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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs spike Clarke in upset victory

The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team finished the regular season in style Monday night.

The Mustangs upset Clarke, 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 16-25, 15-6 in a Heart of America Conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Clarke arrived in town with the third-best record in the conference, but the Mustangs regrouped in the fifth set after seeing their 2-0 lead evaporate in the third and fourth sets.

Mount Mercy raised its records to 19-13 overall and 7-11 in the league. Clarke fell to 24-8 overall and 12-6 in the conference.

Mount Mercy will visit Evangel (17-16) in the first round of the Heart of America Conference tournament Wednesday night.

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Mount Mercy soccer teams blanked

FAYETTE, Mo. - The Mount Mercy men's and women's soccer teams had a tough day against their counterparts from Central Methodist Saturday in Missouri.

The Mount Mercy men's soccer team lost to fifth-ranked Central Methodist, 3-0. The Mount Mercy women were blanked, 5-0.

The Mount Mercy men managed only two shots on goal in their 90-minute contest. The Mustangs fell to 6-8-3 overall and 2-8-1 in the Heart of America Conference. Central Methodist raised its records to 15-1-2 overall and 9-1-1 in the conference.

The Mount Mercy women had only four shots on goal, falling to 7-8-2 overall and 4-7 in the league. Central Methodist raised its records to 14-4 overall and 9-2 in the league.

 

No. 2 Grand View sweeps Mustangs

DES MOINES - The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team was swept by  second-ranked Grand View, 25-10, 25-19, 25-21, in a Heart of America  Conference match Friday in Des Moines.

Grand View raised its impeccable records to 28-0 overall and 17-0 in  the conference. Mount Mercy fell to 18-13 overall and 6-11 in the  league.

Kayla Daggett had 23 assists for the Mustangs. Lauren Stopko  contributed 23 digs. Maddie Bell led the attack at the net with eight  kills and Becca Thomson had seven.

   

Can you dig it? Lauren Stopko can

Lauren Stopko has shattered the school record for digs for the Mount Mercy University volleyball team with a whopping 2,463 for her remarkable four-year career.

She's also among the career leaders for the Mustangs in bright smiles, energy and leadership.

"Lauren is an outstanding kid," Mount Mercy Coach Deb Marlin said Tuesday night. "She's a hard worker in the gym and she has extremely high expectations for herself.

"I think the girls look up to her."

Stopko, from Clear Creek Amana High School, stepped right into the lineup as a freshman at Mount Mercy in 2015 and has never slowed down. She collected 777 digs as a freshman and has 688 this year with a few weeks left in the regular season.

Stopko had 23 digs Tuesday night as Mount Mercy swept Briar Cliff, 25-20, 27-25, 25-20, in a non-conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center. She notched her 23rd and final dig on set point as the Mustangs raised their record to 18-12.

Stopko, the libero at Mount Mercy, will probably finish her college career with more than 2,500 digs.

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No. 7 Missouri Valley tops Mustangs

MARSHALL, Mo. - The Mount Mercy men's soccer team gave seventh-ranked Missouri Valley a tough match Tuesday night before falling, 3-1, in a Heart of America Conference contest in Marshall.

Duarte Leite pulled the Mustangs within 2-1 with a goal in the 72nd minute, but Missouri Valley countered in the 80th minute to keep Mount Mercy at bay.

The loss dropped Mount Mercy to 6-7-3 overall and 2-7-1 in the conference.

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