Sports Digest March 13

Here’s the latest in Wildcat sports, courtesy of John Schild and the C-SC Sport Information Department.  For complete information, visit

The Culver-Stockton College men’s volleyball team couldn’t sustain any momentum from Thursday’s five-set victory over William Penn University and lost to Graceland University in four sets Saturday afternoon at Charles Field House.

The Wildcats, and freshman hitter Akeel Oxley especially, came out firing on all cylinders in the opening set. Oxley, who had 57 kills over his last two matches, recorded nine more as the hosts took the opening set 25-23.

However, he managed just six kills the rest of the way to finish with 15 overall, but it wasn’t enough as the Yellowjackets had four players in double figures en route to a 23-25, 25-15, 26-24, 25-16 victory.

Kris Sorenson and Mark Jango each recorded seven terminations to complement Oxley’s night. Jeremy Belgrave and Brody Hassel garnered five kills each. Kyle Browne totaled 35 set assists and three kills.

Defensively, Aidan McGuire led the way with 11 digs on the back line. Jango registered 10 digs, while Oxley had nine. Belgrave finished with six block assists to lead the way, while Oxley had five block assists.

The Wildcats are scheduled to return to action this Tuesday, March 16, with a road match at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The Culver-Stockton College baseball team lost both games of a doubleheader with William Penn University Saturday afternoon at Nichols Field.

The Statesmen took three out of four in the four-game series to start the Heart of America Athletic Conference season. The Wildcats fall to 5-12 overall and 1-3 in the Heart, while WPU improves to 14-5 overall and 3-1 in the Heart.

C-SC had trouble in the opening inning of both games as neither starter was able to make it out of the initial inning of play. The Statesmen plated six runs in the first inning of both games and went on to win 12-5 and 11-3, respectively.

The collected seven hits in the curtain raiser with four of those seven hits going for extra bases. Cole Hansel, Casey Downs and Cody Dennis all doubled in the opener, while German Sepulvedahit his first home run of the year.

In the nightcap, C-SC was held to five hits overall with Hansel and Douglas Barker recording doubles in the game. Hansel drove in a run with his double and finished with two hits overall.

The Wildcats are scheduled to host Evangel University in another conference four-game series next Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, at Nichols Field. The doubleheader on Friday is set to begin at 1 p.m., while the twinbill on Saturday is slated to start at noon.

The Culver-Stockton College softball team opened its Heart of America Athletic Conference schedule with a doubleheader loss at Grand View University Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats fell to the Vikings 15-0 in five innings in the opener before succumbing 11-2 in six innings in the nightcap.

C-SC recorded eight total hits in the two games with Taryn Brown and Audrey Feiden collecting one hit each in both games. Alle Thompson and Baylee Schneider each garnered a double in the second game with Schneider’s driving in the only two runs of the day.

The Wildcats are scheduled to play William Penn University on Sunday in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The first of two games is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Penn Field.