GAC announces weekly honors

RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference has announced the league’s Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Setter of the Week for the fourth week of the volleyball season.

East Central’s Danielle Essix earned to Offensive honor; Harding’s Lisa Copeland won the Defensive award and Southern Arkansas’ Gabby Clark garnered the Setter accolade.

Freshman leads Blossoms to win

ARKADELPHIA — True freshman Kedra Johnson tied a University of Arkansas at Monticello record with 10 block assists in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Henderson State to give the Blossoms their first Great American Conference victory of the 2013 season.

Final game scores were 25-13, 25-12, 19-25, 21-25 and 15-12.

Johnson also recorded her first career double-double in the win, tallying 11 kills on 20 attempts with only three errors for a .400 hitting percentage. Her 10 block assists ranks second all-time on the GAC single-match charts.

Senior Tori Bozzo tied Johnson with 11 kills in the win. Junior Jessica Cuba added eight. Junior Frankie Zaragoza and Cuba paced the UAM (8-9, 1-3 GAC) defense with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. It was a career-high dig total for Zaragoza after getting the start at libero in the win.

Freshman Brittney Beckham recorded a new career-high with 20 assists in the win. Senior Haley Goldwater added 13.

Katrina Goulbourne and Sarah Williams led the Lady Reddies (1-11, 0-4 GAC) with 11 kills each.

The Blossoms are back at home this weekend for a pair of GAC matches – Friday at 7 p.m. against Northwestern Oklahoma State and Saturday at 11 a.m. against Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Lady Bisons defeat Lyon

SEARCY -– The Harding Volleyball team defeated Lyon 3-0 (25-12, 25-5 and 25-16) on Tuesday in non-conference action at the Rhodes Field House.

The Lady Bisons improved to 12-5 on the season and are now 9-5 against non-conference opponents.

Harding has won 19 straight home matches dating back to the 2011 season.

Harding was led by Molly Howard who had a season-high nine kills. Junior outside hitter Marindia Turner had seven with no attack errors. Junior setter Taryn Eubank had 20 assists and tied a career high with three blocks.

Lyon (8-10) was led by sophomore outside hitter Carson Ward who had six kills.

Harding will continue Great American Conference action this weekend as they host East Central on Friday and 7 p.m., and then host Southeastern Oklahoma at 2 p.m., on Saturday.

Golden Suns take Lady Tigers

ARKADELPHIA — Junior Emily Todd earned a double-double with 18 kills and 18 digs, while sophomore Katie Huff added 15 kills and a .480 hitting percentage to lead the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (9-4, 3-1 GAC) to take the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers 3-1 in Vining Arena tonight.

Arkansas Tech took the first game 25-20 only to have Ouachita take the second game 25-20. The Golden Suns fought a hard third set and won 25-22. The fourth set was one continuous battle after the other but the Golden Suns finished on top taking the set 25-20.

Sophomore Morgan McKellar added 18 digs, while junior Sierra Nighswonger had 14. Senior Amber Cerrillos dished out 42 assists.

Arkansas Tech totaled ten service aces tonight with Todd having three, Cerrillos having three, McKellar having two, Nighswonger having one, and freshman Kaylee Konsella having one.

Huff added four blocks for the game, three block assists and one block solo.

The Golden Suns will face Southeastern Oklahoma State on Friday at 6 p.m. at Tucker Coliseum.

Lady Lions Sweep Savage Storm

FORT SMITH — After playing three matches in three days during a rugged road swing through the Lone Star State this past weekend, the UAFS volleyball team was in desperate need of a quick and easy match on Tuesday night at the Stubblefield Center.

They got just that … for the most part.

The Lady Lions held off the stubborn Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm (6-6) to post a nonconference sweep and extend their winning streak to two matches. UAFS (8-6) won the match 25-16, 25-23, 25-17 to remain undefeated at home this season.

UAFS, which is 5-0 in Heartland Conference play, will resume league play at 7 p.m. on Thursday when it hosts McMurry University. The Lady Lions will finish their homestand at noon on Saturday when they host conference nemesis St. Edward’s University for their annual Dig Pink Match.

Senior middle hitter Jordan Erz again led the Lady Lions with 10 kills and was the only player with double-digit kills.

Senior setter Stephanie Brock had 26 assists.

Lady Lions freshman libero Emily Tripp had a team-high 23 digs. UAFS had a total of six blocks, and junior middle hitter Shakendra Mumphrey led UAFS with two solo blocks and one block assist.