan Wilhelm leads the Bisons with three points (one goal, one assist).

Freshman Seth Peterson has started all three games for the Bisons at goalkeeper. He has a 1.36 goals against average and a 78.9 saves percentage.

The Tigers enter the game with the Bisons with a 0-3-1 record and are coming off a 2-1 loss to Rogers State on Saturday in Arkadelphia.

Harding and Ouachita Baptist are meeting for the 16th time with the Bisons leading the series 9-4-2. Harding is 3-4-2 against Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia and last defeated the Tigers on the road in 2007. OBU is 3-0-1 at home against Harding in the last four meetings.