News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 23, 2013

Metro roundup: ISU volleyball wins thriller

Staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State’s volleyball team rallied to defeat Saint Louis 3-2 on Tuesday in a nonconference match.

ISU (9-12) was led by Morgan Dall’s 20 kills, Loni Mackinson’s 44 assists and Bree Spangler’s 19 digs.

The Billkens (8-14) won the first two games, but ISU rallied to take the final three. ISU won 20-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-12, 17-15.

Over the course of the five games, there were 26 ties and nine lead changes. In the final game, there were nine ties.

ISU re-enters Missouri Valley Conference play on Friday as it plays host to Illinois State.

Cross country

Mascari earns MVC honor — Indiana State Sophomore John Mascari has been named the MVC Men’s Athlete of the Week for the fifth time this fall. The announcement came in today from the league office.

Mascari ran a 23:41.77 for the 8,000 meter Pre-National race. Mascari finished 11th overall in a race with 52 of the top teams from all around the nation.

Mascari will now look to defend his title at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, where he won in 2012. Mascari has won MVC Athlete of the Week honors six times, including five times in 2013.

“John ran a great race and would deserve an honor like this,” said ISU cross country coach John McNichols. In the long history of the sport here at Indiana State that was the fastest 8K time ever run. John placed very high against outstanding athletes and major Division 1 competition. Hopefully it is going to be a great stepping stone for races in the next couple of weeks and a shot to race against all those people again later in the season.”

Soccer

RHIT women best Franklin — At Rose-Hulman, a timely goal and a gritty defense gave Rose-Hulman’s women’s soccer team its 11th shutout of the season and the Engineers’ fifth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Franklin College.

Rose-Hulman (9-3-4, 5-1) remained in second place in the HCAC standings with the win, which sets up an important league showdown with conference leader Hanover College (5-0-1).

Sophomore Helena Bomber struck for her first goal of her career in the 51st minute.

The Engineers return to play Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest with Hanover.

Tennis

Six Engineers honored — Six Rose-Hulman women’s players were recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in postseason awards released Tuesday.

Senior Marie Stettler and junior Suzana Mohd led the way for the Engineers with first-team all-league honors.

Honorable-mention all-conference award winners included senior Paige Cook, senior Colleen Stevenson and junior Kylie McCollum.