Missouri Valley Conference play opens up for the Valpo volleyball team with a flurry of home matches at the ARC, as the Beacons take the floor three times in a five-day span. The MVC slate kicks off against Missouri State Friday evening, with head coach Carin Avery being honored prior to the match in recognition of her breaking Valpo Athletics' all-time wins record last weekend. Homecoming festivities continue Saturday night against Southern Illinois, with the 20-year reunion of the 2003 team which won the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles. The stretch of matches closes Tuesday evening against UIC.
The Valpo volleyball team was represented by a pair of players on the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational All-Tournament Team, as sophomore libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) and senior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) earned the honors for their performances over the course of the weekend.
Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery stands alone among Valparaiso University head coaches, earning her 479th victory Saturday at the helm of the program to become the winningest head coach across all sports in Valpo Athletics history. Avery moved past Valpo Athletics legend Emory Bauer as her Beacons swept a pair of matches to close out the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational, taking care of Miami (Ohio) in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-19) in the early afternoon before finishing up with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-22) sweep of the hosts in evening action.
The Valpo volleyball team opened its final preconference tournament of the 2023 season at the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational, falling in four sets (28-26, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20) to SIUE.
The Valpo volleyball team closes out nonconference play this weekend with its fourth and final in-season tournament of the 2023 campaign. The Beacons head to the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational, where they will face Miami (Ohio) and SIUE in addition to the host Mastodons.
Valpo placed two players on the All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of this weekend’s Stacheville Challenge, as Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) and Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) picked up the honors.
The Valpo volleyball team brought its weekend at Austin Peay’s Stacheville Challenge to an end Saturday afternoon on a winning note, overcoming a one-set deficit to earn a 3-1 (17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-19) victory over Lindenwood.
The Valpo volleyball team fell twice on Friday at the Stacheville Challenge in Clarksville, Tenn., dropping a 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-15) decision to Big Ten foe Indiana to start the day before succumbing 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-18, 25-20) to host Austin Peary Friday night.
Coming off a Popcorn Classic title, the Valpo volleyball team faces its third early-season tournament of the nonconference slate this weekend, as the Beacons travel to Clarksville, Tenn. for Austin Peay's Stacheville Challenge. Valpo will take on Indiana and Lindenwood in addition to the host Governors.