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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Armendano powers Mount Mercy spikers

MARSHALL, Mo. - Julian Armendano delivered 18 kills Saturday as the  Mount Mercy men's volleyball team swept Missouri Valley, 25-22, 25-15,  27-25, in a Heart of America Conference match.

The Mustangs have captured 11 straight contests, raising their records  to 16-5 overall and 9-3 in the conference, good for second place.

Nikola Stoimenov contributed nine kills. Ben Ruggles had 33 assists.  Tiago Almeida made 12 digs. Strahil Svilenski blocked six shots.



Mount Mercy baseball splits twinbill

The Mount Mercy baseball team split with Central Methodist in a Heart  of America Conference doubleheader Saturday at the Plaster Athletic  Complex.

Mount Mercy lost the first game, 14-1, but rebounded to take the  nightcap, 6-5, and hand Central Methodist its first setback in the  league.

The split left Mount Mercy at 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the conference.  Central Methodist is 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the league.

Michael Barbato had two hits for the Mustangs in the 14-1 loss in the  opener. Central Methodist hit five homers in the game, including two  by Sergio Macias who went 3-for-4 with seven RBIs.



Mustangs have busy day in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. - The Mount Mercy softball team played three games at  the Friends Tournament in Wichita State on Saturday, emerging with one  victory and two defeats.

The Mustangs lost to fifth-ranked Oklahoma City, 3-0, in their first  game. They collected only three hits, including two by Hannah Mausser.  Madelyn Irwin allowed three runs in seven innings, but took the loss.

Mount Mercy topped Ottawa of Kansas, 7-2, in the middle game. Emily  Oler and Mausser drove in three runs. Mausser had two hits. Morgan  Braughton and Jess Heick scored twice. Jayna Witzany pitched a  complete game for the Mustangs with nine strikeouts.

The Mustangs lost to second-ranked Science & Arts, 13-11, in eight  innings in their final game. Heick and Oler hit home runs. Irwin was  3-for-3 and drove in four runs. Heick was 2-for-5 and had three RBIs.  Payton Bruner was 2-for-5 and scored three times. Braughton and Sydney  Robertson scored twice. Oler had two RBIs.



Bruner belts 2 homers as Mustangs sweep

WICHITA, Kan. - Payton Bruner belted a pair of home runs Friday to  help the Mount Mercy softball team capture two games at the Friends  Tournament in Kansas.

Bruner connected for a solo homer in the first game and scored twice  as the Mustangs topped Bethel, 12-4, in six innings with a 14-hit  attack.

Bruner also socked a home run in the second game and drove in three  runs as the Mustangs bopped Tabor, 11-3, with another 14-hit attack.

The sweep lifted Mount Mercy to 7-3 for the campaign.

Hannah Mausser and Jaicee Lyons both went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the  12-4 triumph over Bethel. Jess Heick and Emily Oler had two hits. Oler  drove in four runs and Heick had two RBIs. Heick, Mausser and Morgan  Braughton scored twice. Madelyn Irwin pitched a complete game for the  victory.



Streaking Mustangs win 10th in row

LAMONI - The Mount Mercy men's volleyball team won its 10th straight  match Friday by sweeping Graceland, 25-12, 25-22, 25-21, in a Heart of  America Conference match in Lamoni.

Ben Ruggles rolled up 43 assists for the Mustangs. Julian Armendano  and Ben Steffen had 11 kills. Nikola Stoimenov and Evan Gaskill  contributed nine kills and Strahil Svilenski had seven in a balanced  attack.

Tiago Almeida made 10 digs and Stoimenov had nine.



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