Lady Bison earn Central Region No. 6

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Harding volleyball team is ranked sixth in the first NCAA central region poll released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

The top eight teams in the region are invited to the NCAA postseason tournament hosted by the No. 1 seed in the region.

Harding has a 21-7 overall record and is 20-3 against in-region opponents.

The last time HU made the NCAA tournament was in 2005.

The Lady Bisons will be back in action on Saturday as they host Northwestern Oklahoma.


UALR’s seasons ends in post-season

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The UALR soccer team put forth a tremendous effort in its first postseason appearance since 2009, stunning regular-season champion Western Kentucky by taking a 1-0 lead into halftime.

But the Hilltoppers (9-5-5) responded in the second half, netting two goals and controlling possession to come away with a 2-1 victory over UALR (4-14) at the Bobcat Soccer Complex on Wednesday evening.

With the loss, UALR’s season comes to an end.

Alyson Rohane got the lone goal for UALR on a free kick, and All-Sun Belt Second Team member Ariel Galletti had two shots on goal to her name.

Hendrix to host SAA Championship

CONWAY — Hendrix College will host the 2013 Southern Athletic Association Championship Tournament on Nov. 8-10 at Warrior Field.

The Warriors will take on top-seeded Millsaps in the opening game at noon on Friday.

Admission is free for all games, but donations for the Wounded Warrior Project will be taken at the gate.


Golden Suns grab No. 6

SKILLMAN, N.J. – Arkansas Tech’s tennis team has concluded fall play with a program-record No. 6 rating in the ITA Division II Women’s Central Region Poll released on Monday.

The Golden Suns are the top Great American Conference team in the poll, with Harding University ranking ninth.

Transfer junior Olga Leyshyna ranks seventh in the region, while freshman Nozomi Matsuoka debuts at No.13 in the individual poll. Leyshyna and defending Great American Conference Player of the Year Bohdana Sardak are the No. 4 doubles team in the region, while Matsuoka and fellow freshman Tamara Bell rank eighth in the doubles poll.

The Golden Suns will resume play in the spring of 2014.


Beyond Sports Network honors Harding’s Riley

SEARCY — Harding University senior defensive end Daniel Riley was one of six NCAA Division II players honored by Beyond Sports Network on Tuesday as its Defensive Players of the Week.

Riley, a native of Compton, Calif., had four tackles, including three solo sacks, on Saturday in Harding’s 42-10 road victory over Southeastern Oklahoma.

The three sacks were a career high for Riley. It was the first time a Harding player had three sacks in a game since Jermaine Blanchard had three against Valdosta State in 2009.

Riley, who has been invited to participate in the Medal of Honor Bowl, a postseason all-star game, leads Harding and ranks third in the Great American Conference with 6.5 sacks. He has 8.5 total tackles for loss, also the most among Harding players.

Henderson State duo earn weekly honors

Henderson State’s Gary Vines and Al Lasker were named Great American Conference Players of the Week for their performance last Saturday against Arkansas-Monticello.

Vines, the league’s Defensive Player of the Week, recorded nine tackles in Henderson’s 35-21 win over Arkansas-Monticello.

The freshman from North Little Rock also recorded a pair of interceptions including a 69-yard pick-six in the first quarter.

Vines has totaled 31 tackles this season, while having 3.5 stops for lost yardage and 9 passes defended.

Lasker earned GAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. The sophomore from Conway returned three punts for 103 yards including a 63-yard return for a touchdown.

Lasker has returned 28 punts for 329 yards and has a pair of touchdowns in 2013.

Henderson State has had 10 players earn GAC Player of the Week honors this season.