SEARCY — Conway Christian’s volleyball team finished second to Harding Academy in the district volleyball tournament at Harding Academy.
The Lady Eagles (15-3) lost to host Harding Academy, 25-21, 25-14, 25-15, in the championship game. CCS defeated St. Joseph, 25-14, 25-15, 25-29, in the semifinals.
CCS will open state tournament play Tuesday against Piggott, again at Harding Academy.
Payton Cope and Morgan May made the all-tournament team.
Against Harding Academy, Olivia Meriweather had seven digs, four kills and a block. Morgan May had six digs and four kills and Cope had six digs, a kill and 15 assists. Landy May added five digs, two kills and a block. Other stat leaders were Emily Hill, Hannah Cates, Lyndi Dather, Jordan Williams and Andrea Howell.
Against St. Joseph, Morgan May had three aces, five digs and five kills and Cope added 15 digs and 18 assists. Howell added a dig, three kills, five blocks and two assists. Other top players were Jordan Williams, Meriweather, Hill, Landry May, Payne, Cates and Dather.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Conway Christian’s Drew won his first match in the state Overall tennis tournament before losing to the top seed in the quarterfinals.Dodge, a two-time state champion in 2A boys, defeated Beau Wicker of Piggott, 6-3, 6-0 before losing to Jake Jacoby of Pulaski Academy, 6-0, 6-1.
The University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s cross country are gearing up for Friday’s Southland Conference Championships at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
On the men’s side, UCA’s top runners include junior Amos Gerber of Hot Springs, sophomore Connor Ryan from Belleville, Ill., and freshmen Edward Limo and Corentin Louis. Limo and Gerber finished 1-2 at the Islander Splash last month. Limo has two top-20 finishes this season and Gerber has four. Connor and Louis have also finished in the Top 20 twice this fall.
For the women, sophomore Stephanie Simpson of Chicago has two top-10 finishes and three in the top 20 this season, including a best of fifth at the Islander Splash, where UCA was second as a team. Junior Kayla Nehus from Little Rock has two top-10 finishes, with a best of ninth at the Islander Splash. Senior Courtney Efurd of Rogers was in the top 20 three times this season.
Lamar is favored to win its seventh straight men’s title and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is favored to win its second straight women’s championship.
(UCA’s sports information department contributed to this report)