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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustang women booted by Graceland

LAMONI - The Mount Mercy women's soccer team relinquished a 3-1 lead Saturday and lost to Graceland, 4-3, in overtime in a Heart of America Conference match on the road.

Isabel Alvarez, Maisey McCoy and Carly Walker scored in the first half to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead at intermission, but Graceland scored twice in the second half to tie the match and struck again in overtime for the victory.

Olivia Ramsey was credited with an assist on the goal by Walker.

Mount Mercy fell to 3-2-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Graceland raised its records to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the league.


Mount Mercy falls at Evangel

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team lost to Evangel, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, in a Heart of America Conference match Saturday at the Ashcroft Center.

Alyssa Weldon led the Mustangs with 15 kills. Maddie Bell and Torie Alexander had eight kills. Becca Thomson finished with seven.

Caiti Peterson accumulated 40 assists in the four sets. Lauren Stopko had 21 digs.

Mount Mercy fell to 13-6 overall and 3-4 in the conference. Evangel raised its records to 12-10 overall and 4-3 in the league.


Mustangs spiked by Missouri Valley

MARSHALL, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team was swept by Missouri Valley, 27-25, 25-20, 25-16, in a Heart of America Conference match Friday night.

Maddie Bell led the Mustangs with nine kills. Becca Thomson had eight kills, Alyssa Weldon six, Olivia Coe six and Torie Alexander five.

Caiti Peterson had 35 assists. Lauren Stopko had 25 digs.

Mount Mercy fell to 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference. Missouri Valley raised its records to 11-8 overall and 4-2 in the league.


Mount Mercy runners claim titles

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Both of the Mount Mercy cross country teams captured top honors at the Bakersfield College Invitational Friday in California.

James Lindstrom and Aaron Goldin of Mount Mercy finished 1-2 in the men's competition to lead the Mustangs to the team championship. Lindstrom won the four-mile race in 22 minutes, 6 seconds.

McKenna Johnson of Mount Mercy placed third in the women's race to pace the Mustangs to the overall crown. She covered the 5 kilometer race in 20 minutes, 37 seconds.



World-wide Mustangs battle to draw

Nikola Petrovic speaks Serbian, English and Portuguese and is working on his French, which makes him a perfect guy to play for the Mount Mercy University men's soccer team.

Coach Amir Hadzic, a native of Bosnia, has players from 13 different countries on his international roster this season, just like he has during many of his 24 years at Mount Mercy.

Petrovic, who is from Serbia, fits right in with his teammates from Germany, Portugal, Jamaica, The Netherlands, England, Senegal, Austria, Brazil, Mali, Australia, South Africa and the United States.

"It's pretty interesting and fun, of course, meeting a lot of cultures and getting to know a lot of languages as well," he said Tuesday night. "I live with a Brazilian guy, and I'm learning Brazilian and he's learning Serbian. It's pretty fun."

Petrovic scored the only goal for Mount Mercy Tuesday as the Mustangs battled Grand View to a 1-1 draw in double-overtime in an intense Heart of America contest at the Plaster Athletic Complex.

Souleymane Diallo, who is from Senegal, got the assist as Mount Mercy took a 1-0 lead late in the first half. Grand View scored in the 73rd minute and both clubs missed opportunities after that.



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