It was only apropos that, celebrating Senior Night at the ARC on Sautrday night, senior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) capped off a sweep with a thunderous kill as the Valparaiso University volleyball team took down Southern Illinois, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-12) to close out the regular season. Prior to the match, Graboski and Catherine Ament (New Carlisle, Ind./New Prairie) were honored for their four years of service to the Crusader program.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team battled gamely against MVC regular season champion and 25th-ranked Missouri State Friday night at the ARC, but the Bears claimed a tight first two sets on their way to a 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-20) victory over the Crusaders. Despite the loss, the Crusaders secured a berth in next week’s MVC Tournament with SIU’s loss at Loyola.
Valparaiso University volleyball redshirt junior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) has been named a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-District V honoree for her work both on the volleyball court and in the classroom.
The scenario entering the final weekend of Missouri Valley Conference regular season play is simple for the Valparaiso University volleyball team this weekend. With one win over the final two matches, the Crusaders will be in the MVC Tournament. Valpo will host #25 Missouri State on Friday evening before welcoming Southern Illinois on Saturday night. Saturday night will be Senior Night for the Crusader program, as Valpo celebrates seniors Catherine Ament and Taylor Graboski.
Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Jillian Grant and Haley Hart have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will be joining the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2018 season.
Looking for its first sweep of a weekend of MVC play this season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team came up just short Saturday evening in Terre Haute, Ind., falling to host Indiana State, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17).
Tied at one set apiece entering the third set Friday at Evansville, the Valparaiso University volleyball team rolled to a win in the third set and then won the key points late in the fourth set in a 3-1 (25-12, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22) victory over the Purple Aces. Freshman libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) broke Valpo’s record for digs in a season by a freshman in the victory.
With just four matches remaining in the regular season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team heads on the road for the final time for a pair of key MVC contests, as the Crusaders take on Evansville Friday night and Indiana State Saturday evening. Both matches are against teams battling with Valpo for spots in the MVC Tournament.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team rolled to a key Missouri Valley Conference victory over Bradley Saturday evening at the ARC, downing the Braves in straight sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-16).