LITTLE ROCK — Conway kept pace in the 7A/6A volleyball race Thursday with a 25-19; 23-25;25-20;25-16 over Mount St. Mary.

Sara Stovall had 21 kills for the Lady Cats (23-4, 13-1). McCall Wilkins had 12.

Bailey McKee added 51 assists and Abby Mann 18 digs. Rachel Skinner had two aces and Javan Massey and Courtney Campbell had two blocks apiece.

St. Joseph opened its basketball season with three convincing victories over Lisa Academy.

The Bulldogs jumped to an 18-5 lead and led 46-8 at the half on the way to a 74-24 victory.

Andrew Kordsmeier led with 12 points. Other scorers were: Drake Cooper, 10; Cole Schichtl, 10; Andrew Beck, nine and four rebounds; Drew Bates, six; Cole Schaefers, six and four rebounds. Dylan Schrenkenhofer, sefen and six rebounds. Frank Beck had five assists. Nash Nichols had four steals. Landon Enderlin had four assists and Britt Stroth, four rebounds.

"It was a great way to open the season — everybody got a chance to play and did some good things," said St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich. "It was great to play a game against a different colored jersey and get some of the nerves and jitters out of the way."

In senior girls play, the Lady Bulldogs won, 53-8. Anna Mayor had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Caroline Dail had 14 points and seven rebounds. Taylor Welch added 13 points and Monica Davaneo, six and four rebounds.

In junior girls, the Lady Bulldogs won 29-16 with Amber Briggler scoring 18 points and Joanie Elsinger seven.

The University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team kept its hopes alive to gain one of six spots in the postseason tournament with a 1-0 victory over Nicholls State on Friday at the Bill Stephens Complex.

Central Arkansas (10-6-1, 2-4-1 SLC) scored the match’s only goal in the 40th minute, when Brooke Johnston lofted a cross into the box, where Maddi Poteet headed the ball home from 6 yards out for her first goal of the season. Adriana Lucar was the only UCA player with multiple shots on the match, placing one of her three shots on goal. Nicholls State (5-11-0, 0-6-0 SLC) took 16 shots, with seven of those shots on goal.

Kelsey Gochnauer played all 90 minutes in goal for the Bears, making eight saves.

St. Joseph prepped for its district tournament with two volleyball victories this week.

The Lady Bulldogs (15-10, 11-5) downed Rose Bud, 25-18, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19, to clinch the No. 3 seed for the district tourney.

Meagan Briggler had eight kills and 12 digs. Madeline Moix had seven kills. Sydney Spradlin had four aces and 11 digs. Rachel Briggler had 25 assists.

"We were slopy at times but did what we had to," said coach Luke Davis.

In a non-conference game against North Pulaski, the Lady Bulldogs took a 24-26, 28-26, 26-24, 25-20 victory.

Meagan Briggler had 13 kills and 12 digs. Moix had 11 kills. Rachel Briggler added five aces and 35 assists. Taylor Womack had three blocks and Madison Seiter, eight digs.

"We hit and attacked a lot better," Dvis said. "It was a good warmup before the district tournament. Monday is a one-game season."

Conway Christian ran its conference record to 14-2 this week with a 25-13, 25-6, 25-8 win over Mayflower Senior Night on Tuesday.

Payton Cooper had eight aces, two digs and 20 assists for CCS (25-8). Morgan May had three aces, six kills and two blocks. Emily Hill had 15 digs, and an ace and a kill. Other top scores were Olivia Meriweather, Landry May, Andrea Howell, Hannah Cates and Jordan Williams.

CCS won the JV match, 25-6,25-18. Taylor Williams had five aces, four digs and a kill. Kateylin Helms added 11 aces and three kills. Other outstanding players were Sarah Shelton, Autumn Jones, Shelby Bradley, Lyndi Dather and Megan Ledbetter.

At Thibodaux, La., Thursday, the Univerity of Central Arkansas volleyball team (21-2, 9-1) swept Nicholls State.

UCA hit .356 for the match, led by Taylor Hammonds, who hit .714 on the way to five kills. Jessica Nagy had 10 kills. Scout Brooks turned in 10 kills, six digs, a service ace, and an assist, while Jessica Hays tallied eight kills and an ace. The Sugar Bears collected a total of 11 service aces on the night, led by Marissa Collins and Heather Schnars who each had three aces. Collins distributed 44 digs.

The Colonels fell to 9-13, 4-7.

The Sugar Bears return to action Saturday afternoon in Hammond, La., against Southeastern Louisiana.

CLARKSVILLE — The Hendrix College men’s and women’s cross country teams won The Crystal Trophy against the University of Ozarks at the college’s annual Arkansas Division III Championships on Thursday evening.

The Warrior men claimed the top five spots for a perfect 15 points, while the Eagles had 47. Senior Andres Ramirez won the race with a 4-mile time of 22:04.40. Seniors Stephen Borutta (2nd, 22:17.50) and Wes Haynie (3rd, 22:17.60) and freshmen Jeffrey Scott (4th, 22:28.30) and Andy McCall (5th, 22:43.70) followed.

The Hendrix women outscored Ozarks 20-38. Lady Eagle Kara Willbanks won the 5k race in 20:49.20, but the Warriors claimed the next five places. Senior Stephanie Davenport paced Hendrix in 21:09.50, taking second. Freshman Constance Robinson (3rd, 21:58.50), sophomore Laura Gressler (4th, 22:26.40), freshman Haley Stratton (5th, 23:01.60) and sophomore Nicholle Cromwell (6th, 23:24.10) rounded out the scoring.

All five of Hendrix top five women’s runners posted season-best times.

(Sports information department at UCA and Hendrix contributed to this report)