The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


October 6, 2012

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: MSSU runners capture final conference tuneup

ROLLA, Mo. — Tom Rutledge, men’s cross country coach at Missouri Southern, liked the improvement shown by the Lions during competition at Missouri S&T on Saturday.

“We’ve improved immensely,” Rutledge said. “We had a 32-second pack time between our runners one and five. We worked very hard during the week.”

The winning Lions bested Southwest Baptist 26-40. Pittsburg State (85), S&T (90), Drury (139) and Truman State (202) completed the team scores..

Lions Adrian Todd (25:01.59), Eric Schott (25:01.71) and Andrew Webster (25:08.28) finished second through fourth behind Southwest Baptist winner Phillip Miller (24:33.13) and fifth-place Trenton Morris (25:12.82) of SBU.

Lions Jacob Benton (25:22.60) and Colton Wooldridge (25:33.73) placed seventh and 10th.

“Our pack time was much better,” Rutledge reiterated. “Eric (Schott) hung back a little to help. We won as a team. We achieved most of our goals.”

Southern finished third in the women’s division of the race with 72 points to 60 for Southwest Baptist and 71 for Pittsburg State.

Junior Kaitlyn Belisle led the Lions with a sixth-place finish, running five kilometers in 18 minutes, 5.29 seconds. Southern’s top five runners — senior Marlee Tegenkamp, sophomore Lauren Baehr, senior Cassy Kendrick and freshman Addie Mengwasser — all finished in 18:55 or better.

The Lions were missing two of their top four runners, but Pittsburg State was also short-handed, noted Southern coach Patty Vavra.

“I thought we ran pretty well,” Vavra said of the Lions’ final tuneup for the MIAA Championships in two weeks. “Kaitlyn had a nice race and Marlee ran well ... she hadn’t run since the (Southern) Stampede.”


OCC wins twice

MOORE, Okla. — Ozark Christian College dug itself out of a big hole and defeated host Hillsdale Free Will Baptist 3-2 Saturday afternoon.

The Ambassadors dropped the first two sets 15-25, 19-25 and trailed 15-10 in the third set. But OCC turned the momentum around to take third set 25-23, then won the final two sets 25-21 and 15-10.

“After getting down, the girls showed a lot of good mental toughness and made something happen,” OCC coach Tony Allmoslecher said. “These were very important games, regional games.”

Amy Huitt slammed 21 kills for OCC. Other leaders included Jenny Larsson with 14 kills, Bethany Decker with 40 assists and Addy Wood with 11 digs.

Earlier on Saturday the Ambassadors (13-11) beat Arlington Baptist 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-23).

Decker had 28 assists, Huitt 11 digs, Rickie Duley seven kills and Carrie Paige nine kills and four blocks.

Lions drop pair

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Missouri Southern took Henderson State to five sets before losing 25-21, 16-25, 25-21, 17-25 and 15-11 in regional crossover action hosted by Southwest Baptist.

The Lions also bowed to Southern Arkansas 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-19).

Match statistics were not immediately available.

The Lions (0-18) have a conference match Tuesday night at Washburn.


Ambassadors tie, win

DALLAS — Ozark Christian and Dallas Christian battled to a 1-1 tie in two overtimes after beating Hillsdale Free Will Baptist 3-0 on Friday at Moore, Okla.

The results against NCCAA Division II regional opponents left Kevin Greer’s Ambassadors 7-2-1 entering Tuesday’s 4 p.m. match against Central Bible at the Joplin Athletic Center.

Korben Koenig, assisted by Nathan Cadell, had the OCC goal against Dallas Christian. OCC had lost 2-1 in one overtime to Dallas Christian in Joplin earlier this season, Greer said.

“Obviously, it was an even match,” Greer said of Saturday. “We seemed to have more energy in the overtimes. We had several opportunities.”

OCC;s Lucas Ness had nine saves.

OCC, against Hillsdale, received goals from Kyle Haneley, Koenig and Jacob Ormonde. Trevor Farris had eight saves.

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