Viking Volleybal Falls in Three Games at Peru State

Posted October 25, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (October 25, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College women’s volleyball traveled to Peru, Neb., for a Heart of America Athletic Conference match with Peru State (Neb.) College.  The Vikings fell in three games to the Bobcats, 19-25, 26-28, 20-25.


Game one opened with both teams playing even through a 6-6 score.  Junior Outside Hitter Dakota Santore (Plainfield, Ill.) followed with a kill and ace to put the Vikings in front 8-6.  A kill from Junior Middle Blocker Emily Dodge (Rolla, Mo.) opened a 10-7 lead, while kills from Sophomore Middle Blocker Hailey Criswell (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Santore allowed MVC to hold a 14-11 advantage.  Peru State followed by taking seven of the next nine points to move in front, 18-16.  Kills from Senior Outside Hitter Samantha Voils (Nokomis, Ill.) and Santore tied the game at 19-19.  However, the Bobcats won the final six points to take game one, 25-19.


Missouri Valley grabbed an early lead in game two, as two kills from Dodge and additional kills from Criswell and Santore led to 5-3 advantage.  Peru State responded with five of the next six points to open an 8-6 lead.  The Bobcats maintained a lead, sitting in front 14-11.  The Vikings were unable to get the deficit any closer than two points, trailing by a 22-19 score late.  Kills from Sophomore Outside Hitter Julia Krebs (Clever, Mo.), Criswell and Senior Setter Maja Krstonosic (Kikinda, Serbia) tied the score at 23-23.  The two teams alternated points, but a kill from Junior Outside Hitter Lauren Eldridge (Gladstone, Mo.) gave MVC game-point at 25-24.  However, The Vikings were unable to close out the game, and Peru State won four of the final six points to take the game, 28-26.


The two teams started game three by trading points until a 7-7 score.  Missouri Valley benefited from three-straight PSC errors to open an 11-8 lead.  A kill by Eldridge made the score 12-8.  Krstonosic added an ace to push the Viking lead to 14-11.  Peru State followed with three-straight points, and eventually claimed a 17-16 lead.  The Bobcats won the next five points to hold a 22-16 advantage.  Missouri Valley got back to a 23-20 deficit after back-to-back kills from Krebs and Eldridge.  However, Peru State finished out the game with a 25-20 score, and defeating the Vikings in three games.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Criswell who finished with 12 kills, no errors, and a .571 hitting percentage.  Dodge added a season-high 10 kills.  Krstonosic finished the match with 36 assists and two kills, while Sophomore Defensive Specialist Celina Tardin (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) had 13 digs.  The Vikings finished with five total blocks and four service aces as a team.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 27-8 overall and 8-4 in the Heart.  Peru State improves to 31-8 overall and 9-3 in conference play.


Up next the Vikings close out their regular season with a road conference match at Baker (Kan.) University, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.





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