Combined with Stephen F. Austin’s loss to Sam Houston State on Thursday, the University of Central Arkansas volleyball team moved into sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference, coming from behind to defeat McNeese State, 20-25, 25-18, 25-10, 25-20 at the Prince Center.
Alicia Dittrich led the Sugar Bears (18-1, 6-1) in kills, collecting 14 with a .346 hitting percentage to go along with five digs, two blocks, and an assist. Jessica Hays added 12 kills, five digs, two blocks, and five aces. Hays’ five aces came during a five-serve streak in the second set. Heather Schnars had nine kills and Nicole Okeke chipped in seven. Marissa Collins tallied 48 assists while Schnars led the team with 12 digs.
The Sugar Bears host Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Conway Christian came from behind Thursday night to defeat St. Joseph in volleyball, 17-25, 25-22, 21-35, 25-12, 15-12 at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center.
"I don’t way to take anything away from Conway Christian, but I feel we let one slip through our fingers tonight," said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. "We lost confidence in the lat couple of games and couldn’t hold on. Winning is not all talent; it takes knowing how to win mentally, too. We need to learn how to do that quickly."
Madeline Moix and Madison Seiter (12 digs) had seven kills each for the Lady Bulldogs (12-8, 9-3). She had three blocks.
Other top players were Meagan Briggler (26 of 27 serves, four aces and 14 digs), Rachel Briggler (25 assists) and Sydney Spradlin (18 digs).
Earlier in the week, the Lady Bulddogs defeated Nemo Vista, 25-14, 25-15, 25-18.
Moix had 10 kills. Womack had nine. Spradlin and Seiter were perfect on serves. Spradlin added five aces and Seiter four. Rachel Briggler had 20 assists and Meagan Briggler six.
Ruth Doyle Middle School’s seventh-grade volleyball team closed its first season with a 25-18, 11-25, 15-11 victory over Bob Courtway’s seventh-graders and a 25-12, 25-20 loss to Ray Simon Middle School.
Abigail Morris leading with eight aces and Bailey Glover followed with three for the night. Olivia Cummins contributed two digs.
In B team play, Ruth Doyle downed Bob Courtway, 25-18, 17-25, 15-6) and lost to Ray Simon, 27-25, 14-25, 15-12. Taylor Arnold had 18 aces and Lacey Simpson had had seven. Kirsten Flippo had six digs and Katelyn Anderson had two blocks.
JACKSON, Miss. – The Hendrix College volleyball team suffered a 25-19, 25-16, 25-27, 25-15 defeat to Millsaps College at the Hangar Dome on Friday night.
Junior Warrior setter Zoe Calhoun recorded her second double of the season with 25 assists and 11 digs.
ATLANTA – Senior midfielder Grant Womack scored with 7:36 left to give the Hendrix College men’s soccer team a 1-0 win at Oglethorpe University on Friday. The win was the seventh shutout of the season for the Warriors (8-3-1, 1-1) and freshman keeper Marco Luna as well as the team’s first Southern Athletic Association win.
Womack, from Little Rock, scored after a corner kick and pass from senior forward Connor Silvestri. The goal was fourth of the season for Womack.
ATLANTA – The Hendrix College women ‘s soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss at Oglethorpe University in Southern Athletic Association action on Friday afternoon.
The host Lady Petrels (4-5, 1-1) struck in the 20th minute when Laura Betancourt scored on a pass from Katie Geiger. Emily Silva and Kendall Burke added goals in the 28th and 38th minutes, respectively, to give OU a 3-0 lead at half.
Warrior (4-6, 0-2) senior forward Rebecca Rahn scored her sixth goal of the year and 20th of her career on a free kick in the 62nd minute.
(UCA and Hendrix Sports Information contributed to this report)