Conway’s Lady Cats won six matches without losing a set Saturday on the way to winning the championship of the Cyclone Invitational volleyball tournament at Russellville.
The Lady Cats (10-2) defeated Russellville in the championship match, 25-23, 25-23. Courtney Campbell, Jada Benton and Alexa Hreha had five kills each. Sara Nethercutt added 22 assists. Hreha had three aces, Rachell Skinner, 11 digs; and Allison Weatherly, three blocks.
The Lady Cats downed Springdale Har-Ber in the semifinals, 25-10, 25-23. Hreha had 12 kills; Nethercutt, 24 assists;Pressley, two aces; Skinneer, eight digs; Bailey McKee, seven digs; and Weatherly, three blocks.
In the first round of bracket play, the Lady Cats defeated Cabot, 25-17, 25-11. Hreha had seven kills and six digs. Nethercutt had 13 assists. Benton had a block and McKee added an ace.
In pool play, Conway downed Alma, 25-11, 25-14. Statistical leaders were: Pressley, three aces; Benton, five kills; Nethercutt, 12 assists; MacKenzie Dear, three blocks; and Skinner, seven digs.
Conway defeated Springdale, 25-11, 25-14. Benton had eight kills and three blocks. Other leaders were: Dear, three aces; Nethercutt, 22 assists; Skinner, 10 digs. In a 25-4, 25-3 victory over Little Rock McClellan, McNew had seven kills and Nethercutt, 14 assists and eight aces. Ashley Bernard, Jacklyn Quinit and McKee all had two digs.
The Lady Cats return home Tuesday to play Fort Smith Southside, one of the teams it is tied with in the 7A/6A Central race. The JV game will begin at 5 p.m. with the varsity to follow.
The Hendrix College men’s soccer team battled the University of Texas at Tyler to a 1-1 double overtime tie, but still captured the Warrior Classic title for the second straight year on Sunday afternoon.
The Warriors (2-3-2) won the trophy by total goals scored, having defeated Centenary 3-1 on Saturday, while the Patriots (1-0-3) topped Rhodes 2-0.
The game was scoreless until the 54th minute when Enoch Shipman scored on a pass from Taylor Nelson-Cook to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead. Hendrix sophomore midfielder Jacob Pierce netted his fifth goal of the year in the 58th minute with an assist from junior defender Greg Gandy.
Hendrix will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Louisiana College at 6 p.m.
UCA CROSS COUNTRY
University of Central Arkansas freshman Brooke Cassar won the Vanderbilt Invitational at Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, while senior Erika Setzler of Conway finished third, leading UCA to a fifth-place finish overall.
Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, had a time of 17:08.35 in the 5K race held at Percy Ward Park. She shattered her own two-week old record for the 5K by 16 seconds. Setzler finished third in 17:20.09, which also broke the record.
UCA (169) was fifth behind host Vanderbilt (38), Lipscomb (68), Ole Miss (87) and Mississippi State.
UCA’s other finishers included Kayla Nehus (33rd, 18:07.61); Marine Lecart (50th, 18:43.26); Brianna Stuepfert (100th, 19:42.97); Megan Effinger (110th, 19:58.63); Madison Sewell (124th, 20:14.38); Elizabeth Wertz (129th, 20:25.41); Cassandra Rosas (137th, 20:32.37); Sophie Clauss (161st, 21:18.85), and Jordan James (170th, 21:51.06).
For the UCA men, University of Central Arkansas senior Edward Limo finished 12th.
Limo, a senior from Eldoret, Kenya, finished in 25:29.61 over the 8K course, helping the Bears to a ninth-place finish overall. Sophomore Corentin Louis finished 30th (25:44.81), while Ryan Davidson was 71st (26:29.96) and James Leonard was 73rd (26:31.19). Jacob Sanders was 80th (26:39.20), Albert Maeder was 94th (26:56.39), Damarius Lowery was 111th (27:20.83) and Grant Miller was 127th (27:47.20).
The Hendrix College volleyball team split again on the second day of the Rhodes Invitational at Mallory-Hyde Gymnasium on Sunday.
The Warriors (7-5) lost to East Texas Baptist University 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 in the opener, then swept Maryville College 25-12, 25-22, 25-21.
Freshman outside hitter MC Rogers connected on a season-best 19 kills to go with seven digs and four blocks to lead Hendrix in the first match.
Freshman right side Natalie Masten had nine kills. Freshman Holyn Duyck assisted 27 points and sophomore libero Jill Sikes led the defense with 19 digs. Junior Ella Concavage-Nasar also dug 15 balls and freshman Leila Matsumot came up with 11 digs. Freshman middle blocker Grace Griffin registered six blocks.
Hendrix will play two matches at crosstown foe Central Baptist College on Tuesday night beginning at 5 p.m.
HENDRIX WOMEN’S SOCCER
After winning the previous day 1-0, the Hendrix College women’s soccer tied Centenary College of Louisiana 1-1 in regulation at Warrior Field on Sunday.
The game was scoreless until the 66th minute when sophomore forward Emily Kleinfelter put the Warriors (4-2-1) on the board with a goal after a pass by junior defender Arianna Hart. The Ladies (2-3-1) tied the game in the 83rd minute on a Chelsea Russell goal.
Hendrix will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Harding at 7 p.m.