UCA’s Collins again gets preseason honors
The University of Central Arkansas’ Marissa Collins, a three-time all-conference pick, is one of three players from the Sugar Bears on the All Southland Conference volleyball team.
Alicia Dittrich, a junior, and Jessica Nagy, a senior, also were named to the team for the defending regular-season and tournament champions.
In 2010, Collins was the first player in league history to be named conference freshman and setter of the year in the same season. The senior from Pearland, Texas, is a two-time setter of the year recipient (2010, 12) and led the conference in assists per set (12.42), which ranked third nationally last season.
Central Arkansas coach David McFatrich will look to guide his team back to the NCAA tournament after a banner year in 2012. The Sugar Bears claimed their third Southland Conference regular-season title in four years and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
Dittrich, an outside hitter from Houston, Texas, led the conference with a .374 hitting percentage, which is the highest single-season mark in UCA history. Nagy, a middle blocker from Carleton, Mich., ranked third on the team in kills per set (2.50) and was named to the 2012 All-Southland Conference Tournament team.
Northwestern State led all teams with four selections, including two first-team honorees. Central Arkansas and Oral Roberts each placed three players on the teams.
Former UCA golfer in Canadian Open
Former University of Central Arkansas golfer Nicole Forshner qualified Monday for the LPGA’s CN Canadian Women’s Open, which will be her first LPGA tournament.
Forshner, 29 and a native of Banff, Alberta, Canada, was a two-time All-Southland Conference golfer at UCA and was the league’s Player of the year in 2008 and 2009. She was also the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year in 2006.
Forshner earned one of four tournament berths at Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club, shooting a 1-under 71. She beat out 22 others for one of four spots in the $2-million tournament, which will be held at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club, beginning Thursday. Forshner was a two-time Alberta amateur champion, with one of those triumphs coming at the Petroleum Club in 2007.
Twenty Canadians will compete for Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship, while Forshner is the only Albertan in the field. All 10 players ranked in the Rolex LPGA Top 10 rankings are scheduled to compete, including No. 1 Inbee Park and No. 2 Stacy Lewis.
Past winners of the Canadian Open include Michelle Wie (2010), Suzann Pettersen (2009), Lorena Ochoa (2007), Meg Mallon (2002, 2004) and Annika Sorenstam (2001).