MVC Men's Volleyball Sweeps Graceland In Home OpenerPosted January 21, 2014
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MVC MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS GRACELAND IN HOME OPENER
Marshall, Mo. (January 21, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team played its first home match of the season, welcoming in Graceland University. The Vikings were able to come away with a 3-0 sweep of the Yellowjackets, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18.
The Vikings dominated much of play in the first game of the evening, jumping out to an early 7-2 lead. Graceland was able to stay even with the Vikings through the next series of points, but MVC eventually led by a 13-8 score. From there, the Vikings extended their lead over the Yellowjackets, scoring in seven of the next nine points to jump out to a 20-10 advantage, before eventually pulling away to win game one 25-13.
Game two started out better for Graceland as they were able to build a small early advantage in the game. The Vikings, however, responded and eventually tied the match at 9-9. MVC kept its good play going by winning seven of the next nine points, to push what was a tie in the second game to a 16-11 advantage. Graceland kept within five points of MVC in the later stages of the game, but MVC eventually led by a 20-15 score, before coming away with a 25-19 win in game two and led the match 2-0.
Game three started much in the same way as game two for the Yellowjackets, as they were able to put MVC into an early 8-7 deficit. The Vikings fought back to tie the match at 13-13, and kept their momentum going before taking a 19-16 lead late in the match. The Vikings proved to be too much in the end, as they won six of the game’s final eight points to come away with a 25-18 win, and sweep Graceland 3-0.
Leading the way for MVC was Senior Middle Blocker Jake Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) who finished with 11 kills and a .733 hitting percentage. Haar also had three blocks and two service aces. Senior Outside Hitter Jake Pederson (San Jose, Calif.) finished with four kills and a .500 hjtting percentage with nine digs, four aces and one block. Sophomore Outside Hitter Stan Bosovic (Ozark, Mo.) and Freshman Opposite Lucas Wurr (Curitiba, Brazil) combined for 13 kills. Senior Setter Will McCracken finished with 19 assits, three digs and one service ace.
The Vikings picked up their fourth three-game sweep of the season, and improved to 5-0. Graceland dropped to 0-1 to start its season.
Up next for the Vikings will be the Viking Invitational at the Burns Athletic Complex. Matches will begin at 12 p.m., Friday, but the Vikings will play their first match at 8:00 p.m. Friday against No. 8 Cardinal-Stritch University.
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Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.