Sam Houston State took over first place in the Southland Conference volleyball race with a victory over the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday, handing the Sugar Bears their first home loss of the season in the process.
The Kats (16-9, 11-2) won 27-29, 25-18, 25-14, 25-19. dropping the Sugar Bears to 23-4, 11-3.
Central Arkansas hit .148, led by Alicia Dittrich, who hit .417 to go with five kills and a block. Jessica Hays led UCA in kills, turning in 15, along with six digs, three aces, and an assist.
Sam Houston hit .328, led by the duo of Haley Neisler and Kendall Cleveland, who each hit .500. Cleveland had 14 kills, two digs, and a block, while Neisler had seven kills, seven blocks, and two digs.
UCA plays at Lamar and McNeese State next weekend.
SIU-Edwardsville scored in the 42nd minute and made that stick Saturday afternoon in taking a 1-0 men’s soccer victory over the University of Central Arkansas at the Bill Stephens Complex.
The Cougars (12-5-0, 4-2-0 MVC) got the match’s only goal when Benny Jeffrey sent a free kick into the Central Arkansas box, where Christian Volesky was able to head it home for his ninth goal this season.
The Bears (7-8-0, 1-4-0 Missouri Valley) outshot SIUE, taking 11 shots, compared to the Cougars eight. SIUE edged UCA in shots on goal 5-4. The Bears were led by Conway’s Taylor Hart, who placed two of his three shots on target, while SIUE was led by Volesky, who was also accurate on two of three shots. In goal for the Bears, Cody Gibson made four saves.
"It was an inspiring performance, especially from the seniors," said UCA coach Ross Duncan. "That’s a very good team and I felt like we had the momentum the whole match."
The Bears close the regular season on the road at Bradley next Saturday afternoon. Missouri State’s loss to Creighton clinched a spot by the Bears in the MVC postseason tournament, Nov. 7-11 at Peoria, Ill.
The Hendrix College men’s soccer team AND Rhodes College to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Warrior Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors wrapped up their regular season with a 10-5-3 overall record, the most wins in school history, and a 2-3-2 mark in Southern Athletic Association.
Hendrix should be the fourth or fifth seed in next weekend’s SAA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. and will wait for the bracket to be released on Sunday.
Before the game, the Warriors honored six seniors, Kevin Gregory, Tresor Mukiza, Dylan Reed, Connor Silvestri, Rob Weingold, Grant Womack.
The game was scoreless until Silvestri, a former Conway High star, scored off assists from Womack and Reed with 1:27 left in the first half. The Lynx (4-9-1, 1-5-1) tied it up in the 54th minute when Jason Cruther scored on a pass from Josh Bennett.
Rhodes outshot Hendrix 22-20, but the Warriors had a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal. The Lynx had one shot on goal in the first extra period, and the Warriors had two shots in the second overtime.
Freshman goalkeeper Marco Luna registered six saves for Hendrix and Riley Sheen had eight for Rhodes.
WOMEN: Rhodes took a 4-3 soccer victory over the Hendrix women in Southern Athletic Association action on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors fell to 4-11-1 overall and complete the conference portion of the schedule 0-6-1. The Lynx improved to 12-3-1 and 6-1 and remained in a tie for first place.
Hendrix, which hosts Lyon College on Tuesday night, will await to see its opponent for next week’s SAA Tournament in Danville, Ky., when the bracket is released on Sunday.
Before the game, the Warriors honored their six seniors, Emilia Bussard, Megan Childress, Ana Contreras, Rebecca Rahn, Mel Roach and Morgan Scott.
Roach, a forward from Russellville, put Hendrix up 1-0 in the 16th minute on a pass from Rahn, her league-leading 10th assist of the year. Roach netted another goal, her 12th of the year which also leads the SAA, in the 34th minute on a fastbreak pass from freshman Samantha Lallas. Rhodes cut the lead to 2-1 in the 39th minute when Taylor Weidow scored on a cross from the left by Elizabeth Wayda.
After the break, Rhodes tied the game in the 63rd minute when Hunter Tilton scored on a pass from Paula Vasichko. Rhodes took the lead three minutes later on an own goal and went 4-2 in the 77th minute when Weidow found the net with an assist from Lauren Albright.
Rahn had the final goal of the game, her eighth of the year, on a free kick with 13 seconds left.
Hendrix freshman Rachel Zweig recorded nine saves and Allison Cowling had five for Rhodes.
The Hendrix women broke two school records Friday night as the Warrior swimming and diving teams opened the season at the 45th Hendrix College Classic at the Bob Courtway Pool.
The 400-yard medley relay team made up of junior Jo Claire Robertson, sophomore Sydney Haldeman and freshmen Bayley Krell and Caroline Forbes shattered a 22-year old record with a time of 4:07.21, finishing fourth. The Warriors broke the old mark of 4:14.81 set in 1991 by more than seven seconds.
Forbes, from Baton Rouge, La., broke an eight-year old record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.79, finishing fifth. She beat out Anna Patterson’s 2004 mark of 55.90. Forbes was also .19 seconds away from setting a program best in the 50-yard freestyle, placing sixth in 25.44.
Robertson finished sixth in the 200 yard backstroke in 2:13.94 and eighth in the 200 yard butterfly in 2:21.33
Haldeman, of Conway, placed seventh in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.52. Krell took second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:32.40 and 10th in the 200 individual medley in 2:23.27. The 4x100 freestyle relay team of Burt, Kate Henricks, Alanna Montgomery and Laura Price finished eighth in 4:13.30.
For the men, freshman James Gill placed 10th in the 1000 freestyle in 12:01.81 and swam a 5:41.59 time in the 500 freestyle, taking 14th. Junior John Byford took 10th in the 200 IM in 2:05.71 and 17th in the 200 backstroke in 2:11.60.
Central Baptist College women’s soccer team played Saturday at College of St. Mary for the final conference game.
The CBC Lady Mustangs needed a win to finish fourth in the conference and qualify for the conference playoffs. The Lady Mustangs were able to go on the road Saturday and defeat the Flames 3-2 on their home field. With the win, the lady mustangs will travel next Saturday, Nov. 3, to Omaha, Neb., to play the MCAC conference semifinals against No. 1 seed Bellevue University.
Goals scored by the Lady Mustangs were by: Lexi Lewis, freshman forward of Cabot; Tarra Hendrichs, freshman forward of Bryant; and Brittany Kemper, senior mid-fielder of Arlington, Texas.
The Lady Mustangs have 11 wins and six losses in the season.