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Vikings win Graceland meet

Friday, October 26, 2012

Junior Jacarra Winchester (top) went 6-0 in the 116-pound division as the Lady Vikings finished fourth at the Oklahoma City Duals.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
LAMONI, Iowa -- The Missouri Valley College cross country team placed all seven entries in the top 16 Saturday to win the Graceland Yellowjacket Classic.

The Vikings tallied 33 points as juniors Matt Leonard (27:29.49), Alex Avilez (27:29.88), Chase Burgess (27:50.19) and Ignacio Franco (28:08.80) took the fourth through seventh positions. Senior Kyland Sims (29:25.42) came in 12th to round out the team's scoring.

Senior Rachel Gonzalez (20:26.76) of Slater earned the Heart of America Conference "runner of the week" award for her third-place performance. Junior Amanda Buhr (20:39.72) finished fifth for the Valley (65 points), who wound up second to Graceland (36) in the women's standings.

The Vikings will return to Lamoni, Iowa, Nov. 3 for the HAAC Championships.

Men's Soccer

Despite splitting two matches, the Valley men's soccer team moved up four spots to No. 10 in the Modified RPI Rankings, which are used to select at-large teams and determine seedings for the NAIA post-season tournament, for which the program has qualified the last two years.

The Vikings scored the lone goal, junior Nicholas Alexander converting a pass from junior Declan Price, with two minutes left in the first half Saturday for a 1-0 Heart of America Conference decision at Graceland.

Both teams got strong goalkeeping, with junior Christian Quintanilla coming up with four saves for the Yellowjackets (6-6-2, 2-1-2 HAAC) and junior Josh Wells making four stops for Valley to claim his fourth shutout.

The Vikings had a five-match win streak snapped Tuesday at Lindenwood, 2-0. The Lions (11-2-3), ranked 19th in NCAA Division II, got second-half goals from sophomore Ignacio Romero and junior Victor Buchim.

Price was named the HAAC "offensive player of the week" and Wells was picked for the conference's "defensive player" award.

Valley (10-4-1, 4-1) will host league rival Avila on Saturday.

Women's Soccer

Sophomore Daniela Gonzalez connected on a penalty kick midway through the second half Saturday to give Graceland a 1-0 Heart of America Conference home win over the Valley women's soccer team.

Junior Stefany Castano Cardozo came up with 10 saves to secure the shutout for the 13th-ranked Lady Yellowjackets (14-2, 5-0 HAAC). Freshman Irene Sanchez stopped eight shots for the Lay Vikings.

Valley bounced back Wednesday by throttling Hannibal-LaGrange (5-8-2) in a 7-1 non-conference home rout. Junior Breann Kinworthy got the hat trick with three goals for the Lady Vikings, who stormed out to a 4-0 halftime lead. Senior Yessica Hernandez provided three assists during the match.

A HAAC home match against Avila is on tap Saturday for Valley (9-6-1, 2-2-1).

Women's Volleyball

The Lady Vikings' volleyball team has put together a six-match roll during the season's stretch run.

Valley capped that streak Thursday with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-12 non-conference victory over Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) to celebrate Senior Night in the Burns Athletic Center. Sophomore Megan Hardin paced the Lady Vikings with nine kills and four blocks.

At Lawrence, Kan., last weekend Valley won three contests in the Haskell Quad, all sweeps. The Lady Vikings downed Central Christian (Kan.), 25-8, 25-9, 25-14, host Haskell by a 25-18, 25-20, 34-32 count and St. Mary (Kan.), 25-14, 25-10, 25-6. Junior Tarrah Sweet averaged 10.2 assists and 2.8 digs per game to pick up her third Heart of America Conference "setter of the week" honor for the season.

Junior Ana Calito knocked down 17 shots and pulled up 13 Tuesday during Valley's 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 home win Tuesday over league rival Benedictine.

Sophomore Karlie Dalton had 10 kills and senior Cassie Rockers made 30 saves for the Lady Ravens (7-21, 2-6 HAAC).

Sophomore Kaitlyn Kell and junior Jada Hollinshead combined for 17 kills for the Lady Vikings (15-11, 3-5), with senior Jessica Gates coming up with 18 digs and Sweet providing 37 assists.

Valley plays Saturday in the William Woods Triangular at Fulton.

Women's Wrestling

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Seventh-ranked junior Jacarra Winchester won all six of her 116-pound matches over the weekend as the MVC women's wrestling team finished fourth at the Oklahoma City Duals.

The Lady Vikings swept through pool play by defeating third-rated Lindenwood, 21-18, No. 14 Midlands (Neb.), 43-5, and the host Stars' B team, 29-13.

Valley won its quarterfinal round against No. 5 Cumberlands (Ky.), 33-14, but was stopped in the semifinals by top-ranked King (Tenn.), 35-9. Lindenwood stopped the Lady Vikings in a rematch for third place, 22-18.

Posting 5-1 records for Valley were 10th-ranked freshman Dalina Vuong (101), No. 10 junior Brittany Faust (123) and senior Danielle Curliss (155) -- ranked third at 136 pounds.

The Lady Vikings are in Jamestown, N.D., today and Saturday for the Can-Am Tournament.

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