Five Vikings Named to Volleyball All-Conference Team

Posted November 15, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (November 15, 2016)- The Missouri Valley College women’s volleyball team just wrapped up one its best seasons in program history, and was rewarded with five players mentioned in the 2016 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference Team.  Two Vikings were named to the all-conference first team and Freshman Libero Celina Tardin (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) earned the conference’s Freshman of the Year Award.

 

Earning first team all-conference honors were Senior Setter Maja Krstonosic (Kikinda, Serbia) and Junior Outside Hitter Dakota Santore (Plainfield, Ill.).  Krstonosic set a program record for most assists in a single-season, with 1319.  She led the conference, and was No. 11 in the NAIA, in total assists and was second in the Heart in assists per set (10.7).  Her highest single-match assist total was 57 in a contest with Morningside (Iowa) College on Oct. 8.  Krstonosic also ranked eighth in the conference in total service aces (39).  Santore finished the season ranked second in the conference, and seventh in the NAIA, in total kills (525) and second in the Heart in kills per game (4.2).  She also finished second in the conference in total aces (55) and aces per game (.4).  Santore recorded a season-high 25 kills in a match with Park (Mo.) University on Aug. 27, and led the conference with the highest single-match total of aces, with eight against MacMurray (Ill.) College on Sept. 2.

 

Tardin and Senior Outside Hitter Samantha Voils (Nokomis, Ill.) were chosen to the all-conference second team.  Tardin also earned the Freshman of the Year honor after leading the team, and placing seventh in the Heart in total digs (536) and digs per game (4.5).  She is also the first individual conference award winner during Head Coach Brett Holt’s tenure.  Voils picked up her second all-conference honor, adding to her first team selection in 2015.  This season, Voils finished tenth in the Heart, with a hitting percentage of .232.  She also placed No. 17 in the conference in total kills (289).  Voils finished with a season-high 18 kills in the match with Park on Aug. 27.

 

Sophomore Middle Blocker Hailey Criswell (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) completed the Viking all-conference selections.  She was recognized on the honorable mention list for the second-straight season.  Criswell finished the season third on the team in total kills (238), kills per game (2.1) and total points (281.5).  She also finished with a hitting percentage of .341, which ranked fifth in the Heart, and led the team with 73 total blocks.

 

The Viking finished the season with a 29-9 record and a 9-4 mark in Heart matches.  Both records are season-bests during Holt’s tenure.  The team also advanced to the Heart Postseason Tournament semifinals. 

 

 

 

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 www.moval.edu.

 



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