Volleyball National Championship Pool Play Day 2 Recap
By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern
Sioux City, Iowa – (Full Schedule) Top seeded teams continue to shine through day two of pool play matches at the 2015 NAIA Volleyball National Championship. Nine teams remain undefeated with the only upset between Madonna (Mich.) and defending champion Park (Mo.). Pool play resumes tomorrow, at 1 p.m. CST.
Biola (Calif.) took the first match of day two pool play against Evangel (Mo.), 3-0. The Eagles defense shined with help from senior Alex Brehaut, who recorded 23 digs, contributing to a team total of 54. Biola continues in to pool play tomorrow against defending champion Park (Mo.).
In a wild four set match between Missouri Baptist and College of Idaho, the Spartans found a way to come from behind with the offensive help of senior Ally Krus, who totaled 59 assists to help bring her team back after dropping the first set. Missouri Baptist ended the match with a 26-24 fourth set to finish off the Coyotes.
In an almost a two-hour match, the Battlin’ Bears of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) defeated Ottawa (Kan.), 3-1, with an exciting second set that went into extra points and resulted in Ottawa taking the set, 29-27. Rocky Mountain had help from three front row players who all had double-digit kills. The Battlin’ Bears face a defensive-minded Missouri Baptist team in day three of pool play, which as a team totaled 64 digs.
Park fell to the Crusaders of Madonna (Mich.) in a 3-0 sweep in the second round of pool play. Madonna is no stranger to the national championship atmosphere, as this is its fifth consecutive appearance in Sioux City and 15th total dating back to 1993.
No. 1 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) continue their winning streak on day two in a tight match against MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). This is the 27th consecutive win for the Blue Raiders, which have not lost since Sept. 4 against Missouri Baptist. The Blue Raiders were solid both offensively and defensively, recording 67 kills, 63 digs and four blocks.
In one of the two five-set matches of the night, Dordt (Iowa) and Viterbo (Calif.) met with the V-Hawks outlasting the Defenders in a back-and-forth match that included 12 blocks from Viterbo. There was propinquity between the teams in digs, but ultimately Viterbo finished with 94, while Dordt had 92.
In their third appearance in the national championship, Midland (Neb.) earned their first-ever sweep in a national championship against Coastal Georgia. The Warriors held off the Mariners with help from freshman setter Jessica Peters, who assisted her team with 33 sets. Midland gets ready for a feisty Vanguard (Calif.) team on day three of pool play.
The second five-set match resulted in Eastern Oregon sliding by host team Briar Cliff (Iowa). With the first set going to the Mountaineers, Briar Cliff battled back to win sets two and four but ultimately couldn’t close the book.