The University of Central Arkansas football team, after a 10-2 season and an undefeated run to the Southland Conference championship, finished in the top 10 in both national polls.
The Bears finished eighth in the coaches poll and 10th in the STATS media poll. They began the playoffs ranked third in both polls before losing in the second round to New Hampshire.
National champion North Dakota State and runner-up James Madison were 1-2 in both polls. Sam Houston State, who the Bears defeated during the reguls season but made it the semifinals, was third in the coaches poll and fourth in the STATS poll.
McNeese State was 18th in the coaches poll and 22nd in the STATS poll. Nicholls was 23rd in the coaches poll and 25th in the media poll.
Two junior college transfers have signed to play volleyball for Central Baptist College.
Khyra Echols is a 5-9 outside hitter from Plano, Texas, who played volleyball last season at St. Gregory’s College in Oklahoma, a university which closed in December. She played in 30 matches and 100 sets last season, finishing with 133 kills, three assists, 41 digs and 39 blocks for the Cavaliers. Emily Eaton will be coming to CBC from Mineral Area College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Eaton, a 5-10 right side/outside hitter from Bonne Terre, Mo., played in 20 matches and 46 sets last season at MAC, finishing the season with 93 kills, a .299 hitting percentage, one assist, two service aces, 23 digs and 21 blocks.
Easy win for St. Joseph
St. Joseph's junior boys overpowered Abundant Life, 57-4, Monday at the Family Activity Center.
Luke Pope had 16 points and Luke Bruich 12. Christian Skinner had six points, two assists and four steals. Jacob Williams added six points and six rebounds. Luke Briggler had three assists and three steals.
Abundant Life won the seventh-grade girls game, 19-16. Olivia Williams scored nine points.
St. Joseph won the seventh-grade boys game, 30-14. Jake Hill led with 14 points.
Ruth Doyle wins two
The Ruth Doyle Middle School girls defeated Greenbrier, 35-24. Kamille Brown led with 16 points, three blocks, three assists, and eight steals. Olivia Wiedower added 10 points along with Silondra Ingraham's nine points for the night.
Greenbrier won the B game, 17-7. Lexi Aikman scored all seven points for Ruth Doyle.