Vikings win five gold medals in net tourney

Friday, September 16, 2011
Freshman David Wheatley, senior Jordan Dickson and sophomore Josh Coletti medaled for the Vikings during the Evangel Invitational. (MVC Athletics)

The Missouri Valley College women's tennis team claimed three championships and the men's squad got two last weekend during the seven-team MVC Invitational.

Two former rivals on the high school court enjoyed a double-dip for the Lady Vikings. Sophomore Virginia Hutcherson of Marshall and freshman Katelyn Barr of Grain Valley took first place in their respective singles divisions and teamed up for the No. 3 doubles title.

Senior Tershelle Burrows and junior Courtney Henley of Marshall both reached the finals before finishing second, while senior Elanqua Griffin and Juliana Doyle made the semifinals. Henley and Doyle placed second at No. 2 doubles and Burrows and Griffin were semifinalists.

The Valley men won two gold medals in singles, freshman Wesley Ng at No. 3 and sophomore Javano Thompson at No. 8.

Placing second for the Vikings were senior Jason Rolle, sophomores Nathan Garrett and Daniel Velasquez, and freshmen Brock Hughes and Gilberto Machado -- along with all four doubles teams: Rolle and sophomore Luiz Felipe Moura, Hughes and Ng, Machado and Velasquez, and Garrett and sophomore Juan Giminez.

"We had a very good tournament, but despite our good results we still have a lot to work on," noted MVC coach Ryan Carney. "We lost a lot of very close matches in the finals and we have to find a way to win more of those."

The Valley team will be in Waterloo, Iowa, this weekend for the Ashford Invitational.

Men's Soccer

PARKVILLE -- The 10th-ranked Valley men's soccer team remained unbeaten Tuesday with a 2-0 non-conference victory at Park.

The Vikings scored both of their goals in the second half. Sophomore Carlos Suarez Fernandez connected off a feed from senior Stephen Crane and sophomore Miguel Jiminez made an unassisted goal.

Valley's defense didn't allow a shot on goal by the Pirates (2-2).

The Vikings (4-0) are at home Sunday against Morningside (Iowa).

Women's Soccer

FULTON -- Sophomore Breann Kinworthy scored two goals and senior Ariel Cantrell provided a pair of assists Saturday during the Lady Vikings' 3-0 non-conference win at William Woods.

Kinworthy got her first goal midway through the first half and her second one late in the match, after senior Amanda Hempelmann gave Valley a 2-0 lead. The Lady Owls (2-3-1) only had one on-target shot as MVC posted its second shutout in a row.

The Lady Vikings (3-1-1) host Morningside (Iowa) on Saturday.

Women's Volleyball

The MVC women's volleyball team took a pair of non-conference matches Saturday at Southwestern (Kan.), but then dropped a Heart of America Conference home contest Tuesday against Benedictine.

Senior Dustina Bitten had 14 kills, 18 digs and four aces during Valley's 25-14, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19 decision over the Lady Builders (2-4) in the opener, with freshman Megan Hardin knocking down 11 shots. Bitten had 13 spikes and 10 saves as the Lady Vikings swept the nightcap, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23.

Freshman Emilee Clark assisted 43 of her team's 52 kills, 15 by freshman Carly Steinlage, as the Lady Ravens (4-10, 2-0 HAAC) defeated Valley, 25-15, 34-32, 18-25, 25-15. Hardin had 15 kills and sophomore Diane Dellasala pulled up 25 shots for the Lady Vikings (7-6, 0-2).

Valley will be at home to take on Avila on Sept. 24.

Men's Golf

SPRINGFIELD -- The Valley men's golf team placed three players in the top six of the field to finish third in the Evangel Fall Invitational, held Monday and Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield.

Highlighting the Vikings' effort was a hole-in-one recorded by freshman Dave Wheatley on the par-three, 131-yard No. 15 hole. Wheatley posted a three-round score of eight-over-par 224 for sixth place.

Valley was led by sophomore Josh Coletti in third place with a 218 and senior Jordan Dickson in fourth at 219, its combined team score of 916 two strokes behind second-place Bethany (Kan.). Missouri Baptist won the meet with 885 points, junior Jack Jackson edging junior teammate Craig Hardcastle for the individual medal with a one-under 215.

The Vikings will play in the Central Methodist Invitational on Oct. 11-12.

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