The Viterbo University volleyball team won its third consecutive NSAA championship Saturday by beating 22nd-ranked Bellevue 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 at Beggs Gymnasium.
Natalie Geidel led No. 2 Viterbo (34-1) with 14 kills, while Aubrey Aspen and Maya Roberts tallied 10 apiece. Geidel leads the V-Hawks with 531 kills on the season. Bellevue was led by Mikaylah Gillespie with 10.
Viterbo finished with 110 total attacks and accumulated a 32.7-percent accuracy rate, which more than doubled Bellevue’s of 15.2.
Setting up the hitters for success, Amelia Grahn finished the day with an impressive 40 assists to add to the team’s total of 47 compared to Bellevue’s 33. Baylee Gross led the V-Hawks with 18 digs to move her season total to 577.
Viterbo 71, Edgewood College 52
The V-Hawks (3-2) won their second home game after coming out quick and finishing the first half ahead 31-16.
The team spread out its scoring among eight players, four of which finished in double figures. Logan High School graduate Cody Hoeth led the V-Hawks with 17 points followed by Central grad Ethan Haberman (14), Jared Fleischmann (10) and Jason Tichy (10).
Hoeth had three 3-pointers and made 4 of 5 attempts from the free-throw line. Sparta grad Cade Anderson led the team with 14 rebounds, and Haberman added eight.
Edgewood (0-1) was led by Travis Kell with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Bryant & Stratton 85, Western 56
Shawn Gerron had 18 points and six rebounds to lead the Cavaliers (0-2) in a game they trailed 44-31 at the half.
Henry Berry and Kyle Siberz added 10 points apiece for Western.
Viterbo 66, St. Ambrose 55
Alyssa Nilssen had 19 points and 11 rebounds at Beggs Gymnasium to lead the V-Hawks (1-4) to their first victory of the season.
Viterbo made 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute after the Fighting Bees (1-3) drew to within 54-49 with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left.
G-E-T graduate Madison Doerr added 11 points and eight rebounds for Viterbo.
Bryant & Stratton 119, Western 64
Kerrigan Lyga had 15 points and Casey Moger added 14 for the Cavaliers (0-2), who faced deficits of 30-11 after the first quarter and 58-31 at the half.
Moger was 2-for-3 from the 3-point line.
DECORAH, Iowa — Wesley Schultz finished fourth for UW-La Crosse in the Elite 197-pound class after receiving a bye, pinning his first two opponents and falling in the semifinal and third-place matches.
Spencer Nevill had similar success in the Elite 149-pound class after receiving a first round bye and winning two consolation matches with a 16-0 tech. fall and 3-2 decision. Nevill won his fifth place match with a 2-0 decision over Upper Iowa’s Hunter Slifka. Michael Murnane also received a fifth place finish for the Eagles in the Elite 157 class. Murnane won his two consolation matches with a 12-1 major decision and a 18-6 major decision and finished with a 7-5 decision over UW-Whitewater’s Mike Ordonez.
UW-L entrants in the Silver class brought home one victory, one second-place finish, three fourths and a sixth. Zach Villarreal won at 125 pounds after pinning each of his first three opponents in less than 2 minutes. Villarreal finished with a 21-6 technical fall over Coe College’s Brock Henderson.
Josh Fiegel pinned his first two opponents at 133 and won the semifinal match 6-4 before being pinned in the finals.