Harding defeats Union

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Harding volleyball team defeated Union 3-1 on Tuesday in non-conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 2-3 on the season.

Senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold had a match-high 15 kills to lead Harding. Senior middle blocker Alyssa Short had a season-high 13 kills on 20 attempts and one error for a match-high .600 hitting percentage.

As a team, HU had 45 kills on 107 attempts and a season-low 14 errors for a season-high .290 hitting percentage. Harding also had a season high 14 service aces, led by junior outside hitter Marindia Turner who had a career-high five. It was the most service aces since Harding had 15 against Henderson State last season.

Union (1-4) was led by Deja Moorer who had 11 kills. The Lady Bulldogs defense was led by Lydia Wright had 14 digs and Elise Seufert had 13 digs.

The Lady Bisons forced Union to 24 hitting errors. The Lady Bulldogs also had 13 service errors.

Harding will be back in action this weekend as they take part in the North Alabama Tournament in Florence, Ala. On Friday, the Lady Bisons will face Christian Brothers at 8 a.m., and Missouri-St. Louis at 4 p.m. Harding will finish the tournament on Saturday playing Missouri S&T at 2 p.m., and Northwood at 6 p.m.

Blossoms sweep UAPB in home opener

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team recorded a 3-0 sweep over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night in the first home match of the 2013 season. Final game scores were 26-24, 25-20 and 25-20.

The Blossoms (3-2) needed extra points to get past the Lady Lions (2-10) in the first set despite holding a 23-21 advantage following a four-point swing, including three straight kills for senior Tori Bozzo and a service ace fromjunior Jessica Cuba. The Lady Lions forced a 24-all tie using an ace and a UAM error. Junior Christina Rini set up UAM with a set point with a kill, following by an ace from senior Amy Bazemore.

Bozzo led UAM 10 kills on 26 attempts with five errors for a .192 hitting percentage. Cuba and senior Holly Schweigert each added seven kills, while junior Christina Rini lead the team with a .462 hitting percentage with sixkills and no errors on 13 attempts.

Senior Tusalava Kuaea paced the UAM defense with 14 digs, with Rini and junior Gabriella Jandotti aiding to the effort with two blocks solos each. Bazemore totaled a match-high 30 assists in the win, her first 30-assist match of the season.

The Blossoms remain at home for this weekend’s Hampton Inn Invitational. UAM and West Alabama open the event at 7 p.m. this Thursday, September 12. That is the first of 13 matches to be played Thursday-Saturday.

San Angelo State survives Lady Lions’ upset bid

No. 15 Angelo State University rallied from an early 2-1 deficit to survive the UAFS Lady Lions’ upset bid in five sets Saturday in the finale of the Angelo State Invitational at Stephens Arena in San Angelo, Texas.

Angelo State (4-0), which went undefeated in the four-match, two-day affair, won the match 25-15, 24-26, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9. The loss capped a 2-2 performance by UAFS in the invitational. UAFS won the opening of match of the final day against Colorado State-Pueblo 21-25, 25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 15-7.

Four Lady Lions collected double-digit kills as UAFS held off Colorado State-Pueblo in five sets in the first match.

UAFS will make its home debut at 7 p.m. on Thursday when it hosts Heartland Conference foe Oklahoma Panhandle State at the Stubblefield Center.

Lady Reddies closes out tournament with losses

ARKADELPHIA — The Henderson State University volleyball team (0-4) finished the Henderson State University Classic without a win, falling to Central Oklahoma and Christian Brothers, 3-0, Saturday afternoon in the Duke Wells Center.

The Lady Reddies went up against undefeated Central Oklahoma (3-0) and struggled, dropping all three sets, 25-10, 25-18 and 25-8 in their first match of the day.

Although Henderson State fell in three straight sets, the Lady Reddies had one of its top performances so far this season. All three sets were fought hard by both teams but the Christian Brother Buccaneers (3-1) topped HSU, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19.

The Lady Reddies will return to the court on Friday, Sept. 13 hosting Oklahoma Panhandle State University at 6 p.m. Henderson State will turn right around and travel to Monticello, Ark. to participate in the UAM Classic, a one day tournament, squaring off against West Alabama at 11:30 a.m. and Union University at 2 p.m.

Golden Suns split on final day of classic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Junior Emily Todd led the Golden Suns in both games with 13 kills in each, senior Sara Motsinger totaled 18 kills, and senior Amber Cerrillos picked up a combined 76 assists as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns volleyball team (2-2) split the final day of the La Quinta Kickoff Classic with a 3-1 loss against Northern State (3-0) and a 3-2 win over Union (1-3) in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday.

In the opener, the Golden Suns took the first set 25-23 but Northern State strung together 25-16, 25-22, and 25-17 sets to take the 3-1 victory.

The nightcap began with two wins (25-23, 25-21) for Union but the Golden Suns rallied back with three straight set wins (25-18, 25-17, and 15-12) for the comeback victory and their first five set win of the season.

Arkansas Tech will return to action on Friday, September 13th in Belmont, North Carolina for the Abbey Road Invitational. Tech is scheduled to play Claflin at 1 p.m. and UNC-Pembroke at 5 p.m.

Harding drops final tournament matches

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The Harding volleyball team fell to California – San Diego 3-0 and No. 22 California State – Los Angles 3-2 in its final two matches of the Cal State – San Bernardino Tournament. The Lady Bisons fall to 1-3 on the season.

In the first match, California — San Diego held Harding to only 25 kills and forced 25 hitting errors. Harding senior middle blocker Alyssa Short had six blocks.

In the second match, the Lady Bisons fell behind 2-0 but battled back to force a fifth and deciding set. Harding senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold had a double-double with 21 kills and 21 digs. Senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland had 20 digs. The last time two Harding players had 20 or more digs a match was against Southern Arkansas in 2011. Amber Parker (2008-11) had 34 digs and Arnold had 21.

Harding had a season-high 92 digs. It was the most digs a match, since the Lady Bisons had a 100 against Southwestern Oklahoma State in the second round of last season’s Great American Conference Tournament.

A-State falls to Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. — The Arkansas State volleyball team fell to Ole Miss (4-2) by a score of 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23) in the final match of the Magnolia Invitational held in Oxford, Miss.

Sadie Clark led the Red Wolves with 16 kills in the match and Kemp added 11 of her own. Jackie Gerig led A-State with 37 assists and added five kills with seven digs. Megan Baska registered 19 digs to pace the Red Wolves and moved into second place all-time in A-State history with 1,674 career digs. Sullivan led A-State with five blocks.

Clark was named to the Magnolia Invitational All-Tournament team after leading the Red Wolves in kills with 47 kills, which came out to a 3.62 kills per set average.

The Red Wolves will return to action Friday, Sept. 13 in the Hampton Inn Bama Bash, hosted by the University of Alabama. A-State will face UT Martin at 2 p.m. before squaring off against host Alabama in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

Blossoms sweep past McKendree

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team evened its overall record at 2-2 following a three-set sweep over McKendree in the final match of the University of West Florida OpeningWeekend Tournament.

Final game scores were 25-20, 25-18 and 25-22. The sweep marks UAM’s first three-set victory since a sweep of Henderson State on September 25, 2012.

The Blossoms return to Monticello and are set to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday, September 10 in the first home match of the 2013 season. First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.