Lady Lions split final matches

FORT SMITH — Washburn University has long had one of the top NCAA Division II volleyball programs in the nation, and they played like it on Saturday against the UAFS Lady Lions.

No. 11 Washburn won the match 25-20, 25-19, 25-17 in the final match of the two-day, six-team UAFS Mary Beth Sudduth Invitational at Stubblefield Center.

Senior Jordan Erz led UAFS (5-5) with eight kills and was one of three Lady Lions with six or more kills. Freshman Maja Krstonosic had 18 assists, and freshman Emily Tripp had 28 digs.

Even though it was a part of the invitational, the Lady Lions’ match against the Lady Patriots also served as Heartland Conference match for both teams as well.

UAFS rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Dallas Baptist and remain undefeated in conference play. The Lady Lions won the match 26-24, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11.

Erz and freshman Katarina Krstonosic each had 16 kills to lead UAFS, while junior Michelle Walker had 11 kills. Maja Krstonosic had 33 assists, while Tripp had 28 digs. Freshman Payton Hamilton had three solo blocks, and senor Jordan Pickett had three solo blocks and two assists.

Tiara Iwegbu had 25 kills to lead Dallas Baptist.

Blossoms split tri-match

JACKSON, Tenn. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday in the Union UniversityTri-Match, falling to host Union 3-1 before defeating Victory University 3-0.

Final games scores of the 3-1 loss to Union were 14-25, 17-25, 25-20 and 22-25. Final game scores of the three-set sweep over Victory were 25-21, 25-12 and 25-16.

In the loss to Union (3-8), the Blossoms (5-7) were

UAM was led by junior Jessica Cuba in the loss, who finished one kill away from her first career double-double. The Georgetown, Texas native totaled nine kills on 35 attempts with three errors, while also totaling 17 digs.

The Blossoms totaled 10 blocks in the loss, led by junior Tasha Evans with six block assists. Junior Christina Rini added five block assists. Senior Tusalava Kuaea paced the back row with 19 digs, while senior Amy Bazemore tallied a team-high 28 assists, her ninth match of at least 20 assists this season.

In the three-set win over Victory (6-4) Senior Tori Bozzo matched her season-high in kills in the win, totaling 13 kills on 27 swings with only three errors for a .370 individual percentage. Cuba added seven kills and nine digs, while also tallying four service aces.

Kuaea once again paced the UAM defense with 14 digs. Bazemore turned in 28 assists.

The Blossoms are back to the Great American Conference portion of the schedule this week at home against Ouachita Baptist on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. and against Southern Arkansas on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

Harding splits at UAFS

FORT SMITH — The Harding volleyball team fell to No. 11 Washburn 3-2 in the first match and then bounced back and swept Texas Woman’s 3-0 on Saturday in the final day of the Arkansas-Fort Smith Tournament. The Lady Bisons move to 9-5 on the season. Harding has won eight of its last ten matches.

In the first match, HU lost the first set and then won the next two. The Lady Bisons led 12-8 in the fourth set before Washburn won six of the next eight points to take a 16-15 lead. With the match tied at 19, Harding had three-straight kills to take a 21-20 lead. Washburn forced a service error and three-straight attack errors to take a 24-22 lead and eventually the set.

The Lady Bisons were led by senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold, who had 17 kills and 16 digs. She also had four service aces. Junior outside hitter Marindia Turner had a career-high 17 kills and junior middle blocker Liv Savage had 14 kills.

In the final match of the tournament, Harding made quick work of Texas Woman’s winning 25-20, 25-22, 25-15.

The Lady Bisons were led by Arnold who had 14 kills and 14 digs. Copeland had 17 digs. Savage had 12 kills and a match-high .522 hitting percentage. She also had five blocks. Turner had a season-high four blocks.

Harding will continue Great American Conference action on Tuesday as they travel to Russellville to face Arkansas Tech at 6 p.m.

UALR takes down La Salle

MEMPHIS, Tenn. –- The Trojans raced past the Explorers thanks to a 43-17 edge in total kills as UALR (8-4) took out La Salle (1-15) in straight sets 25-15, 25-10-25-12 to finish pre-conference action Saturday at the Tiger Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.

Junior Edina Begic captured her first Tournament MVP honor of her career, finishing with 17 kills and only three errors on 34 swings for a .412 hitting percentage. Also named to the All-Tournament Team was sophomore Sonja Milanovic, who recorded eight kills and only one error on 12 swings for a .583 hitting percentage against La Salle.

Junior Marleen de Zoete closed out a solid weekend with 34 assists and four kills on seven attempts for a .571 hitting percentage. She had 10 kills on 19 swings with no errors (.526 hitting percentage) for the weekend. Redshirt freshman Carolee Dillard added four blocks and six kills.

Junior Capri Rino tallied a match-best 12 digs.

UALR opens up conference play when it travels to South Alabama (6-5) next Friday (Sept. 27) at 7 p.m. The Jaguars were idle this weekend.

A-State drops two at Belmont Bruin Classic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Arkansas State volleyball team dropped its first match of the day against Belmont (6-9) by a score of 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23) and fell to Mississippi State (9-5) by a count of 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18).

Offensively, the Red Wolves were led by Sadie Clark’s 15 kills and Gerig’s 38 assists. Defensively, Megan Baska led A-State with 21 digs and Kelsey Reis registered five total blocks to pace the Red Wolves.

Against the Bulldogs, Reis led the Red Wolves with 13 kills against the Bulldogs on a .667 hitting percentage and Gerig dished out 29 assists to pace A-State offensively. Defensively, Baska led A-State with 16 digs, while Reis added six blocks.

Baska was named to the Belmont Bruin Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts over the weekend. Baska led the Red Wolves with 49 digs, for a 4.45 digs per set average and only had three return errors. She was also second on the team with nine assists during the tournament and recorded two service aces.

The Red Wolves return to action in its home opener and first conference match against Georgia State Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.