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Lady Vikings enter HAAC tourney on a roll

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Missouri Valley College women's volleyball team heads into the Heart of America Conference Tournament with a 10-match win streak.

The Lady Vikings won both matches Saturday at the William Woods Triangular in Fulton, defeating the host Lady Owls (25-23, 25-21, 13-25, 23-25, 15-8) and Fontbonne (25-11, 34-32, 25-11), then knocking off non-conference foe Stephens (25-17, 26-13, 25-20) on the road Monday.

That set up Tuesday's come-from-behind league victory at Culver-Stockton (25-21, 27-29, 25-27, 30-28, 15-9) to match the program's highest win total in 16 years. Valley got off to a slow start offensively with a .176 attack percentage during the first two sets, but improved to .289 during the final three games -- including a .300 to .040 edge over the Lady Wildcats in the tiebreaker.

Freshman Shea Elmore had a match-high 18 kills for Culver-Stockton (17-17, 4-5 HAAC), which dropped to seventh place in the standings with the loss.

Junior Jada Hollinshead knocked down 15 of 28 shots, with only two errors, and assisted six blocks to pace the Lady Vikings. Senior Jessica Gates, the conference's "libero of the week," had 22 digs and junior Tarrah Sweet provided the sets on 59 of the team's 71 kills.

Valley (19-11, 4-5) is the No. 6 seed in the tournament, playing Saturday at Evangel.

Men's Soccer

The Valley men's soccer team split its final two matches of the regular season, winding up second to Benedictine in the Heart of America Conference race.

The Vikings held on for a 2-1 home decision Saturday over Avila. Freshman Carlos Berastain got Valley on the board in the first half and junior Nicholas Alexander provided an insurance goal in the ninth minute of the second half.

That was needed when senior Ben Dlugolecki found the net for the Eagles (6-12, 1-6 HAAC) four minutes later, but the Vikings -- who had a 12-5 edge in shots on goal -- held on the rest of the way.

With a chance to capture the conference flag Tuesday, Valley lost in overtime at Baker, 2-1. Senior Nate Byarlay put the home team in front, but the Vikings tied the contest early in the second half on a shot by freshman Joseph Thomas.

Senior Ethan Bauer broke the deadlock 42 seconds into the extra frame to give the Wildcats (8-5-4, 5-2) the win and a share of second place with Valley, which will be the third seed in the HAAC Tournament.

The Vikings (11-5-1, 5-2), ranked 10th in the latest Modified RPI, open the tourney at home Saturday against Graceland.

Women's Soccer

The MVC women's soccer team closed the regular season with a Heart of America Conference win in double overtime.

The Lady Vikings' final home match on the schedule was a 2-0 loss Saturday to league rival Avila (10-7-1), which got goals from sophomore Caryn Welch and senior Ariel Rank.

Valley rebounded Tuesday with a 4-3 decision at Baker. A penalty kick by junior Breann Kinworthy gave the Lady Vikings a 1-0 halftime lead, but they fell behind in the second half.

Sophomore Ashley Mauck and senior Jordan Dolbin connected for the 10th-ranked Lady Wildcats before junior Cecilee Kidd evened the contest. Baker (11-5-1, 4-3) went ahead on sophomore Aleta Fryer's goal, but the Lady Vikings extended the match on senior Cayla Pisciotta's shot with 69 seconds remaining in regulation.

With only six seconds left in the second OT period, Pisciotta set up freshman Haley Ennis for the "golden goal."

The victory secured the No. 4 seed and a home match for Valley (10-7-1, 3-3-1) in the first round of the HAAC Tournament, with a rematch against Avila set for today.

Women's Wrestling

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The Valley women's wrestling team brought home five medals, two of them gold, from the Can-Am Tournament last week at Jamestown, N.D.

Junior Brittany Faust of Saxonburg, Pa., won all four matches at 123 pounds and junior Tamara Hartfield of Killeen, Texas, was 3-0 at 190 pounds to win their weight classes.

Junior Brittany Jones (171 pounds) took fourth place, junior Samantha Lovelace (116) was fifth and freshman Brittney Rodriguez (155) placed sixth.

The Lady Vikings will be at home Sunday, Nov. 11, to host the MVC Open.

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