The Lady Vikings started out with 6-3 decisions over Mississippi College and Kutztown (Pa.) and blanked Edgewood (Wis.), 9-0, before dropping their first contest of the season, 5-3 to Bloomsburg (Pa.). They closed with an 8-1 victory over Millersville (PA.), sweeping all six singles matches.
The No. 2 doubles team of senior Juliana Doyle and junior Courtney Henley of Marshall won all five of their matches and sophomore Virginia Hutcherson -- another former Lady Owl -- also went 5-0 from the No. 5 singles spot.
Seniors Elanqua Griffin and Tershelle Burrows had 4-1 marks in singles play and won three of four at the No. 1 doubles pair.
Combined with a season-opening 9-0 home win over Westminster on March 6, the Lady Vikings are off to a 6-1 start.
The Valley men won their first three matches, beating Mississippi (6-3) and Kutztown (6-0) before taking all six singles tilts during an 8-1 victory over Endicott (Mass.). Although they won the three doubles matches, the Vikings fell to Georgetown (Ky.), 5-4, and were given a 7-2 loss by Bloomsburg before ending the week with 7-2 decision over Millersville.
Sophomore No. 2 Luiz Felipe Moura and freshman No. 3 Wesley Ng posted 5-1 records in singles play, while freshman Brock Hughes took three of five contests at No. 4. The No. 2 doubles team of Ng and Hughes went 5-1, while freshman Gilberto Machado and sophomore Nathan Garrett put up a 4-2 mark at No. 3 doubles.
Valley is now 6-2 on the season, which began with an 8-1 win over Westminster.
The Vikings' schedule home match Tuesday against McPherson (Kan.) was postponed by rain. They are scheduled to play today at Heart of America Conference rival William Jewell and be home Saturday to take on Johnson County (Kan.) Community College.
The Valley softball team got its season going last week by going 3-7 in the Tucson (Ariz.) Invitational.
The Lady Vikings lost to Dordt (Iowa), 5-4, and Mayville State (N.D.), 11-2, before posting its first win, 5-4 over Mount Marty (S.D.). Junior Esperanza Rothwell had two hits and drove in two runs during that contest.
Sophomore Hannah Garczynski and junior Paige Savage each had three hits and a pair of runs batted in the next day during Valley's 7-2 victory over Waldorf (Iowa), but that was followed by back-to-back shutout losses to second-ranked Lubbock Christian (Texas), 13-0, and Huntington (Ind.), 3-0.
The Lady Vikings had their best offensive showing during an 11-3 romp over St. Mary (Neb.), banging out 16 hits -- three by junior Jennifer Palmatory, who knocked in three runs. Rothwell and senior Janie Jungermann each had three hits and two RBIs.
Junior pitcher Kimberly Lopez had two of Valley's wins, allowing 17 hits and two earned runs -- while striking out 11 and issuing no walks -- during 14 innings of work.
The Lady Vikings finished the trip with a 16-3 loss to Mayville State, an 11-9 setback against St. Mary and a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Dickinson State (N.D.).
Valley were on the road closer to home Tuesday at Columbia, but were shutout in both games of the non-conference doubleheader, 1-0 and 9-0.
Senior Jordan Crisp out-dueled Lopez in the opener with a one-hitter, striking out seven. Lopez gave up only two hits, but they both came in the third inning -- from juniors Chelsie Crain and Tori Gehlert -- with a fielder's choice grounder bringing in the only run.
Sophomore Taylor Richter fired a five-inning no-hitter in the late game for the Lady Cougars (9-9). They scored four runs on five hits in the first inning and three runs on three hits in the fourth, both rallies capped by sophomore Whitni Howell's RBI doubles.
The Lady Vikings (3-9) are due to play their Heart of America Conference opener Saturday at Baker.
PARKVILLE -- Senior Fray Luis Fajardo-Arteaga knocked down 24 shots Tuesday as second-ranked Park clinched the MAMVIC West regular season title with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 sweep of the visiting Valley men's volleyball team.
Junior Metheus Roham dropped in three aces for the Pirates (14-8, 8-1 West), who won both matches of the season series.
The No. 4 Vikings got 10 kills from freshman Caio De Souza, with sophomores Peterson Silva and Marquis Kilburn each adding six.
Valley (18-7, 5-4) play this weekend in the Rust (Miss.) Invitational.