NATCHITOCHES, La. — The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears clinched the regular-season Southland Conference volleyball title for the fourth time in five years with a 3-1 victory over Northwestern State.
The Sugar Bears (24-3, 17-0) defeated the Lady Demons, 25-19, 32-34, 30-28, 17-15.
The Sugar Bears got double-digit kills from four players, led by Heather Schnars’ match-high 19. Jessica Nagy (18), Scout Brooks (14), and Paige Gantar (12) were the other Central Arkansas players in double figures. Setter Marissa Collins had a match-high 59 assists while also tallying 22 digs, six blocks, and three aces. Collins was one of four UCA players to hit double-figures in digs, along with Shelbee Berringer (28), Schnars (15), and Brooks (12). Gantar added eight blocks. Vanessa Coleman led the Northwestern State (18-11, 14-3 SLC) offense with 14 kills.
The Sugar Bears will wrap of the regular season this week, taking on New Orleans Thursday night in the second game of a basketball-volleyball doubleheader at the Farris Center. The UCA women’s basketball team will play Central Baptist College at 5:30 p.m.
ST. JOSEPH BASKETBALL
Southside of Bee Branch handed one St. Joseph basketball team its first defeat while another St. Joseph team remained undefeated Tuesday night at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center.
The Hornets won the boys game, 44-42.
Taylor Schrekenhofer had 11 points and five rebounds for St. Joseph (4-1). Drake Cooper had 10 points and five rebounds. William Fields added nine points. Nash Nichols added three steals and Landon Enderlin three assists.
"We just got behind too much," said St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich, whose team trailed by 10 at the half. "We had a bad second quarter and give South Side a lot of credit. They shot the ball well and made the plays down the stretch and they played hard for four quarters.
"I was proud of our effort in the second half. We battled and cut a 12-point deficit and tie it. We’ve got to shoot it better and we’ve got to improve and learn from our mistakes. If we can learn from it, the loss is not a bad thing."
The Lady Bulldogs (4-0) rallied in the fourth quarter for a 62-51 victory.
Megan Briggler led with 22 points. Anna Mayor added 15 points and eight rebounds. Madeline Moix had 14 points and three steals. Taylor Womack added six points and six rebounds. Rachel Briggler had nine assists and four steals.
"Our girls hung in there very well tonight," said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. "We trailed most of the game. We kept our cool and executed on offense. We did a good job making our free throws late in the game. This was a good team effort; we just need to keep on improving."
In junior boys, St. Joseph (4-1) won, 40-17. Daniel Lee Kordsmeier had 11 points and four steals. Brad Vamdivere nine and three assists. David Beck had eight points and seven rebounds. Gage Berger had six point. Jacob Welter and Zach Martin had four rebounds.
MAYFLOWER JUNIOR GIRLS
BIGELOW — Mayflower Junior girls defeated Bigelow, 42-15, Tuesday night.
Tristen Lasker had 18 points and nine rebounds, Ali York had nine points and seven rebounds, PJ Taylor had six points, Tori Lasker had four points and eight rebounds, Marissa Harper had four points.
Bigelow won the junior girls game, 34-11. Chandra Harper had six points for the Lady Egles and Chloe French had four.
The Faulkner Falcons homeschool girls basketball teams opened the season with two victories.
The 16U girls defeated Saline County, 22-17. Marissa Payne led the scoring with seven, while Victoria Gerbholz added six and eight rebounds and Haley Donoway had four. Rebekah Turner had nine rebounds and Claire Coffey had five. Gerbholz had two steals and Coffey added two assists.
In the varsity 18U game, the Lady Falcons beat Southwest Christian, 52-21. Lauren Kinley led with 12 points with Lauren Pharr adding 11 and seven rebounds and Anna Lawrence nine points. Tymber Crawley added six rebounds, with five each for Kinley and Reagan Coffey. Coffey and Gerbholz each made four steals.