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No. 2 Eagles fall at No. 1 NIACC

MASON CITY - The road to the national tournament for the Kirkwood  women's basketball tournament will probably run through Mason City.

And that's not especially good news for Kirkwood.

The second-ranked Eagles lost to top-ranked NIACC, 85-64, in their  conference showdown in Mason City Saturday and now NIACC has clinched  the No. 1 seed for the regional.

Only one team from the Iowa regional will make the NJCAA Division II  national tournament, which means Kirkwood might have to return to  Mason City in a few weeks and try to beat NIACC in a rematch on their  home floor for a coveted trip to nationals.

Kirkwood enjoyed an early 16-6 lead Saturday, but the Eagles got into  foul trouble and trailed 46-34 at halftime. They never caught up.

NIACC pumped in fifteen 3-pointers compared to only three for Kirkwood.

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Mustangs top Peru State for clutch win

The Mount Mercy Mustangs won a crucial game for their absent head  coach Saturday. Of more importance, they won a crucial game for  themselves.

The Mustangs, scrambling for a spot in the Heart of America Conference  playoffs, bumped off Peru State, 89-85, Saturday with their backs  against the wall.

Coach Aaron Jennings and starting guard Streeter McIlravy missed the  game with the flu and Dennis McKinney, their leading scorer, got hit  in the head in the second half and did not return to the game as a  precautionary measure against a possible concussion.

The Mustangs found a way to win anyway against one of the top teams in  the league.

"I'm just really proud of the guys," said assistant coach Martez  Creighton, who subbed for Jennings. "They worked hard the last couple  of days in practice.

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Ertz has big Heart for Mustangs

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Andrea Ertz of Mount Mercy won two individual races  and anchored a relay to a second-place finish Friday and Saturday at  the Heart of America Conference indoor track meet.

Ertz captured the 1,000-meter race in 3:01.61 and claimed the 800 in  2:17.51. She anchored the 4x800 relay to second place in 9:39.14 with  Jessica Ertz, Kelsi Huhndorf and Mady Roth.

Mount Mercy tied for third place out of 11 schools in the women's team  standings.

Vanessa Cortes won the 5,000 by 21 seconds in 18:13.75 and  captured the 3000 in 10:38.19. Rachel Gadient won the women's  pentathlon with 3,361 points in the 60 hurdles, long jump, high jump,  800 and shot put.

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Armendano leads Mount Mercy volleyball

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Julian Armendano collected 13 kills Saturday  as the Mount Mercy men's volleyball team swept Robert Morris, 25-21,  25-18, 25-16, in the Chicago suburbs.

Ben Ruggles dished out 22 assists for the Mustangs.

Tiago Almeida made  eight digs. Ryan Tilkens blocked six shots.

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Armendano powers Mustangs by No. 8 Stritch

MILWAUKEE - Julian Armendano collected 18 kills Friday as the Mount  Mercy men's volleyball team defeated eighth-ranked Cardinal Stritch of Wisconsin, 30-28, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, at a tournament in Milwaukee.

Armendano also had 13 kills when the Mustangs topped the Milwaukee School of Engineering, 25-20, 21-25, 25-11, 27-25, in the event.

Ben Steffen had 11 kills in the victory over Cardinal Stritch. Ben Ruggles rolled up 43 assists. Armendano and Evan Gaskill made 11 digs. Steffen blocked eight shots and Strahil Svilenski swatted six for the  Mustangs (10-5).

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