| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
MNU Volleyball enjoyed another successful season under first-year head coach Christina Ludwick. Boasting several wins over top-25 teams, the Pioneers won their first game 3-0 in the conference tournament versus Peru State, but dropped the second 0-3 versus Grand View University.
The MNU Cross Country teams had great season. The women won the Heart Conference championship and qualified for Nationals. The men finished in sixth place with Carlos Guzman and Dakota Myers also qualifying. The group will travel to Vancouver, Washington for the NAIA National Championship with Head Coach Nate Wiens who was honored with Conference Women's Coach of the Year.
Head Women’s Coach Bobby Reiss's first season was strong despite an 0-3 start. The Pioneer Women's Soccer team finished 9-7-2 and qualified for the conference tournament. Savannah Moxley and Steffi Krohn led the team in points while Jessica Longhurst and Anesa Curic anchored the defense. Three players were recognized with All-Conference honors: Steffi Krohn (1st team), Savannah Moxley (2nd team) and Jessica Longhurst (3rd team).
Coach Kevin Wardlaw and the MNU Men's Soccer team enjoyed another nationally ranked season while battling in the toughest conference in the NAIA. The Pioneers ended the regular season 12-4-3 overall and received an at-large bid to the NAIA national tournament. Raimundo Cabello, Felipe Abreu, and Dominic Harrington had standout seasons as the top scorers while Johannes Keisers and Juan Pablo Riesco anchored the defense. Three players were recognized with All-Conference Honors: Johannes Keisers (1st team), Ivan Ruiz Vidal (2nd team) and Felipe Abreu (3rd team).
Though ranked in the top-25 early in the season, the MNU Football team finished below .500 in the Heart of America conference. Linebacker Dominic Swillum earned National Player of the Week after recording 26 tackles in one game. More than 1,200 fans were pumped to see the Pioneers play on campus for Homecoming to celebrate football’s 40th anniversary.
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