ST. LOUIS -- It wasn't good being a favorite last weekend during the MAMVIC West Tournament at St. Louis.
After getting first-round byes, both the top-seeded Park and No. 2 Missouri Valley College men's volleyball teams were beaten in the semifinal round. For the Vikings, who finished the season ranked seventh in the nation, losing that and the third-place match left them without a spot in the Tachikara NAIA National Invitational Tournament.
Valley was beaten on Friday by fourth-seeded Graceland, 26-28, 25-16, 25-20, 25-22, which got a combined 33 kills from sophomore Andres Quinones and junior Anthony Robinson -- the league's "co-player of the year." The Yellowjackets (13-11) enjoyed an edge in attack efficiency of .350 to .197 percent.
Sophomore Peterson Silva knocked down 12 shots and sophomore Marquis Kilburn added 10 spikes for MVC.
In Saturday's third-place match, Park swept the Vikings, 25-20, 25-21, 25-21, behind 10 kills from junior Zach Penolio. The Pirates (17-7) also out-hit Valley, .318 to .200 percent.
Silva and freshman Caio De Souza each had 13 kills for the Vikings (21-9), who had earlier broken the program's season win record.
Third seed Missouri Baptist won the title with a 14-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 18-16 victory over Graceland.
The Valley men's golf team finished sixth earlier this week in the MVC Spring Invitational on Indian Foothills Golf Course.
Freshman Jay Stafford shot a 157 and senior Jordan Dickson carded a 158 to finish 14th and 15th respectively in the 37-entry field. The Vikings finished with a team score of 643.
Rockhurst won both rounds of the meet Monday and Tuesday with a combined tally of 592 points, a 28-stroke margin over second-place Evangel. Senior Clarke Fry (139) and freshman Tanner Buljeski (149) finished 1-2 for the Hawks.
Valley is scheduled to compete this weekend in the Avila Invitational.
ST. LOUIS -- The MVC men's track team had four medalists and the Lady Vikings produced three last weekend during the Washington University Invitational at St. Louis.
The Valley men scored 10 of their 14 points in the long jump, where sophomore Tyler Davis (6.63 meters) came in second and sophomore Aursland Seymour (6.46) placed seventh. The Vikings, who were 18th out of 32 teams, also got seventh-place performances from junior Jon Leonard in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.50 seconds) and senior Will Coleman in the shot put (13.43).
The Lady Vikings tallied nine points for 19th place out of 28 teams, keyed by fifth-place finishes from freshman Ausset Culberson in the 400-meter low hurdles (1:06.46) and senior Sara Stafford in the shot put (12.55). Freshman Billi Pipes came in eighth in the 200 (25.46).
Valley didn't post any qualifying times for the NAIA Outdoor Championships, but will try again Friday at the Central Methodist Invitational.