CROSS COUNTRY

Cassar takes Southland title, UCA grabs second

LAKE CHARLES, La. — University of Central Arkansas freshman Brooke Cassar ran away from the field on a foggy Friday morning and won the individual title at the 2013 Southland Conference Cross Country Championship at a wet and muddy Ward 3 Rec Complex.

Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, finished in a time of 20:42.1 to win by more than 12 seconds over second-place Leigh Lattimore of Lamar. UCA senior Erika Setzler was third in a time of 21:06.3, while senior Kayla Nehus was 13th (22:14.1).

Cassar, UCA’s first individual champion since moving into the SLC in 2006, and Setzler were named first-team All-Southland Conference, leading UCA to its highest finish in Division I history.

Freshman Brigette Caruthers clinched 21st (22:43.6) to round out the Top 25 finishers for UCA.

Lamar was the team title with 36 points, followed by UCA with 78.

UCA’s men place fifth at Southland

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The University of Central Arkansas men’s cross country team finished fifth Friday at the 2013 Southland Conference Championship at a soggy Ward 3 Rec Complex.

Senior Amos Gerber came in 11th for the Bears in a time of 25:43.3 over the 8K course. Senior Edward Limo was right behind in 13th in 25:47.6. Junior Jonathan Burgess took 21st (26:16.6) to round out the Top 25 finishers for UCA.

Lamar added the men’s title to its women’s title won earlier in the day, beating out second-place Stephen F. Austin. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was third, followed by McNeese State.

BASKETBALL

Wonder Boys fall to Stephen F. Austin

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Junior Willie Rogers scored 12 points with five rebounds, senior Kendell Pinkney added 11 points, and junior Clarence Willard and junior Darrick Little added six points each as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys fell 87-54 to Stephen F. Austin in the first exhibition game of the season Friday night at the WRJ Coliseum.

At the half, Stephen F. Austin led 49-31, holding their largest lead of the half. Arkansas Tech took 10 shots in the paint compared to Stephen F. Austin’s 12.

Pinkney added four assists, while Little had two blocks. Rogers went 6-7 from the free-throw line.

The Wonder Boys will return to action on Nov. 4 for an exhibition match against University of the Ozarks at Tucker Coliseum.

Lions upset bid falls short

FORT SMITH — Four players scored in double-figures, but the UAFS Lions fell just short in their upset bid of NCAA Division I Texas Christian University, losing 81-74 on Friday night at Daniel Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

It was the first and only preseason exhibition game for the Lions, who begin the season on Nov. 9 against Central Baptist College at the Stubblefield Center.

Freshman guard Seth Youngblood led the quartet of Lions scoring in double-figures with 16 points, while senior guard Xavier McClish had 12 points and sophomore forward Kenny Martin and junior guard Dusan Stojanovic each had 10 points apiece.

Forward Jarvis Ray led TCU with 18 points, while center Karviar Shepherd had 16 points, guard Charles Hill Jr. had 13 points and guard Brandon Parrish had 10 points.

Shepherd topped off his double-double with 10 rebounds, but the Horned Frogs lost the rebounding battle 39-37. Stojanovic just missed a double-double for the Lions, collecting eight rebounds.

VOLLEYBALL

Lady Lions survive, stay unbeaten in conference

FORT SMITH — Three players collected double-digit kills to lead the UAFS volleyball team to a hard-fought, four-set win against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Falcons on Thursday night at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS won the Heartland Conference match 25-18, 33-35, 25-20, 25-19 and swept the regular-season series with UTPB, which also lost in four sets in the first encounter at the Falcon Dome in Odessa, Texas.

The Lady Lions (17-6, 13-0) kept their firm grip on the conference lead and are the only undefeated team in conference play. The Falcons, who are fighting for one of the four berths in the conference tournament, slipped to 10-16 overall and 7-7 in conference play.

Senior outside hitter Jordan Pickett had 23 kills, while junior outside hitter Michelle Walker and freshman outside hitter Payton Hamilton had 14 and 11 kills, respectively.

Libero Taylor Harmon collected 34 digs.

Senior setter Stephanie Brock had 61 assists, while senior middle hitter Jordan Erz served two aces.

UAFS also collected 126 digs with sophomore defensive specialist Macy Ayulo led a quartet of Lady Lions with double-digit digs with 31.

UAFS also had seven total team blocks.

UAFS will return to conference play Saturday when it hosts Lubbock Christian University at the Stubblefield Center.

UALR beats ULM in straight sets

LITTLE ROCK — UALR completed the season sweep of ULM with a 25-17, 25-21, 26-24 win Friday night.

