Harding defeats Delta State

ARKADELPHIA — The 39th-ranked Harding men’s tennis team defeated Delta State 5-4 on Friday at the OBU Tennis Center.

Harding remained undefeated at 4-0 on the season, and Delta State fell to 1-1. The Bisons had won only once in the previous 10 meetings against the Statesmen.

With the score tied 4-4, the match came down to No. 5 singles. Harding’s Caleb McReynolds lost the first set 7-5 but won the second set 7-5. He trailed 3-1 early in the third set but battled back to tie the set a 4-4. The set was also tied at 5-5, but McReynolds won the last two games and clinched the match with a 7-5 victory in the third set.

Harding won two of the three doubles matches and also picked up points with singles victories from Mathaus Spriering at No. 1 and Germans Uglovs at No. 6.

Harding’s next action is Feb. 21 against LeMoyne-Owen in Memphis, Tenn.

A-State defeats conference foe in home opener

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State women’s tennis team broke a seven-match losing skid against Louisiana-Lafayette by defeating the Ragin’ Cajuns 4-2 Saturday at Allen Park in Jonesboro.

The Red Wolves (1-1) were able to secure the victory over Louisiana-Lafayette (3-3) with four straight sets wins in singles play. A-State’s Tamara Slijepcevic defeated Nicole Breaux 6-3, 6-3 and Janie Nowland secured a 6-2, 6-1 win over ULL’s Melissa Burckhartt for two of the Red Wolves’ points. Arkansas State’s Julie Gauguery was victorious over Juliette Clement 6-3, 6-2 to provide A-State’s third point, while Jess Heeps-Eriksen beat Louisiana-Lafayette’s Eleanor Bradshaw 6-3, 6-4 for the fourth point to clinch A-State’s first win against the Ragin’ Cajuns since 2004.

The Red Wolves return to action Friday in Carbondale, Ill., when A-State takes on the Salukis of SIU-Carbondale.

Golden Suns sweep Lady Reddies

RUSSELLVILLE — Ali Grahl cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles, while Olga Leyshyna won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns tennis team (3-1) cruised to a 9-0 win over Henderson State in a non-conference match on Saturday at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

Nozomi Matsuoka swept to a 6-1, 3-0 (retire) decision at No. 1 singles, Bohdana Sardak took a 6-1, 6-4 decision at No. 2, Tammy Bell won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 and Camila Roca won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5. In doubles play, Matsuoka and Bell won 8-2 at No. 1, Sardak and Leyshyna won 8-3 at No. 2, while Roca teamed with Laura Sanchez to win 8-1 at No. 3.

The Golden Suns will return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 18, facing Hendrix in Conway.

Hendrix earns first win

CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s tennis team earned their first win of the season, defeating John Brown University 5-4 at the Hendrix Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday.

The Warriors (1-2) took two of the three doubles match-ups, with juniors Bob Berardi and Robert Sheets topping Cameron McLendon and Colton Cheek 8-3 at number one and freshmen Karthik Garimella and Ian McVinney winning 8-3 over Alex Baker and Darwin Silva in the second flight.

Sheets, Garimella and McVinney each won their singles matchups in straight sets. Villemez and Pound took their opponents to a third set tiebreaker, but ultimately fell in number five and six singles, respectively.

Hendrix will be back in action on Friday when they host Austin College at 6 p.m.


Zaborowska wins the 3,000 meters

ALLENDALE, Mich. — Harding junior Ewa Zaborowska defeated 54 other runners and won the 3,000 meters Saturday at the Grand Valley State Big Meet. Zaborowska finished in 9 minutes, 59.79 seconds. Hers was the only NCAA provisional time in the race and ranked 19th in Division II this season.

Zaborowska placed ninth in the mile at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday with a season-best time of 4 minutes, 54.63 seconds.

Zaborowska, a native of Wejherowo, Poland, is now 10th in the NCAA Division II rankings with the result. Because Zaborowska ran on a banked track, her time was converted to a flat track time of 4:57.55. Runners with the top 20 times in each event will qualify for the indoor national meet.

Warriors place third, fifth at SAA Indoor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Former Mountainburg standout Stephen Stearman along with the Hendrix College men’s and women’s track & field teams broke nine school records at the Southern Athletic Association Indoor Challenge at the Birmingham Crossplex on Saturday.

