The Valley City State University club tennis team had a shot at clinching a spot at the USTA National tournament over the weekend in Menominee, Wis., but struggled to get the wins it needed to.
The Vikings competed in the University of Wisconsin — Stout USTA Tennis-On-Campus tournament, and a win would have vaulted the team over North Dakota State University in the standings to clinch a spot for the national tournament in March.
VCSU struggled from the start with only one woman traveling, which meant that VCSU automatically forfeited the womans doubles round and start every match down 6-0. It put all the pressure on the men to not only play well, but hold their opponent to as few games as possible in the mens doubles and singles rounds.
Despite having three of the team's top men traveling, they struggled to win sets in any of their singles or doubles matches.
The Vikings played to a draw with NDSU in the first round of pool play, which set the tone as VCSU eventually lost 30-7. VCSU also lost a pool match to a UW Stout 1 team the Vikings haven't previously had problems with. Instead, the team only managed a win at mixed doubles and lost the match 32-8.
The loss left VCSU in the fifth place match against UW Stout 2, where the tough day continued. VCSU lost 30-5, and only received the default 10 points towards the fall standings.
The club team is now waiting for the final standings in the fall series, which should have NDSU in first place. The Vikings are expected to be in second or third.
The team still could earn a national bid at the sectional championships in February.
Round by Round Results:
Pool Play Round #1:
VCSU - 7
NDSU - 30
Pool Play Round #2:
VCSU - 8
UW-Stout #1 - 23
VCSU - 5
UW-Stout #2 - 30
VCSU Volleyball Goes 2-1 at Waldorf
The Valley City State University volleyball team went 2-1 over the weekend in a series of matches at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa.
The Vikings started the weekend with a 28-26, 25-20, 25-20 win over Mount Marty (S.D.) The team was led by Aurissa Martens with 14 kills, two block assists and one block solo.
Friday, the team lost 25-13, 23-25, 25-10, 25-20 to Waldorf. The Vikings struggled on the attack, finishing with 23 attacking errors to only 30 kills. Kaitlyn Heuring led the Vikings with eight kills in the match.
VCSU then ended the trip with a 25-22, 25-15, 25-14 sweep of Buena Vista (Iowa) University. Martens had 13 kills with four block assists and Emily Plowman had 10 digs.
The Vikings continue the season tonight at Bismarck State College.
VCSU Cross Country Finishes Season
The Valley City State University cross country teams finished the season Saturday at the Mount Marty Invite in Yankton, S.D.
The men finished 10th as a team, although the women didn't have enough runners to place in the team standings.
Competition at the meet included both NAIA and NCAA schools.
Summer Romine led the women with a 63rd place finish in 20:42.40. Valley City native Jenna Coghlan came in 137th place at 25:18.50.
The men were led by Richard Wright, who took 53rd in 27:24.27. He was followed by Casey Flick (91st), Wayne Engelhard (98th), Malik Jackson (105th), and Eric Schauer (125th).
Swim Team Registration This Week
Valley City Sharks Swim Team registration and fun night will be held tonight and Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Valley City State University swimming pool.
Registration will be upstairs in the Denmark room, while swimmers have fun time in the pool. Swimmers need only the basic skills of swimming and to be able to swim unassisted. Questions about whether your child is ready to be part of the team should be directed to the coach. She/He will evaluate your child’s swimming ability after the two-week trial period. For more information contact: Lori Hart at 845-4178 or Penny Peterson at 840-1613.