LITTLE ROCK — Conway’s Lady Cats lost to Fort Smith Northside, 25-19, 15-19, 18-16 Saturday in the semifinals of the Spikefest Volleyball Tournament at Mount St. Mary.
Conway (4-1) defeated Harding Academy, 25-21, 25-13, and Jonesboro Westside, 24-26, 25-16, 15-6, to reach the semifinals. In pool play, the Lady Cats downed Bryant, 25-16, 25-19; Camden Fairview, 25-13, 25-23; and Magnolia, 25-3 , 25-6.
For the tournament, Bailey McKee had 70 assists and Sara Nethercutt, 69. McCall Wilkins had 43 kills and nine blocks. Jada Benton had 24 kills and eight blocks. Rachel Skinner added 11 aces. Abby Mann had 48 digs and Matisse Monty, 40 digs.
Conway will host Bryant on Tuesday.
CAVE CITY — COThe Conway Christian finished third last weekend in the Cave City Classic volleyball tournament.
Senior Payton Cope made the all-tournament team.
Cope had 12 aces, 16 digs and five assists for the tournament. Emily Hill had 25 digs, four aces. Olivia Meriweather had nine aces, 17 kills, 17 digs and two blocks.
Jordan Williams had six aces aces, eight kills and 10 digs. Morgan May had 11 digs, 13 aces, 19 kills, 15 blocks and five assists. Andrea Howell had 12 kills and 11 blocks. Hannah Cates had two digs. Landry May had five aces, 18 digs, seven kills and two assists.
Tuesday, the Lady Eagles play at Rose Bud then host Nemo Vista on Thursday.
Conway Christian’s Brad Helms’ fired a 37 to lead the Eagles Thursday in a golf match against Rose Bud and Quitman on Thursday at The Links at Cadron Valley.
Fellow seniors Jarrett Bowden and Shane Starkey posted a 41 and a 44 for a team total of 122.
The CCS girls were led by senior Breanna Keith’s 42. Leanna Sartain’s 56 and Sydney Meriweather’s 57 gave the lady Eagles a team score of 155.
In conditions ranging from clear to pouring rain, Louisiana Tech (3-0) handed the University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team its first loss of the season Sunday, 1-0, at Farris Field.
The only goal of the match came in the 16th minute, when Mo Rockwell pushed the ball forward to Laura LeFevour. As Central Arkansas keeper Kelsey Gochnauer was charging to make a play on the ball, LeFevour was able to slip the ball to Rosie Lethbridge, who slid the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season.Two keepers again saw significant minutes for the Bears, with Gochnauer playing the first half for the Bears, and Lyndzey Goff making three saves in the second half.
Caitlin Updyke played all 90 minutes in goal for Louisiana Tech, making nine saves on the day.The loss ends Central Arkansas’ three game winning streak to open the season, their longest streak since winning three matches in a row.
The Bears play Mississippi Valley State on Friday before playing at Alabama State on Sunday.
MACOMB, Ill. — The Central Arkansas soccer team matched its win total of last year and began the season 2-0 Sunday with a 1-0 victory against the Western Illinois Leathernecks.
Rain pounded the field most of the match and the Bears played 20 minutes of the second half short-handed because of a red card. The match’s lone goal came in the 18th minute, when Jaden Hoth fed a pass to Shafial Mason, who blasted the ball toward the goal. The shot was deflected by a Western Illinois defender and past Leatherneck keeper Yves Dietrich for an own goal. The Leathernecks (0-2-0) took 18 shots, but placed only four on goal against a Central Arkansas defense that refused to break. Patxi Shortsleeve collected four saves while in goal for the Bears, while Dietrich collected eight for the Leathernecks.
The consecutive victories mark the first time that Central Arkansas has won back-to-back games since the 2010 season, and gives the Bears their best road start to a season since 2009. The Bears open their home schedule Friday against Lipscomb University. They then host the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on Sunday afternoon.