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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Mercy adding men's volleyball

For the second time in five years, Mount Mercy University has announced the addition of intercollegiate sports to its varsity lineup. Men's volleyball and competitive cheer & dance will begin competition in the fall of 2016.

The new additions are the first since men's and women's bowling in 2011 and will bring Mount Mercy's number of intercollegiate sports to 17. A search will begin immediately for a head cheer & dance coach as well as a head men's volleyball coach.

"The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex now under construction, combined with these initiatives, makes this an exciting time for Mustang athletics," said Rob Callahan, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment and student services. "We look forward to bringing these new opportunities to our students."

In men's volleyball, there are 26 NAIA varsity teams around the nation, including five in the state of Iowa. The sport has held an NAIA invitational since 1999, and Mount Mercy will compete as a varsity program beginning with the 2016-17 academic year.

"Men's volleyball is an exciting sport and it will be a great addition to our athletic department," said Scot Reisinger, Athletics Director. "It will give Mount Mercy an opportunity to recruit in some new areas. The greater Chicago area, Wisconsin and California are men's volleyball strongholds and we look forward to bringing students from these areas to our campus."

There are currently 54 varsity competitive cheer & dance programs in the NAIA. Mount Mercy will conduct the group as an athletic club in 2015-16 with the team obtaining full varsity status beginning in the fall of 2016. The NAIA recently held its second competitive cheer & dance invitational and is on pace to obtain championship status.

"Competitive cheer & dance is one of the fastest growing sports in the NAIA," Reisinger said. "Mount Mercy's team will be a full-fledged sport with a full-time coach and athletic scholarships.

"Competitive cheer & dance are popular activities at all youth levels in Cedar Rapids and eastern Iowa. Elevating our current club program to varsity status will allow us to keep more talented cheer & dance students here in Cedar Rapids and the state of Iowa."


Osborne, Herb honored by NAIA

Dondre Osborne of Mount Mercy University has been named a second team Division II All-American by the NAIA after leading the Mustangs to the national tournament and the Midwest Collegiate Conference title.

Abby Herb of Mount Mercy received honorable mention on the NAIA All-America team.

Osborne was named the MCC Player of the Year and led the Mustangs in scoring (14.6), assists (5.0) and steals (2.4).

Herb led Mount Mercy in scoring (17.6) and posted five double-doubles. She scored 30 points or more in five games. She also averaged 6.0 rebounds.


Mosbach leads Mustangs to title

CANTON, Mo. - Liz Mosbach collected four gold medals Saturday to help Mount Mercy win the championship at the Culver-Stockton Wildcat Open track meet.

Mosbach captured the long jump and 400 meter dash for the Mustangs. She also ran legs on the victorious 4x800 and 4x400 relays.

Mount Mercy also got victories from Danielle Schroeder (high jump), Kayla Hanson (hammer throw), Nicole Sanborn (javelin), Dana Ewan (3000 meter steeplechase), Lindsay Brunson (800), Rachel Jellings (400 hurdles), Molly Pruett (5000 meters) and the 4x100 relay.

The Mustangs won the team championship with 203 points in the eight-team field.

Evan Bowman captured the 1500 and 5000 meter run for the Mount Mercy men's track team. The Mustangs also won the 4x800 relay and placed third in the team standings.


Mount Mercy baseball splits twinbill

DES MOINES - Cody Williams went 3-for-3 in the leadoff spot Saturday as Mount Mercy trimmed Grand View, 5-3, in the second game of a Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader in Des Moines.

Grand View won the first game, 6-2.

Devin Holmes and Patrick Haney had two hits for the Mustangs in their victory. Holmes and Jimmy Lizarraga drove in two runs. Evan Boddicker pitched six innings for the victory.

Williams had two hits for Mount Mercy in the first game, making him 5-for-6 in the doubleheader. Lizarraga also had two hits.



Mustangs lose 27-0, but gain split

DES MOINES - The Mount Mercy baseball team was outscored 29-3 Friday, but the Mustangs managed to split their Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader with Grand View.

Mount Mercy won the first game, 3-2 in eight innings, on a game-winning single by Jimmy Lizarraga and a strong pitching performance by Cale Henke.

Grand View crushed Mount Mercy in the second game, 27-0.

Austin Czerwiec began the top of the eighth inning of the first game with a double for the Mustangs and was replaced by pinch-runner Ben Larson. Larson advanced to third base on a fly ball by Cody Bell and scored on Lizarraga's single to left field.

Henke allowed a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning, then ended the game with his 11th strikeout. Henke (2-2) allowed eight hits and walked only one batter.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2015 21:37



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