Harding remains at No. 12
SEARCY — Harding football remained at No. 12 in the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll on Monday. It is Harding’s second straight week at No. 12. The Bisons moved up two spots to No. 16 in the HeroSports.com Rankings and is No. 45 on MasseyRatings.com. The Bisons remained undefeated at 4-0 with a 47-21 victory over Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday in Searcy. Junior quarterback Park Parish rushed for four touchdowns and passed for another, and Harding gained 519 total yards. Harding has now been ranked in 16 straight AFCA polls. The Bisons will take on 24th-ranked Ouachita on Saturday at 11 a.m. in Arkadelphia. Henderson State, East Central and Arkansas Tech are all receiving votes. Minnesota State remained at No. 1 after a 63-6 victory over Minnesota-Crookston.
Central Arkansas splits teams
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas program sent split squads for men and women to the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis and the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, on Saturday. The UCA women finished 12th overall (of 22 teams) in Memphis and 14th (of 16) at Texas A&M. The UCA men were sixth (of 25) at Memphis and 11th (of 16) at A&M. At A&M, sophomore Julien Jeandree finished te 8K course in 60th place in a time of 25:04.9. Sophomore Preston Borg was 67th (25:11.3), while freshman Markus Schweikert finished 74th (25:16.2) and senior Josh Quiroga was 75th (25:16.4). At Rhodes, freshman Albert Salazar finished sixth overall in a time of 26:16.70. Junior Andrew Simpson was 24th (26:48.60) and sophomore Noah Freeman was 30th (27:01.70). Senior Jacob Sanders finished 49th (27:43.00), freshman Brock Collins was 58th (27:57.30) and freshman Woodrow Murray was 79th (28:39.40). For the women, junior Brigette Caruthers was 42nd over the 6K course in College Station in a time of 21:49.5. Sophomore Abigail Topham was 73rd (22:36.7), followed by freshman Taylor Dunn in 82nd (22:46.7), junior Hannah Holstein in 99th (23:15.4) and freshman Sara Shaw in 102nd (23:20.3). In Memphis, sophomore Layne Sargeson finished 32nd (24:03.76), senior Sophia Clauss was 70th (25:20.86), sophomore Madison Sellars was 79th (25:39.22), freshman Caroline Daniels was 96th (26:11.59) and senior Jordan James was 131st (27:53.50).
A-State places sixth
SANDESTIN, Fla. — Listed 36th in the latest Golfweek national rankings, the Arkansas State moved up one place at the Sun Belt Conference Preview on Sunday to finish the 54-hole tournament tied for sixth among 10 teams with a combined 862. A-State, which improved its standing with each round, shot a 290 for the final 18 holes at the Raven Golf Club. Troy claimed the championship with an 840, while Georgia Southern finished runner-up with an 852 and South Alabama third with an 855. Three players claiming a top-25 finish led Arkansas State, including freshman Joel Wendin, junior Matt Loiacano and senior Ossie Schlenkrich. Placing tied for seventh, Wendin and Loiacano both shot a 212 and each picked up their first top-10 finish of the season. Schlenkrich collected his third straight top-25 finish in as many tournaments, shooting a 219 and tied for 25th. Also competing for the Red Wolves, sophomore Trent Jones and freshman Cameron McRae finished tied for 39th place with a 224, while senior Seth Garner tied for 52nd with a 229.
Little Rock wins five-set match
LITTLE ROCK – It took five sets, but Little Rock (7-6, 3-0 Sun Belt) picked up the 3-2 win (25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13) over UT Arlington (11-5, 2-2) on Sunday at the Jack Stephens Center. With Sunday’s win and an LIU Brooklyn loss, Little Rock now has the nation’s longest winning streak against conference opponents at 26 matches. Edina Selimovic led the Trojans with a career-high 18 kills while Carolee Dillard tallied her second-most kills in a match this season with 14. Dillard also tied her season-high for blocks with eight (two solo and six assisted). Earning double-doubles were setter Megan Mathis and outside hitter Marina Avram. Mathis finished with season-highs for assists (51) and digs (11) as she earned her first double-double of the season and sixth of her career. Avram tied a career-high with 13 kills and had 10 digs as she recorded her second double-double of the season. Senior libero Priscila Almeida ended the match with 35 digs, tying for the sixth-most in a match in program history. Selimovic added a season-high four aces and hit a team-high .351 for the match.
