Lady Vikings, ex-Chiefs part of SMSG medal winner
COLUMBIA -- Two teams made up largely of current and former Missouri Valley College players competed last month in the Women's Open division of the Show-Me State Games at Columbia, one of them winning a bronze medal.
The MoVal squad won three of eight games in its pool during the July 19 meet, taking both sets to beat Bada Bing Bada Bump of Jefferson City, 25-23, 25-20. It also split with Reunited of Columbia, 24-26, 25-21, but lost to the pool's top two teams: Branson, 25-20, 25-15, and the Tigers of Kansas City, 25-17, 25-14.
The MVC group was 1-7 in pool play, with a 25-21, 20-25 split against St. Joseph. It was swept by Girlfriends of Dixon, 25-18, 25-19; Ball Busters of Columbia, 25-20, 25-11, and the Lake Area Ladies of Camdenton, 25-21, 25-22. Bada Bing eliminated MVC in the first bracket match, 25-19, 25-21.
MoVal opened bracket play with a 25-23, 20-25, 15-13 victory over Girlfriends to reach the semifinal round, where it fell to the Tigers, 25-17, 25-18, to finish in third place.
The Tigers went on down Ball Busters, 25-21, 25-19, in the title match.
Among those on the medal-winning MoVal team were two former Santa Fe players -- Valley sophomore Paula Tieman and sophomore Michelle Aversman of Missouri-Kansas City -- MVC alum Molly Magness of Grain Valley and X current Lady Vikings: senior Crystal Kelly of Houston, Texas, senior Jessica Caton of Grain Valley, and freshman Chelsea Chamberlin of Cole Camp.