Viking Women's Volleyball Splits Day 2 Matches at Viking InvitationalPosted August 30, 2014
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Marshall, Mo. (August 30, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College women’s volleyball team continued play at the Viking Invitational Saturday at the Burns Athletic Complex. The Vikings defeated Calumet (Ind.) College of St. Joseph 25-22, 25-15, 25-18 in the first match of the day, but lost to Ottawa (Kan.) University to end the Invitational 22-25, 18-25, 25-21, 23-25.
In the first game against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) neither team could build up much of a lead eventually leading to a 9-9 score. Calumet went on a small run from that point winning six-consecutive points to build a 15-9 lead. After Calumet made it a 16-10 lead, the Vikings went on a run of its own. MVC won six of the next seven points to climb back to a 17-16 score helped by two kills from Senior Right Side Aline Rosario (Ipatinga, Brazil). Despite the MVC run, Calumet maintained a lead, but MVC fought back to tie the match at 22-22 and claimed its first lead since early in the match at 23-22 after a Senior Outside Hitter Rebecca Jones (Simi Valley, Calif.) kill. The Vikings won the first game by taking the final two points to go up 1-0 after the 25-22 win.
The Vikings came out quick in game two winning five of the first six points and eventually built up a 7-3 lead. Rosario and Senior Middle Blocker Taylor Trotter (Bartonville, Ill.) each had two kills in the first seven points for MVC. The Vikings maintained an advantage through the second game, leading by as many as seven points at 15-7. Calumet tried to make a run by winning seven of the following eight points to close to within a 16-12 score. The Vikings grabbed control of the game from there, winning nine of the final 13 points in the game with Freshman Outside Hitter Kainan Sagale (San Diego, Calif.) finishing off two kills in that stretch to pull away from Calumet and win the game 25-15.
Game three stayed close through the early stages, with MVC holding on to a 4-3 lead. The Vikings put together a run by winning seven of the next eight points to build up an 11-4 lead. MVC kept a lead by no fewer than five points through the rest of game three, and eventually had multiple 10-point leads before finishing off the game with a 25-18 win and a 3-0 sweep in the match.
Leading the way for MVC was Senior Outside Hitter Kaitlyn Kell (Raymondville, Mo.) who finished with nine kills. Jones added eight kills while Rosario finished with seven kills on a hitting percentage of .385 and one block. Senior Libero Jessica Hobbs (Wamego, Kan.) finished with 13 digs and Junior Defensive Specialist Lindsay Hathcoat (Benton, Ill.) finished with 10 digs. Junior Setter Carrie Latimore (Florissant, Mo.) led MVC with 21 assists and added eight digs while Freshman Setter Kristin Sazama (St. Louis, Mo.) finished with 20 assists.
In game one of the Missouri Valley’s contest with Ottawa University (Kan.), the Vikings fell behind early 2-0 before rallying for three straight points to take the lead. Ottawa quickly went back ahead of the Vikings, but MVC was able kept the match close. Ottawa eventually pulled away to a 15-9 lead midway through the game, their largest lead in game one. The Vikings closed the lead to within two points multiple times in game one but eventually fell to Ottawa 22-25.
Game two started out better for the Vikings as they grabbed a quick 2-0 lead. However, the lead would not last long as Ottawa battled back and moved ahead 5-4. MVC tied the game at 7-7 before Ottawa retook the lead for good. Ottawa extended its lead to as large as ten points at 24-14. The Vikings were able to string together four-straight points thanks to two errors from Ottawa and a kill each from Kell and Rosario before falling 18-25.
Missouri Valley found themselves in a hole early in game three, trailing by a 7-0 score. Ottawa and Valley traded points back and forth allowing Ottawa to get out to a 12-5 lead. Valley then scored 16 of the next 20 points to give them a 21-16 advantage late in the game. Ottawa was able to fight back and cut the lead to 23-21, but the Vikings finished off game three on a kill by Junior Right Side Alyssa Sturgeon (Carbondale, Ill.) and extend the match to a fourth game by taking game three 25-21.
Game four proved to be a back and forth struggle for both teams as neither team held more than a three point advantage. Ottawa was able to get on the board first in the fourth set, but the Vikings came back to tie the game at one, and then again at four before taking a 6-4 lead on an attack error on Ottawa and a kill by Kell. The Vikings held their biggest lead of the game when they took a 9-6 lead on a kill by Jones. Ottawa battled back and tied the match at 17. The Vikings were able to quickly retake the lead on a service error by Ottawa. However, the Braves quickly tied the game, retook the lead, and extend that lead to 24-21. A kill by Trotter and a service error on Ottawa allowed Valley to pull within one late in the match, but the Braves held on for a 23-25 victory and give Ottawa the match at 3-1 in games..
Rosario led all Vikings with 14 kills in the match. She was followed closely by Trotter and Sturgeon who each had 11 kills. Also for MVC, Sazama finished with 19 assists, Sophomore Setter Haley Harrill (Council Bluffs, Iowa) added 17 and and Latimore finished with 14. Defensively, Hobbs finished with 30 digs, Witt added 11 and Hathcoat finished with 10.
The Vikings are now 3-1 to begin their 2014 season. Next up will be a road match at Hannibal LaGrange (Mo.) University Tuesday at 7 p.m., and a home match against Lindenwood University-Belleville Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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
Graceland defeated Sterling 25-15, 21-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-5
Calumet defeated Avila 28-26, 21-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-10
Ottawa defeated York 25-15, 25-17, 27-25
Graceland defeated York 25-13, 25-18, 27-25
Sterling defeated Avila 25-22, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22
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