The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out the regular season this weekend with its final road trip, heading south to take on Missouri State Friday night and Southern Illinois Saturday evening in advance of next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team concluded the 2018 home season on Saturday night at the ARC, dropping a four-set battle (25-17, 25-15, 19-25, 25-19) to Missouri Valley Conference leader Illinois State. The program celebrated its senior night on Saturday, honoring the five members of this year’s senior class.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team rallied twice from one-set deficits Friday night at the ARC against Bradley and earned match point against the Braves in the fifth set, but couldn’t complete the come-from-behind win, as Bradley pulled out a 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 16-14) victory. Senior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) moved into the program’s all-time top-10 for career kills in the third set Friday.
After securing a spot in the upcoming MVC Tournament with a come-from-behind win at Loyola last week, the Valparaiso University volleyball team faces a pair of key matches in battles for tournament seeding this weekend. Valpo hosts Bradley, which currently resides just one-half game ahead of Valpo for third place, on Friday evening before welcoming first-place Illinois State on Saturday for Senior Night.
For it to happen once in one season is rare enough. For it to happen twice, against the same opponent, is almost unheard of. But Friday night in Chicago proved to be that one-in-a-million moment, as for the second time this season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team rallied from down two sets to earn a 3-2 (15-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-12) victory over Loyola, led by a career-best effort from senior Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep).
Coming off a stretch of three matches over four days, the Valparaiso University volleyball team faces a light slate this weekend, but the lone match is an important one, as Valpo heads up to Chicago to face a Loyola squad Friday night which it currently sits one game ahead of in the MVC standings.
A busy weekend for the Valparaiso University volleyball team came to an end Monday night at the ARC, as Valpo dropped a 3-1 (19-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-17) decision to visiting Missouri State.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team picked up its second MVC weekly award in as many weeks on Monday, as the conference office announced that sophomore libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team bounced back from a hard-fought loss on Friday night in strong fashion, trailing just once in the entire match in a three-set sweep (25-16, 25-18, 25-20) at Drake Saturday evening.
For the second straight season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team went to a fifth set with perennial Missouri Valley Conference power UNI on the road in Cedar Falls, but Valpo was unable to pull out the victory Friday, falling 3-2 (18-25, 25-16, 25-12, 20-25, 15-7). Along the way, senior Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) moved into the program’s top-10 all-time in career kills.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team faces a key stretch of three matches in four days this weekend, traveling to take on UNI and Drake on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before returning home and hosting Missouri State Monday evening.
After hitting over .500 in both of the Valparaiso University volleyball team’s matches last weekend and leading all players in kills in both victories, sophomore right side hitter Ally Cummings (Novi, Mich./Novi) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
It’s become a standard of success for the Valparaiso University volleyball program over the years – the team reaches the 20-win mark, season after season. Saturday night, the 2018 edition of Valpo volleyball hit the milestone, sweeping Indiana State 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-21) for its 20th win of the year as the program hosted its annual Pink Match.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team has won matches in numerous ways and overcome many obstacles over the coaching tenure of head coach Carin Avery, but Friday presented a new test that Valpo passed with flying colors. Playing with just one healthy middle, Valpo earned a 3-1 (25-15, 17-25, 25-14, 25-15) victory over Evansville in MVC action at the ARC Friday night to improve to 6-3 at the midway point of conference play and pick up its 19th win overall.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team passes the halfway mark of the MVC slate this weekend as it hosts the conference’s other two Indiana institutions. Friday night brings Evansville to the ARC, while Saturday night, Valpo will face Indiana State in the program’s annual Pink Match, where it will be raising money for the American Cancer Society.
A potent attack from Bradley proved to be too much for the Valparaiso University volleyball team to overcome on the road on Saturday evening, as the Braves came away with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-16) victory.
A game battle for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings went against the Valparaiso University volleyball team Friday night, as a short-handed Valpo squad fell at Illinois State by a 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21) final.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team faces a key road trip this weekend against a pair of top-four MVC opponents. Valpo takes on an Illinois State squad which sits in a second-place tie with the Brown and Gold Friday evening before facing off with Bradley Saturday night. Valpo enters the weekend just two wins shy of 20 for the season.
It was something that fans at the ARC haven’t witnessed in nearly a decade. After dropping the first two sets Friday night in MVC play to Loyola, the Valparaiso University volleyball team regrouped and, buoyed by a raucous crowd, roared from behind to win the next two sets and then, in the fifth frame, claimed six of the match’s final seven points to take down the Ramblers, 3-2 (19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-12). The win pushes Valpo’s record to 18-3 overall and leaves the team alone in second place in The Valley standings at 5-1.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out a four-match homestand at the ARC Friday night as Loyola makes the short trip in from Chicago to take on the Brown and Gold. Free volleyball t-shirts will be distributed to the first 150 students in attendance.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team tangled with a UNI team receiving votes in the AVCA top-25 poll on Saturday night at the ARC in front of a raucous crowd, but Valpo would see its 11-match winning streak come to an end as the Panthers edged their way to a set four win to close out a 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23) decision.
