Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs sweep Heart volleyball opener

The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team has gotten off to a nice start this season with an 11-and-2 record, but Coach Deb Marlin knows there's a long way to go for the Mustangs.

Mount Mercy swept Culver-Stockton, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22, in the Heart of America Conference opener at the steamy Hennessey Recreation Center Tuesday night.

"It's a great start," Marlin said. "We've done what we needed to do. There's one match that we would like back. Our other loss was against a really good team, and I thought we played well in that match.

"But at the end of the day, the toughest part of our schedule is yet to come. If we can keep everyone healthy and keep fine-tuning our game, we've looked really good at times. We can play with anybody, I believe, in this conference."

Lauren Stopko, who became the career digs leader at Mount Mercy this past weekend, collected 23 more Tuesday to help pave the victory. The 5-foot-5 libero from Tiffin now has a whopping 2,028 digs in her four-year career with the Mustangs.



Hadzic nets 200th win with Mustangs

Kyle Wills scored one goal for Mount Mercy and accidentally scored  another goal for Iowa Wesleyan, but the men's soccer match had a happy ending for the Mustangs at the Plaster Athletic Complex Monday with a  2-1 victory.

The victory gave Amir Hadzic his 200th victory as Mount Mercy's head coach, raising his record to 200-208-35.

Wills gave Mount Mercy a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute with an assist from Souleymane Diallo, then Diallo gave the Mustangs a 2-0 edge in the 27th minute with an assist from James Conversano.

Wills accidentally scored an "own goal" for Iowa Wesleyan in the 42nd minute when a kick went off his head and into the goal to make it 2-1, but that's how it ended.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:42



Noble paces Mustangs at Luther Classic

CEDAR FALLS - Casey Noble fired a 2-over-par 74 on Saturday to help  the Mount Mercy women's golf team earn runner-up honors at the Luther  Sail Classic at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls.

Grinnell College captured the championship with a team score of  13-over 301. Mount Mercy placed second out of 11 teams at 305.

The tournament was shortened to 18 holes due to rain on Sunday.

Brooke Klostermann of Wartburg College shot a 5-under 67 to claim  medalist honors. Vidushi Sinha of Grinnelll placed second at even-par  72 and Noble was third at 74.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 September 2018 05:44



Mount Mercy volleyball wins twice

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Becca Thomson collected 22 kills Saturday as the Mount Mercy women's volleyball team swept two matches at the Avila Tournament in Kansas City.

The Mustangs topped Hannibal-LaGrange, 25-10, 25-10, 25-23, and knocked off Lindenwood-Belleville, 25-15, 28-26, 25-13, to finish the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record.

Thomson notched nine kills against Hannibal-LaGrange and had 13 kill shots against Lindenwood-Belleville.

Maddie Bell had 14 kills against Hannibal-LaGrange. Caiti Peterson dished out 30 assists. Lauren Stopko contributed 17 digs. Torie Alexander had five kills. Alyssa Weldon provided four kills and four blocks. Olivia Makinen had four blocks.



Mount Mercy men kick Hannibal

James Conversano and Souleymane Diallo scored goals Saturday as the Mount Mercy men's soccer team blanked Hannibal-LaGrange, 2-0, in a non-conference match at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

Conversano tallied in the 39th minute of the first half with an assist from Rafael Passanha. Diallo provided an unassisted goal in the 51st minute of the second half.

Dane Lee and Luca Kulczynski split time in goal for the Mustangs. Lee had two saves.



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