Valley netters split opening matches

Friday, January 25, 2013
Senior Gian Traverso (top) had one of the Vikings' three pins against Benedictine. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The eighth-ranked Missouri Valley College men's volleyball team beat St. Xavier (Ill.) in its season debut Saturday at Des Moines, Iowa.

Freshman Stan Bosovik had nine kills and four blocks in the Vikings' 25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19 victory. Valley dropped seven aces on the Cougars (0-2), two each by junior Will McCracken - who provided 25 assists - and sophomore Rafael Bento.

The Vikings' home opener Monday wasn't as happy, a 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19 MAMVIC West loss to No. 7 Missouri Baptist.

The Spartans (2-1, 2-0 MAMVIC) got 15 spikes, 11 digs and five block assists from senior Danny Traylor.

Junior Peterson Silva had a game-high 18 kills and 12 saves for Valley (1-1, 0-1), with Bosovik putting down 11 shots and freshman Victor Magalhaes pulling up 11.

The Vikings are in action this week at the St. Ambrose (Iowa) Tournament.

Track & Field

COLUMBIA -- The Valley track and field team began the indoor season Saturday at the Missouri Invitational in Columbia.

On the men's side, the Vikings had five top-10 finishes in the jumps. Junior Tyler Davis was third in the long jump (21 feet, 11 inches) and eighth in the triple jump (44-9). Sophomore Dewayne Williams came in fifth in the long (21-5.5) and ninth in the triple (44-8.75), which also saw freshman Michael Barnes place 10th (41-11.25).

Williams came in seventh in the 200-meter dash (23.10 seconds) and the 3,200-meter relay (8:25.63) of senior Kyland Sims, junior Kenneth Kipng'ethich, sophomore Xavier Ramon and freshman Ignacio Franco had MVC's best performance with a second-place showing.

Junior Jeff Crouch was 10th in the shot put (41-11.5) to lead the Valley throwers.

The Lady Vikings' middle distance runners also made a mark. Sophomore Sarah Niemeier was sixth in the 600 (1:43.07) and 10th in the 800 (2:29.70), while sophomore Tia Rider was 10th in the 600 (1:49.90).

Valley will be at the Jayhawk Classic at Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday.

Men's Wrestling

ATCHISON, Kan. -- The 10th-ranked Valley men's wrestling team won nine of 10 matches Wednesday for a 38-3 dual victory at Benedictine.

The Vikings got pins from senior Gian Traverso (165 pounds), junior Carl Lawrence (197) and sophomore Nico Martinez (157) -- with freshman Brett Bader (184) and senior James Alter (285) claiming major decisions.

Rounding out the Valley win were decisions by freshmen Ryan Stearns (126) and Todd Brackett (141) and sophomores Dennis Welch (133) and Willie Essex (149).

The lone win for the Ravens (4-4) was a decision by freshman Stephen Loosbrock (174).

The Vikings (4-4) will be home Friday for a dual with NCAA Division II member Maryville, champion of last week's MVC Invitational.

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