Suns sweep UAM

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team was defeated by Arkansas Tech in three sets on Tuesday night at home inside Steelman Field House.

The Blossoms (12-15, 2-9 Great American Conference) struggled with ATU’s serve throughout the match, surrendering 12 service aces, while only totaling three. ATU’s Sierra Nighswonger and Emily Todd led the Suns with five and four aces, respectively.

Junior Jessica Cuba led the Blossoms with nine kills. Senior Holly Schweigert chipped in with five kills and freshman Kedra Johnson had four.

Senior Tusalava Kuaea and Cuba paced the defense with 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Johnson aided to the defensive effort with four total blocks.Senior Amy Bazemore racked up 22 assists for her 19th match of the season of reaching at least 20 in that category.

Emily Todd and Katie Huff led the Golden Suns (18-9, 7-3 GAC) with 10 kills each. Sara Motsinger had nine.

The Blossoms return to the court Nov. 5 on the road against Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia.

Lady Bisons win at SAU

MAGNOLIA — The Harding volleyball team defeated Southern Arkansas 3-0 (25-16, 25-20 and 25-14) on Tuesday in Great American Conference action.

The Lady Bisons improved to 21-7 overall and 10-0 in the GAC.

It was Harding’s 27th straight conference win which dates back to the 2011 season. HU broke the previous record of 25 last Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma.

Marindia Turner led Harding with 13 kills. It was the fifth straight match she has had over 10 kills.

Senior outside hitter Mollie Arnold had 10 kills and six digs. Senior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland led the Lady Bison defense with 17 digs.

Southern Arkansas (14-11, 4-6 GAC) was led by Hailey McNee who had six kills. Gabby Clark and Lauren Woods each had 14 digs for the Lady Muleriders.

Harding will wrap up its four-match road trip Thursday as at Arkadelphia to face Ouachita Baptist.

GAC name Cerriloos, Todd players of the week

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns volleyball team’s senior setter Amber Cerrillos was named Setter of the Week and junior outside hitter Emily Todd was named Offensive Player of the Week by the Great American Conference today.

Cerrillos claimed her first Setter of the Week award — and eighth over the past three years — as the Golden Suns picked up two GAC wins and one non-conference win against Oklahoma City University.

Cerrillos averaged a GAC-leading 12.7 assists per set. In three-set sweeps against Oklahoma City and Southern Arkansas she reached the 40-assist mark. Her 44 assists against Oklahoma City represented the most in the GAC in a three-set contest. She registered a double-double against Northwestern Oklahoma State, after she dished out 31 assists and collected 10 digs.

Todd won her first Offensive Player of the Week this season after she registered 43 kills, 4.78 per set, with a .344 attack percentage. She added 40 digs, 4.44 per set, and recorded three double-doubles. In a three-set sweep against Southern Arkansas, she set her highest hitting percentage of the season as she registered 14 kills, with no errors, on 21 attacks for a .667 percentage. Todd currently holds the highest hitting percentage in the GAC.

Along with Cerrillos and Todd, Jamie Hope from Southern Nazarene won Defensive Player of the Week.

SAA names goalkeeper for defensive hnors

CONWAY — Hendrix College sophompore goalkeeper Marco Luna was named the Southern Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Luna recorded two shutouts, 26 saves and a 0.31 goals against average as the Warriors went 1-1-1 during the week. Luna, from Guatemala City, broke the Hendrix career shutout record with 10 saves in a 0-0 double overtime tie with NCAA Division II Harding on Monday night. On Friday, Luna stopped 12 shots in 3-0 win at Sewanee, the 11th shutout of his career. He had four saves in a 1-0 loss to Centre on Sunday.

Luna and the Warriors will travel to Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday for their regular season finale against Rhodes College.

UALR’s Begic grabs sixth SBC weekly honor

LITTLE ROCK — In a vote by the Sun Belt Conference volleyball coaches on Monday (Oct. 28), junior Edina Begic captured her sixth SBC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season. Begic won the award after a two week hiatus, having garnered the honor for five consecutive weeks from Sept. 9-Oct. 8.

With her sixth SBC Player of the Week award, the defending SBC Offensive Player of the Year has nine Player of the Week honors in her career.

Begic began the weekend by breaking her own school record for kills per set in a match. She had 28 kills in three sets (9.33 per set) in UALR’s straight-set victory over Troy on Oct. 25, surpassing her mark of nine kills per set in the Trojans four-set win over Arkansas State on Oct. 2. Begic also hit a season best .535 in the match against Troy.

Begic recorded 19 kills in UALR’s four-set loss to UT Arlington on Saturday night (Oct. 26). She upped her season average to 5.24 kills per set, which is third-best in in NCAA Division I.

UALR returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Jonesboro to take on Arkansas State.