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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Armendano powers Mustangs in triangular

Julian Armendano collected 29 kills Saturday as the Mount Mercy men's  volleyball team swept both of its matches in a triangular meet at the  Hennessey Recreation Center.

Armendano collected 18 kills as the Mustangs took care of Judson,  25-17, 25-13, 25-22, in their first match. He then had 11 kills as the  Mustangs rolled by Morningside, 25-15, 25-18, 25-14, in their second  outing.

The twin-killings lifted Mount Mercy to 7-5 for the campaign.

Bobby Muller had seven kills for Mount Mercy in the victory over  Judson. Ben Ruggles dished out 28 assists. Armendano had 10 digs and  Ben Steffen blocked five shots.



Nickelson paces Mount Mercy track

MONMOUTH, Ill. - Luke Nickelson of Mount Mercy captured the high jump  and long jump at the Monmouth College Fighting Scots indoor track meet  Saturday.

Nickelson claimed the high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches and captured the  long jump at 22 feet and one-quarter inch.

Nathan Skala won the 800-meter run for the Mustangs in 2:01.29, Jacob  Blackmon took the 5000 in 15:53.91 and Aaron Golding placed second in  the 800 in 2:01.69 in a tight race with Skala.

Three members of the Mount Mercy women's team claimed titles. Andrea  Ertz won the 800 in 2:17.60, Vanessa Cortes captured the 3000 in  10:30.80 and Rachel Gadient took the high jump at 5 feet and  one-quarter inch. Gadiant placed third in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.32.


Mount Mercy baseball swept again

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - The Mount Mercy baseball team has gotten off to a  slow with the bats this season.

The Mustangs lost to Texas A&M-Texarkana, 8-0, and were trimmed by the  College of the Ozarks, 4-3, Saturday on their swing through Missouri.

Mount Mercy fell to 0-4 for the young campaign, with three of the  losses by shutout. The Mustangs have scored three runs in four games.

Mount Mercy owned a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh  inning against the College of the Ozarks, but Ozarks rallied for three  runs for the victory.



Witzany tosses 3-hit gem for Mustangs

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Jayna Witzany pitched a three-hitter with 14  strikeouts Friday as the Mount Mercy softball team topped Northwest of  Washington, 1-0, in Arizona.

Witzany walked only three batters in the seven-inning contest as the  Mustangs (1-3) won their first game of the season.

Morgan Braughton drove in Payton Bruner with the only run of the game  in the bottom of the seventh inning for the victory.

Mount Mercy lost to Ottawa of Arizona, 3-0, in its other game Friday.



Mount Mercy baseball drops pair

The Mount Mercy baseball collected only three hits in a pair of  ballgames Friday and was blanked both times on its trip to Missouri.

The Mustangs lost to the College of the Ozarks, 6-0, and fell to Texas  A&M-Texarkana, 11-0, failing to score in either game.

Mount Mercy hitters went 3-for-42 in the two games.



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