For the second straight match, the University of Central Arkansas volleyball team had to rally from behind to win in five sets.
Thursday night in Natchiotoches, La. the Sugar Bears won the fourth and fifth sets, 25-23, 15-8, to defeat Northwestern Louisiana to move to 15-1 and 4-1 in the Southland Conference.
Central Arkansas hit only .156 on the night, led by Alicia Dittrich, who hit .500 on her way to 15 kills. Five Sugar Bears tallied double-digit kills, led by Taylor Hammonds who had 16. Dittrich, Jessica Hays, and Heather Schnars each had 15, and Jessica Nagy had 10. Dittrich added five blocks, three assists and five assists. Marissa Collins paced the Sugar Bear offense with 59 assists while chipping in with 26 digs, two service aces, and two blocks. Shelbee Berringer added 31 digs and an ace.
The Lady Demons (11-6, 3-2 SLC) hit .096 on the night.
Central Arkansas returns to the court Saturday afternoon at Stephen F. Austin.
The Conway Lady Cats ran their record to Conway 14-4 and 7-1 Thursday night with a 21-25, 25-8, 25-13, 25-6 victory over Russsellville.
Sara Stovall had 22 kills and Bailey McKee 42 assists for the Lady Cats. Matisse Monty had four aces, Abby Mann, 15 digs, and McCall Wilkins, seven blocks.
Conway won the JV game, 16-25, 25-11, 15-10 to go to 9-1, 6-2.
Madison McNew had six kills and Courtney Campbell, three aces. Ashley Bernard had 10 digs, Allison Weatherly, one block, and Sara Nethercutt, 12 assists.
CENTER RIDGE — St. Joseph defeated Nemo Vista, 25-13, 25-17, 25-17, in volleyball Thursday.
Taylor Womack had seven kills and Meagan Briggler had six for the Lady Bulldogs (11-7, 8-2). Sydney Spradlin served 31 of 32 and added seven digs. Rachel Briggler served 18 of 18 and had four aces and 19 assists. Madeline Moix had three blocks and Madison Seiter six digs.
"We had a good balanced night," said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. "I like to see everyone pulling their weight and that’s what we did tonight."
Conway wrapped up its regular season in tennis Thursday at Cabot.
The conference tourney is Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Burns park in North Little Rock.
Conway’s tennis teams completed their regular seasons on Thursday with matches at conference foe Cabot. Conway begins play next Results from the matches with Cabot were:
Morrilton defeated Ruth Doyle Middle School’s seventh-grade volleyball team, 25-21, 25-18, Thursday. Bailey Glover had seven aces for the Lady Cats. Olivia Cummins had four digs, while Tierra Bonner had two digs.
Ruth Doyle won the B game, 25-6, 26-24. Taylor Arnold led with six aces and Kirsten Flippo had five, Mary Claire Bright had three digs, and Taylor Arnold had two kills.
NATCHTOCHES, La. — The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team, who came into Friday’s match as the most prolific offensive team in the nation, found itself unable to connect on the night, trying Northwestern State 0-0 in a double-overtime conference opener for both teams.
The Bears (8-2-1, 0-0-1 SLC) came into the match leading the NCAA in goals per game, averaging 3.8 scores per contest. They took 21 shots, eight eight of those on goal. The Lady Demons (5-5-1, 0-0-1 SLC) placed six of their 17 shots on goal.
Kelsey Gochnauer was in goal for the Bears in the first half, making two saves in her 45 minutes of play. Lyndzey Goff came on at the start of the second half, playing 65 minutes and making four saves, three in the first overtime period.
The Bears play Sam Houston State at Huntsville on Sunday.
(UCA Sports Information contributed to this report)