Tech salvages split at classic

DENTON, Texas – Hunter Eshnaur turned in a 19-kill day, while Madison Nagel chipped in 38 digs as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns volleyball team (2-2) salvaged a split on the final day of the Hilton Garden Inn Classic, falling 3-0 to Texas Woman’s before sweeping past Texas A&M-Commerce in the event finale. In the opener, TWU downed Tech by set scores of 25-20, 25-23, and 25-19. Eshnaur had nine kills in the opener, while Katie Huff turned in eight. Sarita Stegall dished out 23 assists, and Nagel added 23 digs. While Tech hit a respectable .250 in the opening set, TWU’s offense outpaced the Golden Suns’ with a .441 percentage in the same set. In the finale, the Golden Suns edged TAMU-Commerce in the opening set 26-24 before winning 25-23 and 25-20 decisions in sets two and three to clinch the match. Eshnaur’s 10 kills led all players, while Huff hit .438 with a nine-kill performance. McCall Wilkins and Kaylee Konsella both hit over .300 and had eight kills each. Alyssa Kool dished out 23 assists and Stegall added 19, while Nagel had a match-high 15 digs. The Golden Suns had seven service aces in the winning effort, led by Nagel’s three. Kaci Jackson added two. Eshnaur represented Tech on the all-tournament team.

Sugar Bears finish out Nike Invitational

Norman, Okla. – The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears closed out their appearance at the 2015 Oklahoma Nike Invitational on Saturday, squaring off with host Oklahoma. The Sooners proved to be too much for the Sugar Bears on the day, as Central Arkansas fell 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-14). For the match, Central Arkansas was led by Heather Schnars’s team-high 10 kills and .125 hitting percentage, and fellow senior Amy South’s match-high 24 assists. Defensively, freshman Amanda Dimon dug a team-high nine attacks, while Savanah Allen knocked down a match-high five blocks. Following the match, Schnars earned her second All-Tournament team honor of the young season. For the weekend, the Downey, Calif., native averaged 3.42 kills per set, totaling 41 while leading the team with a .194 hitting percentage. She added 23 digs, for an average of 1.92 per set, and nine service aces, for an average of 0.75 per set. Central Arkansas is back on the road next weekend, traveling to California for four matches in the Mizuno Invitaitonal hosted by Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount.

SAU suffers setback

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Lady Muleriders suffered a 3-1 defeat to William Jewell College (26-28, 25-23, 27-29, 25-15) on Friday afternoon inside Spragins Hall as they concluded play at the season-opening UAH Volleyball Classic. Southern Arkansas (2-2) was aided by 13 kills from senior middle hitter Emilie Aase, 11 from senior outside hitter Shelby Lauterbach and ten kills from sophomore outside hitter Alli O’Banion. Senior setter Taylor Reaume logged her fourth-straight 30+ assist game as she finished with 37. Aase posted an attack percentage of .455, while a trio of Lady Muleriders recorded 10+ digs including a team-high 17 from junior defensive specialist Paige Mays.

OBU splits doubleheader

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On a Saturday featuring a Ouachita volleyball doubleheader, the Tigers started with a 3-1 victory over the William Jewell Cardinals but later fell 3-0 to the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. Ouachita finished the tournament in Huntsville with a record of 3-1. Against the William Jewell, the Tigers won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-19 before losing the third 25-21. Ouachita bounced back recording an attack percentage of .550 in the fourth set to defeat the Cardinals 25-14. Kori Bullard led all players with five kills in the final set. The Tigers (3-1) finished the match with a .233 attack percentage, while holding William Jewell to .150 percent. Ouachita also recorded 64 digs and 46 assists. Bullard ended with a match-high 14 kills, followed by Stephanie Pollnow and Abby Pickett with 11 each. Stormi Leonard added a career-high 44 assists and 12 digs, and Ashley Wake led everyone with 19 digs. In the second game of the day, Ouachita struggled early, recording an attack percentage of only .188. The Chargers would take the first set 25-22 before taking both the second and third by a score of 25-19. Jayme Shell, Pickett and Pollnow finished with eight kills each, and Wake picked up 12 digs in the match.

LR drops fourth straight loss

NORMAN, Okla. – Little Rock (0-4) took its fourth consecutive loss to open the 2015 season after Oklahoma took the match in straight sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-21) on Thursday night. Carolee Dillard finished the match with a team-high 10 kills and a .421 hitting percentage on 19 attempts. She also led the Trojans with three total blocks. Marin Avram ended the night with nine kills, while Edina Selimovic tallied six. Megan Mathis finished with 25 assists, four kills and six digs. Miona Milovanovic and Marin each finished with two kills. Senior libero Priscila Almeida ended the night with a team-high 10 digs, while Kelsey Leech and Sydnee Martin came up with five digs each.

