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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 February 2020 06:47

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Mustang women fall to Peru State

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to Peru State, 66-52, in  a Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center  Saturday.

The setback dropped the Mustangs to 5-22 overall and 2-20 in the  league. Sandra Mia scored 12 points for Mount Mercy and Kennedi Fulwylie had 10. Brianna Thomas, one of Mount Mercy's top  players, did not play.

Dayna Dewitt scored 12 points for Peru State (11-15, 9-13).

PERU STATE (66): Giovanna Silva 3-12 0-0 6, Claire Cudney 2-9 2-4 6,  Brooke Maeda 2-4 0-0 6, Dayne Dewitt 4-7 4-6 12, Alyssa Marsh-Contreras 4-13 2-6 11, Allison Tichy 3-7 0-0 9, Nytasia  Braxton 1-6 5-6 8, Maddy McPhillips 1-6 2-4 5, Anjanea Simms 0-0 1-2 1, Olivia Bell 1-4 0-2 2. Totals 21-68 16-30 66.

MOUNT MERCY (52): Kyleigh Milan 0-2 0-0 0, Sarah Moffett 1-6 3-6 6,  Randi Wright 2-11 0-0 5, Sandra Mia 5-11 2-3 12, Paris Sheck 0-1 1-2  1, Chailey Cabalis 3-4 1-2 9, Aleah Cook 4-6 0-2 9, Grace Stalzer 0-1  0-2 0, Kennedi Fulwylie 4-12 2-2 10. Totals 19-54 9-19 52.

Halftime - Peru State 28, Mount Mercy 19. 3-point goals - Peru State  8-25 (Maeda 2-4, Marsh-Contreras 1-7, Tichy 3-7, Braxton 1-3, McPhillips 1-4), Mount Mercy 5-12 (Moffett 1-2, Wright  1-4, Mia 0-1, Cabalis 2-3, Cook 1-1, Stalzer 0-1).

 

Mount Mercy softball sweeps pair

DAVENPORT - The Mount Mercy women's softball team won both of its  games at the Ambrose Dome in Davenport Saturday.

The Mustangs defeated Saint Ambrose, 6-2, and blanked Lincoln College,  8-0, in five innings on a two-hitter by Jayna Witzany.

The victories raised the Mustangs to 3-3 for the season.

Hannah Mausser went 3-for-3 with three RBIs with a double, triple and  sacrifice fly in the victory over Saint Ambrose. She also scored twice.

Jess Heick was 2-for-3, scored twice and had two stolen bases. Madelyn  Irwin pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. She  struck out five batters and walked only one.

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