HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear volleyball team made it three straight Saturday, making short work of host Southern Miss to win the tournament at Reed Green Coliseum.
Behind a combined 27 kills from seniors Taylor Hammonds and Jessica Hays, the Sugar Bear won 25-16, 25-23 and 25-16 to improve to 3-0 on the young season.
UCA had a .363 hitting percentage in the match while holding USM to just .186. In the first set, the Sugar Bears hit a blistering .586 percent, then added a .417 clip in the third and deciding set.
Junior setter Marissa Collins had 51 assists for the second time in three matches, while sophomore Shelbee Berringer had a team-high 21 digs. No USM player had more than eight kills.
The Sugar Bears won twice in Friday’s opening games.
UCA beat South Alabama 25-19, 25-20, 22-25 and 25-19, then downed Louisiana Tech 25-12, 25-15 and 25-18.
Junior middle blocker Jessica Nagy of Carleton, Mich., combined for 29 kills in the two matches, with a hitting percentage of .452 in the opener and .429 in the second match. Collins from Pearland, Texas, combined for 86 assists, including 51 in the USA match.
UCA had only three hitting errors in the first two sets of the USA match, hitting .471 and .486. Senior outside hitter Jessica Hays, in her first match since an early knee injury ended her season a year ago, had 11 kills and three services aces, while sophomore outside hitter Scout Brooks added 10 kills for the Sugar Bears. Sophomore Shelbee Berringer had a team-high 17 digs.
In the second match of the day, UCA dominated the opening set, hitting .467, with 15 kills and only 1 error. Senior Taylor Hammonds added nine kills and Nagy had a team-high 3 aces. For the match, Tech hit just .225 with 17 errors.
Beebe edged Greenbrier in a five-set volleyball match Thursday, 25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 25-9, 15-13.
"The girls worked hard tonight but just fell short of winning the fifth game," said coach Cindy Hartman. "They played with a lot of intensity and hopefully learned how to be more competitive to be able to win that fifth game."
Marissa Hollenbaugh at 15 of 15 on serves with eight kills and five blocks. Savannah Baker was 16 of 16 on serves with 11 digs and three blocks. Other service leaders were Makenzi Burrow and Cameron Roberts. Marlo Stacy, Haley Heacox and Mackenzie Neumeier wre digs leaersl. Roberts had three aces for Greenbrier (2-1).
The Lady Panthers (3-0) won the JV game, 25-14, 25-17. Katie Jones was 12 of 12 on serves. Heather Wilcox was five of five with eight digs.
CHICAGO — The Central Arkansas men’s soccer got an overtime goal from Manuel Montero on Firday night to open its season with a 2-1 victory over Loyola-Chicago
The Bears grabbed a lead in the 15th minute when senior Michael Quinn headed a cross from Mickey Segura home. The Bears’ advantage stayed at a goal until late in the first half when the Ramblers found an equalizer in Andrew Raymonds’ 10-yard blast. Less than two minutes into extra time, though, the Bears ended the match when Montero tapped in a cross from Ethan Miller from 2 yards away.
Patxi Shortsleeve had four saves for the Bears.
The Bears return to the field Sunday, facing off with the Western Illinois Leathernecks at 11 a.m..
The University of Central Arkansas made a goal by Adriana Lucar in the 10th minute stand up Friday with a 1-0 victory over Lipscomb University at Farris Field.
The Bears upped their record to 3-0, their best start since 2005. Lucar fielded a throw in from Lauren Trueheart and dribbled through the box before putting the ball in from 10 yards out.
Kelsey Gochnauer got the start in goal for the Bears and made one save during her half of play. Lyndzey Goff came on in the second half for Central Arkansas and made four saves.
The Bears host the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters at 1 p.m. Sunday.