Kerstis leads Trojans

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – The UALR men’s golf team placed seventh of 13 teams at the ASU Fall Beach Classic on Tuesday.

The Trojans combined for a team score of 302 in the final round, giving them a total of 894 for the tournament.

West Florida won the event with a team score of 868, eight shots ahead of second-place ULM (876). Memphis placed third with a combined score of 878.

Junior Alfred Kerstis was the Trojans’ top finisher at the event. Kerstis carded a 1-over 73 in Tueday’s final round to end the event at 4-over par and in a tie for 12th place. Sophomore Matias Calderon finished alone in 17th place after a 4-over 76 landed him at 5-over for the tournament.

Tuesday’s round closes the fall season for the Trojans. UALR will return to action in February when they compete in the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif., on Feb. 21-23.

A-State finishes fifth

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Led by two players finishing among the top-10 individuals, the Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a final-round 301 Tuesday at the ASU Fall Beach Classic to complete the two-day tournament in fifth place among 13 teams with a combined 883.

Hosting the tournament at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, the Red Wolves finished three strokes behind fourth-place Louisiana-Lafayette and within five strokes of third-place Memphis. West Florida claimed the tournament title with an 868, while Louisiana-Monroe finished runner-up with an 876.

Chance Holden shot a 215, including a low round of 69, and placed fifth to lead the Red Wolves. Easton Key, who was responsible for the lowest round of the tournament by an A-State player with a 68, was only one stroke behind at 216 to place sixth.

The Red Wolves return to action Feb. 17-18 at the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas.


Tech’s Cerrillos earns setter honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Amber Cerrillos claimed her second Great American Conference Setter of the Week award after her performance in Arkansas Tech’s three victories last week, announced by the GAC today.

Cerrillos averaged 12.7 assists per set in helping the Golden Suns to reach 20 wins for the ninth-straight season. She dished out 32 assists in Tech’s sweep against Arkansas-Monticello. In non-conference play, she registered 41 assists in a sweep against Bacone College and 16 assists in one set of action against Philander Smith.

Cerrillos joins Harding’s Alyssa Short (offensive) and Lisa Copeland (defensive) as the league’s players of the week.

The Golden Suns will travel to Searcy Wednesday night to play conference opponent Harding.

Lady Bisons clinch share of GAC championship

SEARCY – The Harding volleyball team defeated Arkansas Tech 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-22) on Tuesday in Great American Conference action at the Rhodes Field House. With the win, the Lady Bisons clinched a share of the GAC Regular Season Championship and will be the No. 1 seed in the GAC Tournament.

It was the sixth straight win for Harding as they improved to 23-7 overall and 12-0 in the GAC. Also, the Lady Bisons extended their conference winning streak to 29 matches and their home winning streak to 23, as both streaks date back to the 2011 season.

Junior outside hitter Marindia Turner led HU with 13 kills. Junior middle blocker Liv Savage had 10 kills.

The Harding defense was led by reigning GAC Players of the Week as Lisa Copeland had 19 digs and Alyssa Short had seven blocks.

Arkansas Tech (20-10, 7-3 GAC) was led by Katie Huff who had nine kills. Emily Todd led the ATU defense with 14 digs.

Harding will play its final home match on Saturday as they host Northwestern Oklahoma.

Tigers claw back to defeat Blossoms

ARKADELPHIA — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team was unable to finish off a 2-0 lead as the Ouachita Baptist Tigers rallied back for a five-set victory on Tuesday night. Final game scores were 25-21,25-13, 17-25, 21-25 and 6-15.

Individually, the Blossoms (12-16, 2-10 Great American Conference) were led by a career-high 12 kills from junior Kayla Macadlo, who also tallied a career-high 18 digs for the first double-double of the year. Senior Tori Bozzo also had a double-double with 11 kills and a team-high 19 digs.

Junior Frankie Zaragoza led the Blossoms with a career-high 25 digs. Seniors Amy Bazemore and Emily Smith also reached double-digits with 15 and 11 digs, respectively.

Junior libero Chelsey Hess recorded 16 digs for the Tigers (14-10, 7-5 GAC) in the final two sets and the Tiger hitters were able to capitalize and take over the match. She finished the match with 29 digs. Sophomore Abby Pickett led all participants with 14 kills.

Freshman Anna LeTourneau had 36 assists and 12 digs in her first home start and only her third start of the season. Freshman Anna Holcomb had 20 digs and a service ace.

The Blossoms return to the court Nov. 11 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the final non-conference match of the 2013 season.

Lady Lions Win ‘Battle Of The Lady Lions’

FORT SMITH — The streak continues.

The UAFS volleyball team extended its winning streak to 13 consecutive matches on Tuesday night, sweeping Missouri Southern State University in the nonconference "Battle of the Lady Lions" at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS (19-6) won the match 25-15, 25-15, 25-13 to improve to 4-0 all-time against Missouri Southern (4-22), which lost its 10th match in a row.

Junior outside hitter Michelle Walker led UAFS with nine kills. Freshman setter Maja Krstonosic had 24 assists, while freshman libero Olivia Navato had a team-high 11 digs.

UAFS will resume Heartland Conference play on Thursday against St. Edward’s at Austin, Texas. UAFS is 14-0 in conference play and already has secured a share of the conference title. UAFS will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which it will host at the Stubblefield Center.


Albright, Broyles grab final weekly honors

RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference has announced the league’s Offensive Player, Defender and Goalkeeper of the Week for the final week of the women’s soccer regular season.

Harding’s Averie Albright scored the Offensive Player of the Week honor; Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Kira Bertrand won the Defender of the Week award while Ouachita Baptist’s Sarah Broyles claimed the Goalkeeper of the Week accolade.

Offensive player of the week – Albright, Harding, MF, Fr., Searcy, Ark.­

Albright notched the second game-winning goal of her career in the Lady Bisons’ 3-2 win against Southern Nazarene in the regular-season finale. She found the back of the net in the 89th minute which came after assisting on the game-tying goal in the 54th minute.

Goalkeeper of the week – Sarah Broyles, Ouachita Baptist, Sr., Longview, Texas

Broyles recorded shutouts against Southern Nazarene and East Central to lock up the second seed in the upcoming GAC Championships for the Lady Tigers. She made seven saves in a 3-0 win against the Crimson Storm and followed up that performance with a 10-save effort against East Central.


Weevils wrap up exhibition with loss at A-State

JONESBORO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team concluded the exhibition portion of the 2013-14 schedule with a 95-64 loss to Arkansas State on Tuesday inside the ASU Convocation Center.

The Weevils were limited to just eight made field goals in the first half, while the Red Wolves made 17 shots to take a 44-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Junior D’Audrio Patton led the Weevils with 13 points and four rebounds. Senior Brandon Sims also reached double-digits with 12 points and six rebounds. Junior Tre Wells added nine points in his 12 minutes off the bench.

Senior guard Melvin Johnson III led A-State with a game-high 22 points. Senior guard Brandon Reed tallied 17 points and senior forward Kendrick Washington had 14 points along with a game-high eight rebounds off the bench. Senior guard Ed Townsel, senior forward Kirk Van Slyke, and junior guard Rakeem Dickerson all recorded 11 points apiece

The Weevils are set to open the regular season this weekend at the Delta Challenge in Cleveland, Miss., hosted by Delta State University.

UAM faces Eckerd on Nov. 9 in the season opener, and follows that game on Nov. 11 against Florida Southern.