Golden Suns sweep East Central

RUSSELLVILLE — Junior Sara Motsinger turned in 11 kills on 20 attempts, while freshman Shannon Helm added ten kills to lead the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (10-5, 4-2 GAC) to a 3-0 sweep over the East Central University Tigers (6-8, 3-2 GAC) Saturday afternoon at Tucker Coliseum.

Junior Sierra Nighswonger totaled five service aces for the match. Sophomore Morgan McKellar led the Golden Suns with 21 digs, while Amber Cerrillos and Nighswonger each had eight.

Arkansas Tech will host a tri-match featuring Lyon College and Central Baptist College on Monday, October 7 starting at 3 p.m. The Golden Suns will face Central Baptist College at 3 p.m. and Lyon College at 7 p.m.

Lady Lions Sweep Hilltoppers

FORT SMITH — Junior outside hitter Michelle Walker and senior outside hitter Jordan Pickett combined for 21 kills on Saturday as the UAFS volleyball team swept Heartland Conference nemesis St. Edward’s University in the Dig for a Cure Match at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS won the match in convincing fashion 25-7, 25-19, 25-9. It was the fourth consecutive win by the Lady Lions in the series, which began when UAFS joined the Heartland Conference in 2009.

The Lady Lions and the Hilltoppers have appeared in the conference tournament championship match the past two seasons with UAFS winning both to advance to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament.

UAFS (10-6) extended its overall win streak to four matches and remained undefeated in conference play at 7-0. St. Edward’s slipped to 5-10 overall and 3-4 in conference play.

Walker collected a team-high 11 kills and compiled a 0.500 hitting percentage, while Pickett had 10 kills and compiled a 0.562 hitting percentage. The duo helped UAFS hit 0.383 for the match.

Senior setter Stephanie Brock collected 27 assists. Senior middle hitter Jordan Erz and Brock had three and two aces, respectively, to lead UAFS, which served seven aces for the match.

Defensively, UAFS dominated St. Edward’s, holding the Hilltoppers to just a 0.040 hitting percentage.

UAFS had five total blocks with freshman Payton Hamilton leading the team with one block and one block assist. Brock and Pickett also had one solo block apiece. Freshman libero Emily Tripp had a team-high 18 digs.

Junior outside hitter Mary Koehler led St. Edward’s with eight kills. Junior setter Loren Kelly had 16 assists, and junior libero Kelly Jimenez and Ashley Rappaport had eight digs apiece.

Bozzo leads UAM in four-set loss

MONTICELLO – Senior Tori Bozzo tied her career-high with 20 kills in Saturday’s four-set loss to Southwestern Oklahoma State at home. Final game scores were 26-28, 18-25, 25-16 and 26-28.

Bozzo reached the 20-kill mark for the first time this season and just the second time of here two-year UAM career. She had 54 attempts and five errors in the loss for a .278 percentage. She also added 10 digs for her second straight double-double and fourth of the season.

Junior Jessica Cuba reached a career-high in the loss by totaling 23 defensive digs, marking the first time she had at least 20 digs in a match this season. She also added seven kills on 26 swings with four errors.

Junior Frankie Zaragoza and senior Amy Bazemore also reached double-digits defensively with 16 and 13 digs, respectively. Bazemore notched her fifth 30-assist match of the season with 33.

As a team, UAM (9-10, 2-4 GAC) hit .174 with 51 kills and 24 errors on 155 attempts. SWOSU (6-10, 3-2 GAC) hit .186 with 51 kills and 22 errors on 156 attempts.

The Blossoms return to the court this upcoming Tuesday, Oct. 8, on the road against Mississippi Valley State. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

Lady Bisons Win sixth straight

SEARCY — Senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold had 18 kills and a team-high 16 digs as the Harding volleyball team defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State 3-1 (25-14, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-12) on Saturday in Great American Conference action.

The Lady Bisons improved to 14-5 overall and remain perfect in GAC play with a 5-0 record. It was HU’s sixth straight win. It was also Harding’s 21st straight GAC win and 21st straight home win.

Arnold’s double-double was her 10th this season and the 62nd in her career. She also tied a career-high with four service aces. Junior setter Taryn Eubank also had a double-double with 41 assists and 10 digs. It was her 12th career double-double. Redshirt freshman defensive specialist Bianca Trevino had a career-high 14 digs.

Southeastern Oklahoma was led by Gentle who had 13 kills and 12 digs.

Harding will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Arkadelphia to face Henderson State at 7 p.m., in GAC action.

Tigers top Warriors in five sets

SEWANEE, Tenn. — The Hendrix College volleyball lost a Southern Athletic Association match to Sewanee - The University of the South 25-20, 25-16, 22-25, 14-25, 15-13 at Juhan Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

In the deciding set, the Warriors (11-8, 2-4) held a 13-12 lead, but a pair of errors and a kill by Kayla Sewell gave the Tigers (11-6, 2-4) the five-set victory.

For the match, Sewanee hit .261 with 56 kills, six aces, 60 digs and eight blocks, while Hendrix hit .178 with 52 kills, four aces, 59 digs and three blocks.

Senior outside hitter Katie Burchfield led the Warriors with 13 kills and had two blocks and freshman middle blocker Jen Karnes connected on a season-high 12 kills. Freshman right side Natalie Masten added 10 kills. Sophomore Jill Sikes came up with 16 digs and freshman Katie Beard had nine. Senior setter Zoe Calhoun had a season-best 35 assists.

Sewell paced the Tigers with 19 kills and 15 digs. Jamie Sue Wilson recorded 12 kills and four blocks and Jamie Kosman had 12 digs.

Hendrix will travel to Danville, Ky., for a conference match against Centre College on Sunday.