MVC Men's Volleyball Hosts Park University Tuesday

Posted March 4, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230, pulverentia@moval.edu

 

MVC MEN’S VOLLEYBALL HOSTS PARK UNIVERSITY TUESDAY

 

Marshall, Mo. (March 1, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team hosted No. 3 Park University Tuesday evening at the Burns Athletic Complex in a NAIA South matchup. Park defeated the Vikings 25-19, 25-23, 25-21.

 

In the opening game of the match, both teams traded points to start things off. Park eventually built a small 5-3 advantage over the Vikings and slowly built on its lead at 10-6. The Vikings tried to build a rally in the middle portion of the game, but Park still increased its lead to 15-10, and held off the Vikings to lead late in the match 20-14. Eventually the Pirates finished off the game, winning it by a 25-19 score.

 

Game two started much better for the Vikings, as they quickly jumped out to their largest lead of the match at 5-1. Park responded, however, and won seven of the next ten points to tie the game at 8-8. The Pirates continued their hot streak, pulling ahead of MVC to lead 15-12 midway through the game, and eventually led by a 20-16 score. The Vikings were able to rally late in the game, scoring five straight points, but fell to the Pirates by a 25-23 score, putting Park ahead 2-0 in games.

 

The Vikings found themselves in an early hole to start game three, trailing by a 5-1 score. Things did not get better from there, as Park grew its lead to 10-3 then stretched it again to 15-7. The Vikings trailed by a 20-12 score late in the match, but fought back by winning nine of the next 13 points to pull back to a 24-21 deficit, but Park held on to win 25-21 and take the match 3-0.

 

Leading the way for MVC was Junior Outside Hitter Zach Brown (Plainfield, Ill.) who finished with 14 kills, five digs and two blocks. Freshman Opposite Lucas Wurr (Curitiba, Brazil) and Senior Middle Blocker Jake Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) finished with 12 kills combined and Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) had eight digs. Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) finished with 28 assists, seven digs and two blocks.

 

The loss drops MVC to 15-9 overall and 2-4 in the NAIA South. Park improves to 17-2 on the season and 6-0 in the NAIA South.

 

Next up for the men’s volleyball team is trip to Davenport, Iowa for the St. Ambrose Tournament. MVC will open play at the tournament playing Culver-Stockton College and Emmanuel College Friday, followed up with matches against Graceland University and No. 1 Concordia-Irvine University Saturday.

 

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 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.



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