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Mount Mercy softball wins pair in Florida

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Mount Mercy softball team collected a pair of  tight victories in Florida Friday.

The Mustangs trimmed Warner University, 3-1, in their first game and  edged Martin Methodist College, 6-5, in eight innings in their second  outing of the day.

Jayna Witzany pitched a complete game for Mount Mercy (2-2) against  Warner University. She allowed one run on seven hits, with six  strikeouts and only one walk.


Mount Mercy baseball drops pair

MESA, Ariz. - The Mount Mercy baseball team dropped both ends of its  doubleheader against Benedictine-Mesa in Arizona Friday.

Benedictine won the first game, 7-6, in 10 innings and took the nightcap, 6-1.

Owen Oreskovich went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Mustangs in the  opener. Chili Moseley scored two runs.

Manny Olutunde went 3-for-4 for Mount Mercy (1-5) in the second game.  Austin Hilpipre was 2-for-4.


Mount Mercy sweeps No. 10 Clarke

Mary Kay Van Oort had a master plan on how to build a successful men's  volleyball program at Mount Mercy when she was hired in August of  2015, but she might have to revise that blueprint now.

The Mustangs are ahead of schedule.

Mount Mercy continued its surge in Year 3 of the program Thursday  night by sweeping 10th-ranked Clarke, 25-23, 25-19, 25-17, in a Heart  of America Conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs upset top-ranked Grand View last week and are now 10-4  overall, bidding to enter the rankings themselves.

"My players would be disappointed to hear me say that this is faster  than I expected it to go, to get to this level," Van Oort remarked. "I  have a couple of players who from Day 1 here expressly thought they  should win the national championship. And that helps, to have some of  that attitude.

"I'm an optimistic person," she continued, "but I'm also a little bit  realistic. I know the competition out there is really good and exciting.


Mustangs drop 2 tight games

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Mount Mercy softball team began the season  with a pair of excruciating defeats at the RossMatt Tournament  Thursday at the Diamondplex Softball Facility in Florida.

The Mustangs lost to 22nd-ranked Southeastern University, 7-5, after building a 5-4 lead after five innings in their first game.

Mount Mercy fell to Olivet Nazarene, 13-11, in eight innings in the second contest.


No. 4 Eagles top Tritons in OT

Kirkwood All-American Doug Wilson probably slept like a baby after Wednesday night's game.

He earned it. So did his teammates.

Wilson sparkled in the second half as the fourth-ranked Eagles survived Iowa Central, 104-90, in overtime in a fast-paced ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Wilson scored only two points in the first half and was not happy with the way things went, but he made amends with a sensational performance in the second half and overtime.

Wilson played all 25 minutes after intermission - all 20 minutes in the second half and all five minutes in overtime - and poured in 25 points during that span to finish with 27.

He became a Point-A-Minute scoring machine when the Eagles needed him the most.

"I was a little fatigued," he allowed, "but I also expected it. I'm looking to play 25 minutes when my team needs me to."

Wilson, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Des Moines, connected on 12 of 14 shots in the second half with slick moves around the rim and quick drives to the basket.


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