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After loss, No. 6 Viterbo to take on No. 12 Central Methodist today in Sweet 16



Viterbo's Abbey Johnson sets, as Maya Roberts and Rekha Drevlow move in for the hit Thursday in the NAIA tournament. (PHOTO: ViterboAthletics.com)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — It took five sets, but the Viterbo University volleyball team suffered its first loss in the NAIA tournament.

The V-Hawks can’t lose any more.

In the final round of pool play, sixth-ranked Viterbo fell to No. 12 Central Methodist 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-8) at the Tyson Event Center on Thursday.

The V-Hawks (33-6) finish second in pool play behind Marian (34-2) with a 2-1 record, advancing to Friday’s Sweet 16. The entire tournament will be completed this weekend.

Viterbo will play at 11:15 a.m. Friday against No. 12 Central Methodist (33-3). The winner plays at 6 p.m. in the Elite Eight against either No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan (37-2) or 13th-ranked Grand View (30-10).

Central Methodist won its pool 3-0, but needed five sets to beat 23rd-ranked Bellevue (28-10) — a team the V-Hawks lost to 3-2 back on Oct. 4 and beat 3-1 on Nov. 1 — and No. 5 Southern Oregon (31-4).

Another comparable, Central Methodist capped off its conference tournament just before the NAIAs, beating No. 11 Grand View, 3-2. Viterbo lost to Grand View 3-2 back on Oct. 11.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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