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STATE SPORTS BRIEFS: Fernandez de Oliveira ousted at U.S. Amateur | Sutej takes bronze at Euro Championships | Alexander named ASU director of operations

August 18, 2022 at 1:58 a.m.


Fernandez de Oliveira ousted at U.S. Amateur

University of Arkansas senior All-American Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira was eliminated Wednesday in his opening match at the U.S. Amateur championship at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

Fernandez de Oliveira, the 28th seed in the 64-man field, lost on the first playoff hole to No. 37 seed Hayden Hopewell of Australia.

Fernandez de Oliveira had a 2-up lead after 13 holes, but lost the 14th and 15th to Hopewell. The two players swapped wins on the 16th and 17th before halving the par-4 18th.

Hopewell birdied the first playoff hole to secure the victory and advance to today's round of 32.


Sutej takes bronze at Euro Championships

Former University of Arkansas women's pole vaulter Tina Sutej took the bronze medal in the event at the European Championships on Wednesday in Munich, Germany.

Sutej, of Slovenia, cleared 15 feet, 7 inches. Wilma Murto of Finland took gold with a meet record clearance of 15-11. Katerini Stefanidi (15-7) of Greece took the silver.

During warm-ups, Sutej injured her right hand but was able to finish the competition.

"On my first warm-up jump I spiked my hand, so I basically jumped with an open hand," said Sutej, who also won bronze this season at the World Indoor Championships. "Now I'm going to the hospital to get stitches."

At age 33, Sutej became the oldest medalist in the women's pole vault at the European Championships.

-- Democrat-Gazette press services


Alexander named ASU director of operations

Angelica Alexander was officially added to Coach Destinee Rogers' staff Wednesday afternoon when Arkansas State University tabbed her as its women's basketball director of operations.

Alexander had previously served as an administrative specialist, working with the Red Wolves' men's and women's basketball staffs as well as volleyball. Alexander was a multi-sport athlete at Xavier University in Louisiana, playing basketball and competing in the high jump, before spending three seasons as a manager for ASU's men's basketball team while completing her master's degree.

-- Mitchell Gladstone


UALR projected fifth in Ohio Valley poll

The University of Arkansas-Little Rock earned 95 points in the Ohio Valley Conference's preseason poll, placing the Trojans fifth entering their debut season in the league.

Four different schools received first-place votes from the Ohio Valley head coaches and communication directors, with Morehead State leading the way. Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee-Martin and Tennessee Tech followed -- all with first-place votes -- before UALR.

Nedima Kamberovic was the Trojans' lone representative on the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team. The sixth-year graduate student from Bosnia and Herzegovina averaged 2.63 kills per set last season, second-most by any UALR player.

-- Mitchell Gladstone

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