State Sports Letters

GOLF

Razorbacks tied for 8th place at Battle at the Beach

The Arkansas women’s team wrapped up their fall season this weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, finishing the Battle at the Beach in a tie with Baylor in eighth place.

After a 285 in the last round, the Razorbacks finished with an 11-over-863 (291-287-285). Arkansas was a stroke behind Houston in seventh place and five ahead of North Texas in tenth place. LSU won the Battle at the Beach with a tournament record of 14 under 838.

Kendall Todd stepped up the Razorbacks over the weekend with a straight 213, their lowest total since moving to Arkansas. She earned a 72 with 13 pars and two birdies on Sunday to tie in 17th place.

Kajal Mistry had the best performance for Arkansas on Sunday with a near-bogeyless round. With two birdies and just one bogey, the senior had a 1-under-70 in the final round. She placed 23rd with a 3-over-216 (72-74-70).

Miriam Ayora finished the weekend in a tie in 29th place with a 4-over-217 (73-73-31), Ffion Tynan in 38th place with a 5-over-218 (76-69-73) and Regan Zibilski rounded out the Razorbacks to a tie for 60th place with an 11-over par (76-76-72).

— Democrat-Gazette Press Services

ASU men tie for third place

Arkansas State carded an under par round for the third time in as many days, finishing the weekend with 17 under par 847 and taking third place at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island, Bahamas, site of the White Sands Bahamas Invitational.

Duke ran away with the team title, hitting a par 823 41-under, but second-placed Stetson was just four shots ahead of the Red Wolves – who led eight of the teams in the 12-team field.

Devyn Pappas and Thomas Schmidt finished 21st in singles overall for 54 holes and 4 under par, and all five ASU players finished the week under par and in the top 30.

– Mitchell Gladstone

FOOTBALL

UCA women lose in ASUN tournament

The University of Central Arkansas ASUN tournament run ended Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla. in the hands of the Florida Gulf Coast.

UCA (6-9-4) lost 3-2 to FGCU (12-5-1) in the school’s first appearance in a conference tournament semifinals.

UCA’s Anna Kerr and Tristyn Pavatt scored in the second half to equalize with FGCU goals from Marla Gaulitz and Leah Scarpelli. FGCU’s Erika Zschuppe scored in the second overtime to seal the win and eliminate UCA.

– Sam Lane

VOLLEYBALL

Arkansas falls to Florida in five sets

The University of Arkansas couldn’t outlast Florida on Sunday when the Razorbacks defeated the Gators in a five-set SEC match at Exactech Arena in Gainsville, Fla. 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 15-7 lost.

Florida (18-4, 10-2 SEC) quickly took a 7-1 lead in the final set, and Arkansas (14-7, 5-6), who finished with a .199 batting average, failed to recover.

Taylor Head led the Razorbacks with 17 kills on offense while Gracie Ryan led the roster with 24 team-high assists.

Arkansas knocked down 13 blocks in the loss while Tatum Shipes recorded a match high of 11 blocks. Courtney Jackson also posted a match-high 15 digs for the Razorbacks.

UCA outperforms Northern Alabama

The University of Central Arkansas clinched a win over North Alabama on Sunday and closed a two-set deficit to lead the Lions 20-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-17 in a bout at the ASUN conference , 15:11 to beat Prince Center in Conway.

Mackenzie Vernon helped the Sugar Bears (17-8, 9-3 ASUN) lead 4-0 in the final set and finished with a career-high 22 kills, including the match-winner. Alexis Stumbough surpassed 10 kills and added 24 digs to help UCA comeback.

Caylan Koons posted a match-high 40 assists for a Sugar Bear offense that ended with a .196 batting average. North Alabama (12-12, 2-10) finished with a .178 batting average for their seventh straight loss while the UCA celebrated their third straight win.

— Democrat-Gazette Press Services

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