Sardak, Leyshyna reach Final Four.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -– Juniors Olga Leyshyna and Bohdana Sardak won an 8-2 decision over Washburn’s fourth-seeded duo of Casyn Buchman and Jodie Blackim to advance to the Final Four, before dropping a tough 8-6 decision to Augustana’s eighth-seeded duo of Katie Jesperson and Jessa Richards in the semifinals, as the Golden Suns wrapped up play at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships Saturday.

The team of Nozomi Matsuoka and Tamara Bell advanced to the Elite Eight, but dropped an 8-3 decision to Southwest Baptist’s top-seeded duo of Fanni Varga and Christina Zentai.

Meanwhile, in singles play, Leyshyna won a hard-fought 6-1, 2-6, 10-4 decision over fourth-seeded Katie Jesperson of Augustana, before falling 6-1, 6-2 to Varga, the overall top seed. Matsuoka picked up a 1-6, 6-0, 10-5 decision over Central Oklahoma’s Alina Gorina to advance to the Elite Eight, but fell to Northeastern State’s Houda Bellamine 6-3, 6-1.

Tech will return to action Sept. 27-28, hosting the Golden Suns Slam at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

Suns finish first day at USTA/ITA regional

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Leyshyna picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Nebraska-Kearney’s Paula Jimenez, Bell rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Northeastern State’s Luica Cerchlanova, and Matsuoka picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Missouri Western’s Ceara Boldridge, while two Golden Suns doubles teams advanced to the final day of competition at the 2013 USTA/ITA Regional Championships hosted by Southwest Baptist University.

Matsuoka teamed with Bell to top the sixth-seeded tandem of Alexis Bartek and Ludmila Nikolic of Northwest Missouri State, 8-3, before picking up an 8-3 win over Christine Olivo and Liz Lewis of Augustana to advance to the Elite Eight.

Meanwhile, Leyshyna teamed with Sardak to win 8-3 over Camille Caron-Bedard and Brittney Ricci of Fort Hays State in the opening round, and then the duo picked up an 8-4 win over Kristin Weems and Emily Fink of Nebraska-Kearney.

Sardak dropped her opening singles match, a difficult 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 setback to East Central’s Aurelie Rodriguez.

In the second round, Bell fell 6-2, 6-2 to Christina Zentai of Southwest Baptist, while Matsuoka topped Harding’s Lauren Doversola 6-0, 6-4 and Leyshyna topped Washburn’s Kristen Holle 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the round of 16.

Harding wraps up tourney play

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -– The Harding men’s and women’s tennis teams continued play Saturday at the USTA/ITA Central Region Tournament, hosted by Southwest Baptist University.

For the Harding women, senior Benyapa Phumtip won her first two matches Friday to advance to the round of 16 Saturday in women’s singles. Phumtip opened the day with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 victory over Nebraska-Kearney’s Vanessa Gunawan, the No. 4 seed in the tournament. In the quarterfinals, Phumtip fell 6-3, 6-1 to No. 7 seed Kristina Savchenkov of Northeastern State.

Harding’s men had three players still alive in the round of 16 on Saturday, but all three failed to make the quarterfinals. Caleb McReynolds fell 6-4, 6-2 to Northwest Missouri State’s Julien Couronne, Mathaus Spiering lost 6-4, 6-1 to Kristof Kinal of Southwest Baptist, and Jon Mark Rowden went down to Omar El Kheshen of Southwest Baptist in a super tie-breaker 4-6, 7-5, 10-8.

Harding’s women will be back in tournament action next weekend at the UCA Tournament in Conway. Both the Bisons and Lady Bisons will play a dual match against Arkansas-Fort Smith on Oct. 1.

Field Hockey

Rhodes downs Hendrix

CONWAY — The Hendrix College field hockey team lost to Rhodes College 9-1 in Southern Athletic Association action at Warrior Field on Saturday afternoon.

The visiting Lynx (2-5, 2-1) outshot the Warriors (0-5, 0-3) 43-6 overall and 35-4 in shots on goal.

Hendrix junior forward Morgan Fires scored in the 52nd minute on an assist from junior defender Lauren Shklanko for the Warriors’ only goal.

Freshman Gabryele Pochron, the national leader in saves, stopped 24 shots the second most in school history. Senior defender Jennifer Koller added two defensive saves, improving her season total eight, breaking the old program record of six.

Junior forward Erika Jasso took two shots on goal for the Warriors and Fires and senior defender Lindsay Chott each took one.

Hendrix will be off until next Sunday when they travel to Sewanee-The University of the South for a conference match.


Warriors clip Louisiana College

CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s soccer team defeated Louisiana College 3-1 in a physical contest at Warrior Field on Saturday night.

In a game that feature 10 cards and 29 total fouls, the host Warriors (3-3-2) outshot the Wildcats (3-5) 21-12 overall and 8-4 on goal.

Freshman forward Anthony Galick put Hendrix on the board in the 25th minute on an assist from sophomore forward Will Dunaway. Sophomore midfielder Jacob Pierce made the game 2-0 in the 32nd minute after a corner kick by sophomore C.J. Thompson that was also touched by sophomore Steven Cochrun.

In goal, sophomore Marco Luna recorded 10 saves for Hendrix. Tanner Dubuc had three saves in 56 minutes and Cameron Vauclin had two saves in 34 minutes for LC.

The Warriors will be back in action Wednesday when they host Lyon College at 7 p.m.