Harding sweeps Tech in three
RUSSELLVILLE — The Harding volleyball team went on a 4-0 run to close out the third set as they defeated Arkansas Tech 3-0 on Tuesday in Great American Conference action in front of 1,235 fans in Tucker Coliseum.
The Lady Bisons improved to 10-5 overall and 2-0 in the GAC. HU is the first GAC team to 10 wins.
Harding was led by senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold who had 10 kills. Junior setter Taryn Eubank (reigning GAC Setter of the Week) captured a double-double with 27 assists and 11 digs. It was her seventh double-double this season.
The HU defense was led by senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland who had 19 digs. The Lady Bisons had seven blocks in the match, led by junior middle blocker Liv Savage who had four.
Arkansas Tech (7-4) was led by Sara Motsinger who had 11 kills. Morgan McKellar had 19 digs for Arkansas Tech.
The Lady Bisons will continue GAC action on Thursday as they host Ouachita Baptist at 7 p.m., at the Rhodes Field House. The Golden Suns will face Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark. on Thursday, September 26 at 7 p.m.
OBU erases 2-0 deficit for win
MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team let a two-set lead slip away as the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers stormed out of the intermission with three straight wins to record afive-set victory on Tuesday night inside Steelman Field House.
Final game scores were 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 12-25 and 13-15.
Senior Tori Bozzo led the Blossoms (5-8, 0-2 Great American Conference) with her seventh double-digit performance of the season with 11 kills on 27 attempts with just three errors for a team-high .296 percentage. Juniors Tasha Evans and Jessica Cuba followed with nine kills, while junior Christina Rini added eight. For Evans, her nine kills ties a career-high. Cuba finished one kill away from a double-double after also adding 10 digs in the loss.
Senior Tusalava Kuaea paced the back row with 16 digs. UAM totaled 11 blocks in the loss, led by junior Gabriella Jandotti’s four block solos and two block assists for a career high six total blocks.
UAM’s offensive attack was aided by a two-setter system led by senior Amy Bazemore with 22 assists, her 10th match of at least 20 assists this season. Senior Haley Goldwater added 19 assists.
OBU was led by Kelley Ballard with 11 kills.
The Blossoms return to action this Thursday, September 26 at home against Southern Arkansas. First serve is 7 p.m.
Begic earns third straight weekly honor
LITTLE ROCK — Junior Edina Begic made UALR and Sun Belt Conference history when she was named Offensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive time in a vote by the SBC’s head coaches Monday.
Begic becomes only the second player in SBC history (FIU’s Yarimar Rosa in 2009) to be named Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks. This is also the seventh such honor for Begic’s career and passes former Trojans libero Amy Hafner (2007-08) for the most conference Player of the Week awards.
Begic was named MVP of the Tiger Invitational this weekend with 50 kills in 10 sets played (5.00 kills per set).
Begic continues to lead the SBC and is in the top-10 in the country with 5.28 kills per set. She also is sixth in the conference with a .311 hitting percentage.
UALR (8-4), off to its best start since the 2008 season, returns to action Friday when it travels to Mobile, Ala., to take on South Alabama (5-5) in both teams first SBC match.
A-State match against Troy moves to Sunday
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball matchup against Troy has been moved to Sunday, Sept. 29, and will start at noon in the Convocation Center.
The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., but had to be moved to accommodate Troy’s travel schedule.
A-State is 4-10 on the season and recently defeated regional rival Memphis 3-1. The Red Wolves host Georgia State Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in its home and conference opener at the Convocation Center.
GAC announces weekly leaders
RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference has announced the league’s Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Setter of the Week for the third week of the volleyball season. Southern Nazarene’s Taylor Jacobs captured to Offensive honor; Arkansas Tech’s Morgan McKellar earned the Defensive award and Harding’s Taryn Eubank won the Setter accolade.
• Offensive Player of the Week — Taylor Jacobs, Southern Nazarene, OPP, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas.
Jacobs averaged 4.67 kills and 3.27 digs per set as the Crimson Storm went 3-1 for the week and opened 1-0 in GAC play. In four-set wins against Southeastern Oklahoma State and Dallas Baptist, she totaled 22 kills in each contest. She registered three kills-digs double-doubles and recorded a career-high 17 digs against Dallas Baptist.
• Defensive Player of the Week — Morgan McKellar, Arkansas Tech, L, So., Katy, Texas
McKellar established the GAC season-high for digs in a match - 37 - in the Golden Suns’ five-set victory against Dallas Baptist. She came within two digs of equaling the school’s single-match record. For the week, the she averaged 6.63 digs per set as she added 16 digs in a sweep against Arkansas-Monticello.
• Setter of the Week – Taryn Eubank, Harding, Jr., Pampa, Texas
Eubank helped the Lady Bisons post a 4-1 record for the week as she averaged 10.47 assists per set. She totaled 199 assists over the five contests. She recorded assist-digs double-doubles against Dallas Baptist, Arkansas-Fort Smith and No. 11 Washburn. It’s the second time in her career, Eubanks has recieved the award.