Surtevall earns top GAC monthly honor
RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech junior golfer Rebecka Surtevall was named the Great American Conference’s Female Golfer of the Month, the GAC office announced Thursday.
The Stockholm, Sweden native turned in three top-four finishes, earning medalist honors at the Drury Fall Shootout on September 9-10. She tied for fourth at the Northeastern State University Classic and turned in a third-place finish at the University of Indianapolis Invitational.
Surtevall’s performance led the Golden Suns to a tournament championship at the NSU classic and runner-up finishes at the other two events.
Arkansas Tech will return to action at the RCB Classic hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma on Oct. 7-8.
Lady Lions sweep War Hawks
FORT SMITH — Already sitting atop the Heartland Conference, the UAFS volleyball team created a little more separation at the top on Thursday night at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS held off repeated upset attempts by McMurry University on its way to a sweep. The Lady Lions won the match 26-24, 25-15, 25-23 to improve to 6-0 in conference play. UAFS will resume conference play at noon on Saturday when it hosts league nemesis St. Edward’s University in its annual Dig for a Cure Match, which promotes breast cancer awareness and research.
Junior middle hitter Michelle Walker led a trio of Lady Lions with double-digit kills with 15, while freshman outside hitter Payton Hamilton and senior outside hitter Jordan Pickett had 12 kills apiece.
Senior setter Stephanie Brock had 44 assists, while freshman libero Emily Tripp had 22 digs.
UAFS held McMurry to just a 0.189 hitting percentage, and the War Hawks had no player with double-digit kills. Kayla Hines led the War Hawks with nine kills. Peyton Edwards had 21 assists, while Taylor Seaton and Ayssa Garcia had 17 digs apiece.
Troy snaps A-State’s win string
Troy, Ala.— The Arkansas State women’s soccer team had its three-match win streak come to an end Thursday afternoon as the Red Wolves fell to Troy 1-0 at the Troy Soccer Complex.
A-State (6-4-2, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) fell behind midway through the first half and was unable to get an equalizer in the game’s final minutes for the team’s first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season.
Christine Giles had a good look at the goal in the 81st minute, but her effort was blocked by a Troy (5-7, 1-1 SBC) defender and the Red Wolves did not threaten for the rest of the match.
Troy scored the only goal of the match in the 37th minute when Necee Jennings connected a shot after she collected a cross from Cecilia Thorngren and hit a shot with her right foot from six yards to give the Trojans a 1-0.
The Red Wolves took 12 shots on the evening and had four land on goal. Simao collected two of the shots on target while Jenna Duerst had a header that was saved and Carmichael also had a shot that was saved by the Trojan goalkeeper.
The goal was the only mistake for A-State goalkeeper Amanda Lee (5-3-1), who had five saves in the first half, including three saves in the first 10 minutes. Troy took 17 shots in the first half while the Red Wolves managed five.
She finished the afternoon with seven saves, including a significant save to start the second half that kept ASU deficit at one goal.
The Red Wolves will return home for match against South Alabama SOct. 6 at the A-State Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
A-State announces series with Toledo
JONESBORO — Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir announced Thursday that the Arkansas State football team will play a home-and-home series over the 2015 and 2016 seasons against Mid-American Conference member Toledo.
The series’ initial game will be played Sept. 26, 2015, at Toledo’s Glass Bowl stadium, while the return game is scheduled for Sept. 3, 2016, in Jonesboro. A-State now has three announced non-conference opponents on its 2015 schedule, also including a Sept. 5 road contest at USC and Sept. 12 home outing against Missouri. The Rockets are the first officially announced opponent on the Red Wolves’ 2016 schedule.
"We are excited to not only add a another home-and-home series with a strong opponent like Toledo, but also get a Mid-American Conference member back on our regular-season schedule for the first time since the 1990s," said Mohajir. "While this doesn’t complete our future non-conference schedules, we were pleased to secure our season and home opener for 2016 with this contract. This is a step in the right direction as we continue to emphasize scheduling on a daily basis."
A-State holds an 0-2 all-time record against Toledo, facing the Rockets in a pair of road games in both 1990 and 1992. Toledo, currently 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the MAC, has made three consecutive bowl appearances and won at least nine games each of the last two seasons.