Fall sports celebrate regular season and look forward to playoffs

By Danielle Templin

Sports Editor

The No. 23 ranked Viterbo women’s volleyball team has just one game remaining in regular season play against No. 17 ranked Grand View University on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Varsity Athletics Center. The game will ultimately decide if the lady V-Hawks will share the conference title with foe Grand View. Currently unbeaten in conference, the Lady V-Hawks would be guaranteed an outright conference championship with the win.

Along with winning the regular season conference title, the victorious team will have home court advantage throughout playoffs. With strong play from seniors Katie Flock, Jordan Blaken, Hannah Ripp, Stacie Hoffman, Kassie McGettigan and sophomore outside hitter, Alicia Olson, the V-Hawks look to capture their second Midwest Collegiate Conference title in the past three years.

Men’s golf

The men’s golf team finished their fall season on Oct. 16 with an 11th place finish at the St. Ambrose Invitational. During the fall season senior Shawn Keenan, who placed third at Viterbo’s home invitational on Oct. 8, led the V-Hawk men. As a team, the V-Hawks had one of their best showings all season at home, finishing fourth out of 19 teams participating.

Women’s golf

The Viterbo women’s golf team concluded their fall season on Oct. 6, with a third place finish at the University of St. Francis Invitational. All season the lady V-Hawks were led by senior Chelsea McCoy and sophomore Julia Callaghan.

McCoy’s best performance came when she shot a 77 at the Wartburg College Invitational, giving her a seventh place finish, while Callaghan’s top showing of the season came on Sept. 30, when she shot an 84 allowing her to finish tied for sixth at the Stevens Point Invite.

Men’s Soccer

The Viterbo men’s soccer team struggled throughout the season, producing an overall record of
3-12-2 and a conference record of 1-5. The V-Hawks started the season with an interim coach, until midway through the season when head coach Greg Sallaras was hired.

Although the V-Hawks have battled all season, they traveled to face conference rival Mount Mercy University on Oct. 28 in the first round of conference tournament play.

Women’s soccer

The women’s soccer team captured their first MCC title since 2006 on Oct. 20, when they tied St. Ambrose 1-1 in double overtime. The tie was enough to give the V-Hawks sole possession of the conference championship and the top seed in the conference tournament.

Led all season by freshman Molly Machometa and junior Steph Wisen, the lady V-Hawks look to continue their successful season after a first round conference tournament bye to play at home in the Saturday, Nov. 3 semifinals.

Men’s cross-country

The men’s cross-country team will finish up their season on Saturday, Nov. 3 when they compete in the annual Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships. Runners who place high enough will advance to the NAIA National Championship in Fort Vancouver, Wash. on Nov. 17.

This fall the V-Hawk men have been led by a variety of runners including junior Josh Petersen and senior Patrick Understeller. On Oct. 19, Understeller posted a time of 27:57 for a 16th place finish in the 8 kilometers race, in which the V-Hawks as a team, finished with seven other individuals in the top 45.

Women’s cross-country

Like the men’s cross-country team, the women will finish up their season at the conference championship on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Leading the lady V-Hawks thus far have been junior Sandy Gebhart and senior Rosemary Loken.

Gebhart has been amongst the top performers for the V-Hawk runners this season, posting a time of 24:59 in the women’s 6-kilometer race at the annual Wisconsin Private Schools Championship on Oct. 13. Her finish helped propel the team to a seventh place finish out of 14 teams.

Loken’s top performance of the season came on Oct. 19 at the Lake Wissota Invite where she posted a time of 19:37 for a seventh place overall finish in the women’s 5-kilometer race and was a team season best time in the distance. Loken hopes to repeat her 2009 freshman season on Nov. 3 at the conference tournament, where she hopes to qualify once again for the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 17.

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