Volleyball

The MNU volleyball team poses together after beating Evangel University on Nov. 3. Photo by Jim Smith.The MNU volleyball team poses together after beating Evangel University on Nov. 3. Photo by Jim Smith.

After defeating Evangel University on Nov. 3, the No. 19 Pioneer volleyball team not only tied for first in the conference with Evangel, but also secured their spot in the national tournament held in Sioux City, Iowa. Upon securing their spot in the national tournament, sophomore Cailyn Bessmer said the team would see the benefits of the victory when they entered the Heart Postseason Tournament. “It’s really nice knowing we already made it,” Bessmer said. “Our team plays so much better when we do not feel pressured, so now that there’s no pressure on us to preform well in this postseason tournament, I feel we will play so much better.”

Men’s soccer

The men's soccer team celebrates after a last second goal against Benedictine on Nov. 7. Photo by Jim Smith.The men's soccer team celebrates after a last second goal against Benedictine on Nov. 7. Photo by Jim Smith.

The No. 11 MNU men’s soccer team has had its share of nail-biting endings. With a handful of overtime victories and last-second shots this season, the team is still on pace to earn a spot in the national tournament in Delray Beach, Florida. The men’s soccer team was knocked out of the Heart Postseason Tournament semifinals on Nov. 10 by Missouri Valley College. However, there is still a chance that they will qualify for the national tournament. They could still earn an at-large bid to the tournament based on strength of their schedule, the strength of their opponent’s schedule and how long the team has been ranked this year.

Women’s soccer

The women's soccer team celebrates a victory over Missouri Valley College on Nov. 7. Photo by Jim Smith.The women's soccer team celebrates a victory over Missouri Valley College on Nov. 7. Photo by Jim Smith.

On Nov. 11, the women's soccer team was knocked out of the Heart Postseason Tournament by conference rival, Baker University. In a game that came down to penalty kicks, Baker was able to convert and come out victorious. The women's soccer team finished the season ranked No. 25 in the latest Coaches Top 25 Poll, earning a spot in the rankings for the first time in program history. Their final record is 12-5-3.

Cross country

The men start the race at Oskaloosa, Iowa on Nov. 7. Photo by Micah Hammann.The men start the race at Oskaloosa, Iowa on Nov. 7. Photo by Micah Hammann.

The resurrected cross country team competed in their first Heart Conference Championship race on Nov. 7. The women’s team finished 3rd and the men finished 4th. The top two teams in each race earned a spot to the NAIA national race in Charlotte, North Carolina. Along with the top two qualifying teams, a select number of the top individuals also earned a spot in the Nationals race.

The women's cross country team gathers together for a prayer before their race on Nov. 7. Photo by Micah Hammann.The women's cross country team gathers together for a prayer before their race on Nov. 7. Photo by Micah Hammann.

Two men and two women from MNU qualified for nationals, battling a windy course and tough competition. Kaylee Shanley and Halley Dean both qualified individually on the women’s side, while Jac Chelman and George Robinson were able to qualify in the men’s race. The national championship race will take place on Nov. 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Football

The Pioneer football team holds the current record of 5-5 for the season. Despite having only one game left in the season with no chance for playoffs, the MNU football team will take on Missouri Valley on Nov. 14.