Viking Women's Volleyball Falls to Grand View in Heart Semifinals

Posted November 9, 2016


Marshall, Mo. (November 9, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College women’s volleyball team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday evening for a Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament semifinal match with No. 9 Grand View (Iowa) University.  The Vikings fell in three games, 19-25, 23-25, 17-25.


Missouri Valley jumped out on Grand View early in game one, taking five of the first six points.  Junior Outside Hitter Dakota Santore (Plainfield, Ill.) had two kills, Senior Setter Maja Krstonosic (Kikinda, Serbia) had one kill and Senior Middle Blocker Hanna Glastetter (Washington, Mo.) had one kill during the stretch.  Grand View answered back, taking six of the next seven points to move in front 7-6.  Grand View extended its lead to 10-7, but a kill from Glastetter got MVC to a 10-8 deficit.  That’s as close as the Vikings would be throughout the rest of the game.  Grand View held a 15-10 lead midway through, but a kill from Santore allowed Missouri Valley back to a 16-13 score.  Later in the game, back-to-back kills from Junior Middle Blocker Emily Dodge (Rolla, Mo.) and Senior Outside Hitter Samantha Voils (Nokomis, Ill.) made the score 20-16 in favor of GVU.  Grand View finished out the game from there, defeating Missouri Valley, 25-19.


The second game featured Grand View taking an early 3-0 lead, but Missouri Valley came back by winning five of the next six points to move in front, 5-4.  Krstonosic had a kill and an ace during the stretch.  After a Dodge kill put MVC up 7-6, Grand View responded with six-straight points to hold a 12-7 advantage.  Missouri Valley chipped away at the deficit, and got to within a 16-15 score after a Santore kill and GVU error.  Grand View led late in the game, 22-18, but Missouri Valley rallied.  Three-straight errors helped the Vikings back to a 22-21 deficit, then a kill from Krstonoisc and another error tied the score at 23-23.  Grand View finished out the game with final two points to stop the MVC rally, and take the game from Missouri Valley, 25-23.


Missouri Valley took an early lead in game two, getting kills from Sophomore Middle Blocker Hailey Criswell (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Santore to lead 4-3.  Grand View then rattled off nine-straight points to open up a 12-4 advantage.  Missouri Valley tried to mount a comeback, taking six of the next seven points.  Three kills from Dodge, and another kill from Santore, got MVC back to a 13-10 deficit.  However, Grand View gradually added to its lead throughout the rest of the game, and finished off Missouri Valley by taking the third, 25-17, and sweeping the match.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Santore who finished with 10 kills.  Santore finished with at least 10 kills in 33 matches this season.  Dodge finished with nine kills.  Krstonosic led the team with 26 assists and added three kills and nine digs.  She finished with at least 20 assists in 35 matches.  Freshman Defensive Specialist Celina Tardin (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) led the team with 12 digs, while Junior Defensive Specialist Madison Sherman (Springfield, Ill.) finished with 11 digs.  As a team, the Vikings had two service aces and three blocks.


The loss finishes the Viking season with a record of 29-9.  The 29 wins is the most under Head Coach Brett Holt.  Grand View improves to 28-6. 




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