Kelsey Redmond, Sports Information Director
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Vikings traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa this evening to take on Mount Mercy University in a Heart of America Conference Match-Up. The Vikings defeated the Mustangs 3-1, 25-23, 21-25, 25-12, and 25-21. Grand View moves to 12-0 overall and 10-0 in conference play.
Set 1: Grand View University 25 | Mount Mercy University 23
Jenna Wagemester (JR/Cedar Rapids, IA) started off set one with a kill followed by a block from teammates Bailey Katcher and Emily Box (SO/West Point, IA), tying it up 4-4. Holding a three-point lead, the Vikings forced another Mustang error to continue to grow the lead 14-0. At 15-12, the Vikings sent a free ball over the net into the hands of middle hitter Bell who cut the lead to two points, 15-13. Box pushed Grand View to the 21-20 lead, forcing a Mustang timeout. Nearly two points later, Mount Mercy called another time out due to two-consecutive points from the Vikings. The last two points were scored from a Viking block from Taylor Carey (JR/Waukee, IA) and Alexa Aldrich-Ingram (SR/Iowa City, IA) and a Wagemester kill, 25-23.
Set 2: Grand View University 25 | Mount Mercy University 21
Too many errors on the Vikings end to start the game put Mount Mercy ahead 8-3 in set two, forcing Grand View to take a timeout. The Vikings scored the next two points to push Grand View within three, 8-5. A kill from Bailey Sullivan (JR/Mt. Vernon, IA) gave Grand View 10 points to Mount Mercy’s 14. Mid-set Grand View found their rhythm as Sullivan posted her second kill of the set followed by a block from Box and Carey but it was too late from the lead the Mustangs built on at the beginning of the set. Mount Mercy took set two 25-21.
Set 3: Grand View University 25 | Mount Mercy University 12
Grand View started solidly in set three, holding a 4-1 lead after a kill from Aldrich-Ingram. Miranda Greathouse (JR/Ankeny, IA) continued to grow the lead with a kill from the back row, 6-2. At 11-5, Carey added the offensive pressure with a kill from the middle. Behind the line mid-set was Marie Goodwin (JR/Des Moines, IA) who collected two aces to get Grand View to 18-10. Box finished out set three, 25-12.
Set 4: Grand View University 25 | Mount Mercy University 21
A four-point lead for the Vikings early in set four, due to balanced play on the Vikings end, forcing Mustang errors. Good awareness on the court from junior setter Sullivan who tipped the ball to the back-left corner to force the Mustang timeout. A 19-13 lead was quickly shortened by the Mustangs after a kill from their setter. Grand View fought back and took the third and final set with a block from Wagemester and Carey.
Offensively, Grand View was led by Box with 17 accompanied by teammate Wagemester and Aldrich-Ingram who posted 14 and 12 kills apiece. The force behind the offense, Sullivan, tallied 46 assists. Five Vikings reached double digits in digs; Chevy Wagner-Chun (FR/Waianae, HI) (21), Rylie Olson (SO/Osage, IA) (16), Greathouse (12), Sullivan (10), and Bair (10). As a team, they totaled 8 blocks.
Grand View will travel to Lamoni, Iowa next Tuesday, Nov. 10, to take on Graceland University. The first serve is set for 7 p.m.