Viking Men's Volleyball Upsets Ottawa at National Invitational

Posted April 19, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 19, 2017)- The No. 8 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team played in the opening round of the 2017 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis Mo.  The Vikings played No. 5 Ottawa (Kan.) University, and earned a 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23 upset victory.


Ottawa took early control in game one, building up a 9-5 lead.  Missouri Valley chipped away at the deficit over the next stretch of play, getting two kills from Sophomore Outside Hitter Luis Garate (Guatire, Venezuela) and another kill from Sophomore Outside Hitter Ivailo Enev (Sofia, Bulgaria) to cut the Ottawa lead to 14-13.  The Braves continued to hold a lead through much of the game, and Missouri Valley trailed by a 22-19 score late.  However, the Vikings won three-straight points, thanks to a pair of OU errors and a Garate ace to tie the game at 22-22.  The two teams traded the next two points, but an ace from Senior Middle Blocker Jose Martins Arcuri (Sao Lourenco, Brazil) gave MVC the lead at 24-23.  Enev followed with a kill and Missouri Valley took the first game, 25-23.


Missouri Valley claimed an early lead in game two, as an Enev kill was followed by three-straight Brave errors to put MVC up 4-0.  Senior Middle Blocker Mohamed Diyani (El Jadida, Morocco) combined for two blocks during the early stretch.  Ottawa came back to tie the game at 4-4, but a Senior Outside Hitter Casey Wood (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) kill gave MVC a 5-4 lead.  The Braves came back and won three-straight points to hold a 7-5 advantage, then extended their lead to 13-7.  Missouri Valley tried to work its way back into the game, and won three-straight points, which included an Enev ace, to tie the score at 16-16.  However, Missouri Valley was unable to claim a lead late in the game.  Back-to-back kills from Diyani and Wood, along with an OU error, tied the game at 23-23, but Ottawa won the final two points to take the game, 25-23, and tie the match at 1-1 in games.


Game three featured the two teams playing even through an 8-8 score.  Enev added a kill and then teamed up with Diyani on a block to put MVC in front, 10-8.  The Braves bounced back and eventually claimed a 13-12 advantage.  Missouri Valley reclaimed the lead at 15-14 on a Wood kill, but Ottawa won three of the next four of the next five points to open an 18-16 lead.  The Vikings tied the game at 20-20 on a Wood kill, but Ottawa still held a late lead at 22-21.  The Vikings finished the game on a run, taking four of the final five points.  Martins, Wood, Garate and Enev all had kills in the stretch to give MVC a 25-23 win in game three, and allow the Vikings to win the match in game four.


Missouri Valley built up an early lead in game four, as kills from Wood and Diyani, along with an ace from Enev opened a 5-1 advantage.  A kill from Junior Setter Andrea Maggio (Vasto, Italy) put MVC in front 8-5, but Ottawa began to chip away at the MVC lead.  The Braves worked back to tie the game at 12-12, then claimed a 13-12 advantage.  Missouri Valley withstood the Ottawa run, and a block from Martins and Maggio put the Vikings in front 15-14.  The Vikings maintained their lead after an Enev kill made the score 18-17.  Another block from Wood and Diyani, along with a Wood kill put MVC in front 20-17 late in the game.  Maggio and Diyani combined on a block to give Missouri Valley a 21-17 lead.  Missouri Valley eventually led by a 24-21 score, but back-to-back errors cut the lead down to just one point.  On the third match point, Missouri Valley finally ended the game, thanks to a kill from Martins, giving MVC a 25-23 win and the match at 3-1.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Wood, who finished with 16 kills and six digs.  Enev added 11 kills, while Diyani had eight kills and a .467 hitting percentage.  Maggio led the team with 44 assists, and added nine digs.  Freshman Defensive Specialist Skyler Capplonch had 18 digs.  As a team, the Vikings had 17 total blocks and five service aces.


The win pushes the team to 18-12 overall, while Ottawa ends its season at 25-7.


The win puts Missouri Valley into pool play at the National Invitational.  The Vikings will play No. 2 Missouri Baptist University Thursday at 10 a.m., and will play No. 4 Warner (Fla.) University in pool play.  The Vikings are 0-2 against Missouri Baptist, losing both matches in three games.  Missouri Valley is 0-1 against Warner, having lost in four games.





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