A weekend of tough matches started just that way Friday for Valley City State volleyball.
The Vikings dropped a pair of three-game matches at the Northwestern College Red Raider Classic, falling to both Morningside and Dordt College on Friday.
Morningside defeated the Vikings 25-21, 25-11 and 25-16. Dordt College, an NAIA Top 25 Poll team, knocked off the Vikings 25-10, 25-18 and 25-18.
Alley Theroux and Kelsey Labodi led the Viking attack with 11 kills each between the two matches.
After getting swept in each of the first three matches, VCSU came out firing against Doane College and picked up a 25-15 victory in the first game. Doane evened it at 1-1 after the second game, but the Vikings won game three in extra points, 26-24, and sealed the match with a 25-17 win in game four.
Aurissa Martens led the Viking attack with 14 kills and a .364 attack percentage. Alley Theroux added eight kills, Kelsey Labodi racked up six kills, and Barbara Ector had five kills.
Stephanie Miller and Anna Neufeld combined for 33 assists.
The win lifts VCSU to 2-4 overall. VCSU goes back on the road this weekend for four games at the Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell, S.D.
The Vikings face Saint Mary (Neb.), Dakota Wesleyan, York (Neb.) and Clarke (Iowa) during the two-day tournament Aug. 30-31.