A-State duo pick up weekly honors
JONESBORO — Arkansas State’s Markie Schaedig and Carlisa May were both honored by the Sun Belt Conference as the Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and Freshman Student-Athlete of the Week, respectively, per an announcement by the league office Monday. Schaedig, a native of Little Rock started the 2015 season where she left off last year by leading the team in digs with 55 (6.11 per set) over A-State’s three season-opening wins in the Drury Hotels Redhawks Invitational. She tallied 14 digs in the Red Wolves’ 3-0 win over SEMO Friday, Aug. 28, before registering 21 digs against UMKC later in the day. The junior libero finished the tournament with 20 digs in A-State’s 3-0 win over Saint Louis on Saturday, Aug. 30, and was named to the all-tournament team. This is Schaedig’s sixth career SBC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week award after she won five weekly awards as a sophomore a season ago. May, a freshman from Lee’s Summit, Mo., had a fantastic collegiate-opening weekend for the Red Wolves by recording 30 kills in eight sets of action for a 3.75 kills per set average on a .379 hitting percentage. She had eight kills against Southeast Missouri, but followed that match with her best match of the weekend against UMKC. She tallied 11 kills against the Kangaroos on a .429 hitting percentage and contributed defensively with four digs and three blocks. The outside hitter finished the weekend with another 11 kills against SLU on a solid .348 hitting percentage as May’s total weekend was enough to give her the first SBC weekly award of her young career.
Little Rock suffers loss to No. 15 Kenkucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Little Rock volleyball suffered its third loss of the season against No. 15 Kentucky after being swept in three sets (25-23, 25-14, 25-22) on Saturday night. Kentucky led the entirety of the first set as it went on a 6-1 run before Little Rock called a timeout. The Trojans would battle back to bring the score within one at 20-19 after going on a 7-1 run. Little Rock kept the set close Kentucky in the final points, but the Wildcats ended up taking the first set by a score of 25-23. The Trojans had their best beginning to a set all night in the third frame as Little Rock and Kentucky remained tied until 9-9. Kentucky then scored four straight points to take a 13-9 lead, making Little Rock take its first timeout of the set. The Trojans climbed back into it and brought the match to within one at 14-13 on a Wildcat attack error. Kentucky started pulling away once again, increasing its score to 21-16 before Little Rock took its final timeout of the set. Little Rock came through with three straight points after a kill by Marina Avram and solo blocks from Carolee Dillard and Veronica Marin. This forced Kentucky to take its first timeout with a 21-19 lead. Little Rock remained within two until Kentucky claimed the set and match with a 25-22 win. Edina Selimovic came up with 10 kills and a .389 hitting percentage. For her overall performance in the tournament, she was named to the Bluegrass Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Sugar Bears drop first game to tourney host
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Central Arkansas volleyball team opened the 2015 season on Friday night, travelling to Las Vegas, Nevada to take part in the UNLV Invitational. The Sugar Bears opened their tournament appearance against host UNLV, falling 3-1. Central Arkansas (0-1) was outhit .423 to .115 in the first set, falling 25-14. The Sugar Bears battled back in the second set, but still came up short, falling into a 2-0 hole thanks to a 25-23 defeat. Central Arkansas got on the board in the third set, outhitting the Rebels (1-0) .259 to .188 to take the set 25-21. The fourth set went to UNLV 25-15, giving them the 3-1 victory. Senior Heather Schnars and freshman Samantha Anderson each tallied a team-high 12 kills while hitting .194 and .280, respectively. Senior Amy South keyed the Central Arkansas offense, dishing out 37 assists, while Schnars, senior Corri Hunt, and freshman Amanda Dimon each dug nine attacks. Freshman Savannah Allen collected a team-high four blocks, and Anderson added three of her own.
Bears fall to UMBC
BALTIMORE, Md. – The Central Arkansas men’s soccer team took the field on Sunday night, travelling to Baltimore, Maryland to square off against the 12th-ranked University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers. Despite putting up double-digit shot attempts against the 2014 final four squad, the Bears were unable to put themselves on the board, falling 5-0. UMBC (1-0-1) opened the scoring in the 17th minute, when Michael Scott collected a cross from Cormac Noel and headed it into the bottom-right corner of the net. The Retrievers added a goal in 33rd minute, when Gregg Hauck and James Gielen strung a set of passes together to feed Darius Madison, who beat Central Arkansas (0-2) keeper Harrison Veith to the bottom-left corner of the net. The Bears put up 10 shots against UMBC on the night, including shots on goal from freshman Daltyn Knutson and sophomore William Woody. Freshman Jacob Jerles also gave the Bears a solid chance in the second half, but his attempt rattled of the crossbar. Central Arkansas returns to action on Friday night, opening the home part of their schedule against cross-town opponent Central Baptist at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Bears open season with loss
NEWARK, Del. — The Central Arkansas men’s soccer team opened the 2015 season on Friday night, making the trip to Newark, Delaware to battle the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware. Delaware got a goal early in the second half, and that would prove to be the difference-maker, as the Bears fell 1-0. After a first half in which they were outshot 9-3, the Bears (0-1) seemed to settle in in the second half, as limited Delaware (1-0) to just three shots after the break. The first of those shots would be all the Blue Hens would need though, as Guillermo Delgado collected a cross from Ben Sampson and beat Central Arkansas keeper Harrison Veith for the match’s only goal. Central Arkansas continued to battle though as Daltyn Knutson had a shot blocked by the Delaware defense in the 61st minute and another attempt go wide in the 83rd minute. Pepe San Roman saw a shot go high in the 89th minute. Chris Holmes had the Bears’ lone shot on goal for the match, when his 15th minute attempt was saved by Todd Morton. Knutson added three shots, while San Roman added one. Veith made four saves in goal for the Bears. The Bears return to the field on Sunday evening, when they head to Catonsville, Md., to take on twelfth-ranked Maryland-Baltimore County at 6 p.m.
Barrage lifts women’s team
CONWAY – The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team returned to action on Sunday afternoon, hosting the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhaws at the Bill Stephens Soccer Complex. The Bears were unable to put much together in the first half, but turned on the jets in the second half, downing the Warhawks 1-0. Central Arkansas (2-2) controlled possession in the first half, but was unable to string anything together, heading into the break trailing ULM (2-3) 4-2 in shots. That changed in the second half, as the Bears continued to dominate possession, but started connecting on their crosses, outshooting the Warhawks 13-5 in the second. Central Arkansas got the game-winner in the 56th minute, when freshman Kristen Ricks curled a cross into the ULM box, where fellow freshman Ashley Smith volleyed it home, beating Warhawk keeper Julia Idalis Gonzalez in the top-right corner for her first goal of the season. On the day, Smith and junior Shelby Wilson each put a pair of shots on goal, while juniors Allie Coleman and Chele Naudin, and freshman Kelly McLaughlin each added on shot on goal. In goal for the Bears, sophomore Anna Hughes picked up her first shutout of the season, making four saves. Central Arkansas hits the road for the first game of a two-game road swing on Wednesday, heading to Little Rock to take on the Little Rock Trojans at 7 p.m.