Local college sports briefs

March 24, 2014 

Men's tennis

SIUE junior honored by OVC

EDWARDSVILLE -- For the second straight week, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Nicolas Vincent has been honored as the Ohio Valley Conference men's tennis Player of the Week.

Vincent shared the weekly honor with Austin Peay's Jasmin Ademovic.

The Cougar junior extended his singles win streak to four at the No. 1 position. Despite SIUE losing a close match at Eastern Kentucky, Vincent helped the Cougars defeat Morehead State 4-3 on the road while winning both of his singles matches including a win over Morehead State's Jack Swindells, 7-6, 7-5, and Eastern Kentucky's Alex Alvaro, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Alvaro was ranked seventh in the OVC Preseason Top Ten Player Rankings.

Vincent also won both of his doubles matches at the No. 3 spot last week with his partner Jacob Tanulanond, winning convincingly, 8-2, over Eastern Kentucky and 8-3 against Morehead State. They have now won five straight doubles matches.

Vincent is now among the OVC leaders in singles match wins with a record of 8-4, and he is the first OVC player to reach eight wins at the No. 1 singles position this season.

Men's volleyball

LU-Belleville remains winless

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's volleyball team took part in their final home matches of the season Saturday when they hosted the Missouri Valley Vikings and Eagles of RMU-Chicago.

In the first match of the day the Lynx took on RMU-Chicago. The Eagles bested the Lynx 25-19, 25-16 and 25-11.

Jacob Sobkoviak led the Lynx with 18 assists, while Zach Thompson led the Lynx with nine kills. Ethan Bohnert added five kills and four digs.

In the second match of the day the Lynx took on the Missouri Valley Vikings. LU-Belleville again went down to defeat but it took four games. The Vikings won 25-15, 25-10, 19-25, 25-6.

After the losses the Lynx fall to 0-25 on the season.

Next up the Lynx will travel Tueday to Parkville, Mo., o take on Park University in the Lynx final regular season match. The first serve is set for 7 p.m.

Bearcats fall to Highlanders

LEBANON -- The McKendree University men's volleyball team was swept at home by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The visiting Highlanders won by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-17.

The match closed out a four-game home stand for McKendree, which slips to 8-19 overall.

Freshman outside hitter Mike Polizzi put down a match-high 13 kills to lead the offensive surge for McKendree. Polizzi also led all players with nine digs in the contest. Freshman right-side hitters Eric Abrolat and Maalik Walker each connected for eight kills, with Abrolat posting a .583 hitting percentage against the Highlanders. Freshman setter Jack MacLean dished out 36 assists for the Bearcats.

Women's lacrosse

Lady Lynx lose two matches

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's lacrosse team hosted Midland University and Robert Morris University-Chicago on Saturday and the Lady Lynx are looking for their first victory of the season.

In the first game of the day the Lady Lynx took on the Lady Warriors of Midland University. The Lady Warriors scored a 22-6 victory.

Kendall Colston led the Lady Lynx with three goals, six draw controls, and two ground balls. Iman Hassan finished with six ground balls, two assists, and a goal. Hillary Moll picked up 14 saves in net for the Lady Lynx.

In the second game of the day. LU-Belleville faced the RMU-Chicago Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles picked up 12 goals in the first half to take a 12-0 lead at the break and cruised to win 15-2.

Elizabeth Dunning led the way for the Lady Lynx with three ground balls, a goal, and an assist. Tisha Meyer finished with a goal and five ground balls.

After the losses, the Lady Lynx fell to 0-4 on the season.

The Lady Lynx return to action Saturday when they travel to Athens, Tenn. to take on Tennessee Wesleyan College. Game time is set for noon.

Women's soccer

Cgouars have three spring dates

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's soccer team will play host to six different institutions on three dates during the spring exhibition season.

The schedule opens Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against NCAA Division II Maryville, which competes in SIUE's former conference, the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Cougars will take on McKendree and Missouri Valley on April 6 beginning at 1 p.m. The day will feature a student-run event helping to support the fight against cancer entitled Red Card Cancer. Fans can follow @siuegoalkeepers on Twitter for more information regarding the event.

The spring schedule wraps up April 12 with the annual Governor's Cup. SIUE will face off with Eastern Illinois while Northern Illinois will play Western Illinois. The winners of each game will play for the Governor's Cup. The other two teams will play for third place. The first kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

"I'm looking forward to hosting games this spring and seeing the development in our returning players while continuing to work towards our goals for the fall 2014 season," SIUE coach Derek Burton said.

Softball

McKendree split with Wisconsin-Parkside

LEBANON --The McKendree University softball team got a walk-off single by junior pitcher Kelsie Stoszkus (O'Fallon) with two on and two outs in game two to earn a doubleheader split against visiting University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Bearcats are now 8-11 overall and 3-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

McKendree led 6-5 heading into the sixth inning in game one, but a two-run home run in the top of the sixth was too much to overcome in a 7-6 loss.

It took some late game heroics for the Bearcats to earn the win in game two. McKendree trailed 1-0 heading into the seventh inning, but scored two runs with two outs to win 2-1.

Junior shortstop Kate Mays singled with one out in the inning, and advanced to second on a groundout by Jamie Doggendorf. Johnson followed with a two-out single that brought around Mays to tie the game 1-1. A single by junior first baseman Morgan Schulte (O'Fallon) moved Erics Johnson (Wesclin) to second and Stoszkus ripped a single to the outfield to bring in Johnson for the game-winning run.

Johnson led all players with three hits, and RBI and a run scored, while Stoszkus added two hits and an RBI. Stoszkus also improved to 4-3 in the circle and had three strikeouts.

Women's golf

SIUE's Marcum finished 7th

PRIMM, Nev. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Molly Marcum shot a final round 79 to finish with a 235 to tie for 7th place, and SIUE women's golf finished 15th at South Dakota State's Jackrabbit Invitational completed at the Lakes Course at the Primm Valley Golf Club.

Oral Roberts took the team championship with a 934. Grand Canyon (946) and Winthrop (951) finished second and third, respectively. SIUE finished with a team total of 1002.

Brooks White finished with a 252 to tie for 54th place. Alison Gorman tied for 69th with a 257. Ashton Stair had a 258 and finished tied for 73rd place.

The Cougars return to the course Sunday and Monday to play in the SIU Saluki Invite.

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