UCA women’s volleyball put up great competition this weekend, coming off back-to-back wins at home.
The Sugar Bears (14-10, 10-2 SLC) welcomed defending Southland Conference Tournament champions Northwestern State (6-21, 4-10 SLC) to the Prince Center on Oct. 29 for a high energy match, that ended in a threestraight-set sweep.
Northwestern State carried the match with an early lead until sophomore right side hitter Megan Nash and senior outside hitter Heather Schnars led a comeback that put UCA ahead midway in the set.
The Sugar Bears took command for the remainder of the set, attacking from the left of the net and winning 25-21.
“They came out with a lot of energy and emotion and really took it to us in set one, but fortunately we were able to pull away,” UCA head coach Jeni Jones said after the game.
During the next set, the women continued on the attack and took a commanding lead before finishing off Northwestern State by more than 10 points with a 25-14 lead before the break.
The women came back and finished strong.
Northwestern State fought back and temporarily tied the Bears at 11-11 until Schnars led another comeback. The match ended after a game-winning block by Nash, sealing victory at 25-22.
“It felt good winning this game because they beat us last year and were the conference champs last year,” Nash said after the win.
The Lady Bears rolled into Saturday with confidence as they faced Stephen F. Austin on senior day.
Before the game, honors were given to senior defensive specialist Corri Hunt, setter Amy South and Schnars to celebrate their careers on the court.
UCA raced to an early lead before finishing the set on an 8-3 run by Schnars and junior outside hitter Rachel Sharp.
The second set began with the Ladyjacks’ early lead until the Sugar Bears went on a 7-0 run. The Bears finished the set on a 5-0 run led by the seniors, which had eight kills from Schnars and 11 assists by South. UCA kept rolling and forced another timeout in the third set. They didn’t allow the Ladyjacks room for a comeback and finished the game at 25-16.
UCA will head to Houston for their next competition against Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 4.
The Sugar Bears next opponent is Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road at 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7.
This article appeared in the Nov. 4 print edition of The Echo.
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