Lady Lions Sweep Away Dustdevils

FORT SMITH – UAFS was the preseason favorite to win the Heartland Conference, and at the halfway point of the regular season league race, the Lady Lions are well on their way to fulfilling that prediction.

The Lady Lions remained undefeated in the conference play on Saturday with a road sweep of the Texas A&M International Dustdevils at the Kinesiology and Convocation Center in Laredo, Texas.

UAFS won the match 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 to extend its winning streak six consecutive matches. The Lady Lions (12-6) improved to 9-0 in league play and enjoy a two-match lead over second place Lubbock Christian (10-7, 7-2), which is a provisional NCAA Division II member and ineligible to win the conference title or qualify for postseason play.

Dallas Baptist (8-10, 4-3) is in third place and is the closest threat to UAFS’ title march.

UAFS dominated the Texas A&M International defense, hitting 0.304. Junior outside hitter Michelle Walker led UAFS with 18 kills and compiled a 0.469 hitting percentage. She was the only Lady Lion with double-digit kills.

Senior setter Stephanie Brock had 41 assists.

Texas A&M International (2-15, 1-8) struggled against the UAFS defense, hitting only 0.142. UAFS collected eight total team blocks. Senior middle hitter Jordan Erz had one solo block and five assists for UAFS. Freshman libero Emily Tripp had 13 digs to lead the Lady Lions, while sophomore defensive specialist Macy Ayulo and freshman defensive specialist Olivia Navato had 11 digs apiece.

Harding Volleyball Defeats Northwest Missouri; Falls to No. 4 Central Missouri

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Harding volleyball team finished the Missouri Southern State Tournament defeating Northwest Missouri 3-0 but fell to No. 4 Central Missouri 3-2 on Saturday. The Lady Bisons move to 17-7 overall.

It was the second time this season Harding has taking a ranked team to five sets. The Lady Bisons fell to No. 11 Washburn 3-2 earlier this season.

Mollie Arnold led HU with 13 kills and 10 digs. Senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland led the Harding defense with 18 digs. Savage had four blocks for Harding.

Northwest Missouri (8-9) was led by Abby Graves who had 12 kills.

Before Saturday, UCM (20-0) had only been taking to five sets one time and has only given up five total sets all season.

Harding was led by Arnold who had 14 kills and a team-high 16 digs. Turner had 12 kills and senior middle blocker Alyssa Short had 10 kills.

Harding will have the week off before hosting Arkansas-Monticello on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., at the Rhodes Field House in Great American Conference action.

Suns split on Day 2 of invitational

JOPLIN, Mo. — After a 15-kill, six block performance from freshman Morgan Hatwig and an 18-kill effort from junior Emily Todd, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (13-8) split a pair of matches, topping Missouri Southern (4-14) 3-0 only after falling 3-0 to Washburn (18-3) on day two of the Missouri Southern State Invitational.

During match one against Washburn, the Golden Suns fell 25-19, 25-19, and 25-19.

Todd led the offense with 10 kills, senior Amber Cerrillos steadied the team with 30 assists, and sophomore Morgan McKellar led the defense with 21 digs. Sophomore Katie Huff added ten kills, Hatwig added seven, and freshman Shannon Helm added four.

In match two, the Golden Suns topped Missouri Southern 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-20).

McKellar added 16 digs, while Cerrillos dished out 31 assists. Hatwig notched three blocks.

Todd, Hatwig, and Helm each added eight kills, respectively. Freshman Kaylee Konsella totaled seven kills, while Huff had five.

Arkansas Tech will travel to Okay, Okla., Oct. 17 for a 7 p.m. match against Bacone College.

Warriors sweep Majors

CONWAY —The Hendrix College volleyball team swept Southern Athletic Association rival Millsaps College in straight sets 25-17, 25-22, 27-25 at Grove Gymnasium on Friday night.

The host Warriors (12-9, 3-5) cruised to a first set victory, connecting on 16 kills and hitting .314 while the Majors (11-10, 4-4) only managed seven kills and hit -.026. In the second set, Hendrix trailed 21-19, but ended the frame on 6-2 run while hitting .344 for the set.

Katie Burchfield recorded season-bests with 19 kills and 13 digs while hitting .364 for the Warriors. Freshman right side Natalie Masten had eight kills and hit .438 and Rogers and Grace Griffin each had seven kills. Freshman middle Samantha Stockdale recorded five kills and a season-high five blocks. Sophomore libero Felicia Beeman led the defense with 16 digs, tying her career-high, freshman Leila Matsumoto came up with 10 digs. Freshman setter Allison Gaia had 22 assists and a season-best 11 digs. Senior setter Zoe Calhoun recorded 21 assists, making her the second setter in school history to go over 3,000 career assists with a total of 3,016.

Lexus Andres had eight kills and 11 digs and Courtney Huie added eight kills to lead Millsaps. Caroline McKey led the defense with 14 digs.

Hendrix will host Birmingham-Southern College in conference play on Sunday at 1 p.m.

A-State Volleyball Defeats UTA 3-2 for Fifth Conference Win

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated UT Arlington 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 27-25, 13-25, 15-13) at the College Park Center here for its second straight five-set conference victory Saturday night.

After splitting the first four sets of the match, Arkansas State (9-12, 5-2 SBC) started the deciding fifth set by building a 7-4 lead after a Sadie Clark kill. After calling a timeout, UTA battled back to tie the set at 7-7, but A-State used a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead after another Clark kill. The Mavericks cut the ASU lead to one point at 14-13 and forced an Arkansas State timeout. After the timeout, Sarah Kemp recorded a kill to win the set 15-13 and give the Red Wolves a 3-2 match win over UT Arlington (11-9, 4-3 SBC).

Kelsey Sullivan led the Red Wolves in kills with 17, while Clark and Kemp were in double figures with 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Mallory Warrington dished out 48 assists to pace the Red Wolves and recorded her second consecutive double-double by adding 17 digs. Defensively, Megan Baska led A-State with 21 digs, while Kelsey Reis registered four blocks.

The Red Wolves return to action on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. when they host the ULM Warhawks at the Convocation Center.