Okay, break’s over.
Savage Storm men (4-2) and women (1-3) take on Henderson State in a twinbill that tips off at 5:30 tonight in Arkadelphia. The teams have until Saturday to get all the way across the street for a 2 p.m. Saturday start against Ouachita Baptist. Southeastern will host Arkansas Tech Thursday, December 6, in a 5:30 p.m. GAC twinbill at Bloomer Sullivan Arena. Saturday, December 8, is a 2 p.m. start to a doubledip against Harding.
Coach Kelly Green’s men won four in a row to open the 2012-13 campaign before dropping a pair of overtime games in the Kentucky Wesleyan Classic. Coach Darin Grover’s ladies couldn’t quite overcome a slow start in a loss at Texas A&M-Commerce in the last outing.
The latest GAC standings, not current because some teams have played since the release, show Harding and Henderson State each at 4-0. Arkansas-Monticello, Ouachita Baptist, Southern Arkansas and Southern Nazarene are knotted at 3-1.
Southeastern is next at 4-2. It would be difficult to believe any GAC teams have played a much tougher schedule and we’ll start finding out about that tonight and Saturday.
East Central is 2-3, Arkansas Tech 1-2, Southwestern 1-3 and Northwestern 1-4.
There are no undefeated teams in the latest women’s standings.
Southwestern leads the way at 4-1, followed by East Central (3-1), Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist tied at 2-1. Southern Nazarene is 3-2, Arkansas-Monticello and Harding 2-2 each. Arkansas Tech is 1-2, Southeastern 1-3, Northwestern 1-4 and Southern Arkansas 0-3.
GAC competition begins tonight.
Southeastern’s men have five averaging double figures with Urald King leading the way at 25 points per game. He is also the leading rebounder at 13 rpg.
Steven Kohli averages 15.5 and eight boards, Chris Roussell 14.5 and 7.8 rebounds, Travis Timmons 11.2 with a team-high 55 assists and Mateus Oliveira 10.5 and six rebounds per game.
Southeastern’s women have four in double figures. Leading scorer Breana Small-Peppers leads the way at 14.5 per game, but she is out with an injury.
Bailey Welch averages 12.3 points per game, Ronay English 11.3 and Haley Schaefer 10.8 and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game. Durant freshman Taylor Richards averages 6.8 points and leads the team with 21 assists.
COACH SHAWN Hamill is making some noise in his second year as head coach of Southeastern men’s tennis.
The Storm netters are No. 47 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released November 16.
The men are fifth in the NCAA Division II Central Region rankings also released on November 16.
Luka Radulovic, a 6-5, 188-pound senior from Belgrade, Serbia, is ranked No. 8 in singles.
Radulovic and Martin Bedecarratz, 6-3, 170, freshman from Santiago, Chile, are ranked ninth in doubles.
Hamill is in his first year as the SE women’s tennis coach, taking over upon the retirement of long-time coach Pat Mauldin.
The ladies are ranked ninth in the Central Region.
As a sign of the times, Southeastern tennis boasts one male and two females from the United States.
Chris Burns, 6-2, 220, sophomore from McAlester is on the nine-man roster, along with Bedecarritz; Billy Haugen, 6-0, 165, sophomore from Morelos, Mexico; Renato Joa, 5-11, 165, freshman, Sao Paulo, Brazil: Antonio Kile , 5-11, 165, sophomore, Venezuela; Laercio Lobo, 5-10, 165, junior, Sao Paulo; Filip Palovic, 5-11, 165, senior, Belgrade; and Laurent Veith, 6-2, 175, freshman, Oberhoffensur Moder, France.
Cassaundra Braaten, freshman from Bullard, Texas, and Amanda Gomes, sophomore from Durant, are part of the seven-player women’s roster.
Marina Dias, freshman from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is also a volleyball player. Andreea Georgescu, senior from Bucharest, Romania; Elba Haugen, freshman from Cuernevaca, Mexico; Fabiola Juarez, sophomore from Tobasco, Mexico; and Sabina Mardarenko, freshman from Adazi, Latvia, round out the roster.