Volleyball gets set for conference play
The UALR volleyball team finished the Saluki Invitational taking two wins in three games Sept. 7-8.
The Trojans faced Tennessee-Martin, Southern Illinois, and Nicholls State in the two-day Saluki Invitational.
On Friday, the Trojans defeated Tennessee-Martin, 3-1, by winning 25-14, 25-23, 25-21, and falling in the second set, 25-22.
Sophomore Edina Begic set a career high in kills with 31. Senior Eva Xie and sophomore Adisa Hodzic each had nine kills. Emily Pepperman led UALR with a team high 17 digs.
The Trojans were swept by Southern Illinois, 3-0, on Saturday after losing 25-23, 25-16, and 25-13.
Begic and Xie combined for 25 kills to pace UALR. Begic recorded 15 kills and Xie had 10. Pepperman finished with a team-high 11 digs and Marleen de Zoete led UALR with a team high 34 assists.
UALR won its last match to Nicholls State, 3-0, by sweeping all three games 25-15, 25-15, and 25-13.
Begic finished in double figures with 18 kills and 13 digs to lead the Trojans. Along with De Zoete’s 12 digs, she handed out a game high 30 assists to lead UALR.
The Trojans then dropped three straight games in the Nike Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Norman, Okla. at the McCasland Field House.
The Trojans played against New Mexico , Oklahoma and Southern Methodist.
The Trojans beat New Mexico in the first set (25-18) and third set (26-24), but fell in the second (25-20), fourth (25-17), and fifth set (15-12) to lose 3-2 on Friday.
Begic led UALR for the 10th time this season with a game high 25 kills. Hodzic had nine kills while Xie finished with eight. De Zoete led UALR in assists with 42 to go along with her 10 digs. On Saturday, the Trojans were defeated by Oklahoma 3-0 on the first match of the day scoring (25-22), (25-19), and (28-26).
Begic finished the match with a game high 20 kills to lead UALR. Davis and Pepperman had 15 and 14 digs for the match. De Zoete handed out 33 assists for the Trojans.
Begic’s double-double of 25 kills and 19 digs paced the Trojans but it wasn’t enough to get them passed Southern Methodist, which escaped with a 3-2 victory. In the second and fourth set, UALR won 25-19 and 25-22, but narrowly lost the other three sets (25-22, 25-23, 17-15).
Xie finished with 19 kills on 44 swing attempts and Danielle Souza Moura added nine. Pepperman led the Trojans with a team high 26 digs while De Zoete and Wyatt each had 12.
The Trojans open conference play against Florida International Sept. 21.