A-State clinches fourth at jamboree

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The Arkansas State women’s bowling team finished in fourth place at the FDU Jamboree and concluded its first weekend of the season with a 9-4 record.

The Red Wolves entered the championship bracket as the number one seed after finishing with a total pinfall of 9,820 and 9-2 record over the first two days of the tournament.

Arkansas State faced host Fairleigh Dickinson in the third-place match and lost by one game 4-3.

Arkansas State returns to action Nov. 8-10 at the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind.


UALR knock off South Alabama

LITTLE ROCK — The Trojans used a 64-49 advantage in digs as UALR (19-7, 11-3 Sun Belt Conference) knocked off a hot South Alabama team (10-13, 5-8 SBC) 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20 Sunday afternoon at the Jack Stephens Center.

USA had come into the match as winners of five of its last seven SBC matches.

Individually, junior Edina Begic hit a blazing .426 with 26 kills and only three errors on 54 swings. Sophomore Sonja Milanovic added the double-double with 18 kills and 14 digs while junior Marleen de Zoete added a match-best 47 digs.

Three different Trojans added double-digit digs, led by freshman Kelsey Leech with 21. Besides Milanovic’s 14, junior Allison Wyatt contributed 11 bumps.

UALR returns to action next weekend when it travels to Georgia State and Western Kentucky. The Trojans are 6-0 in SBC season away from the Jack Stephens Center, the only undefeated team on the road in conference play.

A-State falls to ULL in three sets

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Arkansas State volleyball team lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-18) in a conference match at Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette, La. on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Wolves (11-18, 6-8 SBC) were led in kills by Kendal Davis’ eight, while Kelsey Sullivan registered seven kills and Kelsey Reis also added seven kills. Mallory Warrington handed out 29 assists to lead A-State and also added seven digs. Defensively, Megan Baska led Arkansas State with 12 digs and Davis added two block solos.

Arkansas State returns to action Friday at Troy.


Albright’s goal lifts Lady Bisond Soccer

SEARCY – The Harding women’s soccer team battled back to win its fifth straight game on Sunday as they defeated Southern Nazarene 3-2 in Great American Conference action at the Stevens Soccer Complex.

The Lady Bisons improved to 7-8-1 overall and 6-4-0 in the GAC.

Harding will be the No. 3 seed in the GAC Tournament next weekend. It’s the first time HU has been the third seed in the conference tournament since 2006. The Lady Bisons will face Ouachita Baptist on Friday as the No. 1 seed Southwestern Oklahoma, located in Weatherford, Okla., will host the tournament.

The Crimson Storm took a 2-1 lead into halftime as they scored off a corner kick.

Tied 2-2, Harding got the game-winning goal in the 88th minute. Junior midfielder Anne Fitzgerald took a corner kick that went to the center of the box. Both teams scrambled for the ball but ball eventually went to Averie Albright as she kicked in her second career game-winning goal.

Harding’s sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Miller had seven saves in the first half. Junior goalkeeper Danielle Nonaka came on at half to make her first appearance of the season. She recorded four saves for HU.


Sewanee spoil senior day for Hendrix in overtime

CONWAY — The Hendrix College field hockey team lost to Sewanee-The University of the South 4-3 in overtime in the Southern Athletic Association and regular season finale at Warrior Field Sunday.

The game was the last at home in the careers of three Warrior seniors - Lindsay Chott, Jennifer Koller and Elizabeth Lancaster.

The visiting Tigers (8-7, 3-5) built a 2-0 lead. Just after halftime, the Warriors (0-13, 0-8) got on the board when freshman forward Raychl Reger scored on a pass from junior Erika Jasso in the 39th minute to cut the lead to 2-1.

Freshman Emily Rankin cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 65th minute on a fast-break goal.

Hendrix sent the game into overtime on their second penalty corner with no time left in regulation. Reger found the back of the cage with an assist from junior Morgan Fires to force the extra period.

Taking advantage of 8-1 count in penalty corners in overtime, Sewanee’s Karen Dawson scored in the 83rd minute with an assist from Mary Kate McAlister.

For the game, Sewanee outshot Hendrix 41-11 and had a 24-7 advantage on goal. The Tigers also led in corners 25-9.

Freshman keeper Gabryele Pochron, the nation’s leader in saves, recorded 18 stops for the Warriors. Koller, who ranks fourth in the country in defensive saves, had two.

Hendrix will open the SAA Tournament in Danville, Ky. on Friday as the fifth seed and will face No. 4 Transylvania.


A-State tops Henderson State in exhibition

JONESBORO — Four Arkansas State University men’s basketball players reached double figures in scoring as the Red Wolves handed Henderson State an 83-72 exhibition loss in their first action of the 2013-14 season this Saturday evening at the A-State Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke scored a team-high 18 points, all in the first half, and pulled down a game-best tying eight rebounds in 23 minutes to lead the way in his A-State debut. Senior guard Brandon Reed, a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Third-Team selection, and sophomore forward Raeford Worsham tossed in 13 points. Reed connected on three treys while Worsham made 7-of-9 from the free throw line and grabbed eight boards. Senior guard Ed Townsel ended the game with 12 points as A-State improved to 18-1 in exhibitions since 2004-05. For Henderson State, Melvin Haynes’ 25 led all scorers as the Reddies had three players crack the double-figure scoring column.

A-State is back on the court this Tuesday hosting Arkansas-Monticello at the Convocation Center in its exhibition finale.