UCA’s Nash gets Southland honor

The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears‘ Megan Nash has been named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Nash, from Oakville, Ontario, had a strong week at the net as the Sugar Bears turned in a 2-1 performance at the Holiday Inn Orlando East/UCF Challenge in Orlando, Florida last weekend. After opening the weekend with a one block performance in a 3-0 win over Central Michigan, the UCA middle blocker upped her total to four blocks in a 3-1 loss to host UCF on Friday night. It was on Saturday where Nash dominated, leading UCA to a 3-1 win over UNC-Asheville thanks to a career-high 12 blocks, including four solo blocks. The 12 blocks in a match is tied for the sixth-most in program history for a single match.

"Meg took over a few sets this weekend with her blocking," said UCA head coach Jeni Jones Chatman. "She has a great volleyball IQ and tremendous blocking instincts. She was difference-maker for sure in our win over UNC-Asheville."

Nash and the Sugar Bears open Southland Conference play with a pair of matches on the road this weekend. UCA will head to Thibodaux, La., to face off with Nicholls on Thursday night, before moving on to Lake Charles, La., on Saturday for a match against McNeese State.

Hendrix’s Griffith honored

For the second time this season, Hendrix College freshman Hagan Griffith has been named the Southern Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.

Griffith, a forward from Arlington, Texas, recorded a hat trick in Wednesday’s 4-0 win at Williams Baptist. She took one shot in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Webster.

Griffith is tied for second in the conference with five goals on the year, helping Hendrix to a 6-1 record, tying for the best start in program history.

UCA cross country

MEMPHIS — The University of Central Arkansas men’s cross country team, led by sophomore Markus Schweikert, finished second at the Rhodes College Invitational on Saturday at Shelby Farms.

Schweikert won his second consecutive race, finishing the 8K course in a time of 25:19.43. Bill Kemboi was 12th (26:11.58), followed by Brock Collins in 14th (26:16.95) and Alonzo Pollum in 15th (26:18.86). Grant Williams finished finished 20th (26:28:63), while Jaron Hamilton was 28th (26:36.45).

Iian Tonemah finished 48th (27:28.99), Andrew Simpson was 56th (27:46.33), Ian Smith was 62nd (27:56.58) and Woodrow Murray was 72nd (28:18.14).

Memphis won the 17-team men’s division with 43 points to UCA’s 58.

UCA’s partial women’s team finished eighth. Senior Abbie Linna topped UCA’s squad with a 22nd-place finish in a time of 19:37.24 over the 5K course. Addy Swaim was 26th ( 19:40.60), followed by Layne Sargeson in 39th (19:59.26), Madison Sellars in 61st (20:32.51), Skylar Lange in 62nd (20:34.12), Caroline Daniels in 105th (21:39.25) and Emily Phillips in 115th (22:13.88).