Individually, junior Edina Begic hit .409 with 23 kills and five errors on 44 swings. Freshman Rachel Williams matched a career best with eight kills while sophomore Sonja Milanovic contributed nine kills. Junior Marleen de Zoete added 41 assists while freshman Kelsey Leech had a team-best 14 digs.

UALR (18-7, 10-3 Sun Belt) returns to action Sunday when it hosts South Alabama (10-12, 5-7 SBC). The Jaguars swept Arkansas State in Friday’s action.

A-State falls to South Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. — The Arkansas State volleyball squad fell to South Alabama 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) Friday night in a conference match at Jag Gym in Mobile, Ala.

The Red Wolves (11-17, 6-7 SBC) were led in kills by Kelsey Reis’s 10 and Mallory Warrington led A-State with 26 assists. Sarah Kemp, Megan Baska, Kendal Davis, and Reis all recorded one service ace during the match. Defensively, Baska’s 16 digs led the Red Wolves, while Jackie Gerig, Kelsey Sullivan, Sadie Clark, and Reis each had one block.

Arkansas State returns to action Sunday against the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette at Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette, La.

SOCCER

Early goal propels Lady Bisons

SEARCY – The Harding women’s soccer team won its fourth straight game on Friday as they defeated East Central 1-0 in Great American Conference action at Stevens Field.

The Lady Bisons improved to 5-8-1 overall and 5-4-0 in the GAC.

With the win, Harding moved into sole possession of third place in the GAC standings. The top four teams advance to the GAC Tournament on Nov. 8-10 hosted by the conference regular season champion.

Harding scored its only goal 1:04 into the game. Freshman Melita Sutherland’s shot went to the top right corner which was out of the reach of the ECU goalkeeper. It was her first career goal.

The Lady Bisons defense fought off the Lady Tigers in the second half as East Central took 11 shots in the half as four were on goal.

Kaitlyn Miller, reigning GAC goalkeeper of the week, had six saves in the game. It was her fourth shutout this season.

The Lady Bisons will play their final regular season game on Sunday hosting Southern Nazarene.

Walker scores twice in loss

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Harding junior Cole Walker scored two goals, including the second-fastest goal in program history, but the Bisons fell 6-2 to No. 23 Northeastern State on Friday in Harding’s season finale.

The Bisons finished the season 6-7-3 overall and 3-6-0 and in fifth place in the MIAA. Only the top four teams advanced to the MIAA Tournament. Harding’s overall record was its best in program history.

Northeastern State improved to 10-2-4 overall and 6-1-2 in conference play. The RiverHawks will be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

Walker put the Bisons ahead only 49 seconds into the game. His shot from 40 yards out bounced in front of, then past, RiverHawk goalkeeper Eric Shephard. The only Harding goal to come earlier in a game was Jeff Ireland’s goal 44 seconds after kickoff against Lynn on Aug. 25, 2001.

Northeastern State took the 3-1 lead into halftime.

Walker added his second goal of the game in the 86th minute. It was his first career multi-goal game.

OBU defeat Southern Nazarene

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Lady Tigers defended Tiger Field in dominate fashion with a 3-0 shutout over conference foe Southern Nazarene University. The win puts the Lady Tigers at 10-5-1 on the season.

The Lady Tigers scored two goals in the first half. The first came on a shot by Haley Hatcher. It was Hatcher’s 16th on the season, best in the Great American Conference.

The Lady Tigers would score again at 27:06 in the first half on a header by freshman Tessa Woodcock. Yoli Zamarripa, the Southern Nazarene goalie, knocked away a shot by Lady Tiger sophomore Morgan Allen. Woodcock was able to head the ball into the net off the Zamarripa deflection.

Ouachita would score again in the second half when Hatcher would find Tristan Mazzu open. Mazzu would find the back of an empty net after a nice move that overplayed the Southern Nazarene goal keeper.

Senior goalie Sarah Broyles had seven saves for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Tigers will play their regular season finale at home this Sunday against East Central.

BOWLING

A-State goes 5-0 at FDU Jamboree

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Arkansas State women’s bowling team was the only team to go 5-0 in the first day of the Fairleigh Dickinson Jamboree being held in Hackensack, N.J.

A-State ranks third in total pinfall with 3,901 pins and only trail Fairleigh Dickinson’s 3,926 pins and Stephen F. Austin’s 3,939 pins in the overall standings.

Arkansas State continues competition in the FDU Jamboree Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. The Red Wolves will compete in six traditional team matches throughout the day to close out the qualifying rounds of the tournament.