CONWAY, Ark. – The Central Arkansas beach volleyball team prepares for the first ever Southland Conference tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday. The bears enter the tournament as number 4.
UCA enters the tournament with a 17-14 record. The Beach Bears had a 2-2 weekend in Birmingham, Alabama at the Blazer Beach Bash. Evelyn Griffith and Colene Hamilton will lead the UCA in first place. Aly Brinkley and Kelsie Sager will be in second place. Julia Oravec and Makenna Schmitt will be couple no. 3. Payton Sproule and Faith Hasness will compete in matchup # 4. Bria Garmon and Shannon Stone will be in 5th place.
The Beach Bears open the tournament against the New Orleans Privateers. UCA lost 3-2 to New Orleans earlier this season. New Orleans has a 4-1 lead. Central Arkansas will try to avenge his loss on Friday. This is the sixth meeting between the two programs.
New Orleans is topped by Veronica and Victoria Corcoran with a 12-9 record. Ally Carr and Maxine Walsh have a 7-13 record in 2nd place. The Privateers enter the tournament with a 7-14 record.
The tournament will be a double elimination format, except in the championship game. There will be no live stats for the championship, but updates can be seen by following the Beach Bears on social media and on the Southland Conference Twitter.
From coach – head coach Autumn Erickson
“We are very excited that this year the first beach volleyball tournament of the Southland Conference will take place in Corpus Christi. The beach brings with it new obstacles such as wind, sand depth and humidity. Corpus is notoriously windy, so we continue to focus on control of the elements and 100 percent effort regardless of the conditions. We’ll post everything from point one and finish it blank. Go Beach Bears! “
FRIDAY APRIL 23rd
Dual 1 (11 p.m. CT) – No. 4 Central Arkansas versus No. 5 New Orleans
Dual 2 (Noon CT) – No. 3 Stephen F. Austin v No. 6 Southeastern Louisiana
Dual 3 (1 p.m. CT) – No. 1 Texas A&M Corpus Christi versus Dual 1 winners
Dual 4 (2 p.m. CT) – No. 2 Houston Baptist vs. Dual 2 winners
Dual 5 (3 p.m. CT) – Dual 1 Loser vs. Dual 2 Loser
SATURDAY APRIL 24th
Dual 6 (11 a.m. CT) – Dual 3 Losers vs. Dual 4 Losers
Dual 7 (Noon CT) – Dual 3 winners vs. Dual 4 winners
Dual 8 (1 p.m. CT) – Dual 5 winners versus Dual 6 winners
SUNDAY APRIL 25th
Dual 9 (Noon CT) – Dual 7 losers versus Dual 8 winners
CHAMPIONSHIP / SUNDAY
Championship Dual (2:00 p.m. CT) – Dual 7 winners versus Dual 9 winners
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