The fourth-ranked Vikings swept two non-conference matches Saturday at Rust (Miss.). Sophomore Peterson Silva had 11 kills and senior Sezer Dundar provided 37 assists, two aces and four block assists during a 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 victory in the opener and freshman Caio De Souza led Valley with six spikes and four digs to beat the Bearcats, 25-13, 25-15, 25-19.
That matched the win total posted by the 2006 Vikings (20-9), when they reached the NAIA National Invitational semifinal round.
Valley's final home contest topped that mark with a 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-20 MAMVIC West decision over No. 8 Grand View (Iowa).
Silva had 16 kills and De Souza added 11, senior Stephen Valdez came up with 13 digs and five block assists were recorded by both junior Tom Jerrom and sophomore Marquis Kilburn. Freshman Lawrence Villafania put down 11 shots for Grand View (13-12, 3-7 West).
The Vikings (21-7, 6-4) are the No. 2 seed in the MAMVIC West Tournament, which begins Friday at St. Louis. After a first-round bye, Valley will open in the semifinal round against the winner between Graceland and Hannibal-LaGrange.
The Valley women's tennis team split their two most recent matches. After being swept 9-0 by what MVC head coach Ryan Carney called "a great team" from Heart of America Conference rival William Jewell on Friday, March 23, the Lady Vikings came back to beat Johnson County (Kan.) Community College the next day, 5-4.
After sophomore Virginia Hutcherson and freshman Katelyn Barr got the lone doubles win, 8-1, Valley (6-2) took four of six singles matches behind senior Elanqua Griffin (6-4, 7-5), junior Courtney Henley (7-6, 6-4), Hutcherson (6-1, 6-0) and Barr (6-1, 6-0).
Meanwhile, the men's squad lost all three matches during a five-day span, playing all of them without senior No. 1 Jason Rolle and sophomore No. 2 Luiz Felipe Mouza out of action for two contests.
The Vikings (5-5) were downed by William Jewell (9-0), Johnson County (7-2) and Northwest Missouri State (9-0) on Tuesday. Freshman Nicholas Castro (6-0, 5-7, 10-4) and sophomore Nathan Garrett (6-2, 6-3) got the lone MVC wins.
The Valley teams will be in Baldwin City, Kan., Saturday for a triangular with host Baker and Bethel (Kan.).
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Valley women's wrestling team had six medalists last weekend at the USA Wrestling University Nationals at Oklahoma City.
Lady Viking teammates wrestled each other in two of the medal rounds. At 55 kilograms, sophomore Jacarra Winchester defeated sophomore Brittney Faust, 2-0, 5-2, for third place and junior Paloma Basulto pinned freshman Jessica Ulloa-Martinez in the second period of their fifth-place bout at 77 kilograms.
Junior Randi Beltz, the Pan American Championships gold medalist, won her third-place contest at 59 kilograms with a first-round pin of King (Tenn.) sophomore Katarina Perez. Junior Danielle Curliss took fifth place at 67 kilograms with a 6-0, 1-0 decision over Oklahoma City freshman Demi Strub.
Valley is scheduled to send its qualifiers to the U.S. Olympic Trials, April 20 at Iowa City.
SPRINGFIELD -- Valley senior Jordan Dickson shot one-over-par 155 to finish third last weekend at the Evangel Spring Invitational at Springfield.
Dickson was tied for 10th place after posting an 81 Friday, March 23, on the Rivercut Golf Course links, but came back Saturday with a two-under 74 to share the round's top score.
Next-best for the Vikings was a 160 for 10th place by freshman Jay Stafford. The team came in eighth in the 10-school field with 660 points.
The MVC Spring Invitational will be held next week at Indian Foothills Golf Course.