FORT MYERS, Fla. — The University of Central Arkansas volleyball team lost two matches Saturday in the 2013 Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Airport Volleyball Classic, one to third-ranked Penn State.
The Sugar Bears (7-3) lost in three competitive sets to the Nittany Lions, then lost 3-2 to Marquette to finish 1-2 in the tournament.
Against Penn State (5-1), winners of four of the past six national titles, the Sugar Bears lost, 25-20, 25-22, 15-10. Jessica Nagy led the way offensively for Central Arkansas, notching nine kills. Marissa Collins dished out 30 assists while Shelbee Berringer had 15 digs.
In the second match of the day, Marquette (4-3), an NCAA tournament team a year ago, took a 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 25-10, 15-11 victory in five fiercely contested sets.
Nagy and Heather Schnars were the leaders for the Central Arkansas offense, tallying 13 kills each. Paige Gantar added 12 kills and Scout Brooks had 10. Collins had 48 assists, and Berringer collected 26 digs.
The Sugar Bears return to the court for a trio of games in the Prince Center this week. The Sugar Bears open Southland Conference play Thursday night against Abilene Christian. They will play Louisiana Tech on Friday night, then take on Incarnate Word Saturday afternoon.
UCA MEN’S SOCCER
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cal-State Northridge powered past the University of Central Arkansas men’s soccer team, 4-1, Friday night.
The Matadors (5-0-0) jumped to an early lead as Sagi Lev-Ari fielded a deflection inside the six yard box and put it just inside the far post in the 15th minute. Conway’s Taylor Hart evened the score at 1-1 in the 49th minute, collecting a pass from Jaden Hoth and slamming it home for his third goal of the season. Lev-Ari put the Matadors back on top in the 65th minute, and Chris Smith and Edwin Rivas added insurance goals in the 80th and 84th minutes, respectively.
UCA WOMEN’S SOCCER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team and Lipscomb scrapped to a 2-2 draw Friday night.
Lipscomb is now 2-3-2 while UCA is 2-2-2.
UCA goals were scored by Adrianna Lucar and Brooke Ballard, of Conway.
Ballard led the Central Arkansas offense, placing two of her three shots on goal, while Lucar placed both of her shots on frame. Linnell led Lipscomb, putting three of her seven shots on target.
Kaitlyn Keith played the entire match in goal for the Bears, making four saves and allowing two goals.
GREENBRIER JUNIOR FOOTBALL
The Greenbrier Junior High Panthers defeated Van Buren in football Thursday night, 21-6.
Greenbrier scored its first touchdown when quarterback Carter Burcham passed 40 yards to Alex Massey. Paxton Wallace scored the two-point conversion. Burcham later scored on a 10-yard run and Garrett Locke added the extra point. Burcham passed to Massey for the final score.
Top offensive players were Kyle Harshberger, Locke, Wallace, Jason Hill, Cody Bradley and Dakota Holliman. Defensive standouts were Jimmy Strough, Charlie Aley and Danny Bittle.
The panthers play at Alma on Thursday.
GREENBRIER CROSS COUNTRY
The Greenbrier cross Country teams opened the season with meets at Heber Springs on Tuesday and Conway on Saturday.
At Heber Springs, the senior boys finished third in the 5A-7A division, led by Ryan Treat’s 10th-place finish over the 5K course in 19:23.14. Austyn Sitzes ran a strong second for the Panthers at 19:43 on a hot day near Greers Ferry Lake.
Rounding out the senior boys finishers, in order, were Ryan Beegle, Rayce Baker, Jared McKenzie, Gabe Bray, and Hunter Glover.
The Greenbrier junior girls were led by Rachel Barnhardt’s seventh-place finish on the 2-mile course in 15:28. Allisynn Sitzes was second for the junior Panthers with a 17:02, followed closely by Jayden Glover at 17:18, Shelby Duke at 17:34 and Jailen Griffen at 17:38. Carson Matthews and Lydia Morgan also participated.
Ian Kelly finished seventh for the junior Panthers and Ethan Smith was ninth. Other runners were Colton Ray, Cain Newton, Caleb Galloway and Corbin Pack.
In Saturday’s Wampus Cat Invitational at Beaverfork Lake, Treat ran 18:08 over the 5K course to finish 20th among more than 200 runners. Sitzes ran a strong second in 18:43, and Baker had the third-best finish at 19:28 helping the team take ninth out of 19 total teams.
Also running for the Panthers were Bray, Beegle, McKenzie, Glover and Cook.
Barnhardt led the junior girls over the 2-mile course taking fourth among 130-plus runners in 13:32. Her teammates all ran sub-16 minute times in propelling the team to a fifth-place team finish out of 11 teams. Sitzes recorded a 15:01, followed by Duke at 15:09, Matthews at 15:15, Griffen at 15:53 and Glover at 15:58.
Two Panther junior boys clocked identical 12:16 times. Kelly officially took 19th overall with teammate Ethan Smith taking 20th place overall from a field of about 150 runners. Also helping the junior boys to a fifth-place ranking out of 16 teams were Colton Ray with a 12:25 time, Newton at 12:40, Galloway at 13:16 and Pack at 15:50.