Kelsey Redmond, Sports Information Director
HASTINGS, Neb. – No. 3 Grand View women’s volleyball defeated the No. 14 Hastings Broncos in four sets. Finishing up the Hastings Quad, the Grand View Vikings are now 5-1 overall on the 2019 season.
Grand View University 26 | Hastings College 24
A rollover the top of the block pushed the Broncos up 21-16. Two kills from Grand View’s middles, Bailey Katcher and Ashley Prusha (SR/Amana, IA), helped close the gap. A huge block from Prusha put the Broncos on edge with Grand View trailing by one, 23-22. Alexa Aldrich-Ingram (JR/Iowa City, IA) smoked the ball down the line off of the left hand of the blocker. The Broncos responded with a kill, receiving a game point, 24-23. Hastings with a missed serve and a kill from the Vikings gave Grand View the advantage, 25-24. A Bronco hitting error gave Grand View set 1, 26-24.
Grand View University 25 | Hastings College 17
Up early in set two, 7-5, after a tip over the block from Katcher and a push deep corner by Trystin Luneckas (SR/West Branch, IA). Followed by a block from Emily Box (FR/West Point, IA) and Katcher, the Vikings had a four-point lead. Miranda Greathouse (SO/Ankeny, IA) playing stellar defense made it very hard for the Broncos to put the ball away. The Vikings took set two 25-17.
Grand View University 25 | Hastings College 22
In the third set, Grand View came out roaring with a 7-4 start. With five-straight points, the Broncos crept their way back into the set. Aggressive serving from Hastings kept Grand View’s ball tight to the net. Trailing by two, 24-22, the Broncos closed out set three with a kill.
Grand View University 25 | Hastings College 16
Grand View grew the lead after a kill from Box tooling off the left hand of the Bronco blocker, 15-10. Another aggressive block from Katcher and errors from Hastings force them to take their first timeout of the match, 19-12. A wide hit by the Broncos at a perfectly placed tip from Katcher ended the match. Grand View hit a .370 hitting efficiency in set four.
Aldrich-Ingram, Katcher, and Prusha were all in double digits offensively with 15, 12, and 12 kills, respectively. Larkin tallied 17 digs on the four-set match and setter Trystin Luneckas collected 26 assists. As a team, the Vikings had a total block count of seven.
The women’s volleyball team will be back in action on next Thursday, Aug. 29, as they travel to Bellevue Nebraska for the Sarpy County Tourism Labor Day Classic. The Vikings will compete against No. 7 Northwestern College at 7 p.m. on Friday and No. 23 Westmont College and No. 13 Rocky Mountain College at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.