The Sugar Bears volleyball team went 2-1 this weekend in the Holiday Inn Express Tournament in Natchitoches, La.
The Sugar Bears faced conference rival the Northwestern State Lady Demons in this tournament prior to starting conference play and defeated them 3-2 in the first match of the tournament. The Sugar Bears came back from behind in the match on Thursday with set scores of 19-25, 24-26, 25-20, 25-20 and 17-15.
The Sugar Bears lost their second match of the tournament to the Arkansas State University Lady Red Wolves 3-0. The match had set scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-22. The Sugar Bears ended the tournament with a sweeping victory over the Alcorn State Lady Braves 3-0. The Sugar Bears kept the Lady Braves at bay with set scores of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-8.
• The men’s and women’s cross country teams did not compete this weekend in the 23rd Annual Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo. because of severe weather in the region. The race, hosted by Missouri Southern State University, has yet to be rescheduled, according to ucasports.com. The team will compete this weekend in the UALR Invitational in Little Rock on Saturday starting at 5:45 p.m. for the women and 6:30 p.m. for the men at Rebsamen Golf Course.
• The Bears women’s soccer team’s three-win streak was cut short this weekend as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Lady Trojans beat the Bears 2-1 on Friday in Little Rock.
The Bears went up first early in the game with a goal in the 29th minute of play. Sophomore midfielder Grace Purtle scored unassisted when the Lady Trojans’ keeper came out of the box to try and get the ball away from Purtle. Purtle then shot the ball high to score in the top right of the goal.
The Lady Trojans scored twice in the second period to give them the 2-1 victory over the Bears. The Lady Trojans outshot the Bears 14-3 with six shots on goal for the Lady Trojans and three for the Bears.
• On Sept. 13, Bears women’s soccer player sophomore defender Madison Poteet was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the week. Poteet has helped the Bears shutout three teams so far this season and win five games. While she deals mostly with defending the Bears’ goal, she has been a threat for other teams on the opposite side of the field. Poteet already has three goals this season, the most on the team so far.