Join the UCA Alumni Association for the annual Mudbugs & Bears Crawfish Boil, Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Crafton Alumni Pavilion. After the event, stay and enjoy the Football Spring Scrimmage at Estes Stadium, 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and includes all-you-can eat crawfish, potatoes, corn, as well as a beverage and a traditional South Louisiana bread pudding for dessert. Free hotdogs for the kids.
copied and pasted from the Alumni Association’s e-mail
Visit the UCA Homecoming website for the full schedule of events.
Tuesday, October 30
7 pm – Homecoming Pep Rally
Thursday, November 1
Friday, November 2
7 pm – “Ultimate Homecoming Party”
Centennial Valley Events Center
Tickets: $40 uca.edu/homecoming
9 pm – Purple Reign
Michelangelo’s Italian Ristorante, Downtown Conway
Tickets: purchased at the door
Saturday, November 3 – GAME DAY
11 am – Half-Century Club Induction & Lunch
Honoring the Class of 1962
Tickets: $30 uca.edu/homecoming
1pm – Tailgating Begins
2 pm – Legacy Walk Dedication
Amphitheater (in front of the Student Center)
3 pm – Alumni & Friends Tailgate Party
Crafton Alumni Pavilion
Catered by The Fish House
Tickets: $5-$10 uca.edu/homecoming
3 pm – Homecoming Parade
Donaghey Avenue and Bruce Street, UCA Campus
7 pm – UCA vs. Northwestern State University
9:30 pm – Bear Bash (immediately following the game)
King’s Dueling Piano Bar, Downtown Conway
If every week goes like the last one, it’s going to be a great year for UCA sports. Volleyball started their season by mopping up the [weak?] competition at the Southern Miss Invitational. Men’s soccer went on the road and beat the defending Horizon League champs (Loyola-Chicago) 2-1 in overtime and then shutout Western Illinois for the 1-0 win. Women’s soccer split two home matches, getting the win against Lipscomb and falling 1-0 to Louisiana Tech.
The three teams combined for a 6-1 weekend. And all three will not get four days off before things pick back up again on Friday.
Volleyball gets the week started in the Stetson Tournament at 11am Friday. First up is 1-3 Hampton University. A couple hours after that one ends, the Sugar Bears face 1-3 Stetson. They are done for the day, but things get started even earlier on Friday with a 9am start against a Florida Atlantic team that will be playing their first matches of the season this weekend. FAU finished with three wins last year and was winless in the Sun Belt. The same league as South Alabama who beat FAU 3-1 to end FAU’s 2011 season. Reading all of that, it appears that the final match, against Wofford, may be the stiffest competition of the weekend? Wofford is 1-2 on the season with their win coming against Ole Miss.
Friday – 11am vs. Hampton
Friday – 5pm vs. Stetson
Saturday- 9am vs. Florida Atlantic
Saturday - 3pm vs. Wofford
Men’s soccer makes their first appearance at home this weekend. If you’re a fan, you might want to make plans to be there, because 1/3 of the season’s home games will be played. Also, if you developed a dislike for Lipscomb during Friday’s women’s match, you’re in luck. Losers of two straight, the Bisons (yep, like Harding, not a typo) were winners of four games last year – two more than the 2011 Bears. The 2012 Bears have already matched that total and can really raise expectations for the season with another win. Following that up is Oral Roberts, who was one of the two 2011 wins. The Bears defeated ORU in the season opener last year in Tulsa.
Friday – 4pm vs. Lipscomb
Sunday – 2:30pm vs. Oral Roberts
Women’s soccer takes on two SWAC schools this weekend and starts in Itta Bena against Mississippi Valley State. The two teams met in Conway last season and played to a 0-0 stalemate after two overtimes. The MVSU Web site doesn’t appear to have any 2012 information, but from Facebook it appears that they are 0-2. Things – if you can believe this – get MUCH easier after that. The trip to face Alabama A&M should be a good chance to further pad the scoring stats. AAMU has been outscored 32-0 in their first four contests. They just played their closest match of the year, a 5-goal loss to Jacksonville State. I don’t think I need to say much else.
Friday – 6pm vs. Mississippi Valley State
Sunday – 1pm vs. Alabama A&M
Saturday also gets the cross country season underway at the Memphis Twilight, and the tennis team is hosting the Campus Showdown (PDF). I’m not sure if that means our team will be included or not. Oh, and there’s a football game in Mississippi on Saturday. I’m guessing we’ll be discussing that more here on the blog this week.
It’s here. The 2012-13 sports year has begun. Football, cross country and tennis don’t get started until next week. So, for this week…
Women’s soccer is the only sport to play games that count so far. And in those games, they are 2-0. A member of the message board pointed out that this is the first time the team has started a season 2-0 since 1995 – the last year in D2. Next up for the Bears is Friday’s home contest with Lipscomb. Lipscomb is 1-1 and also breaking in a new head coach this season. The 2011 Bears travelled to Nashville a year ago and left with a 1-0 win – meaning 3-0 isn’t out of the question. Following that up will be another match in Conway, this one against Louisiana Tech who finished 8-8-4 and winless against Southland teams last season.