Hendrix moves to 5-0 in league play
CONWAY — Hendrix College (11-6, 5-0) defeated Millsaps 25-14, 26-24, 25-21 at Grove Gymnasium Sunday to remain a perfect 5-0 in Southern Athletic Association play. For the match, the Warriors hit .235 with 42 kills, seven aces, 59 digs and 12 blocks. The Majors (7-8, 2-3) hit .025 with 28 kills, six aces, 50 digs and seven blocks. Lauren Petrisin hit .304 with 10 kills and a career-high six block assists. MC Rogers finished with 11 kills and six digs. Sophomore middle blocker Sara Dyslin hit .389 with nine kills and 10 block assists. It was the third time that she has reached 10 blocks or more in her career. Sophomore outside Bradi Ryan also came up with nine kills. Junior setter Allison Gaia had 21 assists and 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Junior setter Holyn Duyck recorded 14 assists, eight digs and served three aces in a row in the third set. Senior libero Felicia Beeman led all players with 22 digs.
A-State sweeps Troy
JONESBORO — Arkansas State, ranked 25th in the latest PrepVolleyball.com poll, improved to 13-1 and 4-0 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) sweep over Troy (5-11, 0-4) Saturday night at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro with the 4-0 SBC start representing the best beginning to conference play since the 1999 squad also won its first four SBC matches. Drew Jones led the Red Wolves with 10 kills, while Carlisa May had nine kills on a .667 hitting percentage. Mallory Warrington handed out 33 assists and helped pace A-State to a .337 hitting percentage as a team. Markie Schaedig led the team with 16 digs, while Kelsey Reis had three blocks. Brentlee Weaver led the team with two of A-State’s six service aces.
Little Rock ties in OT
BOONE, N.C. – Little Rock picked up its first points of the Sun Belt Conference season on Sunday, tying Appalachian State 1-1 on the Mountaineers’ home turf. Playing in rain for large portions of the match, the Trojans got a first-half goal from Mikayla Uyokpeyi to take the lead but surrendered the lead in the second half. Neither team was able to score in overtime and settled for the tie. Sunday marked the third consecutive overtime game for Little Rock (5-5-2, 0-1-1 Sun Belt Conference) and was just the second of the year for App State (5-3-3, 1-0-1). The Trojans have now played 324 minutes over the last three contests. Sara Small finished the contest with three saves. At the end of the night, the Mountaineers outshot the Trojans 10-6 and had a 4-3 edge in shots on goal.
Sewanee tops Hendrix
SEWANEE, Tenn. — Hendrix College lost a Southern Athletic Association game to Sewanee-The University of the South 4-1 on Sunday. The host Tigers (6-0, 2-0) scored a goal late in the first half when Emma Horgan found the cage on an assist from Katie Wilson in the 30th minute. Sewanee scored on a penalty corner to open the second period then Horgan added another goal in the 39th minute. Horgan assisted Wilson’s goal in the 46th minute. The Warriors (2-7, 1-3) got on the board in the 63rd minute on Raychl Reger’s fifth goal of the year. Sophomore Vanessa Jasso assisted the score. Sewanee outshot Hendrix 15-6 overall and 10-3 on goal. The Tigers held an 11-6 advantage in penalty corners. Reger’s goal was the 19th of her career which ties her with Abby Coleman (2007-10) for third on the Warriors’ career list. Reger is now three away from tying the career record. The assist was the first in Jasso’s career. Junior goalkeeper Gabryele Pochron recorded six saves. Midfielder Morgan Fires took two shots, one on goal.