Two Vikings Selected to All-Region Team

Posted December 2, 2016

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Marshall, Mo. (December 2, 2016)- Two members of the Missouri Valley College women’s volleyball team program received recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association today, as Senior Setter Maja Krstonosic (Kikinda, Serbia) and Junior Outside Hitter Dakota Santore (Plainfield, Ill.) were both selected to the 2016 NAIA Midwest All-Region Team.


Krstonosic becomes the program’s first-ever selection to the all-region first team, and earned the honor after setting the program’s record for most assists in a single-season, with 1319.  During the regular season, Krstonosic 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 was placed on the region’s honorable mention team, and 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.


This is the fourth-straight year the Viking women’s volleyball program has placed at least one student-athlete on the all-region team.  Krstonosic and Santore join Tarrah Sweet (2013), Rebecca Jones (2014) and Senior Samantha Voils (Nokomis, Ill.) (2015).  Also, both Krostonisic and Santore were first team all-conference selections in the Heart this season.


“This is a great accomplishment for Maja and Dakota,” said Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Brett Holt.  “Both ladies played a huge part in what was one of the most successful seasons in program history.  They are both very deserving of this honor, and I am extremely proud of the both of them.”


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. 




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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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