2022 NIVC -- Round 2 (Dec. 5)
DRAKE 3, GRAND CANYON 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-23)
WICHITA, Kan. – Drake powered up in time to secure the sweep over Grand Canyon, coming back from a 21-18 deficit in the third set to advance past the Lopes and into the quarterfinals of the 2022 NIVC.
The Bulldogs (28-7) will play host to Pacific in the next round; that match is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. ET.
Haley Bush, the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, had 17 kills and 14 digs for Drake. Mariana Rodrigues added 12 kills and Taylor Oberpriller closed with eight kills. Addison Beagle finished with 39 assists and Jada Wills had 12 digs.
The Lopes (18-11) got 14 kills from McKenzie Wise; Tatum Parrott and Anaelena Ramirez each had seven kills. Klaire Mitchell closed with 29 assists – Tatum Thomas had 13 digs and Megan Taflinger added 11 digs.
Grand Canyon’s win over Wichita State on Sunday marked the program’s best victory in terms of opponent RPI, as the Shockers were No. 60 in the nation entering the postseason.