UCA’s volleyball team came back from a 3-2 loss at Southeastern Louisiana with a 3-0 win against New Orleans University in its last conference game of the season.
UCA (15-12, 11-4 SLC) played five sets against Southeastern Louisiana (13-17, 7-9 SLC) on Nov. 12. Central Arkansas won two sets at 25-23 and 25-10.
In the first set, UCA achieved 12 kills for a hit percentage of .179, compared to SLU’s .243, and won the set 25-23. The fourth set saw nine UCA kills, resulting in a .400 accuracy. UCA won the fourth set 25-10.
UCA completed 51 kills over in the match, with an average hit percentage of .170. SLU completed 52 kills and averaged a hit percent of .077. UCA made 24 attack errors, compared to SLU’s 39.
Senior outside hitter Heather Schnars was the team’s leader in kills with 18, followed by freshman middle blocker Samantha Anderson at 12 and junior outside hitter Rachel Sharp at eight. Sophomore right side Megan Nash had three aces and 10 blocks.
Senior setter Amy South came out on top in assists with 45 and freshman defensive specialist Allie Kemp led the team with 20 digs. Kemp said the loss against SLU was a hard blow, putting the team in a “really bad funk,” but that the team pulled itself together for Saturday’s game.
UCA played three sets against New Orleans (18-15, 7-9 SLC) on Nov. 14, coming out victorious in all sets for a 3-0 win. UCA completed 11 kills and two attack errors in the first set, with a hit percentage of .450. The second set saw 16 kills and two attack errors, and the third saw 14 kills and two attack errors. UCA made 41 kills and six attack errors, with an average hit percentage of .461. New Orleans made a 26 kills and 16 attack errors with a .123 hit percentage.
Schnars was UCA’s leader in kills with 18, followed by Anderson with nine and Sharp with five. Schnars also led in aces with four and digs with 11. Nash led the team in blocks with four and South led in assists with 37.
Saturday’s win secures UCA as second seed in the Southland Conference Tournament this coming weekend.
Kemp said after losing first place in the conference the team lost some morale, but it was gained back after the win against New Orleans.
“Going into the conference tournament with that win puts us in a great lineup in the tournament,” Kemp said. “We came together as a team and decided enough was enough, and that made a world of difference stepping onto that court.”
Schnars was named SLC offensive player of the week for the fifth time this season. While collecting her 12th and 13th double-double of the season, Nash expressed her excitement for the weekend’s tournament.
“We’re very excited to be hosting the tournament, and we hope to see a lot of family, friends and fans in the Farris,” she said.
This article appeared in the Nov. 18, 2015 print edition of The Echo.
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