Viking Men's Volleyball Falls to Warner at National Invitational

Posted April 21, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 21, 2017)- The No. 8 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team continued pool play of the 2017 NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Friday morning in St. Louis, Mo. The Vikings played No. 4 Warner (Fla.) University, and fell by scores of 16-25, 19-25, 18-25.

Game one started with the Royals taking an early lead, winning three-straight points. Missouri Valley shortened the deficit to 5-3, adding points to their score all from Warner errors. The Royals built on their lead, winning four-straight points. The Vikings responded taking the next two points, helped by a Royal error and a kill by Outside Hitter Luis Garate (Guatire, Venezuela). The next four points of the game were split between both teams. Sophomore Outside Hitter Ivailo Enev (Sofia, Bulgaria) later added a point to the Vikings score with a kill, but MVC trailed 12-9. However, Warner later enlarged their lead to 16-10. Missouri Valley took two out of the next three points of the game. The Royals responded winning two-straight points, holding a 19-12 lead. The Vikings shortened the deficit with two-straight points, coming from a service ace by Outside Hitter Devin Walker (Joplin, Mo.) and a block by Middle Blocker Jose Martins Arcuri (Sao Lourenco, Brazil). The Royals followed with four-straight points, to maintain a 23-14 lead. Missouri Valley won two points from a kill by Martins and a Royal error, but Warner took game one, 25-16.

Both teams traded points in the beginning of game two, as they were tied at 4-4. However, Warner won three-straight points to take the lead. Missouri Valley came back taking the next two points, helped by a kill from Enev and a Warner error. The Royals responded winning three-straight points, to hold a 10-6 lead. Senior Outside Hitter Casey Wood (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), with a kill, won a point for the Vikings. Warner took the next point and a kill from Enev made the score 11-8. Both teams were trading points over the next stage of the game, but Warner maintained a 16-10 lead. A kill by Junior Setter Andrea Maggio (Vasto, Italy) shortened the Viking deficit. The Royals took the next two points of the game. A service ace by Garate and a Warner error added two points to the Viking score, but the Royals held an 18-13 advantage. Later in the game the Royals took three-straight points, to enlarge their lead to 23-16. Missouri Valley could just add three more points to their score, as Warner took game two, 25-19, going up 2-0 in games.

Warner took the first point of game three. A kill by Wood and a service ace by Enev later gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead. However, the Royals won two-straight points. A kill by Martins tied the game at 3-3. Warner took the lead winning the next two points. A kill by Wood added a point to the Viking score, but Warner enlarged their 7-4 lead winning two-straight points. Wood responded again with a kill and later in the game the Vikings shortened the deficit to 9-8 with two-straight points, coming from a service ace by Maggio and a Royal error. However, Warner maintained their lead winning the next two points of the game. Later, the Royals enlarged their lead to 14-10. A kill by Martins added a point to the Viking. Warner took four-straight points. A kill by Enev and errors from the Royals added points to the Viking score. However, Warner maintained a 23-15 lead. Missouri Valley tried to sustain a comeback winning three points coming from a kill by Walker, a kill by Wood and a Royal error, but Warner went on to win the game, 25-18, and the match, 3-0.

Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Wood, who finished with six kills. Enev added five kills and three digs. Maggio had 12 assists and one kill. The Vikings finished with 20 digs as a team.

Missouri Valley closes its season with a 18-14 overall, while Warner pushes to 23-5.

Missouri Valley finished its regular season with a 17-13 overall record. The Vikings made their first appearance at the NAIA National Invitational, and the first National tournament appearance since qualifying for the MAMVIC National Tournament in 2006.

 

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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