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Stephen Valdez, two-time winning libero of the year senior, passes a service return against Grandview University on March 27 in Burns Gym. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lewis Sports Photography)

 

The Viking men's varsity volleyball team, in their beginning huddle on March 6, defeat the Missouri Baptist team in four games. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lewis Sports Photography)

Story by Jessica Gates

Not many volleyball teams can accomplish what the men’s team achieved this 2012 season. The Missouri Valley Men’s Volleyball team went 21-7 in regular season play. The 21-7 season beat the school record of single wins in one season. Only one other team in the country reached 20 wins this year.

“This feels amazing, to be able to do this my senior year,” said libero Stephen Valdez. “We have worked really hard as a team this whole year, both off season and in season.”

With nationals on their mind, the men realized they still had a tough road ahead of them when the regular season ended. Though they posted the best season ever, a disappointing end of the season caused them to miss the national tournament.

On March 30, the men started their conference play, where they had a first round bye.

“I was really excited about going to the tournament, even if it didn’t exactly go our way,” said outside hitter Jacob Pederson.

Stephen Valdez, two-time winning libero of the year senior, passes a service return against Grandview University on March 27 in Burns Gym. (Photo courtesy of Laura Lewis Sports Photography)

The team was seeded second in the conference, where they faced Graceland in their first game.

“Going into the last game of the season was scary, because not only if we didn’t win we could have gotten bumped down to fourth place,” said middle hitter Thomas Jerrom. “We knew we had come too far to place that low in the conference and were dedicated to keep the second-place seed.”

The men ended fourth at the conference tournament which eliminated them from participating in the national tournament.

Jessica Gates

About Jessica Gates

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Mass Communication junior who has won several awards in writing and broadcasting, plays on the MVC varsity volleyball team.

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