MVC Men's Volleyball Defeats Culver-Stockton on Senior NightPosted March 20, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 20, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley Vikings men’s volleyball team hosted Culver-Stockton College on Senior Night at the Burns Athletic Complex Thursday evening. The Vikings dominated much of the match and came away with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-20 victory. Four Vikings played their final matches at MVC: Senior Middle Blocker Jacob Haar (La Mesa, Calif.), Senior Outside Hitter Jacob Pederson (San Jose, Calif.), Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) and Senior Defensive Specialist James O’Sullivan (St. Louis, Mo.).
Game one started out even between the two teams, as they were tied early on at 3-3. MVC steadily grew its lead, eventually building up a 12-5 advantage over the Wildcats. The Vikings maintained an advantage over Culver-Stockton, leading by a 16-9 score, and stretching the lead to 20-10 late in the game. Both teams traded points from there, but MVC came away with a 25-14 win in game one.
The Vikings started game two much stronger, building up a 4-1 lead to start things off. MVC won seven of the next ten points, to grow its lead to 11-4 over the Wildcats. The Vikings continued their dominant play, winning seven of the next eight points to pull ahead 18-5, and eventually lead by a 20-9 score. MVC finished off the game with a comfortable 25-10 score to go up 2-0 in games.
Culver-Stockton played much better to start game three, building up a 4-2 lead to start things off. The Wildcats were able to maintain a 9-6 advantage over the Vikings, but MVC followed that up with a run to grab control of the match. The Vikings won the next eight points, and moved ahead of Culver-Stockton at 14-9. MVC then extended its lead to 20-14 before eventually finishing the sweep with a 25-20 win in game three.
Leading MVC in the win was Haar who finished with 10 kills, a .667 hitting percentage and seven blocks. Junior Opposite Chris MacFadyen (Aurora, Ill.) had seven kills, a .538 hitting percentage and four blocks. Pederson added eight kills and seven digs, while Junior Outside Hitter Zach Brown (Plainfield, Ill.) had nine kills. Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) finished with eight digs and McCracken had 34 assists for MVC.
MVC improves to 20-10 on the season, the third-straight season of at least 20-wins for the program under Head Coach Brett Holt. Culver-Stockton falls to 4-23 on the year.
The Vikings will wrap up the regular season Saturday playing the Lindenwood-Belleville Triangular. MVC will play Robert Morris College at 3 p.m., and Lindenwood-Belleville at 5 p.m. Saturday.
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