Lady Vikings upset Evangel in HAAC action
The Missouri Valley College women's volleyball team won for the fourth time in its last five Heart of America Conference matches Saturday by rallying from a two-games-to-one deficit to beat visiting Evangel, 30-11, 17-30, 20-30, 30-24, 15-10.
The Lady Vikings' victory over the sixth-ranked team in the NAIA Region V poll moved them from the ninth to the No. 8 spot, while dropping the Lady Crusaders (17-12, 2-6 HAAC) to No. 9.
Senior Shannon Adams led the attack with 18 kills and senior Deana Westendorf added 10. However, Valley's serves had just as devastating an effect -- totaling 24 aces, with Hawaiian freshmen Kuuipo Hayes (10) and Marci Lobendahn (7) accounting for 17 of them.
The Lady Vikings had trouble finding their mark during the second and third sets, which they lost while hitting at an 11.4-percent efficiency. Then, with a loss looming, they got hot in the fourth game by recording 18 spikes against only three errors for a 42.9-percent mark.
Junior Ashlea Nuckols contributed eight kills, senior Jessica Coleman had 15 digs and senior Jessica Tobe provided 42 assists and 12 saves.
Valley (13-15, 4-5) is fighting for the eighth and final spot in the league's post-season tournament, but will have a challenge on its hands today when it goes to Lindenwood, ranked third in the region.