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The Sideline: UCA softball, Hendrix swimming and UCA tennis and Hendrix tennis

Posted: February 19, 2014 - 6:55pm

Mississippi State shuts out Bears

STARKVILLE, Miss. — For the third straight game Wednesday, the University of Central Arkansas softball team was shut out buy top national opposition.

Mississippi State (11-0) defeated the Bears (3-8), 6-0. Last weekend, the Bears were shut out in back-to-back games by Michigan and the University of Louisiana.

UCA got only two hits against the Lady Bulldogs. One, by Briana Whisenhunt, came in the seventh along with two walks that allowed the Bears to load the bases with no one out. The Lady Bulldogs quelled the threat and ended the game with a double play and a fly out.

Taylor Dear got the only other hit for UCA.

Hendrix women to play historic lacrosse match

Hendrix College will be playing in the first varsity intercollegiate women’s lacrosse game in Arkansas on Saturday.

The Warriors will host Southern Athletic Association rival Berry College at the Warrior Turf Field (east of the football stadium) at 11 a.m.

Hendrix swimmers earn honors

Three swimmers from Hendrix College were selected to the All-Southern Athletic Association Teams for their performances at last weekend’s SAA Championships.

Senior Jo Claire Robertson was named to the second team by placing second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.25. The Shreveport, La., native wrapped up her career as the holder of six individual school records and five relay marks.

Senior John Byford of Oklahoma City was a third team selection by breaking his school record in the 400 yard individual medley with a time of 4:13.39. Byford finishes his career as the school record-holder in the 400 IM and the 200 yard freestyle.

Sophomore Bayley Krell of Denver, Colo. was also placed on the third team with a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.92.

At the meet at Birmingham, Ala., the Warrior women claimed fifth place, while the men, who had the smallest team with only six members, finished sixth under first-year head coach Dan Lloyd.

UCA tennis team downs UA-Fort Smith

The University of Central Arkansas tennis team went to 3-2 on the season Tuesday with a 6-1 victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith.

UCA swept all three doubles matches to grab a 1-0 lead to start the match. Winning were Kelsey Williams and Allison Murphy, Kristina Horsikyan and Cassidy Crawford and Simona Horsikyan and Krizia Buck.

The Bears dropped just one singles match on the day to finish their impressive performance. Winning were Simona Horsikyan, Williams, Kristina Horsikyan, Sasha Ruocco and Buck.

Central Arkansas hits the road for a pair of matches against Alcorn State and Grambling State in n Grambling, La., on Saturday.

Golden Suns sweep Hendrix

The Hendrix College women’s tennis team lost, 9-0, to NCAA Division II foe Arkansas Tech University, No.2-ranked in NCAA Division II, at the Hendrix Indoor Tennis Center on Tuesday night.

Hendrix will return to the courts on Friday when they host Austin College on the outdoor courts at 3 p.m.

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