Russellville handed the Conway Lady Cats their first volleyball defeat of the season Saturday, 25-19, 17-25, 15-13, to win the Gold Bracket of the Spikefest in Little Rock.
Maddie Presley had nine kills and four aces for Conway (6-1). Sara Nethercutt had 21 assists and 13 digs. Rachel Skinner had 13 digs and Jada Benton had one block.
Earlier in Gold Bracket play, Conway defeated Little Rock Christian 25-9;25-13. Alexa Hreha had six kills and Nethercutt added 16 assists and three aces. Skinner had eight digs and Benton seven blocks. The Lady Cats then downed Springdale, 25-17, 25-19. Benton and Pressley had six kills apiece. Nethercutt had 16 assists, Hreha five aces and Pressley, eight digs.
In pool play, the Lady Cats defeated North Little Rock, 25-9, 25-13; Siloam Springs, 29-27, 25-18; and North Little Rock again, 25-19, 25-21.
Statistical leaders for pool play were: Courtney Campbell, 24 kills; Nethercutt, 49 assists; Skinner, eight aces; Benton, three blocks; Skinner, 23 digs; and Hreha, 21 digs.
UCA MENS SOCCER
Conway’s Taylor Hart scored two goals to lead the University of Central Arkansas mens soccer team to a 3-0 victory Sunday in the last leg of the Memphis/UCA Classic soccer tournament.
The Bears (3-1-0) struck three times in the first half, and allowed just one shot on goal to earn the win. Hart got the scoring started, collecting a cross from Wes Carson in the seventh minute and tapping it past the UMKC keeper. In the 18th minute, Sam Cusack dumped a ball behind the ‘Roos’ (2-2-0) back line and Hart beat the defense to it, slotting it past the keeper for his second goal of the day and the 2-0 lead. Jaden Hoth closed out the scoring in the 41st minute, blasting a shot over the keeper from 25 yards out to push the lead to 3-0.
Taran Meyer got the win for the Bears, earning his second shutout of the season and making one save.
Coming into today’s match, the Bears sat at the top of the Classic leaderboard with Memphis, who notched a 1-0 victory over UMKC on Friday night. The Tigers scored a 2-1 victory over Oral Roberts on Sunday, but UCA was declared the winner of the tourney on a tiebreaker. Memphis finished in second place, Oral Roberts finished third, and UMKC finished in fourth.
Logan Miller was named the Tournament MVP, after scoring the only goal of the Bears’ 1-0 victory on Friday. He was joined on the all-tournament Team by Hoth, Hart and Meyer.
The Bears will play Cal State-Northridge and Santa Clara this weekend in a tournament at Albuquerque, N.M.
UCA WOMENS SOCCER
UCA and UMKC battled to a 1-1 draw after two overtimes Sunday in women’s soccer.
The Central Arkansas womens soccer team faced off with UMKC as the second game of a double-header on Sunday afternoon. After two overtime periods, neither team was able to grab the victory, drawing 1-1.
Central Arkansas (2-2-1) grabbed a lead in the 70th minute, when Conway’s Brooke Ballard blasted a shot into the back of the UMKC (3-2-1) net for her second goal of the year and the 1-0 lead. The ‘Roos took just 10 seconds to respond, as Ellie Chadick collected a pass from Hannah Chadick and slammed it into the top corner of the net from 20 yards out to even the match at 1-1.
The Bears travel to Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, to face off against Lipscomb.
HENDRIX MEN’S SOCCER
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College men’s soccer team lost, 2-1, to the University of Dallas at Rhodes Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.
Juanh Hernandez-Reyes scored the first goal for Dallas on an assist from Mikhail Castillo in the 25th minute. Just 10 seconds before halftime, the Crusaders went up 2-0 on a Matt Wise goal.
Hendrix broke the shutout in the 48th minute when sophomore midfielder Jacob Pierce scored his fourth goal of the year on a pass from sophomore midfielder C.J. Thompson.
Junior Eric Bracy had four saves in goal in the first half for the Warriors.
Hendrix will travel to Clarksville, Ark. to battle the University of the Ozarks on Wednesday.