The action was swift as MVC volleyball players showed their victorious skills. From left, Viking players Diane Dellasala, Tarrah Sweet, and Jada Hollinshead. (Photo by David Roberts).
Story by Janelle Garcia
Hosting the Viking Invitational, August 30-31, at the Burns gym, the MVC Women’s Volleyball varsity team came out strong, sweeping the opposing teams with four wins to end the tournament.
MVC played University of St. Mary on August 30 and won the first match of the season with a 3-0 win. Continuing their second game that day, the Vikings defeated Southwestern College 3-0.
On Saturday, August 31, the Vikings played Haskell Indian Nations and won the match with a perfect 3-0 victory. In their second game later on Saturday, they beat the Stephens College team with another 3-0 win. “We are anxious to get the season underway this weekend at our home tournament” said Coach Brett Holt, who is coaching his second season for the Vikings.
During his debut season in 2012, Holt left a big mark. Holt led his team to win 19 matches, the most in 16 years at the school. He also kept the NAIA Team Scholar award alive with the team winning it for the sixth year in a row. “I look forward for them to continue with a number 7,” said Holt, who expects a lot out of his players academically.
With seven returning seniors and a big recruiting class, the women’s volleyball team plans to build on last year’s season.
Jada Hollinshead, a senior in Accounting from Farina, Ill., said, “We definitely want to break our record of 19 wins. With the way our team looks, I don’t see why we shouldn’t. We have several new junior college recruits that are great additions to the team.”
The Women’s Volleyball Varsity has an undefeated record of 4-0 wins this season.
The next matches for the Vikings are on Sept. 6 and 7 when the team will travel to Kansas City to play in the Avila tournament. MVC will play against University of Saint Mary, Benedictine, and Springfield University on September 6. Continuing in the tournament September 7, they will play Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
With 11 games on the women’s JV volleyball schedule, the team will have their first game on September 10 at the Burns gym against Wentworth Military Academy at 6 p.m.
Shelby Ellebracht, a freshman majoring in Business from Blue Springs, Mo., said she is excited for the new experience. “It should be a good season with all the talented players,” said Ellebracht.