Staying Together

Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson
Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson

CHICAGO -- It wasn't the ending the Sabercats wanted, as the North Park University Vikings gave the Sabercats a straight-set loss in the final match of the season.

Derek Wallis concludes his Maranatha career with a 12-kill performance.

  • Result: Maranatha 0-3 North Park (18-25, 11-25, 22-25)
  • Venue: North Park Gymnasium
  • Location: Chicago
  • Attendance: 107
  • Records: Maranatha (1-25), North Park (5-21)

Maranatha led the way early on in the first set, staying just in front of their hosts with a variety of contributors at the net. But a late 9-2 surge from North Park tipped the scales the other way, and some late kills from Daniel Porche and Frank Mauigoa landed a 25-18 win on the Vikings' side of the net.

The second set was more lopsided, as the Vikings swung their way out to a sizeable lead early on. As if North Park needed the help, Maranatha began to struggle with miscues as the set matured, giving the Vikings some unintended assistance. When North Park wrapped up a 25-11 win, they seemed to be on an inexorable charge.

But just like they have all season, the Sabercats put up a fight in the third set, recording a match-high 22 points. Wallis did his best to keep Maranatha in range, but even the efforts of the senior were not enough to make the Maranatha resistance pay off.


MBU Starters: 3-Massey, 4-McKee, 5-Dafoe, 6-Rossiter, 12-Wallis, 13-Wagner (L), 15-Smith // NPU Starters: 1-Wong (L), 4-Porche, 9-Mauigoa, 13-Zavala, 15-Barczak, 21-Goo, 22-Nguyen


  • Wallis: 12 kills, 6 digs in his final match
  • Wallis: concludes his MBU career with a program-best 467 kills and 320 digs
  • Joel Smith: 5 kills, 4 digs
  • Dafoe: 2 kills, 22 assists
  • Steve Wagner: 11 digs (2nd-best mark this season)
  • Last time: Maranatha beat North Park in Watertown on March 8
  • Series: the series is now tied 1-1

  • North Park (NCAA DIII) competes in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin
  • The Vikings will begin conference play in the inaugural CCIW Men's Volleyball season next year
  • Coming into tonight, the Vikings were on a 10-match losing streak

A full recap of the 2019 season will be forthcoming at

Groundwork: Laid
May 17, 2019 Groundwork: Laid
Two Down
May 6, 2019 Two Down
Staying Together
April 5, 2019 Staying Together
Shaking off the Rust
March 30, 2019 Shaking off the Rust
Twice Shy
March 12, 2019 Twice Shy
Storming and Swarming
March 11, 2019 Storming and Swarming
Maranatha Marathon
March 9, 2019 Maranatha Marathon
Winning Ways
March 8, 2019 Winning Ways
Ranked Rampage
March 1, 2019 Ranked Rampage
More for Morris
February 28, 2019 More for Morris
Gateway Sweeps
February 23, 2019 Gateway Sweeps
Trine Tri Trial
February 16, 2019 Trine Tri Trial
Going Down Swinging
February 15, 2019 Going Down Swinging
Triangular Trouble
February 9, 2019 Triangular Trouble
Four-Set Swingoff
February 2, 2019 Four-Set Swingoff
Sent Fishing
February 1, 2019 Sent Fishing
Sabres Stymie Sabercats
January 28, 2019 Sabres Stymie Sabercats
Fighting 'til the End
January 26, 2019 Fighting 'til the End
Fighting 'til the End
January 26, 2019 Fighting 'til the End
Taking on the Titans
January 25, 2019 Taking on the Titans
Opening-Night Loss
January 18, 2019 Opening-Night Loss
Year 2
January 17, 2019 Year 2