NATCHITOCHES, La. — The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears clinched the regular-season Southland Conference volleyball title for the fourth time in five years with a 3-1 victory over Northwestern State.
The Sugar Bears (24-3, 17-0) defeated the Lady Demons, 25-19, 32-34, 30-28, 17-15.
The Sugar Bears got double digit kills from four players on the night, led by Heather Schnars’ match-high 19. Jessica Nagy (18), Scout Brooks (14), and Paige Gantar (12) were the other Central Arkansas players in double figures. Setter Marissa Collins had a match-high 59 assists while also tallying 22 digs, six blocks, and three aces. Collins was one of four UCA players to hit double-figures in digs, along with Shelbee Berringer (28), Schnars (15), and Brooks (12). Gantar added eight blocks. Vanessa Coleman led the Northwestern State (18-11, 14-3 SLC) offense with 14 kills.
The Sugar Bears will wrap of the regular season this week, taking on New Orleans Thursday night in the second game of a basketball-volleyball doubleheader at the Farris Center. The UCA women’s basketball team will play Central Baptist College at 5:30 p.m.
The Sugar Bears will finish the season with a Senior Day celebration Saturday, hosting Southeastern Louisiana at the Prince Center for a 2 p.m. match.