Set FourThe closet McNeese got to leading since going up 1-0 was tying UCA at 14-14, but Anderson’s back-to-back kills swung the momentum back in the Sugar Bears’ favor en route to a 25-19 set win to claim the match 3-1. Anderson finished the set hitting .444 with five kills to lead the Sugar Bears. UCA blocked five attacks and produced 25 digs as McNeese hit just .022 for the set. Tipppet ended the match with a smashing kill as Elizabeth Armstrong gained her 46th assist of the night.VB: @UCAVball advances to Southland semifinal round, 3-1 winners over @McNeeseVball. Next up at 6:30, SHSU vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. pic.twitter.com/537STLF4ua— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 After dropping the first set 25-23, the Sugar Bears took the next three sets 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 to advance to the semifinals. McNeese had defeated UCA in five sets twice this season heading into the contest. Four Sugar Bears reached double figures in kills with junior middle blocker Savanah Allen leading all hitters with 14 kills, junior right side Samantha Anderson adding 12, sophomore outside hitter Abbie Harry notching 11 and junior outside hitter Haley Tippett garnering 10. Tippett reached a double-double by digging 14 attacks, being one of four Sugar Bears to reach double figures for digs. The UCA defense also tallied 14.5 blocks. Set TwoUCA evened the match 1-1 with a 25-23 victory in the second set behind Haley Tippet and Abbie Harry’s five kills each. The two combined for 10 of the Sugar Bears’ 18 kills. Tippet also tallied for a team-best six digs as the Sugar Bears posted 23 in the set. McGownd had eight of the 18 digs for McNeese as Rae Myers and Katelyn Elliot led the team in kills with both reaching three.VB: Tippett’s kill ends set 2, 25-23 in favor of @UCAVball. Tied 1-1 with @McNeeseVball heading to break. Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/SlPmiMehF6— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 McNeese’s sophomore outside hitter Keegan Nelms put up a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – No. 2 Central Arkansas got its revenge on No. 7 McNeese when the Sugar Bears defeated the Cowgirls 3-1 on Friday in Southland Volleyball Tournament quarterfinals at the Dugan Wellness Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Set OneLibero Angela McGownd tallied seven digs to lead a McNeese back row that combined for 13 digs and kept Central Arkansas to a .175 hitting percentage in a 25-23 win for the Cowgirls. McNeese hit for .282 with seven players earning a kill and Keegan Nelms racked up a team best four. UCA’s Megan Nash and Savanah Allen each produced four kills while Samantha Anderson downed three.VB: #8 seed ACU already won today. What does #7 @McNeeseVball have in store? Cowgirls up 1-0 over @ucavball, taking 1st set by 25-23 count. pic.twitter.com/TrSP4HkkxY— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 Set ThreeUCA ran off to an 8-2 start to the set, including service aces from Nash and Tippett, before McNeese head coach Ashleigh Fitzgerald called her first timeout. The Sugar Bears never let the Cowgirls within four points after the timeout as UCA took the set 25-17. Allen hit a perfect 1.000 on six attacks for a Sugar Bears squad that hit .423 in the set to McNeese’s .179. Shanna Spree led the Cowgirls in kills with four.VB: @UCAVball up 2-1 on @McNeeseVball, as UCA takes 3rd set 25-17. Watch NOW on https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. pic.twitter.com/tK2ZoVZuVV— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 The Sugar Bears will face the winner of No. 3 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 6 Sam Houston State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the Southland Digital Network.
IICA celebrates 43 years in GuyanaAs the celebrations of Agriculture Month continue, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) on Thursday celebrated 43 years of existence in Guyana.Agro-processors at the IICA’s open day at its Brickdam officeThe organisation held an open day at its headquarters at Lot 8 Brickdam, Georgetown to give the public insight about its work.Speaking at the event, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder expressed gratitude to the organisation for the much-needed assistance the Ministry has received over the years. He highlighted that the IICA was one of the oldest institutions found in Guyana (it is older than United Nations Guyana).Holder added that the IICA has assisted in training of staff, the production of sheep, and setting up the services of the Guyana Marketing Association among many other services provided. Additionally, Holder mentioned that the IICA would continue to play a major role in the agriculture sector in the future.Earlier, IICA Representative Wilmot Garnett highlighted the work the institution has been doing in Guyana. Garnett explained that over the years the institution has strived to modernise the agriculture sector in Guyana through innovation and the introduction of new varieties of crops.He added that the institution has worked with the Mexican Government to provide scholarships for Guyanese to study biotechnology to support mainly the coconut industry.While the IICA is expecting the Guyana Food Safety Bill to be passed, it seeks to build wealth in rural communities.Even though the IICA has lost the fish market to the United States of America, the new medium-term plan 2018-2022 seeks to develop family farming since 70 per cent of farming and agriculture in Guyana is family operated.The symbolic planting of trees and cutting of cake were done by the Agriculture Minister and Minister within the Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, at the IICA open day, where a variety of local agricultural products from various agro-processors were on sale. Students of the Carmel Secondary School were also present at the IICA open day.The IICA has been operational in Guyana since 1975. The international organisation supports the efforts of its Member States to achieve agricultural development and rural well-being. The institution is fully focused on making agriculture competitive and sustainable in the Americas. The IICA has been instrumental, along with the Agriculture Ministry, in the introduction of the model dairy farm at the St Stanislaus College Farm, and presently represents 15 organisations. Two cross-cutting issues that have been identified as essential components for the IICA’s future work are gender and youth, and innovation and technology.