Four Viking Men's Volleyball Players Earn All-Conference HonorsPosted March 29, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 29, 2014)- Five Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball student-athletes received 2014 NAIA South All-Conference honors for their play during the past season. The Vikings wrapped up their season Friday in the NAIA South Tournament, finishing with a program best 23-wins on the season.
Earning an individual award was Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) who was named the conference’s Libero of the Year. Hui finished the season No. 1 in the conference in total digs (325) and No. 2 in digs per game (3.1). He had a season-high 25 digs against Robert Morris College on Feb. 15.
Senior Middle Blocker Jacob Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) was the lone Viking named to the all-conference first team. Haar finished the season No. 1 in the conference in hitting percentage (.551), No. 3 in total kills (353), No. 4 in kills per game (3.64) and No. 5 in total blocks (101). His best game of the season came in the Feb. 15 matchup with Robert Morris College where Haar finished with 24 kills. Haar was a second-team all-conference selection in 2013.
Three Vikings were named to the all-conference second team, led by Hui at the Libero position. Joining Hui on the team were Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) and Junior Outside Hitter Zach Brown (Plainfield, Ill.) McCracken finished the 2014 season No. 1 in the conference in total assists (1016) and No. 6 in assists per game (9.68). His best game of the season came against Robert Morris College on Feb. 15 when he accounted for 64 assists. Brown ended the season with 201 total kills and 50 blocks. His best match of the season was Mar. 4 against Park University where he finished with 14 kills.
Also, five Vikings earned Academic All-Conference honors, which require student-athletes to have at least a 3.25 GPA. Those earning the academic awards include McCracken, Sophomore Libero Victor Magalhaes (Contagem, Brazil), Junior Opposite Chris MacFadyen (Aurora, Ill.), Senior Libero James O’Sullivan (St. Louis, Mo.), and Sophomore Outside Hitter Jacob Heskin (St. Charles, Mo.).
The Vikings finished the 2014 season with a 23-11 record, and a No. 9 ranking in the final regular season NAIA Men’s Volleyball Top 10 Poll.
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