UAM earns first win of season

DENTON, Texas — The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team secured its first victory of the 2015 season on Friday with a four-set win over A&M-Commerce at the Texas Woman’s Hilton Garden Inn Classic. Final game scores were 25-17, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-16. It was first-year UAM head coach Kelly Burdeau’s first win after joining the program just over a month ago. The Blossoms were led by three players in double-digits in the kills category. Junior Carolina Gasparini recorded a match-high 16 kills and only had four errors for a .324 hitting percentage. She also added 12 digs in the win for her first double-double at UAM. The Porto Ferreira, Brazil native was responsible for 23 points in the win after also picking up six service aces and two block assists in addition to her kills. Senior Sydni Schulz added 12 kills and 16 digs for her first double-double of the season and the seventh of her UAM career. Senior Kedra Johnson also reached double-figures with 10 kills on 16 swings. Junior Alissya Theis paced the UAM offensive attack with 42 assists in the win, the first 40-assist performance for the Blossoms since the first game of the 2012 season. Senior Lani Kaiwi equaled Schulz’s 16 kills to tie for the match-high in the category.

A-State topples South Florida

TAMPA, Fla. — Arkansas State won a hard-fought match against South Florida by a score of 3-0 (28-26, 26-24, 26-24) to open up the USF Classic Friday night at The Corral in Tampa, Fla., as the Red Wolves moved to 4-0 for the first time since beginning the 2008 season 4-0. Drew Jones led the Red Wolves with 12 kills, while Carlisa May was second on the team with 10. Kelsey Reis had nine kills of her own on a .353 hitting percentage. Mallory Warrington dished out 37 assists and also had 16 digs to pick up her third double-double in four games, while Markie Schaedig led the squad with 18 digs. Jessica Uke and May led the team with three blocks apiece, while Schaedig and Jones tallied A-State’s two service aces.

Henderson drops two at invitational

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Henderson State lost a pair of matches on Saturday to Central Oklahoma and Southern Wesleyan at the Maryville Invitational. The Bronchos defeated the Reddies in straight sets 25-12, 25-11, 25-9, losing to the Warriors 25-23, 25-11, 25-23. Jessie Jacoby totaled 30 kills in the two matches including 18 against SWU, while Kaylie Pyles had 10 spikes and a .269 attack percentage in the finale. Brea May had 30 set assists against SWU and compiled 47 on the afternoon. Sydney Skelton led the team in defensive digs with 22 while Jacoby collected 18.

HSU open season with losses

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Henderson State opened its season on the road Friday night, dropping both contests to Texas A&M-Kingsville and Maryville in the Maryville Invitational Tournament. Jessie Jacoby led the way with 15 kills in the match, while Violet Williams followed with 11. Freshman middle blocker Gabby Ginapp also provided eight kills and led HSU with a .533 attack percentage. Brea May provided 27 set assists to lead the Reddies, while Ryleigh Thompson had eight. Kaylie Pyles also contributed with three service aces. The Reddies fell in three sets in the second match against Maryville. Jacoby once again paced HSU with seven kills in the match, while Thompson led in set assists with 11. Williams pitched in four blocks to lead the Reddies on the net.

Harding falls at start of Classic

DENTON, Texas — Harding fell 3-2 against Texas A&M-Commerce and 3-1 to Texas Woman’s on Friday to open the 2015 campaign at the Hilton Garden Inn Classic. Harding (0-2) had 58 kills and a better hitting percentage (.217-.201) against TAMU-C. Harding had 14 service aces, tied for the fifth-most in Lady Bison history and the most since recording 14 at Union (TN) in 2013. Senior outside hitter Molly Howard led Harding with a career-high 20 kills and a career-high 18 digs. Junior middle blocker Sara Smith also recorded a career-high with 14 kills, and junior setter Abigail Glosup had a career-high 49 assists. Smith also led Harding with a career-high five service aces. Glosup and Anna Leigh Cargile each had three. Against Texas Woman’s, Harding had 52 kills in the match and 86 digs. Senior outside hitter Howard captured her second double-double of the season tying a career-high 20 kills and 15 digs. Junior setter, Glosup had 43 assists and 17 digs for her first double-double of the season. Smith and Hardin each had 10 kills for Harding.