Conway’s Lady Cats did not lose a set Saturday in driving to the championship of the Lady Cat Invitational.
In the process, Conway (21-4) avenged some earlier defeats by defeating Valley View in the title game, 25-14, 25-19.
In Gold Bracket play, the Lady cats defeated Fort Smith Southside for the second time in a week, 25-22, 25-18, and Greene County Tech, 25-11, 25-7.
In pool play, the Lady Cts downed Benton, 25-12, 25-20; Batesvills, 25-19 and Little Rock Central, 25-8, 25-12.
The statistics for the Lady Cats for the tournament: Bailey McKee, 107 assidts; Sara Nethercutt, 36 assists; Rachel Skinner, 10 aces, 41 digs; Abby Mann, 57 digs; McCall Wilkins 35 kills, 14 blocks.
Matisse Monty added 53 kills and 26 digs; Courtney Campbell, 23 kills and five blocks; Molly Shipp, 28 digs; Javan Massey, 10 kills and three blocks; Sara Stovall, 21 kills and five blocks, Madison McNew, two kills; and Alexa Hreha, 14 kills and five digs.
In cross country in the Chili Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of Central Arkansas men finished 11th out of 34 teams and the women 24th out of 43 teams.
Edward Limo paced the UCA men with a 14th-place finish in a time of 30:53.3 for the 10,000 meters. Amos Gerber was 17th in 31:00.4, while Connor Ryan was 101st (32:57.5) and Corentin Louis was 109th (33:04.1).Al Maeder was 142nd (33:28.9) and Jeremiah Fleeman was 148th (33:33.9) to round out UCA’s top 150 finishers.
On the women’s side, Courtney Efurd was UCA’s top runner, finishing 107th in a time of 23:10.7 over the 6,000 meters. Erika Setzler was 118th (23:20.1), while Stephanie Simpson was 123rd (23:25.4). Kayla Nehaus was 169th (24:07.5) and Megan Effinger was 192nd (24:30.6) to round out UCA’s top 200 finishers.