Larson’s Orange Team dominates in Week 4

Jordan Larson regains number one position on the leaderboard entering the final week of the season.

By Savannah Moore

After losing the top spot on the overall leaderboard last week, Jordan Larson responded with three MVP 1 performances to regain the No. 1 ranking entering the final week of matches. Larson added 1205 points to her name over the weekend. Her teammate and Week 1 captain, Aury Cruz, earned MVP 2 honors three times as well. Cruz added 1021 points to her total, and moved into the top eight on the leaderboard. The duo of outside hitters lead Larson’s Orange Team to an undefeated week. 

In the first match of the week for the Orange Team they defeated the Purple Team, winning all three sets for a combined score of 75–55. They handed the Purple Team captain, Kelly Hunter, her first loss of the season. Hunter was the only remaining undefeated player in the league, and this first loss was the beginning of a tough week for the Purple Team, which went 0–3 in Week 4.

In their second game of the week the Orange Team took on Karsta Lowe’s Blue Team, and won 70–58. The Orange team showed their defensive skill in this game,registering 13 blocks throughout the match. This was the Blue Team’s only loss of the week which allowed Karsta Lowe to maintain her third place position on the overall leaderboard.

Jordan Larson earned MVP 1 honors three times in Week 4 (Source: Athletes Unlimited)

Larson saved her best performance for the Orange Team’s last game of the week. Team Larson defeated Bethania De La Cruz’s Gold Team 75–56, taking all three sets in a decisive sweep. During this match,Larson set an AU Volleyball record for total points earned in a match. She recorded 15 digs, one ace and 20 kills on 42 attempts. She also earned her third MVP 1 honor of the week. In total, her performance in Monday’s game earned her 436 points. 

Entering the final week of the season Jordan Larson is in the driver’s seat for the draft, and has a solid chance to finish at the top of the leaderboard. She is followed by Bethania De La Cruz, Karsta Lowe, and re-entering the top four, Brie King. King has earned a captainship for the first time since Week 1. All that remains to be seen is whether Larson will finish strong or an upset will shake up the leaderboard one last time.

Week 5 matches will begin on March 27th at 6 pm with Team King vs. Team De La Cruz, followed by Team Larson vs. Team Lowe at 8:30 pm. The games can be seen live on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

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