Viking Women's Volleyball Sweeps Peru State in Heart Tournament

Posted November 5, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 5, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College women’s volleyball team traveled to Peru, Neb., Saturday evening for a quarterfinal round match in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament with Peru State (Neb.) College.  The Vikings avenged a loss to the Bobcats just under two weeks ago, by taking the match in three games, 26-24, 28-26, 25-19.


Missouri Valley fell into an early deficit to start game one, as the Bobcats held a 5-1 lead.  The Vikings answered back, taking six of the next eight points, getting a pair of kills from Junior Middle Blocker Emily Dodge (Rolla, Mo.) to tie the score at 7-7.  Missouri Valley eventually claimed a lead at 10-8, thanks to a pair of PSC errors and a kill from Sophomore Middle Blocker Hailey Criswell (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).  The Vikings maintained their lead, and kills from Senior Outside Hitter Samantha Voils (Nokomis, Ill.) and Criswell, along with an ace from Junior Defensive Specialist Madison Sherman (Springfield, Mo.) gave MVC a 14-11 advantage.  Peru State eventually tied the score at 16-16, but two kills from Senior Middle Blocker Hanna Glastetter (Washington, Mo.) and an ace from Junior Outside Hitter Dakota Santore (Plainfield, Ill.) put MVC in front, 19-16.  The Bobcats worked back into the game, and tied the score at 22-22.  Kills by Voils and Santore got Missouri Valley at game-point, 24-22.  Peru State tied the score at 24-24, but a Bobcat error and Santore kill finished out the game in favor of the Vikings 26-24.


Game two featured Missouri Valley getting out to an early start, helped by four PSC errors.  Kills by Dodge and Voils opened up a 6-2 lead for MVC.  Peru State got back to within a 9-8 deficit, but Missouri Valley responded with a run.  The Vikings got kills from Glastetter, Dodge and Santore, along with a block from Dodge and Glastetter, to open a 14-9 advantage.  Missouri Valley maintained at least a two-point lead in the game, with Peru State getting to within a 19-17 score, late.  Kills from Santore, Voils and Dodge, along with an ace from Santore, got Missouri Valley to a 24-18 lead.  However, Peru State followed with a run, aided by four-straight MVC errors.  The Bobcats had game-point at 25-24, but Dodge finished off a kill, followed by a kill from Voils, to put MVC at game-point, 26-25.  The Vikings eventually finished things out with back-to-back kills from Criswell and Voils to take game two, 28-27.


Going for the sweep in game three, Missouri Valley took a 6-1 lead, off two kills from Criswell, one kill each from Voils and Santore and an ace from Sophomore Setter Kate Ward (Lee’s Summit, Mo.).  The lead stretched out to 11-5 after another Santore kill, and stood at 14-7 midway through the game.  Peru State won five-straight points, trimming the MVC lead to 14-12, but MVC won three of the next four points, getting an ace and a kill from Santore, to hold a 17-13 advantage.  Peru State got back to a 17-15 deficit, but the Vikings cruised from there.  Missouri Valley finished out the game with a 25-19 win, taking the match in three games.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Santore, who finished with 12 kills, eight digs and three aces.  Dodge and Voils each had 10 kills, while Criswell added nine kills.  Senior Setter Maja Krostosic (Kikinda, Serbia) led the team with 38 assists, and added seven digs.  Sophomore Defensive Specialist Celina Tardin (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) had 24 digs, while Ward added 10 digs.  Missouri Valley finished with seven total blocks and six service aces in the match.


The win puts Missouri Valley at 29-8 on the season, and drops Peru State to 32-9.  Missouri Valley lost to Peru State in a three-game match back on Oct. 25.  This was the first conference postseason tournament win under Head Coach Brett Holt.


Up next for the Vikings is a semifinal round match in the Heart Postseason Tournament, on the road at No. 9 Grand View (Iowa) University, Wednesday at 7 p.m.  Missouri Valley lost to Grand View at home in three games, back on Oct. 4. 




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 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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