Suns lose 5-set match
RUSSELLVILLE — Despite a 13-kill, four-block effort from sophomore Katie Huff, an eight kill, four block effort from senior Sara Motsinger, and an eight kill, three block effort from freshman Kaylee Konsella, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (9-5, 3-2 GAC) were defeated 3-2 in a five-set battle against the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm (7-6, 2-2 GAC) tonight at Tucker Coliseum.
The Golden Suns took the first set 25-16 and the second set 25-13 only to fall 22-25, 21-25, and 13-15 in the subsequent sets.
Senior Stephanie Channell added nine kills, while senior Amber Cerrillos dished out 46 assists. Sophomore Morgan McKellar added 19 digs, sophomore Courtney Sanders added 15, junior Emily Todd added 12, and Cerrillos and junior Sierra Nighswonger both added nine.
The Golden Suns will host East Central at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Lady Bisons takes down East Central
SEARCY — The Harding Volleyball team defeated East Central 3-0 (25-18, 25-21 and 25-19) on Friday in Great American Conference action at the Rhodes Field House.
The Lady Bisons improved to 13-5 overall and 4-0 in the GAC.
Harding has now won 20 straight conference matches and 20 straight home matches dating back to the 2011 season.
Harding was led by senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold who had 12 kills. Junior middle blocker Liv Savage had 10 kills for HU. It was the sixth time this season she has had 10 or more kills. Junior setter Taryn Eubank had 32 assists and eight digs.
East Central (6-7, 3-1 GAC) was led by sophomore middle blocker Hayley Gerken who had nine kills.
The Lady Bisons will continue Great American Conference action on Saturday as they host Southeastern Oklahoma at 2 p.m., at the Rhodes Field House.
A-State defeats South Alabama
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Sun Belt Conference foe South Alabama 3-2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-13) at the Convocation Center Friday night.
Sadie Clark set a new career-high in kills with 20 during the match for A-State (5-9, 0-4 SBC). Jackie Gerig recorded a season-high 54 assists and her fifth double-double of the year by adding 12 digs in the contest. Defensively, Megan Baska fell one dig shy of her season high with 28 and Sullivan registered six blocks to pace the Red Wolves.
The Red Wolves are back in action against Louisiana-Lafayette in the Convocation Center on Sunday at 1 p.m.
UALR sets new school record
MONROE, La. — UALR (12-4, 4-0 Sun Belt) won its 10th consecutive match, blowing by ULM (4-16, 0-4 SBC) 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 in Monroe, La. Friday night.
The win sets a new school standard for consecutive victories, eclipsing the nine-match streak set during the 1997 season.
UALR outshot ULM .280-.010 and outpaced the Warhawks 37-30 in total kills. The Trojans also led in digs (34-29) and in blocks (5-4).
Individually, UALR was led by junior Edina Begic’s 14 kills. Sophomore Sonja Milanovic recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. Freshman Carolee Dillard had four blocks, three of which were solo. Dillard continues to lead the SBC in solo blocks with 20 for the season.
Junior Marleen de Zoete contributed a match best 18 assists.
ULM was led by Kaitlyn Shearer’s eight kills. Katie Harrington added 18 assists and Marcela Araya contributed a match-best 13 digs.
UALR returns to action Monday when it travels to Troy, Ala., to take on Troy. First serve is set for 11 a.m.
Jandotti leads Blossoms to fourth straight win
MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team secured its fourth straight victory on Friday night with a five-set win over Northwestern Oklahoma State behind another record-breaking performance from junior Gabriella Jandotti.
Final game scores were 22-25, 25-17, 21-25, 25-21 and 15-10.
Just eight days after breaking the UAM and Great American Conference record for block solos in a match with eight in a loss to Southern Arkansas, Jandotti came through again with 10 block solos in Friday’s win over Northwestern to break her own record. She also added one block assist for a new career-high of 11 total blocks in the win.
As a team, the Blossoms (9-9, 2-3 GAC) recorded 19 blocks. Juniors Tasha Evans and Christina Rini were responsible for the majority of the team’s final nine blocks with four and three block solos, respectively.
Jandotti’s performance overshadowed the play of senior Tori Bozzo, who captured her third double-double of the season with a team-high 15 kills and 11 digs. Bozzo committed just four errors on 37 swings for a .297 percentage.
Rini also reached double-digits offensively with 10 kills and four errors on 25 attempts for a .240 percentage.
Junior Frankie Zaragoza paced the back row with a career-high 21 digs. Junior Jessica Cuba also reached double-digits in that category with 10.
The Rangers (1-12, 0-5 GAC) were led by Paolo Turibio, who turned in a match-high 17 kills on 43 attempts with six errors. Asia Pipkin and Alyssa Eicher also reached double-digits with 14 and 13 kills, respectively.
The Blossoms are back on the court Saturday morning against Southwestern Oklahoma State. First serve is 11 a.m. inside Steelman Field House.