UCA Sweeps ACU to Win 2017 Southland Volleyball Tournament

first_imgSet OneDown 21-17, UCA rallied seven consecutive points to reach set point and eventually take it 25-22 with a Megan Nash roll. The Sugar Bears fired a .194 clip with Nash and Haley Tippett each putting down three kills. Tippett also led the team in digs with five alongside Amanda Dimon. ACU’s Corinne Grandcolas and Jacey Smith both put up five kills with Grandcolas receiving the Wildcats’ first two points.VB: @UCAVball takes set 1 from @ACU_Volleyball, 25-22. Set 2 NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD and ESPN apps. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/rA2DjGsZEJ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Set ThreeACU fought back after being behind all set to tie it at 21-21, but UCA followed its timeout with a 4-1 stretch to end the match with a 25-22 set win. Abbie Harry put up six kills on 14 attacks as the Sugar Bears posted a .268 attacking percentage. Emily Doss tallied six digs with Tippett right behind at five. The Wildcats hit a match-best .270 clip with Smith recording six on 18 attacks. Lauren Walker downed all three of her attacks.VB: CHAMPS! @UCAVball sweeps ACU and captures the Southland tournament title. Sugar Bears will represent Southland in #NCAAVB tourney. pic.twitter.com/bY12XE2Yu4— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 Abilene Christian’s all-tournament selection junior outside hitter Jacey Smith led all players with 18 kills as her setter, all-tournament pick Kendall Bosse, tallied 32 assists for the day. Smith also recorded a double-double with 10 digs. WATCH ESPN3 REPLAYCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Central Arkansas claimed its third Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship and first since 2013 with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-22) win over Abilene Christian on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sugar Bears became the first No. 2 seeded team to win the tournament since 2010 when UTSA did so. They will await their fate in the NCAA Tournament when the selection committee announces the first-round matchups on Nov. 26 on ESPNU.center_img Set TwoEight was the magic number for Tippett in the second set as she led the team in digs and kills with eight in each category for a 25-17 set win. Tippet .727 for a UCA offense that hit a tournament-best .562 for the set. Abbie Harry provided three kills while Savanah Allen, Elizabeth Armstrong and Samantha Anderson each put up a pair. Smith earned seven of ACU’s 12 kills to lead a Wildcat attack that hit .222 for the set.VB: #SouthlandStrong player of the year Anderson with the kill, putting @UCAVball up 20-14 over @ACU_Volleyball in 2nd set on ESPN3. pic.twitter.com/z9BDR9X8Ir— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017 All-Tournament TeamBlair Gillard, Houston BaptistChloe Simon, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiJacey Smith, Abilene ChristianKendall Bosse, Abilene ChristianSavanah Allen, Central ArkansasAbbie Harry, Central ArkansasElizabeth Armstrong, Central Arkansas (Tournament MVP) Junior outside hitter Haley Tippett notched her third double-double of the tournament, and 10th of the season, to help UCA book its automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament. Tippett led the Sugar Bears in kills and digs with 14 and 18, respectively. UCA posted a .330 hitting percentage, ending the match with 47 kills as Tournament MVP Elizabeth Armstrong dished out 22 assists.VB: THE GREAT WALL OF CONWAY! @UCAVball evens it back up at 10 with @ACU_Volleyball. 1st set NOW on ESPN3. https://t.co/N0qEYjataD pic.twitter.com/zO9dZSSElz— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 19, 2017last_img

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