opener in state
PARIS — Conway Christian opened play in the 3A volleyball state tournament here Tuesday with a 25-16, 25-19, 25-14 victory over Green Forest.
Morgan May had 12 kills while Olivia Meriweather added nine. Payton Cope and Andrea Howell each had four. Robbi Riggs had two. May had five blocks and Howell two.
Cope had 10 digs, Emily Hill, six, Meriweather, four, and Regan Bell, two. May served three aces, and Cope, Criswell and Meriweather two. Criswell added 29 assists.
Alpena ends St. Joseph season
PARIS — St. Joseph, the Class 3A volleyball runner-up the last two seasons, had its season ended early Tuesday, losing to Alpena, 25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 25-22, in the first round of the state tournament here.
The Lady Bulldogs ended the season at 19-8.
Courtney Briggler had 16 kills and Savannah Cooper six with four blocks. Meagan Briggler had three aces and 19 digs. Tori Carter had three aces and 24 digs. Madison Seiter had 19 assists and Rachel Briggler 17. Samantha Hoelzeman had 11 digs.
"You always want to win your last one, so it’s hard not to be disappointed," said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. "But I can’t say enough how proud I am of these girls. They went out fighting and kicking and clawing when they could have given up. I’m especially proud of my seniors. I know they will do good and succeed out of volleyball."
St. Joseph wins junior games vs. Nemo Vista
CENTER RIDGE — St. Joseph’s junior girls took a 31-28 overtime basketball victory Monday over Nemo Vista.
Madelene Moix had 16 points and four steals. Morgan Felts added eight points and four steals. Holly Rege had six points. Cordine Dail added seven rebounds. Monica Devaneo had five assists and four steals.
The Bulldogs won 43-24. William Fields led with 16 points and four assists, followed by Dylan Schrekenhofer with eight, seven rebounds and four steals. Owens Echols had six points. Britt Stroth had five rebounds.
The Bulldogs won the seventh-grade boys game, 32-19. David Beck had nine points, Noah Bray seven and Jacob Welter six.
Nemo Vista won the seventh-grade girls game, 20-11. Amber Briggler led St. Joseph with five points.
Sugar Bears play at Farris Center
For the first time in over two decades on Thursday evening, the University of Central Arkansas volleyball team will take the court at the Farris Center for a Southland Conference clash with the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders. Match begins at 7 p.m.
The match will be played in the Farris Center to give Sugar Bear players the opportunity to be acclimated because they will be hosting the Southland Conference Tournament in the same facility in two weeks.
The Islanders will enter Thursday night’s match with a 4-6 conference record while fashioning a 12-15 overall mark. A&M Corpus Christi have won three of their last four conference matches with their last victory being a 3-2 triumph over McNeese State on Oct. 22.
UCA enters Thursday’s match after falling 3-1 at Texas State on Saturday. Prior to Saturday’s loss, the Sugar Bears had won their previous three conference matches and they currently hold a two game lead in the Southland’s eastern division.
Lady Eagles lose to Paragould
SILOAM SPRINGS — Paragould eliminated Vilonia from the Class 5A state volleyball tournament Tuesday with a 25-21, 25-10, 25-21 victory over the Lady Eagles, the No. 3 seed from the Central Conference.
UCA women 8th at Memphis
UCA SPORTS INFORMATION
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team finished eighth on Tuesday at the Memphis Women’s Invitational played at Ridgeway Country Club.
UCA shot a three-round total of 946. Memphis and Samford tied for first at 913, followed by Sam Houston State (922), Montana (023), Xavier (929), Rollins College (939), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (942), UCA, Boise State (947), Butler (954), UA Birmingham (959) and Austin Peay (1,005).
Junior Julia Roth led UCA with rounds of 78-77-77-232 and finished tied for 17th. Senior Gemma Hardie shot 81-76-78=235 and tied for 23rd, while senior Brooke Braun tied for 29th at 78-78-81-237. Sophomore Carly Dear shot 81-84-77-242 to tie for 52nd and freshman Malin Senneryd was 59th (83-87-81-251).
UA-Vandy tickets available
Tickets for the Arkansas-Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3 SEC East) football game Saturday in Nashville remain available.
The game will kickoff Saturday at 11:21 a.m., in Vanderbilt Stadium.
Ticket windows at the stadium will open by 8 a.m. Tickets ($50 each) can be ordered at vucommodores.com and by phone at (615) 322-GOLD.