The Valpo volleyball team came away with a split of the longest road trip in Missouri Valley Conference play on the opening weekend of the conference slate, falling on Saturday evening at Missouri State, 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23).
Valpo volleyball fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) reached the top of the mountain that is the program’s career digs chart Friday evening at Southern Illinois, surpassing Taylor Root’s program record in the category as the Beacons earned a win in their conference opener over the Salukis, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17).
The Valpo volleyball team opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with the longest road trip on the conference slate, heading south to take on Southern Illinois Friday evening before continuing on to Missouri State for a Saturday matchup.
After claiming the program’s second tournament title of the season, the Valpo volleyball team placed a pair of players on the Cougar Classic All-Tournament Team. Junior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) claimed Tournament MVP honors and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by junior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]).
For a squad which had played and won a number of dramatic five-set matches in the first three weekends, the Valpo volleyball team switched gears on Friday at the SIUE Cougar Classic. It took the Beacons the minimum six sets to finish up sweeps of Western Illinois (25-11, 25-19, 25-18) and host SIUE (25-13, 25-21, 25-17) and to claim their second tournament title of the season.
The Valpo volleyball team closes out pre-conference play this weekend at the SIUE Cougar Classic with a pair of matches, taking on Western Illinois in addition to the hosts. Both matches will be played on Friday as the Beacons wrap up their 11-match nonconference schedule.
On its final day of action at Toledo’s Blue & Gold Classic Saturday, the Valpo volleyball team continued its dominance in five-set matches, winning a thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 26-28, 15-11) contest over the host Rockets in the early afternoon. Having to turn around and play their final tournament match just 45 minutes after the end of the marathon against Toledo, the Beacons battled in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-23) loss to South Dakota State to conclude the tournament. Senior outside Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.
The Valpo volleyball team used a total team effort to keep its momentum from last weekend rolling into this weekend, as 14 players saw action in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) sweep of Youngstown State Friday afternoon in the Beacon’s opener at Toledo’s Blue & Gold Invitational. The win is Valpo’s fifth in a row.
Coming off a thrilling tournament victory at the Golden Eagle Invitational last weekend, the Valpo volleyball team takes aim at a second straight tournament title this weekend as it travels to Toledo for the Blue & Gold Tournament. The Beacons will face Youngstown State and South Dakota State in addition to the host Rockets.