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Sports roundup: Tigers defeat Bears on late goal; CCS volleyball; Hendrix tennis and volleyball

Posted: October 10, 2012 - 5:05pm

MEMPHIS — The University of Memphis scored a late goal on a free kick to take a 1-0 victory over the slumping University of Central Arkansas men Monday night.

UCA (6-5) has now lost four straight games, all on the road, and now prepares for the highest-ranked opponent to visit Conway since the Bears moved to NCAA Division I in 2006..

Saturday, the Bears return to Missouri Valley Conference play againt 24th-ranked Creighton at the Bill Stephens Complex.

“We’re really glad that we get a game in front of our fans,” said UCA coach Ross Duncan, “We’ve played a lot of games on the road this year,I feel like we’re going to be a completely different team on Saturday.”

That match will begin at 1 p.m.

Against Memphis, the Bears were outshot, 15-5, and placed only one shot on goal.

“Memphis was really good on the day,” Duncan said.“They were athletic, dynamic, and really hard to stay with. They came at us with a lot of pace which made it hard, especially for our attack.”

The Bears weathered the storm until the 84th minute, when Simon Estornel lined up to take a free kick from 15 yards out. He blasted a shot that curled from the right side of the net toward the left post.

LITTLE ROCK — The Hendrix College volleyball team won two matches against Philander Smith College on the road Tuesday night. The Warriors (10-13) topped the Lady Panthers (1-20) 25-8, 25-27, 25-14, 25-11 in the opener, then followed with a 25-11, 25-22, 25-12 sweep.

In the first match, Hendrix hit .226 with 50 kills, a season-high 15 aces, 55 digs and four blocks. PSC hit .035 with 28 kills, one ace, 53 digs and seven blocks.

In the second match, Hendrix hit .363 with 43 kills, 13 aces, 41 digs and two blocks, while PSC hit .103 with 21 kills, three aces, 35 digs and four blocks.

Hendrix will return to Southern Athletic Association action against Berry at 6 p.m. Friday.

Conway Christian’s volleyball team went four sets in taking a 25-17, 24-26, 25-23, 25-14 victory over Clinton on Tuesday.

Morgan May had eight aces, six digs, 10 kills and a block for the Lady Eagles. Payton Cope added four aces, one dig, 23 assists and two kills. Emily Hill had 30 digs, three kiss and one ace. Other strong efforts were by Hannah Cates, Jordan Williams, Marissa Payne, Andrea Howell, Landry May and Olivia Meriweather.

In JV action, Clinton won 25-20, 25-20.

Shelby Bradley had three aces, six digs and one kill for CCS. Other strong efforts were by Autumn Jones, Katelyn Helms, Megan Ledbetter, Sarah Shelton, Hannah Eaton, Destiny Holder and Lyndi Dather.

SEARCY — The Hendrix College women’s tennis team finished the fall season with a 9-0 loss at NCAA Division II member Harding University on Tuesday. 

“Despite the score, the team played really well against high-level competition,” said Warrior head coach Harold Henderson.

At No. 1 singles, sophomore Hannah Smashey and freshman Madison Schallhorn lost to Benyapa Phumtip and Ali Rowden of Greenbrier, 8-0.  

In singles, the Lady Bisons’ (1-1) second player (Rowden) downed Prathibha 6-1, 6-0.

(UCA and Hendrix sports information departments contributed to this report)

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