Sports Roundup: UCA beach volleyball, Conway track, St. Joseph soccer and softball

The fledgling University of Central Arkansas beach volleyball team continued its unbeaten streak Friday but had a much tougher time in its second tourney of the season in the ULM Bayou Bash at Monroe, La.

 

After winning five matches in a tournament at Franklin, Tenn., two weeks ago while losing one set, the Sugar Bears (6-0) had to scrap this time against ULM and Houston Batptist. UCA downed ULM (9-5), 3-2, and Houston Baptist (8-7), 4-1.

Against ULM, Megan Nash and Hayley Tippett defeated Hadley Swartz/Kori Simpson, 21-17, 21-17.Kate Elman/Heather Schnars downed Claire Crossfield/Tara Jenkins 21-13, 21-9. Kellen Dunn/MC Rogers defeated Grace Convey/Bailey Smith, 21-17, 16-21, 15-7.

Conway’s Mackenzie Dear and Amy South lost a tight match, 21-10, 27-21, 15-6 and Kristine Hjembo/Stephanie Pollnow also went three sets before losing, 25-27, 21-16, 15-12.

In an extra match that was not counted, Abbie Harry and Kimberly Schnars of UCA won, 21-14, 22-20.

Against Houston Baptist, Nash-Tippett won, 25-23, 21-19. Elaman Schnars won, 21-13, 21-18. Dunn-Rogers prevailed, 26-22, 18-21, 16-14. South and Dear won, 20-22, 21-10, 15-9. Hjembo-Pollnow lost, 21-18, 21-19. Kimber Schars and Harry won the extra math, 21-19, 21-19.

UCA faces TCU and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday.

1. Megan Nash/Hayley Tippett (UCA) def. Aeriel Horton/Jessica Wooten (HBU) 25-23, 21-19 2. Kayla Armer/Tori Hinojosa (HBU) def. Kristine Hjembo/Stephanie Pollnow (UCA) 21-18, 21-19 3. Kate Elman/Heather Schnars (UCA) def. Bailey Banks/Melissa Fuchs (HBU) 21-13, 21-18 4. Kellen Dunn/MC Rogers (UCA) def. Taylor Livoti/Tiffany Thomas (HBU) 26-22, 18-21, 16-14 5. Amy South/Mackenzie Dear (UCA) def. Morgan McDaniel/Danielle Wheeler (HBU) 20-22, 21-10, 15-9 Ext. Abbie Harry/Kimberly Schnars (UCA) def. Hannah Lewis/Madison O’Brien (HBU) 21-19, 21-19 Match Notes: Houston Baptist 8-7 Central Arkansas 5-0 Beach Bayou Bash Game 2

Conway track

Conway High boys had three first places and two seconds Thursday in a track meet at Hot Springs Lakeside.

Cary McClain won the long jump. KeVon Holder won the 100 hurdles and Caleb Vines, Sean McKenna, Jack Campbell and Jonah Willis combined to win the 4x800 relay. Willis was second in the 800. Holder was second in the 300 hurdles and McClain was second in the triple jump. Marquise Pleasant was second in the high jump.

“This was our first meet in the last 16 days, so overall I was pleased with our times and performances,” said CHS coach Johnny Kennedy. “We still have a few things to work out and shore up before we get into conference competition, but I know our kids will compete at a high level as we move into that part of the season. We had so really nice times for where we are in the season.”

The Conway results:

High jump: 2. Marquise Pleasant 6-1

Long jump: 1. Cary McClain 20-11.5

Triple jump: 2. McClain 43-1.75; 5. Jarrett Hoover 40-2

Shot: 6. Chris Patterson 41-3.25

Discus: 5. Patterson 122-3

4x800 relay- 1. Caleb Vines, Sean McKenna, Jack Campbell, Jonah Will 8:23.53

110 hurdles: 1. KeVon Holder 14.65; 2. Darnell Washington 15.91

1600: 8. Brandon Hutchins 4:49.19

400: 8. Cody Kesterson 55.41

300 hurdles- 2. Holder 39.46; 4. Washington 40.61

800: 2. Willis 2:02.12

200: 7. Jason Butler 24.36

3200- 6. Cade Griffith 10:55.73

4x400 relay- 3. Willis, Washington, Campbell, Holder 3:30.60 .

The Cats will run Tuesday at Cabot and Friday at Russellville.

St. Joseph soccer

St. Joseph’s boys soccer team (4-1, 3-0) won its fourth straight match Thursday with an 8-1 mercy-rule victory over Jonesboro Westside at Centennial Soccer Park.

The Warriors ended the shutout streak for the Bulldogs and junior goalkeeper Triple Williams with their only goal in the 16th minute.

Senior Zach Martins opened the scoring routin the second minute and added another one in the 28th minute. Senior Semone Leverone scored in the 10th minute and had another in the 19th minute. Other scorers were: senior Jacob Welter (13th and 23rd minute), junior Aiden Lambe (45th minute), and senior Will Zinno (50th minute).

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-2 in 4A-3 Conference play with a 3-0 win in the earlier match with the Lady Warriors.

St. Joseph softball

At City of Colleges Park on Thursday, South Side of Bee Branch won a back-and-forth softball contest against St. Joseph (3-2), 11-9.

Hope Hargrove pitched the last four innings for the Lady Bulldogs and allowed two earned runs.

“Hope did a good job closing the game; we could not get the hits at the end when we needed them,” said St. Joseph coach Debra Wilhite. “Good effort by the whole team.”

Emily Briggler was 3 for 4 with three runs, a triple and two RBI. Gracie Keathley ws 2 for 4 with four RBI.

“South Side hs a good team and the girls played them straight up,” Wilhite said. “The team is coming together. The more the girls play, the more comfortable they are with each other.”

 

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