MVC Men's Volleyball Defeated Tuesday by Missouri BaptistPosted February 18, 2014
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MVC MEN’S VOLLEYBALL DEFEATED TUESDAY BY MISSOURI BAPTIST
Marshall, Mo. (February 18, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team hosted No. 4 Missouri Baptist University in a top 10 match-up at the Burns Athletic Complex. MVC fell to the Spartans 25-21, 25-21, 25-18.
In game one of the match Tuesday evening, the Vikings jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over MBU. The lead was short lived, as the Spartans came back to tie the game up at 5-5. The two teams traded points through the early stages of the game, eventually leading to a 10-10 score, and then again at 15-15 midway through game one. Missouri Baptist eventually broke through and grabbed a lead late in the game at 20-17, and held off a Viking comeback attempt to take game one by a 25-21 score.
Already up 1-0 in games, the Spartans took control of game two after the restart, getting out to a 4-2 lead. MVC was able to mount an early comeback, scoring four of the next six points, and overtake MBU by an 8-6 score. Missouri Baptist followed up the Viking run with one of its own, winning five of the next six points and taking an 11-9 advantage in the game. Missouri Baptist was able to grow its lead midway through the game at 17-13, and maintained the advantage with a 20-16 lead. Eventually, the Spartans were able to take game two by a 25-21 score, and lead the match 2-0.
Game three started even as Missouri Valley and Missouri Baptist were tied at 3-3, before Missouri Baptist started to pull away from the Vikings. The Spartans jumped out to a 9-6 lead, then built on its advantage to lead 14-10. MBU was able to win five of the next six points, and put MVC into a 19-11 hole in the game. The Vikings tried to mount a late comeback, getting to within 22-16, but Missouri Baptist held off the Vikings in the end, taking the game 25-18 and sweeping the match 3-0.
Leading the way for MVC was Senior Middle Blocker Jacob Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) who finished with 10 kills and five assists. Also, Sophomore Outside Hitter Stan Bosovik (Ozark, Mo.) added nine kills and one black while Junior Outside Hitter Zach Brown (Plainfield, Ill.) finished with eight kills and three blocks. Junior Setter Joao Amaral (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) added 10 assists and five digs and Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) finished with seven digs. Also, Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) had 19 assists, three kills, three digs and one block.
With the loss Missouri Valley falls to 13-6 overall and 2-2 in the NAIA South. Missouri Baptist improves to 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in the NAIA South.
The Vikings will travel to play the Spartans in their next match. Missouri Baptist will host MVC on Tuesday Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Louis, Mo.
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.