After helping lead the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears to a perfect 3-0 record and earning MVP honors at the 2018 Central Arkansas Invitational, senior Haley Tippett has been named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Tippett, an outside hitter from Roanoke, Texas, tallied a pair of double-doubles on the weekend and missed a third by just one dig as the Sugar Bears moved to 8-2 on the season and pushed their winning streak to five games.
She opened the week with a dominant performance in Central Arkansas' 3-2 win over in-state Little Rock, tallying 24 kills and 19 digs while hitting .298, before notching 14 kills and nine digs with a .414 hitting percentage in the Sugar Bears' sweep of South Dakota on Friday.
Tippett closed out the week with her fifth double-double of the season, collecting 11 kills and 10 digs with an attack percentage of .450.
"We're very proud of Haley for receiving this award," UCA coach Jeni Jones Chatman said. "She has had a very strong non-conference season and has helped our team win numerous matches. Her game management is better than ever and is one of the biggest reasons we have been so successful. We're looking forward to seeing more from her throughout the season."
Tippett and the Sugar Bears close out the non-conference portion of their schedule this weekend, traveling to Jonesboro to participate in the A-State Invitational, hosted by Arkansas State.
Central Arkansas will open play against the host Red Wolves at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, before taking on Jackson State at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Southern Illinois at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Barrientos’ hat trick propels him to obtain SAA Player of the Week honors
After having played in only four collegiate matches in his life, freshman forward Ricky Barrientos has already made his presence on the field.
Barrientos notched his first-ever hat trick in a 4-2 route of Belhaven.
Barrientos was named Southern Athletic Association Offensive Men's Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday.
The Bryant-native has recorded four goals on the season which leads the entire SAA field.
His four goals also ties him for 10th place in NCAA D-III competition as well.
In his 351 minutes played on the 2018 season, Barrientos has registered eight total points and five shots.
His 2.67 points per game average places him in a tie for 29th place in NCAA Division III.
Barrientos and the rest of the Men's Soccer team squares off against Louisiana College Thursday at 4 p.m. at Warrior Soccer Field.