MVC Men's Volleyball Defeats Cardinal Stritch in Top 10 MatchupPosted January 24, 2014
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MVC MEN’S VOLLEYBALL DEFEATS CARDINAL STRITCH IN TOP 10 MATCHUP
Marshall, Mo. (January 25, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team is hosting the MVC Invitational this weekend, featuring six teams, five of which are currently ranked. The Vikings opened play at the event against Cardinal Stritch University and pulled off a hard fought 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10 victory.
Game one was closely played between the two teams, as neither side was able to gain an early advantage with the score tied at 7-7. Play went back-and-forth over the next several points eventually leading to a tie at 13-13 midway through the game. The Vikings eventually were able to gain a slight lead at 21-19 and score four of the final six points to pull off a 25-22 victory in game one to lead the match.
The Vikings looked to quickly jump on the Wolves in game two as MVC built an early 6-3 advantage. Cardinal Stritch responded however, and eventually tied things in game two at 11-11. The Wolves completed the comeback and built themselves an 18-16 lead late in game two and maintained that lead at 21-19. The Vikings however fought back in the game, and won four of the next six points to tie game two at 23-23. The Wolves proved too strong in the end, taking the final two points in the game to win 25-23 and tied the match at 1-1.
The Wolves seemed to have the early upper hand over MVC in game three, building a quick 5-3 lead. The Vikings responded, and slowly built up a lead at 8-7, and extended it even further by winning six of the next eight points to lead Cardinal Stritch 14-9. MVC maintained a sizeable lead through the rest of game three, eventually leading by a 20-15 score, and then pulling away in the end of the game to win 25-19 and take a 2-1 lead.
MVC was able to get on top of the Wolves early in game four by a 4-2 score, but Cardinal Stritch fought back and overtook the Vikings, eventually leading 9-6. The Wolves were able to slowly grow their lead through the game, leading by 17-13, but a late Viking rally late in the game made things closer. However, MVC could not rally all the way back to take the lead and Cardinal Stritch forced a game five with a 25-22 win in game four.
In the decisive game five the Vikings got an early lead, going up 4-2 over the Wolves. MVC was able to extend the lead slightly at 7-4, and continued playing well in the game, putting Cardinal Stritch into a 10-4 deficit. MVC proved to be too strong in the final game, holding off a Cardinal Stritch comeback attempt to lead 13-9, and cruised to a 15-10 win in game five to take the match 3-2.
Leading the way for MVC was Senior Middle Blocker Jacob Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) who had 18 kills. Also with double-digit kills were Freshman Opposite Lucas Wurr (Curitiba, Brazil) and Sophomore Outside Hitter Stan Bosovik (Ozark, Calif.). Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) finished with 33 assists, while Sophomore Libero Victor Magalhaes (Contagem, Brazil) and Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) combined for 21 digs.
The win moves MVC to 2-0 on the season while Cardinal Stritch falls to 1-3.
The Vikings will play two games from the MVC Invitational Saturday. The first match is against Lindenwood-Belleville at 1:00 p.m., and the second match is against No. 7 Warner University at 5:00 p.m.
Other matches from the MVC Invitational Friday:
Park University defeated Warner University 25-17, 26-24, 25-13
Warner University defeated Lindenwood-Belleville 25-14, 25-22, 25-14
Park University defeated Cardinal Stritch University 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 23-25,15-10
Grand View University defeated Warner University 25-14, 26-28, 25-17, 25-18
About Missouri Valley College
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.