MVC Men's Volleyball Splits Matches at Spartan Invitational

Posted February 28, 2014

The No. 9 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team traveled to St. Louis, Mo., to play in the Spartan Invitational at Missouri Baptist University. The Vikings began the Invitational losing a close match with No. 7 St. Ambrose University 3-2. In match two of the day the Vikings defeated Emmanuel College 3-1.

In the opening match against St. Ambrose, the Vikings got out to an early lead, taking the first two games. St. Ambrose came back to take games three and four, and in game five, the Vikings fell short, losing the final game by two points. The final scores came out 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 13-15 in favor of St. Ambrose.

Leading the way for MVC was Freshman Outside Hitter Tom Brandstetter (Muehldorf, Germany) who finished with 16 kills and three digs. Junior Outside Hitter Zach Brown (Plainfield, Ill.) had 11 kills, three blocks and two digs while Senior Middle Blocker Jacob Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) had 11 kills, three digs and two blocks. Junior Opposite Chris MacFayden (Aurora, Ill.) finished the match with 10 kills, and Junior Setter Joao Amaral (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) had 24 assists and eight digs. Also, Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) ended the match with 29 assists and seven digs.

In the second match of the evening the Vikings took the first game against Emmanuel took game two to tie the match. The Vikings were able to take games three and four to win the match 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 22-25.

Leading the way MVC was Haar who had 18 kills, four digs and four blocks. MacFayden finished with 12 kills, three digs and two blocks. Brown added 11 kills and two blocks in the match while Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) had 12 digs. McCracken finished the match with 48 assists, nine digs and three blocks.

The split of both matches moves MVC record to 13-8 on the season.

The Vikings will play two matches Saturday at the Spartan Invitationa.  MVC will play Cardinal Stritch University at 11 a.m., and Graceland University at 3 p.m.

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