MVC Men's Volleyball Splits Two Matches at Invitational Saturday

Posted January 25, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




 Marshall, Mo. (January 25, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team continued hosting the MVC Invitational at the Burns Athletic Complex Saturday. The Vikings earned a 3-2 victory over No. 8 Cardinal Stritch University on day one. On Saturday the Vikings opened play with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-16 win over Lindenwood University-Belleville, then closed the event by dropping their match with No. 7 Warner University 25-16, 25-21, 25-23.


Against Lindenwood-Belleville, the Vikings controlled much of the first game. MVC jumped out to an early 4-1 lead over the Lynx, and eventually grew that lead to 10-4. After Lindenwood-Belleville pulled closer midway through the game, the Vikings were able to extend their lead to 17-7, then again to 21-10. Eventually the Vikings closed out the game, winning it 25-13.


MVC broke out to an early advantage in game two, leading by scores of 5-2 and 9-4. However, the Lynx came back, winning six-straight points, and put MVC down by one point at 10-9. The Vikings fought back to tie the score at 12-12, and eventually grabbed the lead for good in the game at 16-13. MVC was able to hold off any attempts at a comeback by Lindenwood-Belleville by making it a 20-15 score, before eventually winning game two 25-16.


The Vikings went for the sweep in game three, and kept a lead against the Lynx through most of the game. MVC led early by scores of 4-1 and then 7-4. The two teams traded points until MVC led 10-6, but the Vikings were able to add to their lead eventually putting Lindenwood-Belleville into a 13-8 deficit. The Vikings continued to increase their lead, eventually making it 18-12, and then holding a 22-15 lead late in the game. Eventually, the Vikings completed the sweep of the Lynx by taking game three 25-16.


Leading the way for MVC was Senior Outside Hitter Jake Pederson (San Jose, Calif.) who finished with 10 kills. Sophomore Libero Victor Magalhaes (Contagem, Brazil) had 10 digs, while Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) finished with 24 assists and six digs. As a team the Vikings had five aces and 17 total blocks.


In the final match of the Invitational the Vikings took on the Warner University Royals. In game one, the Royals led throughout much of the play jumping out to a 4-2 early lead. The Vikings closed to within 8-7, but Warner went on a 5-0 run that expanded its lead to 13-7. Warner wouldn’t let MVC build much of a comeback eventually leading by scores of 16-9 and 20-14, before holding off MVC to win game one 25-16.


Again in game two the Royals jumped out early against MVC to grab a 5-3 lead. Warner wasted little time in building on its advantage to lead 11-6, and then by an 18-11 score. The Vikings did try to fight their way back into the match, but eventually fell behind 2-0 after losing game two 25-21.


Game three started out again with Warner taking an early lead at 4-3. The Vikings worked their way back, and took a 6-4 lead, but the Royals fought back and grabbed an 10-8 advantage. Both teams played even through the middle portion of the game, eventually leading to a 14-14 score, but Warner won four of the next five points to go ahead 18-15. Eventually Warner built a 22-18 lead late in the game, and despite a late rally to extend the game, the Vikings eventually lost 25-23, and were swept.


Leading the way for MVC was Senior Middle Blocker Jake Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) who finished with seven kills and four blocks. Also with seven kills was Freshman Opposite Lucas Wurr (Curitiba, Brazil), while Freshman Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) added 12 digs. McCracken finished the match with 24 assists.


The Vikings move to 7-1 on the season.


The Vikings will next play at Hannibal-LaGrange University Tuesday at 7:00 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


Other matches from the MVC Invitational Saturday:

Grand View University defeated Lindenwood University-Belleville 25-19, 25-10, 25-12

Warner University defeated Cardinal Stritch University 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 20-25, 15-12

Grand View defeated Cardinal Stritch 25-12, 25-22, 25-17




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