CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Central Arkansas claimed its third Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship and first since 2013 with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22) win over Abilene Christian on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas.
It's the third conference championship in seven days for UCA — Missouri Valley men's soccer, Southland football and volleyball.
Junior outside hitter Haley Tippett notched her third double-double of the tournament, and 10th of the season, to help UCA book its automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. Tippett led the Sugar Bears in kills and digs with 14 and 18, respectively. UCA posted a .330 hitting percentage, ending the match with 47 kills as tournament MVP Elizabeth Armstrong dished out 22 assists.
Abilene Christian’s all-tournament selection junior outside hitter Jacey Smith led all players with 18 kills as her setter, all-tournament pick Kendall Bosse, tallied 32 assists for the day. Smith also recorded a double-double with 10 digs.
The Sugar Bears became the first No. 2 seeded team to win the tournament since 2010 when UTSA did so. They will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament when the selection committee announces the first-round matchups on Nov. 26 on ESPNU.