State Sports Letters

FOOTBALL

Knight honored by GAC

After Ouachita Baptist University coach Todd Knight led his team to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs, he was named Great American Conference Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Nine Tigers were named first-team all-conference selections, led by running back TJ Cole, who was a unanimous choice. Fullback Will Fitzhugh was one of five Harding University players named to the first team. Southern Arkansas University running back Jaric Scales was also a first-team selection, as were University of Arkansas-Monticello linebacker Demarcus White, Arkansas Tech University placekicker Jesus Zizumbo, and Henderson State University wide receiver Xavier Malone , who was chosen unanimously.

Henderson State quarterback Andrew Edwards was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Among the Division II leaders, Edwards led all freshmen in passing touchdowns (21), was fifth in passing efficiency (168.61), 13th in passing yards per completion (14.54), and 18th in completion Percentage (63.4%).

VOLLEYBALL

Arkansas conquers Missouri

The University of Arkansas equaled their SEC record Wednesday with a 3-0 (25:14, 25:22, 25:16) win over Missouri at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Taylor Head led the Razorbacks (16-8, 7-7 SEC) with a match-high of 10 kills and 2 aces with 2 assists. Tatum Shipes had six blocks to lead Arkansas, Courtney Jackson added match-high with 15 digs while Jillian Gillen had 13 digs, 4 blocks and an ace of service.

Kaylee Cox led the Tigers (8-16, 1-13) with 10 digs and 9 kills with 3 blocks.

ASU defeats Georgia State in the Sun Belt Tournament

Arkansas State extended its season Wednesday afternoon in Foley, Alabama, beating Georgia State 3-0 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Bailey Helzer had 19 kills while only missing two on 33 swings, good for a .515 batting average to lead all Red Wolves and Panthers. Georgia State (7-22) had 11 service errors and never had a set point.

ASU (8-21) has won at least one conference tournament game in nine of his last 10 trips and will play Old Dominion today.

– Mitchell Gladstone

Koons named to the ASUN All-Freshman team by UCA

University of Central Arkansas setter Caylan Koons was named to the ASUN All-Freshman team on Wednesday.

The Springdale Har-Ber graduate won ASUN Freshman of the Week honors three times this season and was named Setter of the Week once.

Koons started 21 of 25 games for the Sugar Bears. She was the offensive catalyst for Coach John Newberry’s side, recording 125 assists in her first three games of the regular season. Their 857 total assists were good for seventh place in the conference.

– Sam Lane

UALR’s Cail receives OVC honor

University of Arkansas-Little Rock center blocker Daedrianna Cail was named a second-team all-conference selection by the Ohio Valley Conference on Wednesday.

Cail finished her freshman season with 211 kills, a .266 batting average that ranked ninth in the conference, 27 serve aces as the team leader and 118 total blocks under. Team High 17 Solo. With a total of 118 blocks, it ranks 57th nationwide and third in OVC.

— Democrat-Gazette Press Services

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