Lynx top Warriors in regular-season finale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College women’s soccer team lost their regular season finale to Rhodes College 4-0 on the road in Southern Athletic Association action on Saturday.

The Warriors enter next weekend’s SAA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. with a 6-8-3 overall record and 1-5-1 mark in conference. Hendrix could be the sixth, seventh or eighth seed, depending on the rest of league’s results later Saturday night. Rhodes finishes 13-4-1 and 5-1-1 and will be third seed. The SAA Tournament bracket will be announced on Sunday.

For the game, Rhodes outshot Hendrix 17-9 and 7-4 on goal. Sophomore forward Samantha Lallas took two shots on goal, while junior midfielder Laurie Waters and sophomore Nicole Rodriguez each took one. Sophomore keeper Rachel Zweig recorded three saves for the Warriors.

Rhodes edges Hendrix

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College men’s soccer lost 1-0 to Rhodes College on the road in the regular season and Southern Athletic Association finale on Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors end the regular season with a 5-10-3 record and 1-6 in league play. The Lynx finish 6-9-2 and 1-4-2.

Hendrix, who is hosting the SAA Tournament beginning Friday, will find out who their first round opponent will be when the bracket is announced on Sunday.

Evan Wladis scored the game’s only goal with an assist from keeper Riley Sheen in the 10th minute.

For the game, the Lynx outshot the Warriors 14-13 overall and 7-4 on goal.

Sophomore Steven Cochrun took two shots on goal for Hendrix, while junior Greg Gandy and sophomore John McGrath each took one.

Sophomore Marco Luna had six for Hendrix.


Lady Lions cruise past Lady Crusaders

FORT SMITH — If UAFS women’s basketball coach Louis Whorton was wondering who might be able to score for the Lady Lions this season, he sure saw a few likely prospects on Saturday afternoon.

Six players scored in double-figures to lead the Lady Lions to a 101-77 win against the Evangel University Lady Crusaders in a preseason exhibition game at the Stubblefield Center.

It was the second and final preseason exhibition game for UAFS, which lost to NCAA Division I Missouri State on Thursday night at John Q. Hammons Arena in Springfield, Mo. The Lady Lions open the regular season on Friday against Harding University on the first night of the UAFS Lady Lions Classic at the Stubblefield Center.

Freshman forward Justyne Huber and senior guard Destyni Howard led UAFS with 14 points apiece. Junior guard Candice Followwell had 13 points, freshman post Kaitlyn Hopkins had 12 and sophomore guard Danielle McFadden and freshman guard Maya Perry each had 11 points.

Sophomore guard Breanna Jones led UAFS with eight rebounds.

Former Mountainburg standout Maddie Backus added nine points for UAFS.

Harding Men’s picks up No. 25 in NABC Preseason Poll

SEARCY – The Harding men’s basketball team will enter the 2013-14 season ranked 25th nationally.

The NABC released its official NCAA Division II poll on Friday.

It is only the second time the Bisons have appeared in the NABC’s preseason poll. Harding entered the 2006-07 season ranked 21st.

Harding went 22-10 in the 2012-13 season, tied for the Great American Conference regular season championship, and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. The Bisons were picked to finish second in the GAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Harding is the only GAC team in the top 25.

The Bisons open the season on Nov. 14 in Searcy against Christian Brothers.


A-State’s women clinch SBC title, men finsih fourth

TROY, Ala. — The 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Cross Country Championships will go down in the record books as one of the best for Arkansas State University as the women’s team won their first-ever conference title and the men’s squad tied for the program’s highest finish at Saturday’s conference meet in Troy, Ala.

The A-State women’s team turned in its best SBC Championships performance as the Red Wolves compiled a first-place 50 points on the 5K Trojan Oaks course to finish 12 points in front of runner-up Texas-Arlington in the 10-team meet.

Arkansas State can also boast of having its first-ever individual conference champion as redshirt junior Kristina Aubert crossed the finish line in a time of 17:28.2 to place 19 seconds ahead of the field. Aubert, a three-time SBC Runner of the Week selection this fall, received first-team all-conference laurels for the second consecutive season.

