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Morehead State Volleyball Rallies Past Valpo 3-2 to Sweep Eagle Challenge

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MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Valparaiso Crusaders 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-5) on Saturday at Wetherby Gym. MSU won all three matches on the weekend to win the Eagle Challenge tournament title and claimed its second straight five-set decision today.

The Eagles improved to 5-6 overall. Junior libero Leslie Schellhaas was named tournament Most Valuable Player, while senior setter Caitlin Clark and junior outside hitter Aryn Bohannon earned all-tournament nods as well. The Crusaders dropped to 5-6.

Schellhaas had 59 digs in the three matches, including 25 today, to claim the event’s highest individual honor. Against Valpo, Clark posted a double-double with 49 assists and a season-best 20 digs, and Bohannon smashed 19 kills and had 11 digs. Senior right side attacker Ellie Roberson paced the Eagle offense with 22 kills, while senior middle blocker Annie Gruenschlaeger narrowly missed a double-double with 12 kills and eight total blocks. Freshman middle blocker Hannah Sigala contributed a career-high six total blocks.

Valpo libero Sarah Chrabaszcz posted a match-high 32 digs, while Morgan Beil also earned all-tournament honors and had a team-best 10 kills and eight blocks.

The Eagles had advantages in kills (66-40), hitting percentage (.191-.065), assists (58-37), digs (85-76) and blocks (13-11). The dig and block stats were season highs.

MSU hit .306 with 14 kills and cruised to a 25-14 victory to open the match. The Eagles held a 20-17 lead in the second frame, but an 8-2 Crusader run thrwarted an Eagle win. Beil landed three kills in the run. The visitors opened the third set on a 7-2 scoring flurry and never relinquished the lead. MSU committed 11 attack errors in the set.

The Eagles turned the tide in the fourth set, opening up a 7-2 lead of their own. Valpo was limited to an .000 hitting efficiency, and MSU utilized 14 kills to pull away. A 5-0 run to begin the fifth set the tone for the Eagle victory. Roberson tallied four of MSU’s 11 kills in the deciding set.

Morehead State travels to Greensboro, N.C. next weekend to face UNC Greensboro, Youngstown State and UNC Wilmington in the Spartan Spiketacular Tournament.

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