After losing the first two sets, the University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears saw a rally fall short Thursday night, losing their Southland Conference volleyball opener and their first match of the season at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
The Sugar Bears (11-1) lost, 27-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-25, 15-13 to the Islanders (8-4).
The Sugar Bears (11-1, 0-1 SLC), hit only .179 on the night, led by Alicia Dittrich, who hit .500 on her way to nine kills, along with seven blocks. Jessica Hays led the Sugar Bears with 27 kills, to go with two service aces, 16 digs, and two blocks. Jessica Nagy and Scout Brooks, who came into the match averaging 5.9 kills per set for the season, combined for only eight kills on the night. Marissa Collins helped key the offense, tallying 52 assists on the night.
The Sugar Bears play Saturday at Sam Houston State.
Fort Smith Southside defeated Conway twice in volleyball Thursday night, handing the Lady Cats’ JV and varsity their first conference defeats of the season.
The Lady Rebels won the varsity match, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12, 25-15.
Sara Stovall led Conway (8-2, 3-1) with 23 kills while Abby Mann had 20 digs. Jada Benton had four blocks. Bailey McKee had 37 assists and Matisse Monty, two aces.
Southside won the JV game 25-10, 26-24 15-9.
Allison Weatherly had six kills for Conway. Sara Nethercutt added 13 assists and McKenna Arnold 13 digs.
Carson Roberts fired a 34 Thursday to lead the Conway boys to a victory over Little Rock Christian in a nine-hole dual golf match at The Links at Cadron Valley.
The Wampus Cats’ first team teamed for a 185. LRC came in at 198.
Lincoln Hill added a 35 for the Cats, followed by Tanner Bezet and Chase Netherton at 38 and Parker Rice at 40.
Scores for Conway White were: Austin Smith, 42; J.P. Wade, 45; Carter Cloe and Austin Tate, 49; and Dylan Smith, 50.
Conway Blue scores were: Grant Ridings, 45; Grayson McOwen and Kyler Samson, 46; Tyler Starr and Luke Baker, 48; Clay Bradshaw, 52.
In girls play, Summar Roachell’s 37 led Conway to an easy victory, 137-295.
Other scores for the CHS varsity were: Morgan Clark, 49; Tristan Jenkins and Alexis McDaniel, 51; Anna Fulmer, 55.
Conway White scores were: Emily Lock, 53; Logan Tolliver, 54; Allison Ellen, 57; Meghan Smith, 62; and Brynn Lea, 68.
Conway Blue scores were: Savannah Brown, 61; and Grace Mozie, 76.
St. Joseph boys golfers defeated Heber Springs, 126-139, Thursday in a dual match at the Red Apple Inn at Heber Springs.
Landon Enderlin, Sam Massery, Landon Bruich all had scores of 42 and Jackson Castleberry had a 44.
No team scores keep in the girls match. St. Joseph’s scores were Melissa Hambuchen, 53, and Rachel Ross, 65.
Conway’s boys and girls tennis squads had some strong efforts Thursday against 7A foes Little Rock Catholic and Mount St. Mary at the Hendrix Courts.
"Catholic and St. Mary typically had good teams and are good measuring sticks for our progress" said Conway coach Jeff Gifford. "We have been eager to play stiffer competition to see where we are and this was a good match for that. I was proud of the effort from all of our kids,"
Ruth Doyle Middle School’s seventh-grade volleyball team last matches against Russellville East and West on Thursday night.
Bailey Glover had eight aces for the A team while Ashley Wilson added six. Madison Hefner added three aces, two digs and a kill.
The Lady Kittens defeated Russellville West in the B game, 25-18, 13-25, 15-9, then lost to the East team. Taylor Arnold finished with 10 aces, Cardrina Nolean ended the night with nine aces and two digs, while Abby Carter had five aces and two digs.
Vilonia moved into fourth place behind Alma, Shiloh Christian and Morrilton on Thursday with a 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 20-25 and 16-14 victory over Huntsville.
Rebecca Brandon led the Eagles (10-4, 3-2) in kills with 19 added four blocks and served a perfect 15 of 15.
Ashlyn hughtower had eight kills one block and served 13/14.
McKenzie Morris had 9 kills 7 digs & served 15/20 Jessica Stanley had two kills one block four digs and served 11/13 Macie Loggins had 31 assists two kills, one block and served nine of 12 with eight digs. Kyndal Clower had 15 digs and served a perfect 27/27
Hannah Schebelen, Madison Martinez, Katie Gray and Carley Whitehead also hadoutstanding games for the Lady Eagles.
Huntsville won the JV game, 19-25m 28-26 and 16-14.
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Junior Shafial Mason blasted a shot from 20 yards out in double overtime to push the University of Central Arkansas Bears past the Eastern Illinois Panthers 2-1 on Friday night at Lakeside Field.
The Bears (5-1) won their fourth road game in as many tries this season.
Mason’s unassisted goal came in the 106th minute and broke the 1-1 tie. It was UCA’s 24th shot of the night and eighth in the combined extra periods.
UCA took an early lead on sophomore Daniel Sampredo’s second goal of the season, assisted by Michael Quinn and Mason, in the 72nd minute. EIU tied the game on a throw-in by Jake Irwin that glanced off UCA keeper Cody Gibson at the 86:30 mark.