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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs split with ranked foes

PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Mount Mercy men's volleyball team split two matches with ranked opponents Friday at the Park University tournament in Missouri.

The Mustangs lost to sixth-ranked Park University, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20, in their first match of the tournament.

Mount Mercy bounced back by sweeping 10th-ranked Ottawa University, 25-18, 25-21, 25-23, in its next contest.

Ben Ruggles collected 65 assists in the two matches, with 35 assists against Park and 30 more against Ottawa.

Ben Steffen had 12 kills against Park and Evan Gaskill had 11. Steffen and Gaskill both had five blocks.

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Basala stars as Mustangs top Graceland

Time and opportunity are slipping away for the Mount Mercy Mustangs as  they chase a spot in the Heart of America Conference playoffs, but  they won't go down without a fight.

They showed it Wednesday night.

Mount Mercy collected a crucial victory over Graceland, 93-84, in a  conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center to keep their hopes  alive.

Bailey Basala led the way with five 3-pointers and 26 points as all  five starters scored in double figures. Davion Watson netted 18  points, Dennis McKinney 15, RoyShawn Webb 14 and Streeter McIlravy 13.

Graceland walloped Mount Mercy in their first meeting, 107-77, in late  November, but the Mustangs had the right answer this time.

The Mustangs, once 4-10 in the Heart of America Conference standings,  raised their record to 7-10 with their third straight victory while  averaging 99.3 points per game.

Only eight teams will make the conference playoffs in the 13-team  league. The Mustangs sit in ninth place, two games behind Missouri  Valley and Baker in the loss column with seven games remaining.

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Mount Mercy women top Graceland

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team gave Coach Micha Mims a  going-away present Wednesday night.

The Mustangs defeated Graceland, 86-71, in a Heart of America  Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The victory came 10 hours after the school announced that Mims will be  not returning as the head coach next season after four years on the job.

Mount Mercy raised its records to 5-17 overall and 2-15 in the  conference, with both league victories coming against Graceland. The  Yellowjackets fell to 3-21 overall and 0-18 in the league.

Sandra Mia led the Mustangs with 18 points. Brianna Thomas scored 17  points, Chailey Cabalis 13 and Sarah Moffett 10. Cabalis had eight  rebounds.

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Mims stepping aside at Mount Mercy

Mount Mercy women's basketball Coach Micha Mims will be stepping aside at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season to pursue other professional opportunities, Athletic Director Paul Gavin announced Wednesday.

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

The Mustangs compiled a 25-67 record during her first three seasons and are 4-17 overall and 1-15 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference this year, making her 29-84 overall.

Mims returned to her alma mater to lead the women's basketball program in March 2016 after serving as an assistant coach at Culver-Stockton for two years.

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Mount Mercy spikes Culver-Stockton

Evan Gaskill collected 14 kills Tuesday as the Mount Mercy men's  volleyball team swept Culver-Stockton, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23, in a Heart  of America Conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs squared their records at 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the  league. Culver-Stockton fell to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in the league.

Julian Armendano contributed 12 kills for Mount Mercy and Ben Steffen  had 10.

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