A roundup of Arkansas college athletics.
Henderson State stuns Arkansas Tech
RUSSELLVILLE — In one of the biggest wins of the last few years, Henderson State defeated Arkansas Tech on their home floor 3-1 (25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21) on Tuesday night in Russellville. The win marks the Reddies' first victory over the Golden Suns since 2007, when they were members of the Gulf South Conference. The Reddies were led by sophomore Sharon Tukuaoga and freshman Courtney Bolf, who both had 16 kills. Freshman setter Haley Higgins also played a huge role for Henderson, posting a career-high 39 assists in the victory. Defense played a big role for the Reddies in the match, as five different players registered 10 or more digs. Junior libero Sydney Skelton led the team with 24. Also proving huge for Henderson was the defense at the net by freshman Adrianna Hartmann, who had nine blocks and Tukuaoga who had eight. The Reddies forced Tech into 30 errors and held them to an attack percentage of .117.
UAM wins first league contest
MAGNOLIA — The University of Arkansas at Monticello secured its first Great American Conference victory of the 2016 season on Tuesday night with a five-set win over Southern Arkansas University on the road. Final game scores from the match were 13-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-21 and 15-7. The Blossoms (3-11, 1-3 GAC) despite falling behind two sets to zero in the match, battled back to win three straight sets to defeat Southern Arkansas (4-11, 1-3 GAC), 3-2 in the match. Offensively Arkansas-Monticello was led by junior Shay Mitchell as she totaled 17 kills on the night on 42 attempts for a .333 hitting percentage. Senior Carolina Gasparini and freshman Maggie Pyles each contributed double digit kills also with 13 and 12 respectively. Senior Kya Standford led the defensive front during the contest for UAM with five solo blocks and two block assists against the home team. Standford provided six kills as well. Junior Macy Mitchell recorded a team-high 20 digs in the match-up on the defensive side of the ball for the Blossoms, along with Gasparini's 13 and Elizabeth Harshaw adding 12 digs of her own. Freshman setter Kendall Vondra led the Blossoms in assists as she totaled 49 in the match and also added 16 digs to her stat-line.
Central Arkansas wins conference game at home
CONWAY — The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears opened the home portion of their Southland Conference schedule on Tuesday afternoon, welcoming the Northwestern State Lady Demons to the Prince Center. The Sugar Bears struggled offensively on the day, seeing the attack percentage drop in each set as they fell to the Lady Demons by scores of 25-19, 25-15, and 25-22. The Sugar Bears (8-8, 2-2 SLC) hit a solid .261 in the first set, getting three kills from sophomore Samantha Anderson and two from sophomore Haley Tippett, but the Lady Demons managed a .321 attack percentage thanks to five kills from Madeline Drake and nine assists from Natalie Jaeger. Junior Megan Nash and freshman Abbie Harry lead the way for the Sugar Bears with five kills each, while freshman Elizabeth Armstrong gathered 11 assists. On the night, Armstrong handed out 27 assists, as Nash led the Sugar Bears with eight kills and four blocks. Tippett collected seven kills and seven digs, while Harry also tallied seven kills. Sophomore Amanda Dimon collected a team-high nine digs.
OBU battles back to beat Harding
ARKADELPHIA — The 11-3 Ouachita Tigers battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Harding University by a final of 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-8). Kori Bullard and Adrianna Nolly led the Tigers with 13 kills and Ashley Wake recorded 26 digs, her third straight match with 20-plus digs. Stormi Leonard led the Tigers with 46 assists. After taking the first set, Ouachita struggled offensively in sets two and three. The Tigers could seem to solve a Harding defense that registered 16 blocks in the same two sets. Collectively, Ouachita posted an attack percentage of .054 in the two sets they dropped. Trailing 18-20 in the fourth set, Ouachita took advantage of three straight Harding errors to take 21-20 lead. Kills by Tabatha Huckabee and Jayme Shell closed out the fourth set to give Ouachita the 25-21 win and tie the match at two sets each. Tied 2-2 in the fifth set, Ouachita went on a 6-2 run to take an 8-4 lead at the switch. Nolly recorded two kills and a solo block to lead the Tigers on a 7-4 run to close out the fifth set, including a kill to the end the match and give the Tigers their second home win over Harding in their last three visits.
