Sugar Bears fall to Islanders

CONWAY – Central Arkansas (2-9, 0-1 SLC) took the court at the Prince Center for the first time under head coach Jeni Jones on Thursday night, and they were welcomed home by a record 529 people. The match against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (10-3, 1-0 SLC) served as the opener for both the Sugar Bears’ Southland Conference slate, and for the 2015 UCA Volleyball Crain Automotive Invitational. The Islanders proved to be too much for the Sugar Bears on the night, as Central Arkansas fell 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-21). The Sugar Bears, who came into the match averaging 1.5 service aces per set, struggled with the serve on both offense and defense on the night, getting just one ace while committing 11 service aces and eight reception errors. Heather Schnars led the Central Arkansas attack on the night, with a match-high 16 kills while hitting .308, while fellow senior Amy South dished out a team-high 25 assists. Defensively, the Sugar Bears were led by freshman Amanda Dimon’s 10 digs, and junior Megan Nash’s three blocks.

Golden Suns rally late for win

MAGNOLIA — Despite trailing late in the fifth set in their Great American Conference opening match on the road against Southern Arkansas, Arkansas Tech rallied to score eight of the last 11 points to come away with a 3-2 (19-25, 25-12, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13) victory Tuesday night. Arkansas Tech got outstanding double-double efforts out of their two phenomenal freshmen. Hunter Eshnaur led the way with a career-high 19 kills on a .342 attack percentage while coming away with a career-best 13 digs. Sarita Stegall also recorded her second consecutive double-double with a career-best 57 assists, averaging a season-best 11.4 assists per set. Kaylee Konsella had a strong night at the net, recording a season-high 15 kills on a .438 attack percentage as well as tying her season-highs in both total blocks (6) and digs (6). It was also the third consecutive match that Katie Huff recorded double-digit kills with an over .400 attack percentage. Huff finished the night with a season-high 15 kills on a .429 attack percentage.

A-State’s May earns weekly honor

JONESBORO — Arkansas State’s Carlisa May was recognized as one of the top outside hitters of the week by PrepVolleyball.com for her performance last week the online publication announced recently. A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., May led the team with 60 kills (4.29 per set) in a week that saw the Red Wolves go 4-0 with wins over Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Tulsa, and Stephen F. Austin. She hit .379 over that time frame and registered double-digit kills in all four matches, including a career-high 21 against Missouri State Sept. 9. She also had a career-best hitting percentage during the stretch with a .478 percentage and 13 kills against Tulsa Sept. 11. The true freshman led the team with 39 kills (4.33 per set) during the Golden Hurricane Classic Sept. 11-12 and hit .355 throughout the course of the tournament. The performance by May was enough to give the outside hitter her first all-tournament accolades. For the season, she has a 3.59 kills per set average that leads the team and is second in the Sun Belt Conference. Her 115 kills are the second most on the squad and .298 hitting percentage is the third best. The Red Wolves finished the nonconference portion of their schedule recently with a 9-1 record, the best start to an Arkansas State season since the 2009 squad opened up 10-1.

Hendrix defeats Rhodes College

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Hendrix College volleyball team cruised to a 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 victory over Rhodes College in their Southern Athletic Association at Mallory Gymnasium Wednesday night. The Warriors (6-5, 1-0) used 17 kills and hit .273 in the first set to win by four. The Lynx (5-5, 0-1) struggled in set two, hitting -.079. Hendrix connected on 14 kills and hit .243 in the third. For the match, the Warriors hit .208 with 41 kills, four aces, 56 digs and nine blocks. The Lynx hit .062 with 26 kills, three aces, 53 digs and seven blocks. Junior outside hitter MC Rogers was just shy of a double-double with 11 kills and nine digs to go with two aces and two blocks. Freshman setter Amber Melcher assisted 16 points and came up with a season-high nine digs. Sophomore Sara Dyslin had eight kills and five blocks and sophomore Bradi Ryan added eight kills as well. Sophomore right side Lauren Petrisin hit .316 with seven kills and tallied a career-best five blocks. Junior libero Leila Matsumoto led the back row with 16 digs. Junior Allison Gaia had 17 assists. Hendrix has defeated Rhodes in their last six meetings, dating back to 2013.


