NEW ORLEANS — For the fifth straight game, the University of Central Arkansas volleyball team took a 3-0 victory over an opponent, defeating the University of New Orleans, 25-13, 25-16, 25-11.
Heather Schnars had a big day for Central Arkansas (12-3, 4-0 SLC), turning in a match-high 11 kills and adding five digs, two service aces, and an assist. Marissa Collins keyed the Sugar Bear offense with 32 assists, while Shelbee Berringer led a Central Arkansas defense with eight digs and helping the Sugar Bears hold the Privateers (2-14, 0-4 SLC) to an .039 hitting percentage.
Thursday, the Sugar Bears host Northwestern State at 7 p.m.
UCA WOMEN’S SOCCER
The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team opened Southland Conference play on Friday night, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 2-1, at the Bill Stephens soccer complex.
Central Arkansas (4-3-2, 1-0-0 SLC) took the lead in the 13th minute, as Kristin Pollard collected a deflected shot from Conway’s Brooke Ballard and putting it away for her first goal of the season. The Islanders (1-8-0, 0-3-0 SLC) got an equalizer in the 34th minute, when Hannah Joseph found Alyssa Miller on a breakaway. Ballard put the Bears ahead for good in the 75th minute, gaining control of a deflection and slamming it home to put Central Arkansas ahead, 2-1.
Kaitlyn Keith played the first half in goal for Central Arkansas, making one save and allowing one goal. Lyndzey Goff played the second half, making one save. Audrey Baldwin made six saves and allowed two goals in net for the Islanders.
Central Arkansas returns to action on Sunday afternoon, traveling to Natchitoches, Louisiana to play Northwestern State.
UCA CROSS COUNTRY
The University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s cross country squads competed at the McNeese Cowboy XC Stampede in Lake Charles, La., and the Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis on Saturday, with one individual winner and a runner-up finish.
The women’s team, led by freshman Brooke Cassar and senior Erika Setzler of Conway, finished second in the 6K race at Rhodes. Cassar was second overall in a school-record time of 20:42, while Setzler was third in 21:02, also breaking the old record. Freshman Brigette Caruthers finished seventh (22:40), while graduate Megan Effinger was 31st (24:03) and freshman Brianna Stuepfert was 55th (24:43).
In the Cowboy Stampede, UCA’s women were seventh, with senior Elizabeth Wertz the top finisher in 22nd place in a time of 19:55.21 for the 5K course. Sophomore Madison Sewell was 25th (20:10.99), sophomore Cassandra Rosas was 30th (20:31.40), sophomore Jordan James was 40th (21:33.59) and sophomore Sophie Clauss was 44th (21:49.36).
Senior Edward Limo won the Rhodes 8,000 meters in a time of 24:42, leading UCA to a second-place finish. Senior Amos Gerber was fifth in 25:33, followed by freshman Grant Williams in 12th (26:32), sophomore Kenneth Stice in 34th (27:36) and freshman Will Lambert in 47th (28:07).
At Lake Charles, UCA’s men were fourth over the four-mile course, led by sophomore James Leonard in 13th (20:41.99) and sophomore Corentin Louis in 14th (20:42.78). Junior Damerius Lowery finished 24th (21:10.71) and sophomore Ryan Davidson was 25th (21:12.69). Freshman Andrew Simpson was 39th (22:07.83), while freshman Alex Battaglia finished 42nd (22:15.55).
CABOT — Conway Blue used a flea-flicker to score with 15 seconds left for a 14-12 ninth-grade football victory over Cabot South on Thursday.
The Wampus Kittens (4-0, 3-0) trailed 12-7 late in the fourth quarter when Zach Freedle recovered a fumble. Passes from Beau Hadley to Deonte Duncan and Karlton Hood set things up at the Cabot 25 in the final seconds. On the flea-flicker, Josh Virgil pitched to Sharmar Harper, who dodged one tackle attempt, then sped for the touchdown. Alex Pena kicked two extra points.
Cabot led 6-0 at the half and upped that lead to 12-0 in the third quarter. Hadley scored on a fourth-and-two play with 4:00 left to draw the Kittens within 12-7.
RUTH DOYLE VOLLEYBALL
The Ruth Doyle Middle School seventh-grad girls volleyball team won four games at the Beebe Jamboree on Saturday.
The Kittens defeated Cabot North, South, and Beebe. Blaklee Scott led all players with nine aces while Asiyha Smith, Bailee Atkinson, and Trinity Smith all had six apiece.