Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Soccer and Tennis all enjoyed success over the weekend..Here’s a complete re cap.
The offense coach Kent Clayberg was searching for finally emerged Saturday as the Central College volleyball team claimed third place at the eight-team Augsburg Invitational in Minnesota. The Dutch lacked spark in Saturday’s opener, as. 15th ranked St. Thomas hammered out a 3-0 win. That put Central in the third-place match against St. Benedict and the Dutch offense found high gear, hitting a sizzling .397 in a 3-0 sweep . Junior Haley Brillhart of Pella had seven kills and four blocks in the win over St Benedict. Defensive specialist Chelsea Grieger, also a junior from Pella was named to the all-tournament team. She had 23 digs against St. Thomas and 27 against St. Benedict. Central’s home and Iowa Conference season opener is Wednesday against Dubuque.
Allison Crooks carded a career best score and Central College closed up a notch in seventh place at the 19-team Wartburg Fall Invitational Sunday. Crooks fired 172 and tied for 19th in the loaded field. Kaurie Kincaid (sophomore, Knoxville) followed with 181. Central competes at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic at the par-72 Ironwood Golf Course in Bloomington, Ill. Saturday and Sunday. The Dutch were seventh in a 19-team field there last fall.
Sophomore Justin Livingston scored a third-place finish to carry the Central College men’s golf team to third in the 21-team Mount Mercy Cropper Classic Sunday. Livingston finished at 146 in his debut after transferring to Central. Brent Messmore from Central’s second unit, the White team, also cracked the top 10, finishing ninth at 151. Central, which held the first-round lead, shot 302-305—607. The Dutch travel to Ankeny for the Grand View Invitational at Otter Creek Golf Course next Sunday and Monday. Central’s White team heads to Dubuque for the Clarke Invitational at Thunder Hills Golf Course Sunday and Monday.
After a lackluster first half on the end of a long road trip Sunday, Central rebounded to score a 2-1 overtime win at Concordia-Moorhead in Men’s Soccer. Dutch scoring leader Brett McKenzie tied the score in the 67th minute, then delivered the game-winner 4:51 into overtime. McKenzie has four goals in the season’s first four games. Central makes a quick turnaround after the lengthy return to Pella, playing host to Monmouth (Ill.) Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field
Putting an early wrap on the home season schedule, the Central College women’s tennis team dominated Loras College 8-1 and the University. of Dubuque 9-0 Saturday. Improving to 4-1, Central had five singles players score two wins. Central’s next 10 dual meets are away from home with the Iowa Conference tournament to follow.