A roundup of Arkansas college sports.
Red Wolves sweep Little Rock in three
JONESBORO — Arkansas State topped Little Rock 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-20) Monday night at the Convocation Center for its sixth straight sweep, which is the most since a seven-match streak of sweeps in 1996. The six consecutive sweeps of conference opponents also ties for the longest streak since 1994 as the Red Wolves (18-7, 10-1 SBC) registered their second highest hitting percentage of the year at .398. Carlisa May led the team with 15 kills on a .333 hitting percentage, while Kenzie Fields added 11 on a career-high .375 attacking mark. Jessica Uke tallied 10 kills on a .692 hitting percentage, which is the highest by an A-State player this season. Mallory Warrington handed out 42 assists and fell just one dig shy of a double-double with nine that tied for the match high with teammates Markie Schaedig and Fields. Kelsey Reis added seven kills on a .600 attacking percentage and led the team with two aces. Little Rock’s Veronica Marin led the Trojans with nine kills. Carolee Dillard had eight kills and put up two solo blocks. Marina Avram had five kills and led the team with two aces. Hope Larmour led Little Rock with seven digs, and Taylor Lindberg had 26 assists.
Selimovic earns defender honor
LITTLE ROCK — With 16 total blocks at a rate of 2.00 per set, Little Rock volleyall’s Edina Selimovic has been named the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon. Selimovic continued to show her amazing presence at the net this weekend as she tallied 16 total blocks (2.00 per set) in Little Rock’s matches with Troy and South Alabama. Selimovic had a monster game defensively against Troy as she put up 11 total blocks (two solo and nine assisted) — tying a career high. With her 11 blocks, Selimovic added nine kills and three aces. In the final match of the weekend against South Alabama, Selimovic put up five more blocks while leading the team with 14 kills and a .406 hitting percentage. Selimovic now stands two blocks away from becoming the fifth Trojan in program history with 400 career blocks. This is Selimovic’s third career Defensive Player of the Week award and is the second award in three weeks.
Hendrix’s Petrisin nabs SAA player award
CONWAY — Hendrix College junior Lauren Petrisin was named the Southern Athletic Association Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. She hit .607 with 3.00 kills per set as the Warriors wrapped up the SAA regular season title with a pair of wins over the weekend. In Saturday’s sweep of Centre, she hit .571 with nine kills and had four blocks. Petrisin, from McKinney, Texas, hit .643 with nine kills in Sunday’s sweep over Sewanee. Petrisin ranks second in the SAA in hitting percentage this season. The Warriors have won five Offensive Player of the Week awards this season.
GAC announces players of Week 8
RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week recipients for the eighth week of the volleyball season. Ouachita’s Kori Bullard earned the Offensive award; Harding’s Zoe Hardin claimed the Defensive accolade and Arkansas-Monticello’s Kendall Vondra won the Setter honor. Bullard (Hots Springs) led the Tiger offense in wins against Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southwestern Oklahoma State. She hit .387 for the week, including .455 against the Bulldogs. Hardin (Amarillo) earned her third GAC Player of the Week award of the season as she helped push the Lady Bisons into a tie for first place. She averaged 1.83 blocks per set in sweeps against Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Baptist. Vondra (Arlington, Texas) helped the Blossoms pick up home wins against Southeastern Oklahoma State and East Central by averaging 11.0 assists per set. She dished out 49 in a five-set win against the Savage Storm and 39 in a sweep of the Tigers.
Harding advances to No. 5
SEARCY — Harding opened the season with eight straight wins for the first time in program history and moved up two spots to No. 5 in the American Football Coaches Association Poll on Monday. It is the highest ranking Harding has achieved as an NCAA school. Harding is coming off a 35-7 victory over East Central on Thursday at Koi Ishto Stadium in Ada, Oklahoma. Harding’s 21-point third quarter and a stifling second-half defense earned the Bisons the road win. Harding compiled a season-high 533 yards and 27 first downs, and limited East Central to only 47 rushing yards, 95 passing yards and five total first downs. Harding returns to Searcy this Saturday to host Southwestern Oklahoma for Homecoming on Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Security Stadium. The Bulldogs will enter the contest with a four-game winning streak. Harding goes into the game ranked first in NCAA Division II in rushing offense (368.6 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.3 points allowed per game). Southwestern boasts one of the top offensive lines in Division II, having allowed only three sacks all season.
Freshman’s strong debut earns recoginition
CONWAY — Hendrix College freshman quarterback Miles Thompson was named the Southern Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. In his first career start, Thompson set a new school record with 455 yards passing in the Warriors’ 52-28 win over Chicago Saturday. Thompson, from Lucas, Texas, was 32-of-41 passing for three touchdowns, including one for 59 yards and another for 42 yards. He helped Hendrix rack up a total a program-best 760 yards of total offense. Thompson is the second player to earn the SAA Offensive Player of the Week award from Hendrix this season.
Evans, Robertson, Chevis claim GAC weekly honors
RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the eighth week of the football season. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Marc Evans and Deric Robertson earned the Offensive and Defensive honors while Arkansas-Monticello’s Jamal Chevis claimed the Special Teams award. Evans (Ventura, Calif.) threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns in SWOSU’s win against Oklahoma Baptist. He came up with a dramatic 41-yard touchdown to Collin Bricker on the final play of the game. Robertson (Killeen, Texas) tied for team-high honors with 12 tackles in the Bulldogs’ 37-35 win against Oklahoma Baptist. He added his third interception of the season, tying himself for the team lead. Chevis (Bellevue, La.) became the first Weevil to return a kickoff back for a touchdown since Mike Early against East Central in 2014 as he helped UAM earn a 34-26 homecoming win against Ouachita. The Weevils picked up their first win against the Tigers since 2010.
Central Arkansas’ LB tackles defensive award
CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas linebacker Garrett Sharp was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after the No. 18 Bears’ 22-12 victory over the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday. Sharp, a senior from McAllen, Texas, and a transfer from Blinn College, had eight total tackles, including a tackle for loss, broke up a pass and recorded a safety when he tackled Lamar running back Austin Krautz in the end zone early in the third quarter. Sharp was part of a UCA defense that held Lamar to just 15 rushing yards on 34 attempts and 220 total yards of offense. The Bears recorded 12 lost-yardage plays and limited the Cardinals to just 2.9 yards per play on the night. Sharp was UCA’s eighth player of the week selection this season, and it was the fifth consecutive week for a Bear to be honored.
Broadacki takes league’s offensive player award
CONWAY — After yet another standout offensive performance in Central Arkansas’ 3-2 win over Memphis on Tuesday evening, freshman Niklas Brodacki has been named the Missouri Valley Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. Brodacki, from Norrkoping, Sweden, helped lead the Bears to just their second-ever win over regional rival Memphis on Tuesday, becoming the first player in Central Arkansas men’s soccer history with two hat tricks in the same season. He opened the match’s scoring in the 12th minute, finishing off a combination from senior Wes Carson and sophomore Daltyn Knutson and tapping it in from three yards out before striking again in the 24th minute, firing a rocket off a pass from Knutson to push the UCA lead to 2-0. After the Tigers evened the match at 2-2 last in the first half, Brodacki found the game-winner in the 75th minute, as senior Jordan Bates and freshman Jonathan Gilkes combined to funnel a free kick to him, which he finished off inside the six yard box.