By Danielle Templin
The Viterbo athletics’ fall season has been dominated by women’s sports. Women’s soccer and volleyball yielded regular season conference championships, along with top seeds in their conference tournaments.
The top-seeded, women’s soccer team won the Midwest Collegiate Conference tournament championship on Nov. 7 and made history when they qualified for the NAIA National Tournament after defeating third seed Grand View University 3-1. The automatic bid is Viterbo’s first in school history for the women’s soccer program.
In the win, freshman Molly Machometa added to her outstanding season, scoring a goal in the first five minutes of the game and recording an assist in the 69th minute.
The goal was the 31st of the season for Machometa, which set a single season record and broke the previous record of 30, set in the 2004 season by Jen Schlesinger. The goal and assist gave Machometa 71 points for the season (31 goals, 9 assists), which also exceeded a record set by Schlesinger in 2004. Currently, Machometa ranks second in the country (NAIA) in both goals and points scored.
Junior Steph Wisen also put her name in the record books in the team’s championship win. Wisen recorded two assists for the game, and registered her 16th assist of the season, setting a single season record. With the assists, Wisen now ranks number one on the university’s all-time assist record with 28 career assists. Along with leading in assists, Wisen is currently tied for third on Viterbo’s all-time goals scored list, with 43, and total points of 114.
Along with Machometa’s and Wisen’s goals, senior Nikki Reinhart scored on an assist from Wisen in the 64th minute. The goal was Reinhart’s second of the season.
Grand View’s only goal was scored on set play, when they took advantage of a Viterbo foul. Kayla Pitman scored her 11th goal of the season on an assist from Jordyn Thompson.
The MCC defensive player of the week, goalie MaKenzie Guth played all 90 minutes for the V-Hawks, stopping four of the five shots she faced.
For the match, Viterbo finished with a 12-7 advantage in shots, but Grand View had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. Freshman Courtney Morgan led the V-Hawks in shots with four, including two on goal, while Wisen finished with three.
With the win, the V-Hawks improve to 15-2-1 overall and will wait for the national tournament bracket to be announced. The lady V-Hawks will be one of 32 teams to play at the national tournament, which starts Nov 17.
Saturday, Nov. 10, the V-Hawk women defeated top-seeded Grand View University 3-1. With the win, the team captured their first conference tournament title in school history and received an automatic bid to the national tournament on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Sioux City, Iowa. The V-Hawks found out their opening round opponent on Monday, Nov. 12.
The V-Hawk volleyball team advanced to their conference tournament championship game where they beat Grand View after a 3-0 sweep over St. Ambrose University in R.W. Beggs Gymnasium on Nov. 7.
Offensively the team finished with a .522 hitting percentage for the match, but also recorded 15 hitting errors. Defensively the V-Hawks finished with 5 blocks and 46 digs for the match.
Sophomore Alicia Olson led the V-Hawks in kills with 18, while senior outside hitter, Katie Flock, provided 15 kills for match. Senior setter Stacy Hoffman led the team with 39 assists and 9 kills, while libero Jordan Blaken led the defense with 17 digs.
With the win Viterbo is in their third MCC Championship game within the last four years. Last season the V-Hawks lost to Grand View, 3-1 in last season’s championship game.