Tech hosts Golden Suns Slam

RUSSELLVILLE — Coach Abby Davis and the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns tennis team will welcome the teams from Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southern Nazarene, and John Brown to the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex this weekend as Tech hosts the annual Golden Suns Slam on Friday and Saturday.

Play begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission to the event is free. Players will play in a round robin format.

The Golden Suns are coming off a solid performance at last week’s USTA/ITA Regionals at Southwest Baptist University. While Davis was pleased with her team’s performance, the Golden Suns’ coach was unsure of what to expect when the team made the trip.

HU women’s opens dual season with victory

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —- The Harding women’s tennis team opened the 2013-14 dual match season with a 9-0 victory over NCAA Division III opponent Rhodes College on Wednesday.

Harding swept the three doubles matches and won all six singles matches to give new head coach Marco Ruiz his first dual match victory.

Freshmen Piper Huey, Lauren Doversola and Arielle Butler all made their Harding dual match debuts against Rhodes.

Harding will be back in action Saturday at the Central Arkansas Invitational, an individual singles and doubles tournament in Conway.


Harding hosts Southern Nazarene

SEARCY — Harding will play for the first time in nine days when it opens MIAA play Thursday against Southern Nazarene at the Stevens Soccer Complex today at 7 p.m.

The Bisons’ original MIAA opener against Northeastern State was postponed until Oct. 1 due to rain. The Southern Nazarene game starts a stretch of three straight home games after a successful road trip to Arkadelphia, where Harding (1-1-2) defeated Ouachita Baptist 3-1 on Tuesday.

The victory at Ouachita Baptist was Harding’s first since defeating Upper Iowa on Sept. 28, 2012. It was the Bisons’ first road victory since a 2-0 blanking of Southern Nazarene in Bethany, Okla., on Sept. 20, 2012. Harding is seeking its first consecutive victories since defeating Williams Baptist (6-0) and Delta State (1-0) in October of 2011.

Southern Nazarene (1-4-0) is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan., on Sept. 20. Trailing 1-0, SNU’s Blake Rodgers scored an unassisted goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. Fort Hays scored just under nine minutes into overtime for the victory.

Harding and Southern Nazarene are playing for the fourth time with the Crimson Storm leading the series 2-1. The teams played first in 2002 with SNU winning 3-2 in Bethany. After a 10-year hiatus, the teams played twice last season. Harding won 2-0 in Bethany but fell 4-3 in Searcy.

Warriors shut out Scots

CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s soccer team moved their unbeaten streak to four matches with a 2-0 victory over Lyon College at Warrior Field Wednesday night.

The Warriors (4-3-2) struck in the 16th minute when sophomore midfielder Jacob Pierce delivered the ball to freshman forward Anthony Galick who rocketed a shot into to the back of the net from 30 yards out.

The Scots (3-4-2) outshot the Warriors 15-7, but Hendrix had a 3-2 edge in shots on goal. Sophomore midfielder Max Getler took the Warriors’ other shot on goal.

Sophomore keeper Marco Luna had two saves for the Warriors, giving him two on the year. Luna tied Kylee Beene’s (2004-07) program career mark of nine shutouts.

Rob Brown stopped one shot for Lyon and Andres Contreras took both shots on goal.

Hendrix will be off until Oct. 5 when they host Millsaps College for their first Southern Athletic Association match of the year.

Cross Country

Harding wraps up runners of week honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Harding’s Ewa Zaborowska and Andrew Evans repeated as the Great American Conference’s Cross Country Female and Male Runners of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

GAC Women’s Runner of the Week — Ewa Zaborowska, Harding, Jr., Wejherowo, Poland

Zaborowska established a personal record for the 5K with a time of 17:29.99, as she finished second at the Southern Stampede Cross Country Invitational. The Lady Bisons tied for fourth place overall and bested the four other GAC schools that ran in the meet.

GAC Men’s Runner of the Week — Andrew Evans, Harding, Sr., Rogers.

Evans again led the Bisons, this week to a fourth-place showing at the Southern Stampede Cross Country Invitational. He finished eighth in the race in a time of 25:08.97. The Bisons placed first among the four GAC schools that participated at the meet.