Sports roundup: UCA soccer and volleyball; Sugar Bear basketball; CBC soccer

The University of Central Arkansas men’s soccer team advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference championship game Friday night with an 8-7 victory over Bradley on penalty kicks at Peoria, Ill.

 

Regulation ended 1-1. With UCA up 8-7, Bradley's Brad Schindler had a PK bounce off the crossbar to give UCA the victory.

The Bears will play top-seeded Missouri State for the title at 1 p.m. Sunday.

CBC soccer

At Columbia, Mo., Columbia College took a 2-0 victory over the CBC men for the American Midwest Conference title.

It was the most wins for the Mustangs since 2014.

UCA-Hendrix basketball

The UCA Sugar Bears opened their basketball season Friday night, but it wasn’t much of a contest at the Farris Center.

The Sugar Bears built a 37-5 halftime lead on the way to a 79-22 romp over Division III Hendrix.

UCA limited the Warriors to eight-of-41 shooting (19 percent) and forced 32 turnovers.

It was the second lowest total the Sugar Bears have yielded in 155 games under coach Sandra Rushing.

Kamry Orr had 14 points an seven steals an Taylor Sells had 14 points and six rebounds.

Things get tougher for UCA as the Sugar Bears play at No. 3 Baylor on Tuesday.

UCA volleyball

McNeese State came from behind Thursday night for an 18-25, 18-25,25-18, 26-24, 25-17, 20-18 victory over the UCA Sugar Bears at the Prince Center.

Central Arkansas (23-4, 12-3 SLC) hit over .320 in each of the first two sets and held McNeese (19-11, 10-5 SLC) under the .200 mark.

The fifth set proved to be the most exciting of the night, as the sides exchanged the lead eight times and played to 12 tie scores, but the Sugar Bears found themselves unable to salvage the victory despite saving match point on four occasions.

Elizabeth Armstrong collected her fourth double-double of the night, handing out 60 assists and adding 17 digs to go along with six kills, three aces, and a pair of blocks. Samantha Anderson collected a match-high 25 kills, five digs, and three blocks, while Allen tallied a career-high 17 kills with four blocks, and Megan Nash added 13 kills, six digs, and five blocks.

Central Arkansas will close the regular season on Saturday afternoon, hosting the Nicholls Colonels at the Prince Center at noon.

Despite Thursday night’s setback, the Sugar Bears could still earn a share of the Southland Conference title if Lamar defeats Stephen F. Austin.

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