Sportings News lists Harding’s Kavas to preseason honor

SEARCY - Harding senior forward Andraz Kavas was named preseason honorable mention All-America on Tuesday by The Sporting News. Kavas, a resident of Ljubljana, Slovenia, led the Great American Conference in scoring as a junior with 20.1 points per game. At 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, Kavas was dangerous both inside and out for the Bisons. He shot 53 percent from the field and shot 73.5 percent on a team-high 155 free-throw attempts. Kavas also connected on 40 3-pointers, shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range. Last season Kavas earned first-team All-GAC and received second-team All-Region from both Daktronics and the NABC. The Sporting News’ preseason NCAA II Top 10 and its All-Americans that will appear in the publication’s annual college basketball magazine.


Alum Waters joins soccer staff

CONWAY — Former Hendrix College soccer player Laurie Waters joined head coach Jeff Trimble’s women’s soccer staff this week as an assistant coach. Waters, from Rome, Ga., played in 66 career games as a midfielder. She made 34 starts and scored one goal with three assists and took 20 shots with eight on goal. Waters was a four-year letterwinner for Rome High School, where she scored four goals and 13 assists during her career. She was also a two-time varsity letterwinner in swimming. Waters was a member of the National Honor Society and played club for Darlington Soccer Academy. Waters graduated from Hendrix in 2015 with a degree in Allied Health.

LR’s Small earns defensive player of the week honor

LITTLE ROCK – Trojan goalkeeper Sara Small had another tremendous day at Texas on Sunday, earning a shutout after holding off the Longhorn offense for 110 minutes. As her reward, Small was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the second time this season on Tuesday afternoon. Small came up big in Texas’ home stadium Sunday, making eight saves to keep the Texas attack off the scoreboard. The Oregon native made five saves during regulation to help force overtime, and she added three more saves in the 20 minutes of overtime to get the Trojans a result against a Big 12 Conference foe. Small also played well on Longhorn crosses and passes, getting in the way of those balls to prevent dangerous attacks. Small’s shutout was her second complete clean sheet this season, and she also made 13 saves against Ole Miss on Sept. 6 while shutting out the Rebels during the regulation 90 minutes. Plenty of credit should also go to the defense on Sunday for that shutout; Nora Hellmers, Hali Long, Bailey Fithian, Mikayla Uyokpeyi and the rest of the Trojan midfield were crucial in keeping balls away from Small in the first place. Small becomes the first Trojan to ever win two weekly conference awards in one season and just the second Trojan to ever claim two weekly awards in her career (Grace Rich). This is also the first time in Little Rock history that the players on the team have earned two weekly awards in the same year.


UAM wins first league game of season

MONTICELLO — UAM (6-3, 1-1 GAC) secured its first Great American Conference victory in the Kelly Burdeau era by beating Henderson State (1-13, 0-2) in straight sets (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) on Tuesday in UAM’s first home match of the year. The Blossoms finished the match with 35 kills and 15 errors on 106 swings for a .189 hitting percentage, and turned in a season-high 16 block assists in the win. Junior Gasparini missed out on a double-double by one dig with a final total of 10 kills and nine digs. She also finished with three blocks. Seniors Sydni Schulz and Kaila Kikugawa paced the back row with 11 and 10 digs, respectively. Sophomore Aubrey Harrison posted her best all-around performance of the season with five kills, three digs and a match-high six blocks.

Suns defeats Harding

RUSSELLVILLE — Behind 39 assists from Sarita Stegall and 15 kills from Hunter Eshnaur, the Arkansas Tech women’s volleyball team dispatched rival Harding in three closely contested sets Tuesday evening in front of a lively crowd for Pack the Stands Night at Tucker Coliseum. The Golden Suns (8-5, 2-0 Great American Conference) remained undefeated in the early going of league play, earning a 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 victory over the Bisons (4-9, 1-1 GAC) in a matchup of the top two teams in the coaches’ preseason poll. Eshnaur added 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season, and her 5.00 kills per set was her top mark in any match so far. Senior Katie Huff posted eight kills on a .238 hitting percentage, adding two blocks, four digs and an ace, with Haley Owen adding seven kills on .333 hitting. McCall Wilkins added two blocks and six kills, while Kaci Jackson tallied 13 digs and Madison Nagel 18 digs. Harding was led by freshman middle blocker Zoe Hardin who had 11 kills, hit .323 and had seven total blocks (two solo and five assist). Senior outside hitter Molly Howard had nine kills and 11 digs. Junior defensive specialist Anna Leigh Cargile had 15 digs to lead the Lady Bison defense.


Men’s Tennis Opens Season With 8-1 Win

CLARKSVILLE — The Hendrix College men’s tennis team defeated the University of the Ozarks 8-1 Tuesday afternoon to open the 2015-16 campaign. It was first win for the Warriors (1-0) over the Eagles (0-1) since Sept. 20, 2011. Hendrix picked up two points right off the bat, as Ozarks only competed with five players. The teams split the remaining doubles matches with the Warrior tandem of sophomore Kiran Chakka and freshman Luke Lefler earning an 8-3 win at the second spot over Alix Tiegs and Bryant Ford. UO’s top pair Dillon Murray and Jacob Organ defeated junior Ian McVinney and sophomore Kristian Lenser in an 8-6 battle. The Warriors swept the remaining five singles matches. Hendrix will be off until Oct. 3 when they travel to Siloam Springs to face John Brown University.


Harding climbs to No. 6

SEARCY — In its first two races of the 2015 season, Harding men’s team won the Memphis Twilight and placed fourth in a loaded Southern Stampede, and the Bisons are beginning to climb the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region Rankings. In the new rankings, released Tuesday, Harding climbed four spots to No. 6 in the Central Region. The top five teams in the Central Region Meet, which will be held on the same course as the Southern Stampede, will advance to NCAA Division II nationals. Harding is looking to advance to nationals for the first time since 2010. Last season, Harding placed 12th in the Central Region meet in Wayne, Neb. The Central Region is comprised of teams from the Great American Conference, the MIAA, and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.