Friday – 4pm vs. Lipscomb
Sunday – 1pm vs. Louisiana Tech
Men’s soccer has played three exhibition games and is ready to get this started in games that count on Friday at Loyola University Chicago. And this Bears team is trying to begin 2012 like it did 2011 – with a win. The problem last year was that they finished the season with a total of just two. Loyola started out slowly in 2011 before winning five straight regular season matches to advance to the first round of the NCAA tournament. This team is a lot different though with 13 new players on the roster. The Bears will leave Chicago and drive over to Macomb, Illinois, to take on Western Illinois after that. The good news is that we could find out early in the season just how good the Bears are because the Leathernecks are picked to win the Summit League. Like Loyola, WIU was also beaten in the first round of the NCAA College Cup. Two of the six home games are next weekend, so if you want to see the team play, before the end of September, you better make plans to be there.
Friday – 4pm vs. Loyola University Chicago
Sunday – 1pm vs. Western Illinois
As seems to be the case with volleyball, the early season is filled with tournaments again this year. And again, both tournaments are on the road. The first starts Friday in Hattiesburg, Miss., and may be the most difficult of the two, but the biggest challenge may not come until Sunday’s match against host school Southern Miss. South Alabama and Louisiana Tech will be first up on Friday. South Alabama had just an 11-17 record in 2011. LaTech was just 10-22 and finished winless in conference play. Southern Miss though was 17-15 on the year and finished the season winning four of five.
Friday – 11am vs. South Alabama
Friday – 3pm vs. Louisiana Tech
Sunday – 11am vs. Southern Miss
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Here is a look at what is coming up for the Bears and Sugarbears this week.
The Bears are 3-0! How we got there isn’t important right now. All that matters is that we are 3-0, and shouldbe ranked in the Top 25 this week. The Bears face their biggest challenge of the season this Saturday when they travel to Tulsa to face off against the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes at 6 pm. Tulsa is 1-2 on the season and will be hungry for another win. The last time the Bears played Tulsa we kept it pretty close and it was a great game. I expect nothing less this time around. So far, they are averaging 36.7 ppg, 189.7 yards rushing per game, and 328 passing yards per game. Their QB is 78-126-5 on the season. We will need both our offense and defense to show up in order to win, but it is a winnable game!
The Sugarbears improved their record to 9-6 (1-0) with a sweep of the Sugarbear Classic. UCA sophomore middle blocker Taylor Hammonds, the tournament’s MVP, hit .500 with nine kills and six blocks. Junior outside hitter Jessica Hays recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 12 digs. All-tournament team selection Chloe Smith had 14 kills and four aces and senior Chloe Evans came up with a season-best 15 digs. Freshman setter Marissa Collins, also an all-tournament selection, had 42 assists and four aces. The Sugarbears will continue their home stretch by facing two SLC foes this week, Sam Houston State on Thursday at 7 and Stephen F. Austin Saturday at 2. SHSU is 6-9 so far on the season and SFA is 7-8. We are 1-0 in SLC play, and as I saw on Coach McRoberts’ twitter feed the other day we are only 15 games away from another undefeated SLC season!
3. Men’s Soccer
They are having a rough go of it so far this season with a record of 1-5. They have played a tough schedule and it doesn’t get any easier as they start conference play (Missouri Valley) this Saturday by hosting Missouri State at 4 pm at the Bill Stephen’s Track/Soccer Complex. Missouri State is 2-3 on the season after playing some very close games (a 2-3 L to SMU in 2 OT, and 2-1 L to #12 Louisville, they also beat IUPUI 3-0 whom the Bears lost to 2-1). Hopefully they can pull it together and do well in conference play.
4. Women’s Soccer
The Bear’s Soccer team has a nice 3-game win streak going that has improved their record to 4-3-1. Their streak includes wins against Prairie View A&M (4-0), Tulsa (1-0), and UAPB (2-1 OT). The only time they play this week is Sunday (9-26) in Conway vs SIU-Edwardsville who is 5-3-1. A note from the UCA Women’s Soccer Twitter feed: 13 goals scored this year by 12 different players, including 6 goals by freshmen, including game winner vs. Tulsa and UAPB.
5. Men’s Golf
After a 4th place finish at the NebraskaFairway Club Invitational at ArborLinks Golf Club, the men are back in action today at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational in Fort Worth, TX. Senior Steven Lecuyer finished highest for UCA tied for 4th.
6. Women’s Golf
After a disappointing 10th place finish at the Nebraska Chip-N-Club Invitational have a week off to regroup before the Golfweek Conference Challenge next week. The showing in Nebraska was disappointing because they finished the first round in fourth place. Although it appears bad weather may be to blame. Overall they were led by Sophomore Julie Roth who finished tied for 11th.
7. Cross Country
They will run this week (9-25) at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic. In their first race of the season, they had a pretty good showing by some freshmen. Both of the University of Central Arkansas’ cross country teams were paced by a pair of freshmen at the UALR Invitational held at the Rebsamen Golf Course on Friday evening. Conway’s Erika Setzler finished second in the women’s 5k race with a time of 19:22.83, while Little Rock’s Kayla Nehus was fifth in 19:35.04. Russellville’s Michael Allen was the Bears’ top finisher in the men’s 5K, placing 14th in 16:15.25 and Amos Gerber of Hot Springs took 16th in 16:33.41. Also for the women, sophomore Elizabeth Craig finished 20th (20:27.25), sophomore Courtney Efurd placed 22nd (20:36.59). and sophomore Dacey Mitchell was 38th (21:33.76). For the men, sophomore Tony Stewart took 21st place (16:42.25), freshman Jeremiah Fleeman was 25th (16:56.61) and senior Logan Dockery finished 30th (17:09.03). Also competing in the meet were UALR, Arkansas State, Memphis, Christian Brothers, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas Tech, Grambling, Hendrix and Henderson State. From: UCAsport.com