Stevens’s hat trick paces Harding
SEARCY – Sophomore forward Carley Stevens scored her first career hat trick on Thursday as Harding (1-2) defeated Central Baptist 7-0 in nonconference action. Harding recorded its first shutout of the season. The Lady Bisons took 61 shots to set a new Harding record and a Great American Conference record. It broke the Harding record by eight when the Lady Bisons took 53 shots against University of the Ozarks on Sept. 12, 2000. The previous GAC record was held by Ouachita Baptist who took 53 against Dallas Christian in 2011. Harding held Central Baptist (0-4) to only two shots in the game. Carley Stevens’ hat trick was the first Harding hat trick since last season when Audrey Adkison scored three at Ouachita Baptist. It was the 19th time a Lady Bison has scored at least three goals in a game.
Tech rallies, finishes third at region preview
OLATHE, Kan. — The Arkansas Tech women’s golf team cut 23 strokes off of its Day 1 score to shoot up the leaderboard and into a third-place finish in Wednesday’s final round at the Central Region Fall Preview. The Golden Suns turned in a 9-over 297 Wednesday at Prairie Highlands Golf Club, which was the best score of the day by five strokes and just one shot off of champion Augustana’s Day 1 mark. Tech’s Avery Struck followed up her par in the first round with a 3-over 75 in the final round to finish alone in third place with a 147 total, and three of her teammates equaled or bested her second round. Caroline Fredensborg tied for the lowest score of the day with a 1-over 73, catapulting her up 40 spots in the individual standings to finish in a tie for 18th with a 13-over 157. Nuchakorn Nunbhakdi fired a 2-over 74 to finish one stroke back at 158, jumping 35 places to finish in a tie for 23rd. Anna Frandsen’s 75 followed a first-round 80, with her 11-over 155 landing her alone in 16th place. Laura Gallizo was the highest-placing unattached golfer in the field, cutting 11 strokes off her first round score with a 6-over 78 to finish in 59th with a two-day total of 167. Jessica Sachs shot a 7-over 79 in her only round of the tournament.
Reddies place fifth at region preview
OLATHE, Kan. — The Henderson State women’s golf team turned in a fifth-place finish at the Central Region Preview Tournament in Olathe. Kan. The Reddies ended with a two day total of 634 after turning in a team score of 316 on Tuesday. Augustana College won the 19-team event with a score of 599, followed by Northeastern State (605), Arkansas Tech (617) and Central Oklahoma (623). Luisa Gartmann and Christian Barrett were the top performers for the Reddies as the pair tied for 23rd-place. Gartmann had rounds of 77 and 81, while Barrett posted a score of 77 on Tuesday after opening with an 81. Sarah Wright and Hanna Brauburger finished one stroke behind their teammates placing tied for 28th with a 36-hole total of 159. Wright had rounds of 81 and 78, while Brauburgershot a 79 and 80. Katie Kilponen carded rounds of 87 and 83 to finish tied for 67th-place out of 100 participants.
Harding improves team score by nine strokes
OLATHE, Kan. - Junior CharlesAnn Freeman shot 86 and sophomore Katelyn Walker shot 87 as Harding improved its team score by nine shots in the second round of the Central Region Fall Preview. The tournament, Harding’s first of the 2015-16 season, concluded Tuesday at the Prairie Highlands Golf Club. The Central Region Fall Preview included 19 teams from the Great American Conference, MIAA and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Harding shot 369-360-729 as a team. Walker was Harding’s top finisher, tying for 74th in the 99-player event.
HSU wins first first game of season
ARKADELPHIA — Jessie Jacoby totaled 19 kills to lead Henderson State to a straight set win (25-18, 25-14, and 25-22) over Central Baptist, Tuesday at the Duke Wells Center. Kristee Porter, in her first season as head coach, picked up her first win at Henderson State as the Reddies improved to 1-4 on the year. Jacoby ended the match with a .351 attack percentage while also having 9 defensive digs. Violet Williams had a stout .533 attack percentage with 8 kills in 15 attempts, while Kylie Pyles hit for a .364 percentage with 9 spikes. Setter Brea May was instrumental in the victory having 35 set assists along with 4 service aces and 6 defensive digs. The Reddies had an impressive .379 team attack percentage which included 45 kills and only 9 attack errors. Central Baptist, 5-8 on the year, hit for a .143 percentage with Taylor Graham leading the way with 6 kills. Henderson State traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to participate in the Rockhurst Invitational beginning on Friday with matches against McKendree and Christian Brothers.
Cotton Blossoms sets match record in win
PINE BLUFF — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team broke the program’s match record for hitting with a .438 percentage a three-set victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday night. Final game scores were 25-16, 25-10 and 25-17. The Blossoms improve to 3-2 after splitting four matches over the past weekend to open the season. UAPB drops to 0-7. UAM finished the match with 35 kills and seven errors on 64 swings for.438 hitting percentage. Tuesday’s performance broke the school’s record of a .436 percentage in a win over Philander Smith during the 2008 season. Junior Carolina Gasparini led the team with eight kills, followed by sophomore Aubrey Harrison with seven and juniors Dianna Etienne and Kedra Johnson with six each. The Blossoms are back in action next Sept. 15 at Ouachita Baptist for the first Great American Conference match of the 2015 season.
A-State outlasts Missouri State
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Arkansas State volleyball squad bounced back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Missouri State 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 14-25, 25-19, 15-10) in nonconference action Wednesday night at the Hammons Student Center. The Red Wolves (6-1) responded nicely early in the fourth set to race out to a 7-3 edge on a kill by Kelsey Reis to force a Missouri State (5-2) timeout. An attack error by the Bears set the score at 14-8 in favor of the Red Wolves, which caused the home team to use its final timeout of the set. A-State’s Brentlee Weaver had a service ace to set the score at 22-15 and a kill by Carlisa May gave the visitors a 25-19 set victory to force a decisive fifth set. May paced the A-State offense with 21 kills on a .425 hitting percentage, while Drew Jones was second on the team with 15 kills and also had 13 digs for her second double-double on the young season. Mallory Warrington tied her season-high with 50 assists and also had 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season in seven games. Markie Schaedig led the team with 31 digs, while Jessica Uke and Reis each had four blocks.
Auburn tops Little Rock in invitational
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Little Rock began the Memphis Invitational with 3-1 loss to Auburn (22-25, 25-12, 15-27, 16-25) on Friday afternoon. Carolee Dillard finished the match with career-highs for kills (16) and hitting percentage (.654). She also added five assisted blocks. Edina Selimovic tallied 11 kills for the match in addition to five total blocks (one solo and four assisted). Selimovic also hit .381 for the match. Marina Avram ended the match with seven kills and three blocks. She also had the Trojans’ only service ace for the match. Megan Mathis had 34 assists with eight digs, four kills and three block assists. Priscila Almeida earned 19 digs, while Kelsey Leech and Sydnee Martin finished with 11 and 10, respectively. Miona Milovanovic finished with five kills and one block, while Veronica Marin had three assisted blocks and one kill. As a team, Little Rock outhit Auburn by a margin of .274 to .169. The Trojans also outblocked the Tigers 11-6.