MVC Men's Volleyball Sweeps Hannibal-LaGrange

Posted March 18, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (March 18, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley Vikings men’s volleyball team returned home first its first match at the Burns Athletic Complex in two weeks hosting Hannibal-LaGrange University. The Vikings dominated much of the match and swept HLGU 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 Tuesday.

 

To begin the match MVC got out to an early 9-4 lead over HLGU. The Vikings maintained their advantage over HLGU, eventually widening the gap to 14-8. The Trojans responded by winning seven of the next eleven points and close the gap to 18-15. However, the Vikings held off the Trojan threat and went on to take game one by a 25-20 score.

 

Game two started with MVC getting out to an early 6-2 lead over the Trojans and never looked back from there. Midway through the game the Vikings were able to increase their lead to 13-7, and then extended their lead to 18-11 late in the game. MVC eventually went on to pull away and win the game 25-15 to go up 2-0.

 

In game three, once again, the Vikings jumped out to an early lead at 4-1. MVC went on to score six of the next nine points to increase its lead 10-4. HLGU came rushing back after scoring five straight points to close the Viking lead to 10-9, but the Vikings maintained their composure as they widened the gap back open by going up 17-13. MVC then went on to finish the three game sweep over the Trojans with a 25-19 win to close out the match.

 

Leading the way for the Vikings was Junior Outside Hitter Zach Brown (Plainfield, Ill.) with 12 kills and 5 blocks. Also, Senior Middle Blocker Jacob Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) had 7 kills and 2 digs while Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Hangzhou, Zhejiang China) had 15 digs. Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) found himself on the score sheet with 19 assists.

 

MVC improves 19-10 overall and 3-4 in the NAIA South. Hannibal-LaGrange falls to 6-18 overall and 0-4 in the NAIA South.

 

The Vikings will play one more home match in the regular season, hosting Culver-Stockton College Thursday at 7 p.m., for Senior Night.

 

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.



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