The UCA Sugar Bears volleyball team brought home one loss and one Southland Conference win from Louisiana this weekend.
The Sugar Bears lost 3-2 to the McNeese State Cowgirls on Oct. 8 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. They were able to break even on Oct. 10 with a 3-0 win against the Nicholls State University Colonels in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
The Thursday game against McNeese State was close; the Sugar Bears ended the second set at 1-1.
UCA maintained its lead during the third match with an increased hitting percentage (.308) that helped close the game with a 2-1 lead.
McNeese State came back during the fourth match with a 25-23 set, leaving the game at another tie: 2-2.
The Sugar Bears lost grip on the win during the fifth and final set, falling 15-12 and marking the final score 3-2.
“We came out flat against McNeese and weren’t able to finish it with a win,” senior defensive specialist/libero Corri Hunt said. “We turned it around and played hard and steady to beat Nicholls in three.”
The Sugar Bears reaped their first Southland Conference road win Oct. 10 against the Nicholls Colonels, 25-20, 25-15, 25-23.
Sophomore right side blocker Megan Nash and freshman middle blocker Nicole Peters led the team during the first set.
Nash claimed three kills and Peters chalked up four blocks.
Senior outaide hitter Heather Schanrs and freshman middle blocker Samantha Anderson both finished up with nine kills each with Anderson lead the team with five blocks and Schnars had one.
Junior outside hitter Rachel Sharp helped the Bears to victory with three aces, six kills and four blocks.
The Bears were had 14 errors to the Colonels 22. Each set propelled the Sugar Bears forward.
The team finished the game 3-0.
“We set the tone of every set and took control of each game from the start,” Hunt said. “We steadied out and finished before letting the other team gain too many points on us.”
Hunt said she hopes the team continues improving and playing hard, ending in the conference tournament with a winning streak.
The Sugar Bears will be back on the road for two matches against Lamar and Sam Houston State on Oct. 15 and Oct. 17.
This article originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 2015 print edition of The Echo.
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