Blossoms battle in four-set loss to Southern Nazarene

MONTICELLO – Visiting Southern Nazarene totaled a .260 team hitting percentage and collected 15 total blocks to defeat the University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team in four sets on Saturday inside Steelman Field House. Final game scores were 22-25, 21-25, 25-16 and 20-25.

The Blossoms (12-14, 2-8 Great American Conference) held the lead for the majority of the first and second sets, but the Crimson Storm (18-7, 8-1 GAC) posted runs in each set to take a two-set advantage.

Senior Tori Bozzo led the Blossoms with her third straight double-double and eight overall this season with 11 kills and a team-high 15 digs. Junior Jessica Cuba added nine kills and senior Holly Schweigert had seven.

Senior setter Amy Bazemore had exactly 30 assists in the loss, marking her second straight to reach the 30-assist level and seventh time this season.

The Blossoms are back in action on Oct. at home against Arkansas Tech inside Steelman Field House.

Centre defeats Hendrix in four

CONWAY — The Hendrix College volleyball team lost to Centre College 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 at Grove Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The loss puts the Warriors at 15-11 overall and 6-7 in Southern Athletic Association play. With one match left, Hendrix is in a three-way tie for fourth place and the fourth seed at the SAA Tournament in two weeks.

HC is tied with Millsaps and Rhodes, and a half game behind Birmingham-Southern for the third seed. The Warriors currently hold the tiebreaker over BSC and Rhodes, but is one set behind Millsaps.

Centre improves to 19-4 overall and 11-2 in SAA play and will be the second seed at the SAA Tournament, hosted by first-place Berry.

Freshman outside hitter MC Rogers recorded 14 kills and six blocks for Hendrix. Freshman middle blocker Grace Griffin had a season-best nine kills and senior outside Katie Burchfield came up with seven kills and nine digs. Freshman middle Samantha Stockdale also had six blocks. Freshman setter Allison Gaia recorded 18 assists and three aces and senior Zoe Calhoun assisted 13 kills. On defense, sophomore libero Felicia Beeman had 15 digs and junior Ella Concavage-Nasar had 10.

Hendrix will play their final conference match of the season on Sunday against Sewanee - The University of South at noon.

Lady Bisons break league win streak

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The Harding volleyball team defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-18 and 25-15) on Saturday in Great American Conference action.

The Lady Bisons improved to 20-7 overall and remain in first place in the GAC standings with a 9-0 record.

With the win, Harding moved its conference win streak to 26 matches, dating back to the 2011 season. It breaks the previous record of 25 set by HU during the 2003-05 seasons.

Mollie Arnold led HU with 22 kills. Senior middle blocker Alyssa Short had 11 kills and Turner had 10 kills. Junior setter Taryn Eubank captured a double-double with 44 assists and 11 digs.

The Lady Bisons defense was led by senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland who had 17 digs. Short led HU at the net with eight blocks.

Harding will play its third of a four-match road trip on Tuesday as it travels to Magnolia to face Southern Arkansas in GAC action.

UALR fall to UTA in four sets

LITTLE ROCK — Freshman Kelsey Leech recorded a career-best 22 digs, but it was not enough as UALR (16-7, 8-3 Sun Belt) fell to UT Arlington (15-9, 8-3 Sun Belt) 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17 Saturday night (Oct. 26) at the Jack Stephens Center.

UT Arlington only managed a 55-54 edge in total kills, but the Mavericks used a 16-11 edge at the net for the victory.

Junior Adisa Hodzic led the Trojans with 10 kills and only two errors on 32 swings for a .250 hitting percentage. Junior Edina Begic had 19 kills while sophomore Sonja Milanovic added 16 spikes.

Leech and junior Capri Rino both reached double digit in digs with 22 and 12, respectively.

The Trojans return to action Wednesday when they make the short journey to Jonesboro to take on Arkansas State.

Lady Lions outlast Lady Patriots

FORT SMITH — Three players collected double-digit kills to lead the UAFS volleyball team past the Dallas Baptist Lady Patriots in five-set thriller in Heartland Conference play at the Burg Center in Dallas.

UAFS won the match 15-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 15-12 to sweep the regular-season series with Dallas Baptist and remain undefeated in conference play.

It was a match between the top two teams in the conference. UAFS (16-6, 12-0) extended its lead to four matches Dallas Baptist (11-12, 8-4), which also lost to UAFS in five sets in the first meeting of the season.

Lubbock Christian owns the second-best record in the conference (14-8, 10-3), but the Lady Chaps are a provisional member of NCAA Division II and ineligible to compete for the conference title or qualify for postseason play.

Junior outside hitter Michelle Walker led UAFS with 19 kills, while senior outside hitter Jordan Pickett had 15 kills and senior middle hitter Jordan Erz had 11 kills. They were three of seven Lady Lions who recorded at least one kill.

Freshman setter Maja Krstonosic has 31 assists, while senior setter Stephanie Brock had 20 assists. Krstonosic also served three of the Lady Lions’ seven aces.

UAFS had 10 total team blocks. Junior middle hitter Shakendra Mumphrey had one solo block, while Erz had five block assists.

UAFS collected 107 digs with freshman defensive specialist Olivia Navato leading five Lady Lions with 33 digs.

The Lady Lions, who have won 10 matches in a row, will return to conference play on Thursday when they host the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Lady Falcons at the Stubblefield Center.