Davenport, Iowa - The Viterbo University volleyball team had several reasons to celebrate tonight as they defeated St. Ambrose University 3-1. The win is Viterbo's first win over St. Ambrose University since 1990 and helped clinch an outright Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship for the first time in 20 years.
In the first set, both teams traded points as neither team led by more than one point over the first 32 points (16-16). The V-Hawks then scored three straight points and outscored the Bees 9-5 to win the set 25-21. Viterbo jumped on the Bees right away in the second set as they built an early 6-2 lead. After an SAU timeout, the Bees tied the game up at seven. The V-Hawks then scored seven of the next nine points to regain the lead at 14-9. A lead that the V-Hawks would not give back as they won the second set 25-19.
The Bees were not willing to give in as they put up a big fight in the third set. SAU built an early 7-3 lead and never trailed in the third set. Viterbo would close to within 20-17 but could not get over the hump as they dropped the third set 25-21. Viterbo would eliminate any thoughts of a Bees comeback though in the fourth set as they jumped out to a 12-4 lead. Viterbo would not allow St. Ambrose to get any closer than five the rest of the way as they finished the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
Sophomore Katie Flock (Sparta, Wis.) continued her impressive season as she finished with a game high 18 kills to lead the V-Hawk offense. Joining Flock in double figures in kills was junior Amy Braaksma (Randolph, Wis.) with 14 kills and sophomore Hannah Ripp (Merrilan, Wis.) with 12 kills. Equally as impressive as the individual numbers was the fact that as a team, the V-Hawks hit an impressive .327 from the floor. Stacie Hoffman (So. - Mequon, Wis.) and Amanda Bernett (Sr. - Sparta, Wis.) helped set up the offense for the V-Hawks as they finished with 32 and 25 assists, respectively. Sophomore Jordan Blaken (Melrose, Wis.) finished with a game high 23 digs.
The win continues a dream season for the V-Hawks as they are now 37-4 overall and finish the regular season of MCC play a perfect 8-0. St. Ambrose finishes the regular season 23-12 overall and 5-3 in the MCC. With the regular season now over, Viterbo will be the #1 seed in the MCC tournament which starts on Saturday night. Viterbo will host #8 seed Mount Mercy University at 7:00 pm. Viterbo defeated the Mustangs of Mount Mercy University 3-1 earlier this season in their only match of the year.