MVC Men's Volleyball Upsets Missouri Baptist in Conference TournamentPosted March 28, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 28, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College came back from a deep deficit to defeat No. 4 Missouri Baptist University in the NAIA South Conference Tournament at the Burns Athletic Complex Friday evening, coming away with an 11-25, 15-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-12 victory.
The match started with Missouri Baptist taking early control of the proceedings. The Spartans were able to take care of MVC in the first game, building up an early 10-4 advantage over MVC. Missouri Baptist maintained an advantage over the Vikings, eventually leading by double-digits for the first time in the game at 16-6. From there the Spartans cruised to a 25-11 win in game one, and lead the match 1-0.
Game two was a similar story, but MVC did play close with Missouri Baptist in the early stages of the game. The Vikings pulled to within an 8-6 score when MacFadyen finished with a kill, but Missouri Baptist rattled off four straight points to pull ahead 12-6. The Vikings moved to within a 14-9 score midway through the game after a Senior Middle Blocker Jacob Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) kill, but Missouri Baptist finished the game off by winning 11 of the final 17 points and won the game 25-15 to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Vikings.
The Vikings started game three even with Missouri Baptist, but the Spartans were able to hold onto a slim lead at 7-5. MVC responded with its best run of play to that point, winning four of the next five points and taking a 9-8 lead after a kill by Freshman Opposite Lucas Wurr (Curitiba, Brazil). Missouri Baptist responded with a run of its own, taking seven of the following nine points and pulling ahead 15-11. Missouri Baptist eventually took a 17-12 lead in the match, before MVC put together a rally. The Vikings won five-straight points with Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) handling the serve to tie the match at 17-17. From there the two teams played even, with neither able to build up a lead. The Vikings were able to grab a 24-23 lead after a Spartan service error, and MVC got back into the match after Missouri Baptist committed an attack error allowing MVC to win the game 25-23 and make it a 2-1 match.
MVC started out with an early lead in game four, holding an early 5-2 lead when Haar finished another kill. Despite Missouri Baptist tying the game at 7-7, the Viking did not fall into a deficit through any part of the game. MVC was able to hold slim leads of no more than two points, but were able to move ahead late in the match at 23-21 after a Missouri Baptist service error. MVC was one point away from extending the match at 24-23, but Missouri Baptist tied things up at 24-24. However the Vikings won the game thanks to a kill back-to-back Haar kills, and the Vikings forced a final game with a 26-24 win.
The Vikings continued their strong play early in the final game, jumping out to an early 6-1 lead over the Spartans when Haar finished off another kill, with an assist by McCracken. Missouri Baptist fought back from that point, winning six of the next eight points to pull to within 8-7 midway through the game. The Vikings responded and won the next two points, moving ahead 10-7 on a Missouri Baptist error. Again the Spartans climbed back, winning three of the next four points to get back to within one point at 11-10, but MVC was too strong in the end. The Vikings quickly moved out to a 14-10 lead, and finished off the Spartans with a 15-12 win in game three, completing the comeback for a 3-2 win.
Leading the way for MVC was Haar who had 24 kills and a .541 hitting percentage. Zach Brown finished with 13 kills while Junior Opposite Chris MacFadyen (Aurora, Ill.) had 10 kills. McCracken ended the match with a double-double of 50 assists and 14 digs while Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) added 14 digs for MVC.
The win moves MVC to 23-10 on the season while Missouri Baptist falls to 21-7. The win also puts MVC in the NAIA South Conference Tournament Championship Match. The Vikings will be playing for the program’s first trip to the National tournament since 2006.
The NAIA South Conference Tournament Championship Match will be play Saturday at 12 p.m., at the Burns Athletic Complex. The Vikings will play No. 3 Park University.
Other matches from Friday:
Hannibal-LaGrange University defeated Lindenwood University-Belleville (Opening Round)
25-9, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21
Park University defeated Hannibal-LaGrange University (Semifinal #2)
25-22, 25-9, 25-13
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.