Volleyball loses three non-conference matches

Tristan Lipe

The Viking volleyball team had three matches this week against Mount Mary College, Marian University and Dominican University. Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Vikings faced Mount Mary in a non-conference match-up. The Vikings came out looking for their first win of the season. They started a bit slow in the first game, but were able to keep focus in the end and took the game 25-21.
In the second and third games, the Vikings dominated. Mount Mary played tough defense, but in the end the Viking attack came through. The Vikings crushed Mount Mary 25-15 and 25-10 to take the match. It was a solid win for the Vikings and they hoped the momentum would carry through the weekend with two more tough, non-conference matches.
The Vikings faced Dominican University first and, though they battled hard, they fell to Dominican in three matches. Dominican came out strong and won the first match 25-18. The Vikings brought back some of that momentum in the next two games, but they once again could not seem to win the close ones and fell 25-23 and 26-24 in the next two games.
In the final game of the weekend, the Vikings faced Marian University. The Vikings were feeling the effects of the hard fought match against Dominican and fell to Marian 25-17 in the first game. Unfortunately, the Vikings could not overcome the opponent and dropped the next game 25-21. In the final game, the Vikings showed once again that they refuse to quit, but cannot break through and find a way to win the close games. The Vikings lost the final game 27-25 and Marian took the match.
The Vikings have battled hard through a difficult season so far and have shown that they can play well. However, inconsistencies and an inability to maintain a high intensity for a whole match have been their downfall. The Vikes play next on October 10 and 11 at UW-Oshkosh.