Hendrix splits second day of invitational

CONWAY — The Hendrix College volleyball team split again on the second day of the Rhodes Invitational at Mallory-Hyde Gymnasium on Sunday.

The Warriors (7-5) lost to East Texas Baptist University 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 in the opener, then swept Maryville College 25-12, 25-22, 25-21.

Freshman outside hitter MC Rogers connected on a season-best 19 kills to go with seven digs and four blocks to lead the Orange & Black. Freshman right side Natalie Masten had nine kills. Freshman Holyn Duyck assisted 27 points and sophomore libero Jill Sikes led the defense with 19 digs. Junior Ella Concavage-Nasar also dug 15 balls and freshman Leila Matsumot came up with 11 digs. Freshman middle blocker Grace Griffin registered six blocks.

In the win over the Scots (1-12), Duyck hit .412 with eight kills and 16 assists and Rogers and freshman middle blocker Jen Karnes also added eight kills each. Freshman outside Samantha Stockdale had a season-best seven kills and hit .429. Freshman setter Allison Gaia recorded 21 assists. Concavage-Nasar had 14 digs and sophomore Felicia Beeman added 11.

Hendrix will play two matches at cross-town foe Central Baptist College on Tuesday night beginning at 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Cassar wins Vandy Invitational, Setzler third

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — University of Central Arkansas freshman Brooke Cassar won the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday, while senior Erika Setzler finished third, leading UCA to a fifth-place finish overall.

Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, had a time of 17:08.35 in the 5K race held at Percy Ward Park. She shattered her own two-week old record for the 5K by 16 seconds. Setzler finished third in 17:20.09, which also broke the record.

UCA was fifth with 169 points behind host Vanderbilt (38), Lipscomb (68), Ole Miss (87) and Mississippi State (103).

Limo finishes 12th at Vandy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — University of Central Arkansas senior Edward Limo finished 12th at Saturday’s Vanderbilt Invitational at Percy Ward Park.

Limo, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, finished in a time of 25:29.61 over the 8K course, helping the Bears to a ninth place finish overall.

Lipscomb won the meet with 95 points, followed by Mississippi State (111), East Tennessee State (112), Belmont (113), Morehead State (175), Memphis (182), Samford (188), Middle Tennessee (191) and UCA (197), which finished ahead of 10 other schools.


Harding opens up 2013-14 campaign

SEARCY — The Harding women’s golf team opens the 2013-14 season Monday and Tuesday at the 15th Annual NSU Golf Classic, hosted by Northeastern State University at the Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Catoosa, Okla.

Harding is the two-time defending Great American Conference champion and will return three golfers off last season’s team. Juniors Brittany Marquez and Emily Plyler return along with sophomore Lani Schwartz. The team’s newcomers are freshmen Charles Ann Freeman and Allyson Springer.

Last season, Harding placed third of 13 teams at the NSU Golf Classic, but that tournament was held at the Cherry Springs Golf Course in Broken Arrow, Okla., Marquez was the individual medalist, shooting a 1-under 143 to win the tournament.

Trojans ties atop leaderboard heading into final round

NORMAL, Ill. — The UALR men’s golf team is tied for first through 36 holes at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate.

UALR and Purdue both sit at 11-over par 579 heading into Monday’s final round at the par-71, 6,915-yard layout at Weibring Golf Club.

The Trojans sat second after combining for a seven-over 291 in Sunday’s first round of 18, three shots back of Bradley and two in front of host Illinois State and Purdue. UALR improved in round two, closing Sunday with a four-over 288 to put itself even with the Boilermakers heading into Monday’s final round of 18.

Junior Alfred Kerstis (even par, 142) is tied for third among 78 individuals after opening with a one-under 70 and closing with a one-over 72, putting him two shots back of leader Austin Eoff (69-71) from Purdue.

One shot back of UALR and Purdue are Illinois State and Loyola-Chicago. Evansville is alone in fifth place with a combined score of 581. Bradley dropped back into a tie for sixth with Western Illinois (587) following a 14-over 299 in round two.

Monday’s final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Field Hockey

Lady Warriors drop league contest

CONWAY — The Hendrix College field hockey team lost to 5-2 to Transylvania University in Southern Athletic Association action at Warrior Field on Sunday afternoon.

The visiting Pioneers (3-2, 1-1 SAA) outshot the Warriors (0-4, 0-2 SAA) 27-6 overall and 21-3 on goal. TU also had a 15-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Hendrix tied it up, 1-1, when senior defender Lindsay Chott’s pass found freshman Amibeth Marks for a goal in the 28th minute.

The Pioneers added goals in the 41st and 53rd minutes to go up 4-1. Marks scored again for the Warriors on an assist from junior midfielder Lotte Kraaijenbirnk in the 60th minute. Macaulay Schifferdecker added a final goal for UT in the 68th minute.

Freshman keeper Gabryele Pochron registered 14 saves for Hendrix and senior Jennifer Koller had two defensive saves. Koller, from Woodbury, Conn., already has six defensive saves this season, tying the Hendrix season record set by senior Elizabeth Lancaster last year. Koller also holds the program’s career record with 15.

Hendrix will return to action on Saturday when they host conference foe Rhodes College.