UAM finishes Invite with loss

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team concluded its participation in the Hampton Inn Invitational with a 3-0loss to Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday inside Steelman Field House. Final game scores were 25-19, 25-17 and 25-15.

The Blossoms (4-5) struggled from the start and posted 10 attack errors in each set in Saturday’s loss. The team ended the match hitting right at zero with 30 kills and 30 errors on 106 attempts.

Junior Jessica Cuba and senior Tori Bozzo led UAM with seven kills each. Senior Tusalava Kuaea paced the UAM defense with a season-high 18 digs.

The Blossoms are back in action on Tuesday, September 17 on the road to face Arkansas Tech in the first Great American Conference match of the 2013 season. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Lady Lions rally to beat Lady Jets

FORT SMITH — Four players each tallied double-digit kills as the UAFS volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to beat the Newman University Lady Jets in a five-set thriller on Saturday at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS won the Heartland Conference match 25-11, 25-27, 22-25, 25-15, 15-11 to remain undefeated in league play. It was the second win in a row for UAFS (4-2, 2-0), which now leads the all-time series with Newman 7-1.

Senior middle hitter Jordan Erz led UAFS with 15 kills, one dig, one solo block and two block assists. Junior outside hitter Michelle Walker, who was this week’s Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week, had 12 kills, eight digs and one block assist. Senior outside hitter Cori Bruce had 10 kills and two digs, and freshman middle hitter Payton Hamilton had 10 kills, four digs and three block assists.

Senior setter Stephanie Brock led UAFS with 27 assists, while freshman libero Emily Tripp led five players with double-digit digs with 34.

UAFS will return to action on Friday when it hosts the two-day Mary Beth Sudduth Invitational at the Stubblefield Center.

A-State sweeps Nicholls State at Bama Bash

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Arkansas State volleyball team swept Nicholls State 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-13) in its last match at the Hampton Inn Bama Bash Saturday and finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.

Sadie Clark led the Red Wolves with nine kills, while Kemp and Kelsey Sullivan added seven kills each. Jackie Gerig paced A-State with 17 assists and Warrington handed out six assists in one set of action. Kemp recorded four service aces and Crncic added three of her own to lead Arkansas State. Defensively, Megan Baska, Crncis, and Gerig each had eight digs to lead ASU, while Kemp and Kelsey Reis recorded five blocks each.

Clark and Gerig were both named to the Hampton Inn Bama Bash All-Tournament team for their performances over the weekend. Clark recorded 27 kills on a .257 hitting percentage, four digs, and three blocks over the weekend. Gerig led A-State with 76 assists and also added 14 digs, nine kills, three blocks, and two service aces during the tournament.

The Red Wolves improve to 3-7 on the season and head to Memphis to take on the Tigers Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in its next match.

Golden Suns split Day 2 of Innvitational

BELMONT, N.C. – Senior Stephanie Channell led the Golden Suns offensively in day two of tournament play as she collected 26 kills, while senior Amber Cerrillos dished out a game day high 94 assists as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (5-3) split a pair of matches on the final day of the Abbey Road Invitational, topping Walsh 3-1 and falling 3-2 to Belmont Abbey.

The Golden Suns controlled the sets with their trio of offensive players; Channell, junior Emily Todd, and sophomore Katie Huff, giving out a total of 39 of the 57 kills in the game. Channell had 13, Todd had 14, and Huff with 12.

Sophomore Morgan McKellar recorded 15 digs while Cerrillos had 46 assists. Huff added four blocks and senior Sara Motsinger added two.

Channell and Motsinger had 13 kills, while Todd added 11 kills. Cerrillos had 48 assists and McKellar had 25 digs. Junior Sierra Nighswonger totaled five service aces.

"Stephanie was an efficient attacker who played mentally tough this weekend," said Bayer.

Arkansas Tech will play their first home game against Arkansas-Monticello on Tuesday, September 17 at 6 p.m. in Tucker Coliseum.

Harding splits at tourney

FLORENCE, Ala. – The Harding volleyball team defeated Missouri S&T 3-0 but fell to Northwood 3-2 in the final day of the North Alabama Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Bisons are now 5-4 on the season.

In the first match, senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold captured a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. Senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland had a match-high 21 digs and junior setter Taryn Eubank set a career-high in service aces with five.

In the second match, Harding was led by Arnold who had 20 kill and 16 digs. It was the fifth time this season she has captured a double-double and the third time in the Tournament.

Eubank had a season-high 52 assists and Copeland had a season-high 27 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Shelby Daniel tied a career-high with 11 digs.

The Lady Bisons open Great American Conference action on Tuesday as they host Henderson State at 7 p.m., at the Rhodes Field House.

Hendrix splits at Invitational

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College volleyball team opened the Rhodes Invitational with a split at Mallory-Hyde Gymnasium on Saturday. The Warriors (6-4, 0-1) lost their first Southern Athletic Association match of the year to host Rhodes College (2-7, 1-0) 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-11, then rebounded to defeat the University of Texas at Tyler (6-2) 25-22, 25-22, 25-21.

Freshmen MC Rogers and Jen Karnes each had seven kills and junior libero Ella Concavage-Nasar led the way with 14 digs for Hendrix. Freshman setter/right side hitter Holyn Duyck connected on five kills and assisted 18 points and freshman setter Allison Gaia had 10 assists and nine digs.

In the game against UT-Tyler, Rogers led the way 14 kills and had 10 digs and five block assists. Karnes connected on nine kills and Duyck recorded six kills and 17 assists. Freshman outside hitter Samantha Stockdale added six kills and freshman Leila Matsumoto came up with 12 digs. Freshman middle blocker Grace Griffin led the defense with six block assists and sophomore Jill Sikes registered 10 digs. Gaia also had 17 assists.

Hendrix will wrap up the invitational on Sunday against East Texas Baptist and Maryville (Tenn.).