Viking spikers split MAMVIC matches

Friday, February 15, 2013
Fourth-ranked junior Josh Manu leads the No. 7 Vikings into the NAIA Midwest Region qualifier. (Kelsey Alumbaugh/Democrat-News)

The Missouri Valley College men's volleyball team won a MAMVIC West match at home, but then lost one on the road against a previously-beaten foe.

The seventh-ranked Vikings came from behind to pull out a 19-25, 31-33, 25-20, 25-19, 15-5 decision over visiting Hannibal-LaGrange on Thursday, Feb. 7. Junior Peterson Silva led the attach with 20 kills, with freshman Stan Bosovik adding 12.

The Spartans (1-5, 1-3 MAMVIC) got 19 spikes from senior Jake Wollenberg and 20 digs by senior Cory Cahill.

Junior Will McCracken had 12 saves and assisted 51 of Valley's 56 kills.

Two weeks after the Vikings banged out a four-set win over Grand View (Iowa), they were swept by the No. 8 team in the NAIA, 25-23, 25-17, 25-15.

Sophomore Victor Gonzalez and freshman Mitchell McPartland each knocked down 10 shots for Grand View (8-3, 3-2).

Silva had eight kills to lead Valley (5-4, 2-3), which was limited to a .100 attack percentage with nine shots blocked and 22 errors.

The Vikings will be at home Tuesday to take on Graceland.

Track & Field

AMES, Iowa -- The Valley track and field squad competed against a field of mostly NCAA Division I and II programs last weekend at the Iowa State Classic.

The Vikings' highest finish was eighth place by junior Tyler Davis in the seeded long jump (6.45 meters). Davis also led off the 24th-place 1,600-meter relay ahead of freshman Ignacio Franco and juniors Kenneth Kipng'etich and Dwayne Williams. Franco, Kipng'etich, senior Kyland Sims and sophomore Xavier Ramon combined for 11th place in the distance medley (10:37.10).

Sophomore Andrew Longboy was seventh in the non-seeded high jump (1.94).

The top performance for the Valley women was sophomore Sarah Neimeier's 32nd-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:24.08).

The Vikings only have one athlete who has qualified for the NAIA Indoor Championships later this month at Geneva, Ohio: junior Byron Evans with his fourth place in the triple jump (14.17) at the Missouri Invitational. They hope to add to that list this weekend during the Heart of America Conference Championships at Lamoni, Iowa.

Men's Wrestling

The Valley men's wrestling team improved three spots to No. 7 in the NAIA's final regular season rankings, with 10 individuals in the top 20.

That list is topped by a pair of fourth-ranked grapplers, freshman Jake Ekster (149 pounds) and junior Josh Manu (197), along with junior Daniel Mueller (285) at No. 6 and senior Gian Traverso (165) at No. 7.

The Vikings will head to Baldwin City, Kan., Saturday for the NAIA Midwest Region Championships.

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