MVC Men's Volleyball Sets Program Record with Win No. 22Posted March 22, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 22, 2014)- The No. 9 Missouri Valley College men’s volleyball team wrapped up its regular season Saturday playing two matches at the Lindenwood-Belleville Triangular. The Vikings posted a 3-0 win in their first match of the day against Robert Morris College, then knocked off Lindenwood-Belleville 3-1, giving the team 22 wins on the season, which is a new program record.
MVC dominated much of its first match against Robert Morris College, coming away with a 25-20, 25-13, 25-15 victory. The Vikings were led by Junior Middle Blocker Zach Bumstead (St. Peters, Mo.) who had eight kills on just nine attempts, which resulted in a season-high .889 hitting percentage. Senior Middle Blocker Jake Haar (La Mesa, Calif.) added nine kills and three blocks, while Junior Outside Hitter Zach Brown (Plainfield, Ill.) finished with nine kills, a .692 hitting percentage and two blocks. Junior Opposite Chris MacFadyen (Aurora, Ill.) had six kills and two blocks with Senior Outside Hitter Jake Pederson (San Jose, Calif.) adding five kills, three digs and one ace. Senior Setter Will McCracken (Goleta, Calif.) finished with 36 assists, four digs, three blocks and two kills. Meanwhile the trio of Sophomore Libero Victor Magalhaes (Contagem, Brazil), Junior Setter Joao Amaral (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) and Sophomore Libero Ding Hui (Zhejiang, China) added 25 digs. As a team, the Vikings finished with season-high .516 hitting percentage.
MVC pulled away from Lindenwood-Belleville in the second match of the Triangular, winning 22-15, 25-10, 19-25, 25-6. Leading the way for MVC was Brown who finished with 12 kills, seven digs, three blocks and one ace. Jake Heskin added nine kills, two digs and one block. MacFadyen had seven kills, five digs and four aces, while Steven Story added five kills. Amaral and McCracken combined for 35 assists while Magalhaes had 13 digs.
The wins move MVC to 22-10 on the season. The 22-wins sets a new program record for most in a single-season, topping the 21-win total accomplished the past two seasons.
The Vikings now enter postseason play, and will host the NAIA South Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Burns Athletic Complex. MVC will play Missouri Baptist University in the semifinals of the tournament Friday at 4:30 p.m.
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.