Hendrix sets new record with win
CONWAY — Hendrix College defeated crosstown foe Central Baptist College 7-0 at Warrior Field Tuesday night. The Warriors (8-3) set new school records with 43 shots and seven assists. They outshot the Lady Mustangs (1-8) 43-4 overall and 19-2 on goal. The seven goals tied for the second most in program history. Sophomore Sydney Blevins led Hendrix with two goals, giving her three on the season. Freshman forward Hagan Griffith scored a goal and assisted two more. She now has six goals and six assists for a team-leading 18 points. Sophomore Macie Stultz and junior Lucy Moore each recorded a goal and an assist. Stultz leads the team with seven goals this season. Junior midfielder Zoe Corwyn added her second goal of the year. Sophomores Amanda Hamilton and Olga Delgadillo both had an assist as well. Jordan Rausch and Leah Crenshaw combined for the Warriors' fifth shutout of the year. Crenshaw tallied two saves in 72 minutes in goal.
OBU falls to Christian Brothers in 2OT
ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist fell to Christian Brothers in double-overtime by a final score of 2-1. The Tigers recorded 17 shots in the game. Their record dropped to 4-5 with the loss. Christian Brothers struck first with a goal in the 3rd minute. The Tigers fought back to equalize with a Tyler Mouton goal in the 75th minute. Mouton headed a pass from Gideon Onguti into the back of the net. It looked as if the game would end in a draw when Christian Brothers scored the winning goal with only 1:35 remaining in the match. The Tigers were impressive offensively throughout the match. They accumulated 17 shots over the course of the game. Tinashe Chigede led the Tigers with four shots, three of which were on goal. Sewell Yost and Brandon Hom also contributed with two shots.
A-State finishes in middle of pack
MEMPHIS — Arkansas State shot a final-round 299 Tuesday at the Colonial Country Club, bringing its 54-hole total at the Memphis Intercollegiate to 905 as it completed play at the two-day tournament in sixth place among 13 teams. The Red Wolves entered today’s last round in fifth place, but dropped a spot in the final standings despite producing its best score of the tourney. A-State, which recorded 59 pars to tie the third most among all teams, began play yesterday with a 306 and followed with a 300 for the second 18 holes. A-State finished just two strokes behind fifth-place Southern Miss and within three strokes of host-school Memphis, which placed fourth. Little Rock claimed the championship with an 895, while Lipscomb finished runner-up with an 897 and Central Arkansas third with an 898. Andrew Huseman and Tanner Napier led the Red Wolves as the junior standouts tied for fifth and 10th, respectively. Huseman shot a combined 222 (74-72-76) and collected his eighth career top-10 finish. Napier posted a 224 (75-77-72) while putting together the seventh top-10 performance of his career.
A-State falls two spots to eighth
TULSA, Okla. — Despite concluding the Bob Hurley ORU Shootout Tuesday with its best round of the two-day tournament, a 306, Arkansas State fell two spots to eighth place among 17 teams in the final standings. Led by three players posting their best individual round today, the Red Wolves cut five strokes off their team score of 311 recorded during each of Monday’s opening two rounds at Meadowbrook Country Club. A-State finished only one stroke behind seventh-place UTEP and within six strokes of third-place Stephen F. Austin. Lamar claimed the championship with a combined 895, while host Oral Roberts finished runner-up with a 908. While the Red Wolves ranked tied for second in par-3 scoring, they ranked tied for eighth and tied for 11th in par-4 and par-5 scoring, respectively. Additionally, the squad made 55 pars to tie the second most of the tourney. A-State was led by two players claiming top-25 finishes, including Aracelly Jimenez Rios and Beth Ann Compton. The two sophomores both shot a 232 to tie for 25th place, giving them a combined 16 career top-25 showings between them.