Viking Men's Volleyball Falls to Grand View in Heart Championship Match

Posted April 8, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 8, 2017)- The No. 8 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team met No. 1 Grand View (Iowa) University in the championship match of the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday afternoon.  The Viking jumped out early, taking the first game, but GVU followed by taking the next three to top Missouri Valley by scores of 25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 22-25.

 

Missouri Valley had its best game hitting in game one, finishing with a .467 percentage.  Leading the way for the team was Senior Outside Hitter Casey Wood (Hermosa Beach, Calif.).  The first team all-conference selection finished with 16 kills and nine digs.  Sophomore Outside Hitter Ivailo Enev (Sofia, Bulgaria) added 11 kills and five digs, while second team all-conference selection Senior Middle Blocker Jose Martins Arcuri (Sao Lourenco, Brazil) had seven kills and a .417 hitting percentage.  Junior Setter Andrea Maggio (Vasto, Italy), a second team all-conference selection) led the team with 43 assists, and added four kills and five digs.  As a team, the Viking finished with a .237 hitting percentage and had five total blocks.

 

The loss drops the team to 17-12 overall, while Grand View improves to 22-3.

 

Missouri Valley will now wait on a possible at-large berth into the 2017 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational.  The National eight-team field will be announced Sunday at 5 p.m., by the NAIA.  The tournament takes place April 19-22, hosted by Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Mo.

 

 

 

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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