Blossoms with two at tri-match

BATESVILLE — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team got back on the winning track by recording victories in both of its matches on Saturday at the Lyon College Tri-Match. The Blossoms started the day with a 3-0 sweep over Central Baptist and followed with a 3-2 win over host Lyon College later in the day.

Final game scores of the sweep over CBC were 25-12, 25-11 and 25-18. Final game scores of the five-set win over Lyon were 25-22, 17-25, 14-25, 25-17 and 15-12. More information will be posted at uamsports.com when complete game statistics become available.

With the wins on Saturday, UAM improves its record to 7-9 overall heading into its conference road match against Henderson State on Tuesday, Oct. 1. First serve is set set for 7 p.m. at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia.

Vikings sweep Warriors

CONWAY — The Hendrix College volleyball team lost to Southern Athletic Association leader Berry College 25-19, 25-20, 25-23 at Grove Gymnasium on Saturday evening.

Freshman outside hitter MC Rogers recorded her fourth double-double of the year for Hendrix (10-7, 1-3) with 15 kills and 10 digs to go with four blocks. Senior outside Katie Burchfield connected on nine kills in two sets. Junior libero Ella Concavage-Nasar led the defense with 14 digs and freshman Jen Karnes had four blocks and five kills. Freshman setter Allison Gaia recorded 17 assists and six digs.

Kelsey Lochstampfor led Berry (11-3, 5-0) with 15 kills and Katie O’Rourke had 13.

The Warriors will return to action on Sunday when they host Oglethorpe University at noon.


Bounds, Fleming lead Suns to fourth

RUSSELLVILLE — Kaitlin Bounds and Cheryl Fleming led the Golden Suns cross country team to a fourth place finish at the Ozarks Invitational with times of 20:17 (9th) and 20:18 (10th) respectively on the 5-kilometer course in Clarksville on Saturday.

Tech finished with 75 points, 18 points behind third-place Ouachita Baptist and 47 points behind the first place UAFS.

The Golden Suns will compete in their next race at the Chile Pepper XC Festival in Fayetteville on Oct. 5.

UCA split squads compete at McNeese, Rhodes

The University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s cross country squads competed at the McNeese Cowboy XC Stampede in Lake Charles, La., and the Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis on Saturday, with one individual winner and a runner-up finish.

The women’s team, led by freshman Brooke Cassar and senior Erika Setzler, finished second in the 6K race at Rhodes. Cassar was second overall in a school-record time of 20:42, while Setzler was third in 21:02, also breaking the old record.

In the Cowboy Stampede, UCA’s women were seventh, with senior Elizabeth Wertz the top finisher in 22nd place for the 5K course.

Senior Edward Limo won the Rhodes 8k in a time of 24:42, leading UCA to a second-place finish. Senior Amos Gerber was fifth in 25:33.

At Lake Charles, UCA’s men were fourth over the four-mile course, led by sophomore James Leonard in 13th (20:41.99) and sophomore Corentin Louis in 14th (20:42.78).


HU falls 3-0 to No. 21 Fort Hays State

SEARCY -– Fort Hays State, ranked 21st in NCAA Division II, defeated Harding men’s soccer 3-0 on Saturday in MIAA action at the Stevens Soccer Complex.

The game was the first of two straight against nationally-ranked opponents for Harding. The Bisons (2-2-2, 1-1-0) will take on No. 6 Northeastern State on Tuesday in Searcy. Harding will be looking for its first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked team.

Fort Hays (6-1-1, 2-0-1) is unbeaten in its last seven games.

The shutout was the fifth of the season for Fort Hays.

Fort Hays outshot Harding 22-12 overall and 13-5 in the second half. Kent Freund made three saves for his first shutout of the season, and Peterson made five saves for Harding.


Tech finishes 6th annual Suns Slam

RUSSELLVILLE — Bohdana Sardak won a 6-0, 6-0 decision at the No. 3 singles, while Olga Leyshyna took an 8-1 decision in No. 1 singles and Nozomi Matsuoka took an 8-3 decision at No. 2 singles as the Arkansas Tech women’s tennis team finished day two of the 6th Annual Golden Suns Slam.

The Golden Suns went undefeated in singles play. Tech won six out the ten doubles matches. Matsuoka and Bell defeated Henderson State’s Watson and Griffin 8-0, while Grahl and Suico also defeated John Brown’s Mowrer/Pinter 8-0

Arkansas Tech will have their next game at the Collin County Community College Fall Open on Oct. 11-12 in Plano.