Foster helps Bisons to first win

BOLIVAR, Mo. - Junior forward Barry Foster registered his first career two-goal game and gave Harding (1-3-1) its first victory of the season with a golden goal in the third minute of double overtime. The Bisons defeated Southwest Baptist 3-2 for its fourth straight victory over the Bearcats (0-6). After a scoreless first half, the teams combined for three goals in a three-and-a-half minute stretch of the second half. Garrett Gibson’s second goal of the game for Southwest Baptist in the 83rd minute sent the game to overtime. Both teams had 21 shots, including seven shots on goal. Harding had a season-high seven shots on goal. Harding three road goals were its first of the season and the most since scoring six at Southwest Baptist last season. Foster is Harding’s active leader with eight goals. His game-winning goal Thursday was the second of his career. Harding sophomore Tyler Melson made five saves and earned his third career victory at goalkeeper.


SAU sweeps weekly awards

RUSSELLVILLE — The Great American Conference announced the league’s Runners of the Week for the second week of the 2015 season. Southern Arkansas’ Chris Wallace and Virginia Ney swept the men’s and women’s awards. Wallace (Southern Arkansas, Jr., North Richland Hills, Texas). Wallace was the top men’s finisher for Southern Arkansas at their host cross country event, the Lois Davis Invitational. Wallace, who finished the 8K course in a time of 26:00 was the sixth overall finisher with three of the top-five finishers being Division I runners. Ney (Southern Arkansas, Sr., Pearland, Texas). Virginia Ney finished third overall at Southern Arkansas’ home cross country event, the Lois Davis Invitational. Ney’s time of 19:19 helped pace a front pack of SAU runners to a second-place team finish, narrowly being edged out by Texas A&M-Commerce for the team title.


Golden Suns finish 11th

CARMEL, Ind. — Chopping three shots off its first-round score, Arkansas Tech finished in 11th place against solid competition at the UIndy Fall Invitational Tuesday. Four Golden Sun golfers bettered or tied their first-round scores, as the team finished its second round at Prairie View Golf Club with a 33-over 321, wrapping up the two-day competition with a 645, three shots better than 12th-place Lindenwood and three shots behind 10th-place California (Pa.). Freshman Anna Frandsen improved five spots on the leaderboard, shooting the 11th-best round of the day with a 4-over 76 to finish in a tie for 11th place with a 10-over 154 total. Sophomore Avery Struck also bettered her Monday score, firing an 8-over 80 to finish with a 17-over 161, good enough for a tie for 37th. Freshman Pia Nunbhakdi stayed steady, carding a second straight 82 to finish in a tie for 53rd with a 20-over 164. Junior Caroline Fredensborg did the same with back-to-back 83s to finish at 22-over 166 and in a tie for 61st. Junior Jessica Sachs shot an 85 to wrap up her tournament in a tie for 66th with a 168 total.

Burke’s second, Tech takes third at GAC preview

OKLAHOMA CITY — Bryce Burke completed his first collegiate event with a second-place finish, helping the Arkansas Tech men’s golf team to third-place final at the GAC Preview Tuesday. The freshman carded an even-par 72 in the third and final round at Lake Hefner Golf Club, finishing with a 2-under 214 for the tournament. That placed him into a three-way tie for second place, two strokes behind medalist Drew Posada from Oklahoma Baptist. On a day that saw scores go down, the Wonder Boys fired the second-best team score of the day with a 5-under 283, 15 and 16 strokes better than their first- and second-round scores from Monday. That left them with a three-day score of 16-over 880, 13 shots behind the second-place Bison. Southwestern Oklahoma fired a 10-under 278 Tuesday to win by seven strokes. Junior Austin Smith put together the second-lowest round of the day in the field with a 4-under 68, bumping him up 13 spots to finish alone in 12th with a 3-over 219. Senior Dylan Lovell carded a 2-under 70 to finish in a group tied at 22nd with a 6-over 222 total, and sophomore D.J. Godoy cut three strokes off his first-day scores by firing a 73 Tuesday to finish in 27th with a 9-over 225. Junior Julio Arguelles finished in a tie for 45th after tallying a 76 in the final round to finish with a 16-over 232. Golfing unattached, senior Jordan Hawkes cut five shots off his best round from Monday to finish in a tie for 50th with an 18-over 234.