Digest for 10-25-13


COMMUNITY

Local boxing matches Nov. 9

Members of the Pine Bluff Boxing Club will compete in an event at Seabrook Family Christian Center at 6 p.m. Nov. 9.

Tickets for the fight card are $7 for adults and $5 for youths. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

For more information, call Scott Ladd at 718-7527.

LOCAL

UAPB defeats HSU in volleyball

The Henderson State University volleyball team (3-18) was only able to take one set from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-19) in a midweek meeting, as the Lady Reddies fell 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-9) in the H.O. Clemmons Arena Thursday evening.

Mimicking their first meeting that took place on Oct. 10, the Golden Lions won the first two sets to take a commanding 2-0 lead. In an attempt for another comeback, the Lady Reddies squeezed out a 25-23 win in the third set, but that would be all.

Pine-Bluff was relentless in the fourth set, only allowing HSU to record nine points on three kills and take the victory.

UAPB came off a three-set loss at Arkansas State on Wednesday.

Lady Lions named defensive player, setter of week

Arkansas-Pine Bluff freshman Courtney Brand has been named SWAC Defensive Player of the Week, while junior teammate Jordan Foyer picked up her second Setter of the Week honor this season.

Brand had 23 digs in a five-set victory at Southern. She also posted three assists.

Foyer dished out 43 assists gainst Southern and added 15 digs.

Blossoms snap skid

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak and turned in a season-high in team hitting percentage in a three-set victory non-conference over Belhaven Thursday night at home. Final game scores were 25-9, 25-20 and 25-17.

As a team, UAM had 43 kills and 14 errors on 104 attempts for a .279 team hitting percentage, the highest percentage of the season by five percentagepoints. The Blossoms (12-13) had zero hitting errors in the first set, six in the second set and eight in the third set. UAM hit .565 in the first set tocruise to the team’s most lop-sided set victory of the year.

Junior Jessica Cuba led the Blossoms with her sixth double-digit kills performance of the season. Cuba had 12 kills and just one error on 30 attempts for a .367 individual percentage.

MacMillan promoted to associate head coach

Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday promoted Marc MacMillan from assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator to associate head coach.

Head coach Carlos James announced the promotion.

MacMillan, who completed his third season at UAPB, will continue to coordinate the team’s recruiting efforts and oversee the pitching staff, infielders and baserunning along with the strength and conditioning efforts. MacMillan also will assist with the day-to-day operations of the baseball program.

MacMillan landed 17 recruits for the 2014 season.

Wood aces No. 9 at Jaycee

Alton Wood converted a hole-in-one on the par-3 ninth hole at Jaycee Golf Course on Wednesday.

Wood used a pitching wedge from 110 yards out for the ace. Doc Daugherty, Richard Welch, Danny Walters and Shelton Fitzpatrick witnessed the shot.

REGIONAL

SWAC officiating crew suspended 1 game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The SWAC suspended the game officials in the Oct. 12 Alabama A&M at Southern football contest one game each for “failing to manage the closing seconds of regulation properly,” it said in a release Thursday.

In the final seconds, Southern quarterback Dray Joseph was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a 10-second runoff. Officials nearly made it out of the stadium before realizing Southern had two timeouts remaining and could use one to prevent the runoff, according to The Advocate of Baton Rouge.

Southern’s Matthew Hill connected on a 37-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. He kicked another 37-yarder in the second overtime to win it, 20-17.

“We expect our football officials to work 60 minutes of football,” SWAC coordinator of football officials Harold Mitchell said in the release. “I am extremely disappointed that this veteran football crew let the last 13 seconds of regulation go astray. I expect better of our football officials and they feel the same way.”

Cowboys among 2014 London game participants

LONDON — The NFL finalized the three matchups for next year’s regular-season games in London, England.

Earlier this month, the league announced that Jacksonville, Atlanta and Oakland would be the “host” teams for the 2014 games at Wembley Stadium. The opponents were named on Thursday.

The Jaguars will face the Dallas Cowboys, while the Falcons will take on the Detroit Lions and the Raiders will square off against the Miami Dolphins.

Dates and times will be determined at a later date.

— Staff and wire reports