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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs nipped in 2020 softball openers

PHOENIX - The Mount Mercy softball team dropped a pair of one-run  games to Arizona Christian, 2-1 and 5-4 in eight innings, in their  season openers Thursday in Phoenix.

Madelyn Irwin pitched a strong game for the Mustangs in the 2-1 loss,  tossing all six innings and allowing just one earned run.

Mount Mercy collected only three hits in the first game. Jess Heick  drove in Morgan Braughton with their only run in the fourth inning to  pull the Mustangs within 2-1, but nobody score again.

Mount Mercy scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to tie the  second game, 4-4, but Arizona Christian won the game in the bottom of  the eighth to square its record for 2020 at 6-6.

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Mount Mercy swept by Grand View

DES MOINES - The Mount Mercy men's volleyball team was swept by  second-ranked Grand View for the second time this season, 28-26,  25-16, 25-15, in a Heart of America Conference match in Des Moines  Thursday night.

Julian Armendano collected 10 kills for the Mustangs (5-5, 3-3).

Ben Ruggles had 21 assists and nine digs. Ben Steffen blocked seven shots.

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McKinney leads Mustangs to key victory

FAYETTE, Mo. - Dennis McKinney poured in 31 points Wednesday night as the Mount Mercy Mustangs trimmed Central Methodist, 73-70, in a key Heart of America Conference game in Missouri.

The victory lifted the Mustangs into a tie for ninth place in the conference with Central Methodist with 8-11 records, just one game out of eighth place with five games left. The top eight teams will make the league playoffs.

McKinney popped in five 3-pointers and also snared nine rebounds. Bailey Basala contributed 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Basala made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to give Mount Mercy a 73-70 advantage. Central Methodist missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have tied the game and forced overtime.

RoyShawn Webb finished with six points, seven assists and eight rebounds. DJ Johnson pitched in with 10 points. The Mustangs trailed by 10 points at halftime, but rallied for the clutch victory.

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No. 8 Central Methodist rips Mustangs

FAYETTE, Mo. - The eighth-ranked Central Methodist women's basketball team rolled up 64 points in the first half Wednesday night and dunked Mount Mercy, 112-61, in a Heart of America Conference game in Missouri.

Sandra Mia scored 14 points for Mount Mercy (5-19, 2-17).

Mercedes Jefflo poured in 31 points with six 3-pointers for Central Methodist (23-2, 17-2).

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Mount Mercy spikers sweep William Penn

The Mount Mercy men's volleyball team swept William Penn, 25-19,  25-22, 29-27, in a Heart of America Conference match Tuesday night at  the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Julian Armendano led the Mustangs (5-4, 3-2) with 12 kills. Ben  Steffen contributed eight kills, while Nikola Stoimenov and Dalton  Hynek had six apiece.

Ben Ruggles distributed 27 assists for Mount Mercy. Tiago Almeida came  up with 12 digs. Steffen blocked four shots.

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