Viking Women's Volleyball Wins Two Matches at Invitational Friday

Posted August 29, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (August 29, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College women’s volleyball team opened its 2014 season Friday evening hosting the Viking Invitational at the Burns Athletic Complex.  The Vikings won their first match at the event over York (Neb.) College and…


In its first match of the Invitational MVC had to climb out of an early deficit, as York built up a quick 4-0 lead and eventually led by an 8-3 score.  The Vikings began to chip away at the York lead and climb back to tie the first game at 11-11.  York responded by winning five of the next seven points to moved ahead 16-13, but the Vikings got back into a tie game at 18-18 after a block by Senior Outside Hitter Rebecca Jones (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Senior Middle Blocker Taylor Trotter (Bartonville, Ill.).  The Vikings took their first lead on the next serve as Junior Defensive Specialist Lindsay Hathcoat (Benton, Ill.) recorded an ace to make it a 19-18 Viking advantage.  York briefly tied the game at 19-19, but MVC won six of the final nine points to take the game 25-22.


York once again got out to an early lead in game two, holding on to a 5-3 lead and eventually expanding the advantage to 13-9.  The Vikings then went on a run of their own, winning seven of the next nine points to move ahead 16-14 midway through the game helped by two service errors from Hathcoat.  York tied the game at 16-16 and later at 18-18, but MVC pulled away late.  Senior Outside Hitter Kaitlyn Kell (Raymondville, Mo.) finished with three kills in the last four points to help MVC to a 25-21 win in game two.


The Vikings went for a sweep in game three, and looked to have control of the match after taking a 4-0 lead over York thanks to two Senior Right Side Aline Rosario (Ipatinga, Brazil) kills.  York battled back and won eight of the next ten points to move ahead 8-6, but MVC narrowed the York lead to just 12-11 midway through the game.  From there, York took control going on an 8-2 run that opened up its lead to 20-14.  MVC then put together a run of its own, winning six of the next seven points to get back to within a 21-19 deficit, but York finished off the game with a 25-20 win to force a game four.


Game four began with the Vikings grabbing early control by winning the first six points and nine of the first ten points to lead by a 9-1 score.  MVC led by no fewer than seven points the rest of the game and cruised to a 25-12 win that finished off the match 3-1 in favor of the Vikings.


Leading the way for MVC was Rosario who finished with 19 kills and a .484 hitting percentage to go along with three block and two assists.  Jones finished with nine kills while Trotter added six kills and a .357 hitting percentage.  Junior Setter Carrie Latimore (Florissant, Mo.) added 32 assists and Senior Libero Jessica Hobbs (Wamego, Kan.) finished with 23 digs for MVC.


The Vikings played Sterling (Kan.) College in game two of the Invitational in what was a closely contested match.  Sterling got the better of Missouri Valley in the first game.  After the two teams played close through the early stages, Sterling broke an 8-8 tie into a 17-10 lead.  MVC fought back and closed the gap to just 20-18 late in the game thanks to winning five out of six points, but Sterling pulled away for a 25-19 victory.


Game two was just as close, but Sterling got out to an early lead at 8-4 and eventually stretched that lead to 15-8 before MVC pulled back.  The Vikings strung together seven of the next eight points to get to within a point at 16-15 when Junior Middle Blocker Jordan Ballinger (Carlinville, Ill.) finished off a rally with a kill.  Sterling moved its lead back up to three points at 18-15, but MVC was able to tie the game at 20-20 when Freshman Outside Hitter Kainan Sagale (San Diego, Calif.) earned a kill.  MVC grabbed its first lead of the game on the next serve when Sterling committed an error and MVC moved ahead 21-20.  The Vikings were able to finish off Sterling by winning four of the final six points in the game and tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-22 victory.


Game three was closely contested between the two, but again, Sterling grabbed an early advantage leading by a 10-6 score before MVC could put a run together.  The Vikings worked back to a 12-11 deficit and took a 15-14 lead midway through the game on a Kell kill.  Sterling responded with a run of its own, winning four of the next five points to move ahead 18-16 and pushed its lead to 20-17 late in the game.  The Vikings then strung together three-consecutive points thank to back-to-back aces by Trotter to tie the game at 20-20.  Sterling then won three-straight points of its own to move ahead 23-20, but MVC finished the game by winning the final five points to pull away 25-23 and lead the match 2-1.


MVC started game four on a roll, winning the first four points on Knoppi’s serve.  The Vikings grew its lead to 7-1, but Sterling was able to chip away at the MVC lead from that point.  The lead shrunk to 8-7 before MVC won the next four points which included a Trotter kill and Hobbs ace.  MVC maintained the lead over Sterling through much of the game and owned a 24-20 lead with the serve.  However, MVC could not finish the match and Sterling was able to get three-consecutive blocks to push the game past 25 points.  Sterling used its late moment to win the game at 26-24 and force a game five.


Sterling maintained a slight advantage in game five, holding a one-point lead through most of the early stages.  MVC did not get its first lead until 14-13 when Kell finished off a rally with a kill.  MVC was a point from winning the match at 15-14, but Sterling was able to win back-to-back points to earn its first match point at 17-16.  The Vikings used a kill by Jones, an attack error by Sterling and a final kill from Rosario to come back and win the game at 19-17 and take the match 3-2.


Leading the way for MVC was Trotter who finished with 14 kills and a .393 hitting percentage.  Rosario added 11 kills while Jones finished with nine kills.  Latimore had double-double of 23 assists and 11 digs.  Harrill finished with 19 assists.  Hathcoat had with 23 digs while Hobbs added 12.


MVC begins its 2014 season with a 2-0 record.  The Vikings will play two more games Saturday at the Viking Invitational with a match at 12 p.m. against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) and a 4 p.m. match against Ottawa (Kan.) University.


York Box Score-Click Here

Sterling Box Score-Click Here


Other results from the Viking Invitational:

Day 1 Results:

Graceland defeated Calumet 25-15, 25-17, 25-14

Graceland defeated Ottawa 20-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-22

Sterling defeated Calumet 25-14, 25-18, 25-20

Ottawa defeated Avila 24-26, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13

Avila defeated York 17-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-21





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