The Warrior women broke five marks, finishing third out of eight schools. The men broke three records and tied another one as they tied for fifth.

Stearman shattered the school record with a shot put distance of 13.24 meters (43 ft.-5.25), besting the old mark by 7.25 feet. He also placed fifth with a weight throw of 12.61 meters (41 ft.-4.5 in.).

Four-time All-American Elizabeth Krug finished in the top three in all seven events she competed in, racking up 43 points. The senior from Heber Springs won the long jump with a mark of 5.27 meters (17 ft.-3.5 in.). She set new school records in the 200 meter dash (2nd, 27.03) and 400 meters (3rd, 1:00.01) and was third in the 60 meter hurdles in 9.52 seconds. Krug also placed third in the high jump by clearing and 1.51 meters (4 ft.-11.5) inches and shot put with a throw of 10.86 meters (35 ft.-7.75).

Krug was the anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay with freshmen Tori Walters and Victoria Amadi and junior Cassie Tacuher, breaking the school record with a time of 4:20.69 and placing second.

Amadi won the triple jump with an impressive debut leap of 11.49 meters (37 ft-8.5 in.), which is currently seventh in NCAA Division III.

Junior Sydnee Davis broke the old school record in the weight throw by nearly eight feet with a distance of 13.67 meters (44 ft.-10.25 in.).

Rhodes won the women’s standings with 193 points.

Freshman sprinter Travus McMahon tied former two-time All-Conference selection Carlton Leding’s school record of 7.21 seconds in the 60 meter dash finals, placing third. McMahon was also .04 seconds off of Leding’s 200 meter record at 23.90 seconds, finishing ninth.

Sophomore Charlie Garcia broke his own record in the long jump with a ninth place mark of 5.63 meters (18 ft.-5.75 in.). His triple jump of 11.65 meters (38 ft.-2.75 in.) was good for fourth place.

Peter Butler, Andy McCall, Cam Meek and Matt Ramirez broke the 4x400 meter relay school record with a time of 3:46.60, finishing sixth. Ramirez, Butler, McMahon and Shaquille Grant ran the 4x200 relay in 1:37.57, finishing 3rd and McCall, Ramirez, Meek and Jeffery Scott finishes sixth in the distance medley in 11:40.77.

Rhodes also won the men’s side with 147.5 points.

The Warriors will be off until Mar. 1 when they host the Hendrix Invitational at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.


Strong performances highlight Day 2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Hendrix College men’s and women’s swim teams had a trio of top three finishes and broke one school record on the second day of the Southern Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex on Saturday.

Senior John Byford placed third and broke his own school record in the 400 yard individual medley with a time of 4:13.39.

For the women, senior Jo Claire Robertson placed second in the 100 backstroke in 59.25 and 10th in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.42. Sophomore Bayley Krell recorded a 1:07.92 time in the 100 breaststroke finals, taking third place.

Laura Price, Sydney Haldeman, Sarah McHugh and Taylor Keplin finished fifth in the 800 freestyle relay in 8:41.03. Robertson, Krell, Abby Schlenk and Claire DePree were sixth in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.44.


Warriors dominate possession in win

CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s lacrosse team picked up their first win of the season, defeating Rockhurst University 14-5 at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors (1-1) dominated possession, winning 19-of-23 faceoffs with freshman midfielder Jason Blatt winning all 19, a new school record, on 22 tries. Hendrix also managed 40 shots, 26 of which were on goal, while the Hawks (0-1), in the program’s first ever contest, took 20 shots and 12 on goal.

The Warriors took an early 5-0 lead over the first 10:07 of the game. Freshman Robbie Borrello scored twice, freshman Carson Boone had two goals an assist and freshman Cody Eckes found the cage in a man-up opportunity during that stretch.

Blatt also had a team-high 12 ground balls to go with his 19 faceoff victories. Boone paced the offense with a hat trick of goals and three assists. Cameron Millstone scored three times with two assists and Eckes had a trio of goals and an assist as well. Borrello finished with two goals, an assist, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore midfielder Travis Rabun had two assists. Sophomore keeper Dennis O’Hara came up with six saves in three quarters in front of the net. Sophomore Joe Takacs had one save during the fourth quarter.

Hendrix will return to action on Wednesday when they face University of Dubuque on the Warrior Soccer Field.