San Antonio, Texas – The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears closed out a three-match road swing on Saturday afternoon, riding a five-match winning streak into their matchup with the Incarnate Word Cardinals.
The Sugar Bears stormed out of the gates, hitting .640 in the opening set, extending their streak to six in a row with a 25-7, 25-18, 25-19 win.
The sweep was the ninth of the season for Central Arkansas.
Incarnate Word (4-15, 2-7 SLC) would take the first point of the match, before Central Arkansas (16-4, 6-1 SLC) won six of the next seven points to take control of the set.
UIW would cut the UCA lead to four at 8-4, but the Sugar Bears would get an Amari Mitchell kill to cap a 7-0 run and put the set out of reach for the Cardinals at 15-4, but Central Arkansas didn't let off the gas, closing the set on another run, taking seven of the final eight points.
Central Arkansas recorded just one error as a team in the set, getting five kills each from seniors Haley Tippettand Samantha Anderson.
UCA would again build an early lead in the second set, winning five of the first six points and building a 17-9 lead, before a 3-0 UIW run momentarily halted the Sugar Bears' momentum.
The stoppage would prove to be short-lived however, as Central Arkansas immediately rolled off a 5-1 run to restore control before closing out the set on a kill from Tippett.
Tippett was on fire in the set, hitting .545 with seven kills, as sophomore Bailey Waddington dished out 14 assists for the second set in a row.
The Sugar Bears and Cardinals traded points for the first half of the third set, playing to a 16-16 tie before a 6-1 streak from the Sugar Bears broke the set open.
Central Arkansas would then close out the match for their ninth sweep, getting a kill from Anderson, and a block and a kill from senior Savanah Allen.
Anderson had six kills in the set, while Tippett added four.
For the match, Central Arkansas hit a blazing .481 and tallied just nine errors as a team.
Tippett was dominant on both sides for Central Arkansas hitting .462 with a match-high 14 kills and turning in a match-high 12 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Anderson hit .650 with 12 kills, while Waddington collected 37 assists to go with four digs and a pair of aces.
Mitchell finished the match with three blocks, while Allen had a pair.
The Sugar Bears return to the Prince Center for three matches next week, kicking things off with a battle of the Southland Conference's top two teams by playing host to Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Central Arkansas will then host Nicholls at 6 p.m. Thursday, before closing out the week against New Orleans at noon Saturday.