Grand View Athletics
Kelsey Redmond, Sports Information Director
FREMONT, Neb. – The No. 3 Grand View Vikings remain undefeated on the season after defeating Briar Cliff University in five sets and Saint Ambrose University in three. This improves Grand View’s overall record to 3-0.
Set 1: Grand View University 23 | Briar Cliff University 25
The Vikings started set one with one too many errors, allowing Briar Cliff to keep a lead almost the entire set. A kill by Alexa Aldrich-Ingram (JR/Iowa City, IA) and two Charger errors made it a tied set 21-21. Briar Cliff collect a few more points and took the first set 25-23.
Set 2: Grand View University 17 | Briar Cliff University 25
Briar Cliff held Grand View to just one point leading early on in the set 8-1. At the service line was Miranda Greathouse(SO/Ankeny, IA), closing the gap to 17-13 after a service ace and forcing the Chargers to take their first time out. Briar Cliff responded and collected their second win of the match.
Set 3: Grand View University 25 | Briar Cliff University 21
The Vikings were not going to give up. Tied at 8-8, Grand View jumped ahead with two Charger errors. Leading the rest of the set, the Vikings had the largest lead of the match, 20-16, after a kill from Emily Albertsen (SR/Council Bluffs, IA). Greathouse and Trystin Luneckas (SR/West Branch, IA) solidified the match with two back-to-back kills.
Set 4: Grand View University 25 | Briar Cliff University 23
Off to a fast start, the Vikings led the Chargers 10-6. Holding Briar Cliff to a 0.045 hitting efficiency, Grand View took the fourth set 25-23.
Set 5: Grand View University 15 | Briar Cliff University 12
After trailing by two early in the set, the Vikings pushed passed the Chargers of Briar Cliff after a serving run from Keely Larkin (SR/Johnston, IA). A kill from Emily Box (FR/West Point, IA) punched the victory of the five-set thriller for the Vikings.
Keys to Victory…
Aldrich-Ingram led offensively for the Vikings with 17 total kills. Defensively, Rylie Olson (FR/Osage, IA) led in digs with 25. The team tallied a total of 7 team blocks.
Grand View University 33 | Saint Ambrose University 31
Both teams balanced defensively and offensively made for a close first set. Greathouse crushed the ball off of the outside hand of the blocker to help create a two-point lead. After being tied 24-24, the Vikings and Fighting Bees sided-out 11 times. Winning the first set 33-31, Grand View hit a .241 hitting efficiency.
Grand View University 25| Saint Ambrose University 14
Up four points already, Larkin went on a seven-point serving run, pushing the Vikings to a 17-6 advantage over the Fighting Bees. The pressure was too much for Saint Ambrose as a service error gave Grand View the second set of the evening.
Grand View University 25 | Saint Ambrose University 22
A close last set, with many rallies ended by Aldrich-Ingram as she collected 10 kills on the set. Grand View wrapped up the third set with a 25-22 win after multiple attacking errors from Saint Ambrose.
Keys to Victory…
Trystin Luneckas balanced the attack of the Vikings and tallied 31 assists in the three-set match. Olson led in digs with 13, while teammate Aldrich-Ingram collected 10 kills and hit a .381 hitting efficiency.
No. 3 Grand View will travel to Hastings, Nebraska next weekend, August 23-24, to compete in the Hastings Quad. The Vikings will take on No. 22 Bellevue University, No. 10 Eastern Oregon University, and No. 14 Hastings College.