NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas volleyball team (20-3, 12-0) remained solidly in first place in the Southland Conference race Tuesday with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Stephen F. Austin (13-12, 5-7) in the opening of a five-game road swing.
Jessica Nagy, making her first start since Oct. 5, due to injury, led the Sugar Bears’ offense with 12 kills. Scout Brooks chipped in 10 kills to go along with three digs and a block. Marissa Collins added 42 assists. Shelbee Berringer led a Central Arkansas defense that held the Ladyjacks to a .183 hitting percentage, digging up a team-high 13 attacks.
The Sugar Bears return to action on Thursday in Beaumont, Texas, against Lamar.
ST. JOSEPH VOLLEYBALL
HARRISON — Hoxie ended the season for the St. Joseph volleyball team with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 victory Tuesday in the Class 3A state volleyball tournament.
Meagan Briggler had seven kills and 14 assists for the Lady Bulldogs (21-7).
Sydbney Spradlin was 10 for 10 on serves with two aces and 24 digs. Rachel Briggler had 10 assists.
"Probably not the way I’d want to end a good season, but I guess all but one has to lose their last game" said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. "The seniors (Meagan and Rachel Briggler, Madison Seiter, Linzy Hoelzeman and Spradlin) had good careers. I’m going to miss them. The younger girls need to get to work right now. They have some big shoes to fill."
GREENBRIER CROSS COUNTRY
Led by a second-place overall finish by Rachel Barnhardt, Greenbrier’s girls cross country team finished second in the 5A West meet Tuesday near Vilonia.
Barnhardt finished the two-mile course in 13:38.
Three more Panther runners finished in the top 20. Second place for the Panthers and 15th overall was Jayden Glover, followed by Jailen Griffen in 17th place, and Allisyn Sitzes in 19th place. Completing the Panther runners were Carson Matthews, Shelby Duke, and Lydia Morgan.
Harrison won the girls division followed by Shiloh Christian.
The Panther junior boys also took third place in the team competition finishing behind runner-up Shiloh Christian, and winner Vilonia. Two of the Panthers took top 10 honors, paced by Ian Kelly’s fifth place run in 12:36 for the two mile race. Ethan Smith’s 13:01 effort gained him 10th overall. Colton Ray was 12th in 13:13 and was followed by Panther runners Caleb Galloway, Chris Wilson, and Corbin Pack.
The senior boys placed two runners in the top 20 and finished fifth overall. Austyn Sitzes ran a19:40 5K finishing 17th overall with Rayce Baker finishing 20th at 19:52. The other senior Panther runners, in order, were Ryan Beegle, Ryan Treat, Gabe Bray, Andrew Cook, Jared McKenzie, and Hunter Glover.
UCA WOMEN’S GOLF
GULF SHORES, Ala. — The University of Central Arkansas Bears finished seventh Tuesday at the UAB Fall Beach Bash being played at the Lakes to Marsh Golf Course.
UCA freshman Elisa Axelsen tied for 13th overall, shooting rounds of 74-75149. Sophomore Sarah Brown tied for 18th at 74-76-50, while senior Carly Dear tied for 25th at 78-74-152. Junior Malin Senneryd tied for 34th (78-77-155) and sophomore Frida Svennson tied for 57th (80-82-162).
Tulsa won the tournament with a score of 590.
The Faulkner County Falcons 16U homeschool basketball team won two games to open the season.
The Falcons defeated Searcy-Mount Pleasant, 64-36. Evan Woodfin and Aaron
Griffin led all scorers with 11 points each. Other scorers were Alex Rieth, 10, Chris Benson, 8, Edward Crockett, 6, Daniel Parrish and Josh Baker, four each, Gabe Stanton, three, andCarson Wallace and Stephen McNair, two.
The Flacons then defeated Lisa Academy Parrish and Aaron Griffin each had 10 points followed by Benson with eight. Woodfin and Baker each had four points while Wallace added three and ended the night with 3 and Rieth 2.
Edward Crockett and Stephen McNair were strong on defense.
The 12U team defeated the Saline County Warriors, 25-24. Eli Stanton led the Falcons with 12 points. Andrew Griffin finished with seven, points, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds to win the game. Caleb Floyd, Grant McKissack, and William Crockett each had two points.
The Falcons then defeated Searcy-Mount Pleasant, 33-11. Griffin led all scorers with 11 points. Stanton and Crockett each had six and Caleb Floyd added four. McKissack, Matthew McNair and Joey Crolius added two. Carter McKissack and Ethan Austin were strong both on offense and defense.