Junior Rexi Parcells captured eighth place by running an while sophomore Abbey Dixon earned 11th-place honors. Junior Tilda Helgesson would finish two places behind Dixon in the 13th spot. Junior Heather Newberry placed 19th to round out the scoring for Arkansas State as the first five runners from each team to finish receive points.

While the Arkansas State women’s team enjoyed its highest conference meet placing ever, the A-State men’s squad registered a program-record tying fourth-place performance with 142 points in the nine-team 8K race. The Red Wolves finished three points ahead of fifth-place Western Kentucky (145) and four in front of sixth-place Louisiana-Monroe (146) as Texas-Arlington was crowned conference champions by earning 23 points. A-State’s 142 team points in the 2013 league meet topped the 148 points scored by the 1997 Red Wolves’ squad.

A-State’s top performer was sophomore Wil Norris, who clocked an 11th-place time of 26:04.4 to earn third-team all-conference plaudits. Norris’ placing marked the highest for an A-State runner since Seth Bortey in 2001.

Along with Norris’ notable effort, sophomore Lance Beckman placed 18th to round out A-State’s Top 25 finishers.

The NCAA Division I South Central Regional Championship, which will be held Nov. 15 in Waco, Texas.

Warriors compete at SAA Championships

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - The Hendrix College men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the 2013 Southern Athletic Association Championships on Saturday. The Warrior women placed seventh, while the men were plagued with injuries during the race and did not have a team score.

Centre won the women’s title with 24 points.

Sophomore Jeffrey Scott led the Warrior men with an 8k time of 27:56.86, finishing 21st.

Centre won the men’s title as well with 24 points.

Hendrix will wrap up the season on Nov. 16 at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional in Newport News, Va.


Hendrix breaks wins record, sweep RedHawks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Hendrix College volleyball team broke the program record for wins in a season as they swept Martin Methodist College 25-18, 25-12, 25-20 to close out the Rhodes Classic on Saturday night.

The Warriors end the regular season with an 18-11 overall record, breaking the program record of 17 wins in 2011 in head coach Ryan Meek’s first season. This season also marks the first time Hendrix has had a winning record in volleyball.

Senior outside hitter Katie Burchfield led Hendrix with 18 kills to go with five digs. Junior right side Carson Hunter connected on a season-best nine kills and hit .643. Freshman outside MC Rogers had eight kills and freshman middle blocker Grace Griffin came up with six. Setters Zoe Calhoun and Allison Gaia each posted 18 assists and junior libero Ella Concavage-Nasar had 14 digs. Freshman Katie Beard recorded three service aces.

Hendrix will take on Rhodes in the first round of the Southern Athletic Association Tournament in Mount Berry, Ga. on Friday.

Warriors Sweep Lady Choctaws

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Hendrix College volleyball opened the Rhodes Classic with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 sweep over Mississippi College on Saturday afternoon.

Burchfield led the Warriors with 13 kills and had seven digs. Griffin connected on a season-high 11 kills and had three blocks and Rogers had 10 kills and four blocks. Gaia recorded 20 assists and six digs and Calhoun had 12 assists. Sophomore Catey May and freshman Leila Matsumoto had three aces each.

Lady Lions clinch share of title

FORT SMITH — Sweet repeat.

Junior outside hitter Michelle Walker and senior middle hitter Jordan Erz combined for 39 kills as the UAFS volleyball team clinched a share of the Heartland Conference regular-season championship with a four-set win against the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps on Saturday at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS won the match 25-17, 25-20, 27-29, 25-17 to sweep the regular-season series with Lubbock Christian. The Lady Lions (18-6) improved to 14-0 in conference play and own a four-match lead over St. Mary’s University with four matches remaining in league play.

The Lady Lions are the defending regular-season champions and the defending conference tournament champions.

Walker had 21 kills while Erz had 18 kills.

Lubbock Christian (14-10, 10-5) had three total team blocks and 69 digs.

Freshman setter Maja Krstonosic had a team-high 53 assists for UAFS and served four of the Lady Lions’ 10 aces.

Payton Hamilton collecting four solo blocks with two block assists.

Freshman libero Olivia Navato was one of three Lady Lions with double-digit digs with a team-high 22.