Clinton, Iowa - After splitting the first two sets, Viterbo took complete control in sets three and four to defeat Ashford University 3-1. The win for Viterbo clinches at least a share of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship; its first championship in over 20 years (1990).
Viterbo jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in the first set and led for most of the way before the Saints of Ashford University tied the game late. Both teams would trade points before the V-Hawks escaped with a narrow 28-26 lead. The second set belonged to the Saints as they led most of the way and took its largest lead of the game by five. Viterbo would battle back to tie the game but Ashford would prevail and win the second set 27-25.
After the second set, it looked as though all of the momentum belonged to the Saints. But an extra long break between sets two and three helped the V-Hawks gather themselves. In the third set, the V-Hawks jumped on the Saints right away as they built an early 10-3 lead. Viterbo would continue to expand their lead and never give the Saints a chance as they won the third set 25-14. Similar to the third set, the V-Hawks built an early lead and would never trail. The V-Hawks defeated the Saints 25-15 to clinch the match for the V-Hawks.
Once again, the V-Hawks were led by a very balanced offensive attack. Viterbo had three players hit well over .350 and finish in double figures in kills. Sophomore Katie Flock (Sparta, Wis.) led the way by hitting .429 and finishing with 17 kills. Senior Jenna Lau (Eau Claire, Wis.) and junior Amy Braaksma (Randolph, Wis.) each chipped in 11 kills hitting .391 and .375, respectively. Setters Amanda Bernett (Sr. - Sparta, Wis.) and Stacie Hoffman (So. - Mequon, Wis.) set up the offense by finishing with 25 and 21 assists, respectively. Jordan Blaken (So. - Melrose, Wis.) led the V-Hawk defense with 23 digs.
The loss drops Ashford to 27-16 overall and 3-4 in the MCC. The win keeps the V-Hawks undefeated in the MCC as they improve to 7-0 and 35-4 overall. Viterbo has a one game lead going into the final MCC game of the regular season as they travel to Davenport, Iowa on Monday night to play St. Ambrose University. No matter the result of the final MCC game, Viterbo has locked up the #1 seed for the MCC tournament which starts Saturday, November 6th.