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Rough day for Mount Mercy teams

The Mount Mercy fall sports teams suffered a tough day on Saturday with both soccer teams, both cross country teams and the women's volleyball squad not able to experience success.

The women's soccer team lost to third-ranked Benedictine, 5-0, in wet and chilly conditions in a Heart of America Conference match at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

The men's soccer team was trimmed by 23rd-ranked Benedictine, 3-2, after building a 2-1 lead at home.

The Mount Mercy cross country teams competed at the Wartburg Invitational in Waverly, with the women finishing in 14th place and the men finishing 19th out of 19 teams without most of their top runners.

The women's volleyball team was trimmed by Baker University, 24-26, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17, in Kansas.


Guy will join Iowa softball program

Like father, like daughter.

Avery Guy confirmed Friday that she has accepted an offer to continue her college softball career at the University of Iowa, beginning with the 2020 season after she plays another year at DMACC.

Willie Guy, her father, played football at Iowa from 1992 through 1995 under Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry.

Avery Guy said she likes the idea of extending her family's tradition with the Hawkeyes and following her father to Iowa City.

"I'm really excited," she said. "He's been one of my biggest supporters. It's really been a goal of mine."

Guy was an all-state shortstop at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. She hit .362 with two homers and 33 RBIs as a freshman this past season at DMACC, which finished third at the NJCAA Division II World Series with a 48-2 record.


No. 8 Eagles trim No. 19 Cougars

EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Alexa Ingram collected 22 kills Friday as the  eighth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles rallied to edge 19th-ranked Illinois  Central, 25-23, 18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10 in a triangular meet in  Illinois.

Ingram also had 16 kills as Kirkwood defeated Jefferson College,  25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17 in their first match at the event.

Sami Johnson had 11 kills, Maddie Huff 10 and Abbi Tunis nine in the  five-set victory over Illinois Central. Lauren Keane rolled up 46  assists in the victory. Haleigh Durnin had 11 kills, Maddie Lavenz 10,  Johnson 10 and Ingram eight. Tunis blocked four shots.


No. 8 Eagles stung by new RedTails

Scott Weston had an unusual recruiting pitch when he began constructing a brand-new women's volleyball program at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo roughly a year ago.

"You beg," he said Wednesday night.

The begging worked.

The young RedTails invaded Johnson Hall with 13 freshmen and stung the eighth-ranked Kirkwood Eagles in five sets, 25-22, 20-25, 13-25, 25-18, 15-8, in an ICCAC conference match.

Weston was hired to put a new team together from scratch in August of 2017, laying the groundwork for Hawkeye's first season of competition this year. All 14 of his players are from Iowa, including a bunch from the college's fertile base Blackhawk County.

He has talented players from Waterloo, LaPorte City, Tripoli, Jesup, Reinbeck, Evansdale, Dumont, Manly and Sigourney.

"It was pretty easy," Weston maintained, "because a lot of these girls wanted to be on the ground floor of something brand new, their opportunity to put their footprint right in the program. It's worked out to our advantage so far."


Mount Mercy men blank Clarke

DUBUQUE - Souleymane Diallo scored a pair of goals Wednesday as the Mount Mercy men's soccer team blanked Clarke University, 3-0, in a Heart of America Conference match in Dubuque.

Diallo struck in the 24th minute of the first half to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Sava Dragic scored in the 87th minute for a 2-0 advantage, then Diallo scored less than two minutes later for a 3-0 lead.

Matias da Fonseca made three saves for the shutout.


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