Digest for 10-24-12


LOCAL

Lady Lions best Reddies in four sets

Three Arkansas-Pine Bluff volleyball players had 11 or more kills Tuesday in a 25-14, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19 victory over Henderson State at Hazzard Gymnasium.

Audrey Sherles posted a .440 hitting percentage to lead UAPB (7-13). She finished with 14 kills and had only three errors.

Alicia Campbell and Michelle Fiala added 12 and 11 kills for the Lady Lions. Brea Clayton led the UAPB defensive charge with 13 digs.

Golden Suns blank Cotton Blossoms

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech hit .341 Tuesday in a 25-14, 25-15, 25-14 win over Arkansas-Monticello.

UAM struggled with a .063 percentage, getting 22 kills on 95 attempts with 16 errors. Amy Kleypas had only two errors and 11 kills to lead the losing Cotton Blossoms (10-19, 4-6 Great American Conference).

Tech improved to 21-7 and 9-1 in the GAC.

STATE

Arkansas voted eighth in SEC women’s hoops

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas is predicted to finish eighth in the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball media poll.

The Razorbacks made the NCAA tournament last season under coach Tom Collen, but graduated five seniors. Kentucky is the favorite to win the SEC, followed by Georgia, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU and South Carolina.

Arkansas senior center Sarah Watkins also was named second-team Preseason All-SEC. Watkins averaged 10 points and 2.5 blocks per game last season.

UALR, A-State favored to go 1-2 in West

Defending Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas-Little Rock is favored to win its sixth straight West Division title, according to a preseason poll.

UALR earned 54 voting points and 10 of the 11 first-place votes. Arkansas State came in second with 39 points and the other first-place vote.

UALR placed sophomore guard Taylor Gault on the preseason all-conference first team, junior guard Taylor Ford on the second team and senior guard/forward Janette Merriex on the third team. Arkansas State landed junior forward Jane Morrill on the second team.

NATIONAL

Marlins fire Guillen

MIAMI — After just one season as manager, Ozzie Guillen was fired by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

Miami went 69-93 under Guillen, who spent eight previous years managing the Chicago White Sox with one World Series championship. The Marlins’ website reports Guillen is still owed $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract, which was the richest for a manager in team history.

Red Sox introduce Farrell

BOSTON — The Red Sox introduced manager John Farrell to the media Tuesday, days after signing a three-year contract.

Farrell is the 46th manager in team history, replacing the fired Bobby Valentine.

“As far as what you can expect on the field, I truly believe in an up-tempo, aggressive style of play,” Farrell said. “It will certainly take into account the strength of our roster. That’s a given. But I think to play that style of game, it does create an attitude, which I think is critical to win at the major league level, and that’s to be relentless.”