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September 28, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.

Three singles flight titles

by SAU tennis players

For the second time in her career, junior Lena Milosevic claimed a flight title at the Great American Conference Individual Championships, while sophomore teammates Sarah Roy and Honoka Yoshimura also laid claim to individual flight titles as Southern Arkansas produced a solid showing in Russellville from the Chartwells Women's Sports Complex this past weekend.

Milosevic won the Flight 2 title by beating Ouachita's Austynn Crocker 9-8 and Harding's Romane Britt 8-3. She adds her most recent hardware to a Flight 3 title that she won during the fall of 2019.

Roy was victorious in Flight 4 as she knocked off Harding's Lindy Carpenter 8-3 and Henderson State's Erica Jaggernauth 8-4. Yoshimura claimed the title in Flight 8 with wins over victories over Henderson State's Jaci Ammons (8-2), Ouachita's Keelan Williams (8-1) and Ouachita's Taylor Hansard (8-4).

Southern Arkansas has now won seven individual flight titles since joining the GAC in 2018.

The Muleriders won 13 singles matches over the weekend and added six doubles wins as well.

SAU returns to action this weekend for the ITA Regional Championships in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3.

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SAU cross country wins

Lois Davis Invitational

Southern Arkansas had plenty of success as it hosted its annual Lois Davis Invitational (LDI) over the weekend.

Mulerider Rob Kraus made it look easy as the senior paced SAU in the team victory as he crossed the tape 43 seconds before his next closest teammate junior Jaime Quinones and the pair helped pace the Muleriders to the program's second-ever LDI team title behind a dominating performance that saw six more Muleriders record top ten finishes.

The Muleriders nearly topped the scoring record as the team's twenty points was a single point back of the meet record 19 which was done twice. SAU did break the previous scoring margin record which was at 33; set by SAU in their 2018 win, but now sits at 37 as Arkansas-Pine Bluff placed second as a team behind two top ten finishers.

For the Lady Muleriders true freshman Catherine Benavidez had a second-place finish of 19:31.7 as the team stacked five additional runners in the top ten of the 43-runner field to total 21 points; the second-most in LDI Meet history, and claim the LDI team title for the sixth time in program history.

Southern Arkansas broke the previous meet record for margin of victory which was set during January's race with Arkansas Tech's 32-point win. The Muleriders defeated the second-place team of Arkansas-Rich Mountain by 55 points.

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Magnolia battled Hamburg,

Crossett on tennis court

The Magnolia Panthers dropped a 2-1 decisoin to Hamburg in tennis action last week.

Landry Carter fell 4-8 in tennis, while Riley McCook won his match by a score of 6-3. In doubles, Jacob Lewis and Tyler Fronek lost 1-8.

Against Crossett, Lady Panther I'Shanna Ellis lost in singles 2-8, while Jordan Young came away with a 6-3 win.

In doubles, Kelsey McKamie and Jamiya Wright lost 4-7, 8-9 in a tiebreaker. Samarra Clayton and Seriyah Moddies fell by a score of 1-6.

For the Panthers, who tied Crossett 2-2, Carter won 9-8, 2-1 (tiebreaker) and McCook won 6-1. In doubles, Lewis/Fronek lost 1-8 and David Burgess/Brodie Goodwin lost 2-6.


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