Lady Lions Stay Unbeaten In Conference Play

FORT SMITH — Senior Jordan Erz led a balanced offensive attack with 14 kills as the UAFS volleyball team remained unbeaten in Heartland Conference play with a four-set win against the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps on Thursday night in Lubbock, Texas.

UAFS (6-5) won the match 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20 to improve to 4-0 in league play and remain atop the standings. Lubbock Christian (5-6), which is a provisional NCAA Division II member and ineligible to compete for the league title or qualify for postseason play, suffered its first loss to a conference opponent, falling to 3-1.

It was the first match of a three-match, three-day swing through the Lone Star State for UAFS. The Lady Lions faced West Texas A&M on Friday at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s Falcon Dome in Odessa, Texas, and will play UTPB in a conference match at noon on Saturday.

Senior Stephanie Brock and freshman Maja Krstonosic had 24 and 21 assists, respectively, and freshman Emily Tripp had 22 digs.

UAFS collected 14 total blocks. Pickett had three solo blocks and one assist, while Erz had one block and four assists.

Kacey Deterding led three Lady Chaps in double-digit kills with 18 kills, while Amy Edwards had 17 and Abby White 11. Erin Fisher had 50 assists, while Christa Daniel had 14 digs, Deterding 12 and Fisher 11.

Suns sweep Henderson State

ARKADELPHIA — Sophomore Katie Huff led the team with 10 kills and a .769 hitting percentage, while junior Emily Todd had eight kills and freshman Kaylee Konsella had seven kills to lead the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (8-4, 2-1 GAC) to a 3-0 sweep of the Henderson State Lady Reddies (1-10, 0-3 GAC) Thursday night in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Arkansas Tech had the lead on Henderson State the entire match. The first set Arkansas Tech won 25-10, followed by a 52-18 win in the second set and a 25-12 win in the third.

Senior Amber Cerrillos dished out 30 assists. Junior Sierra Nighswonger had the most digs with nine, followed by sophomore Morgan McKellar with seven.

Nighswonger and McKellar both added three service aces. Arkansas Tech had 11 total service aces during the match.

The Golden Suns will face Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Bisons downs Ouachita Baptist

SEARCY – Harding defeated Ouachita Baptist 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16) on Thursday in Great American Conference action at the Rhodes Field House.

The Lady Bisons improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the GAC.

Harding has now won 19 straight GAC matches dating back to the 2011 season. It was also the 18th straight match the Lady Bisons have won at home.

Harding was led by Mollie Arnold who had 12 kills. Junior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland had 18 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Shelby Daniel had 10 digs.

Ouachita Baptist (8-2, 2-1 GAC) was led by junior setter Tara Wait who had a double-double with 15 assists and 11 digs.

The Lady Bisons will get their first weekend off since the start of the season before hosting Lyon in non-conference action at the Rhodes field House 7 p.m., on Tuesday.

Jandotti breaks blocking record in loss

MONTICELLO – Junior Gabriella Jandotti broke the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Great American Conference single-match records with eight block solos in a 3-1 loss to Southern Arkansas at home on Thursday night.

Final scores were 25-17, 23-25, 21-25 and 19-25.

Jandotti also added a block assist in the loss for a total of nine blocks in the match, which ties for fourth in the school’s record book and fifth on the GAC’s single-match chart. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native was responsible for all but two of UAM’s 11 team blocks in the loss.

The Blossoms (5-9, 0-3 GAC) were led by senior Tori Bozzo’s first double-double of the season with a match-high 13 kills and a team-high 17 digs. She only committed fourerrors on 35 swings for a .257 individual hitting percentage. Her 17 digs marks a new career-high.

UAM placed two others in double-digits offensively with juniors Christina Rini and Jessica Cuba totaling 10 kills each. Cuba added 16 digs in the loss for her third double-double of the season.

Senior Amy Bazemore aided the UAM offense with 23 digs, her 11th match of the season with at least 20 assists, while senior Haley Goldwater added 19.

The Lady Muleriders finished with three players in double-digits offensively with Logan Tolbert leading the way with 13 kills.

The Blossoms step out of the conference portion of the schedule this Saturday for a tri-match against Central Baptist and Lyon College in Batesville.

A-State wins conference opener

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State volleyball team opened up its home schedule with a conference win over Sun Belt Conference newcomer Georgia State in a five-set thriller 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 15-6).

Offensively, A-State (5-10, 1-0) was led by Sarah Kemp’s 18 kills, while Kelsey Sullivan (15) and Sadie Clark (13) also recorded double-digit kills. Jackie Gerig dished out 48 assists to pace A-State and Kemp added three service aces. Defensively, Megan Baska registered 18 digs and Kelsey Reis added seven blocks to lead the Red Wolves.

A-State faces conference foe Troy in its next match on Sunday, Sept. 29 at noon in the Convocation Center.

Begic nabs more than 30 kills in win

MOBILE, Ala. – UALR junior Edina Begic became the first player with 30+ kills in a four set match for the second year in a row as UALR (9-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) fought off South Alabama (5-6, 0-1 SBC) 25-23, 18-25, 25-21, 27-25 Friday night (Sept. 27) in the conference opener for both teams.

UALR improves to 14-9 all-time in its first SBC match of the season.

Begic began the night with 11 kills in the first set en route to 31 kills for the match. Combined with nine errors on 63 swings, she hit .349 for the match. Begic completed her eighth double-double of the season with a team-best 12 digs.

Junior Marleen de Zoete added 50 assists and three kills on nine attacks with no errors. She is hitting .464 her last four matches (13 kills and no errors on 28 attempts). Sonja Milanovic had four kills while freshman Kelsey Leech tied Begic with 12 digs. Junior Allison Wyatt contributed 11 digs.

UALR returns to action Sunday (Sept. 29) at noon when it hosts Georgia State (5-10, 0-1 SBC). First serve against the Panthers is set for noon.

No. 12 Lady Buffs Sweep Lady Lions

FORT SMITH — In a rematch of last season’s NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament opener, No. 12 West Texas A&M posted its second consecutive sweep of UAFS on Friday in nonconference volleyball action at UTPB’s Falcon Dome in Odessa, Texas.

West Texas A&M won the match 25-18, 25-15, 25-17.

It was the Lady Lions’ second match in as many days and the second of a three-match, three-day swing through the Lone Star State. UAFS (6-6) beat Lubbock Christian in four sets in Heartland Conference play on Thursday night in Lubbock, Texas, and will play UTPB in a conference match at noon on Saturday.

The Lady Buffs (11-3) used a solid defense to sweep the Lady Lions, holding them to a paltry 0.096 hitting percentage (28 for 104) and forced them to commit 18 hitting errors. Senior Jordan Erz, who had a team-high 14 kills in the win against Lubbock Christian, led UAFS with six kills.

West Texas A&M had nine total blocks – three solo blocks and 12 block assists.

Senior Stephanie Brock had 14 assists, while freshman Olivia Navato and Brock had 13 and 10 digs, respectively.

Erz and senior Jordan Pickett had five and four block assists, respectively, to lead UAFS, which struggled defensively against West Texas A&M’s hitters. The Lady Buffs compiled a 0.272 hitting percentage (45 for 114) and committed 14 hitting errors.