The 2018 Valparaiso University volleyball team now stands alone for the best start to a season in program history, improving to 17-2 on Friday night and winning its 11th consecutive match with an impressive 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-18) sweep of Drake at the ARC. Sophomore Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) hit the 1,000-dig mark for her career in the win, which sets up a Saturday night matchup at the ARC of Missouri Valley Conference unbeatens, as UNI comes to town at 7 p.m.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team continues a four-match homestand with a pair of stiff tests at the ARC for Homecoming weekend. A 12-4 Drake squad comes to town Friday night to start off the weekend, and then perennial power UNI visits on Saturday evening as Valpo looks to extend a 10-match winning streak and the best start in program history.
Three matches in four days proved to be no problem to kick off the Missouri Valley Conference schedule for the Valparaiso University volleyball team, as Valpo returned home on Monday and won its 10th consecutive match with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-18) sweep of Southern Illinois at the ARC. Valpo improves to 16-2 for just the second time in program history and now sits at a perfect 3-0 in MVC action.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team extended its winning streak to nine straight matches with its second consecutive road sweep to open MVC play, taking down Evansville (25-14, 26-24, 25-19) on Saturday evening to improve to 15-2 overall.
It was a night to celebrate for the Valparaiso University volleyball team Friday evening in Terre Haute, Ind. Not only did Valpo open Missouri Valley Conference play with a road sweep of Indiana State (27-25, 25-20, 25-20), but a pair of senior outside hitters – Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) – both hit the 1,000-kill milestone for their respective careers and became just the eighth and ninth Valpo players all-time to join the 1,000-kill/1,000-dig club. The victory also matched Valpo’s best start through 16 matches in program history.
Coming off a strong close to the non-conference campaign, the Valparaiso University volleyball team jumps right into Missouri Valley Conference play with three matches in four days. Valpo faces the Indiana State/Evansville road swing this weekend before returning home for the first of four consecutive home matches, hosting Southern Illinois on Monday evening. Both Katherine Carlson and Allison Ketcham are poised to hit the 1,000-kill milestone this weekend.
A strong defensive performance keyed a victorious close to non-conference action for the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Tuesday evening, as Valpo recorded a season-best 17 blocks in a hard-fought five-set win (25-17, 13-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-9) at Purdue Fort Wayne. With the win, Valpo finishes non-conference play with a 13-2 record and continues one of the best starts in program history.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team claimed tournament hardware for a third straight weekend on Saturday evening, this time doing so by defending its home court at the ARC with a 3-1 (13-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17) victory over Wright State in the championship match of the Crusader Classic. Valpo positioned itself for the potential title with an easy 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-14) win over Western Illinois earlier on Saturday.
14 kills from sophomore Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) and a career-best eight blocks from senior Lizzie Zaleski (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) led the way for the Valparaiso University volleyball team Friday evening as it opened the Crusader Classic at the ARC with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20) win over Cornell.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns home to the ARC for the first time in regular season play this weekend, as it hosts the Crusader Classic on Friday and Saturday. Cornell, Western Illinois and Wright State make up the tournament field as Valpo looks for its third tournament title in as many weekends.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team made it back-to-back weekends with tournament titles thanks to a pair of victories on Saturday, defeating CSU Bakersfield 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-19) and Cal Baptist 3-1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-22, 25-12) to earn the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic championship. Senior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) was named Tournament MVP, while fellow senior Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) and sophomore Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) joined Ketcham on the All-Tournament Team.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team battled host Air Force nip-and-tuck through the first three sets of its opener Friday at the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic, taking two of the three frames, and then pulled away late in set four to earn the 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19) victory.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team faced its strongest test of the 2018 season on Tuesday evening in Ann Arbor, Mich., battling gamely but falling in straight sets (25-19, 25-13, 25-20) to host Michigan.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team briefly steps away from tournament play with a Tuesday night matchup at nationally-ranked Michigan before heading to Colorado for the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic at Air Force.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team put together one of its most dominating offensive performances in recent history on Saturday to emphatically claim the Chippewa Invitational tournament title with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-8, 25-11, 25-16) victory over host Central Michigan. Senior Lizzie Zaleski (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) was named Tournament MVP, while classmates Sydney Bronner (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth) and Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) joined Zaleski on the All-Tournament Team.
Six sets was all it took for the Valparaiso University volleyball team to come out with two victories on Friday during the first day of action at Central Michigan’s Chippewa Invitational, as Valpo swept DePaul (25-7, 25-10, 25-19) in the tournament opener Friday morning before coming back with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 26-24) win over La Salle in the afternoon. Senior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) became just the eighth player in program history to hit the 1,500-career dig milestone, doing so late in the morning win over the Blue Demons.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team continues early-season play this weekend with a trip to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to compete in the Chippewa Invitational. Valpo will face off with DePaul and La Salle on Friday before closing the tournament against host Central Michigan on Saturday.
A pair of sophomores represented the Valparaiso University volleyball team on the All-Tournament Team at the EIU Panther Invitational, as Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) and Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) received the accolades at the tournament’s conclusion Sunday.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out the EIU Panther Invitational Saturday on a high note, sweeping Iona in straight sets (25-19, 27-25, 25-8) in the morning before taking down host EIU 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 25-13) to cap the day. In the morning match, Valpo senior Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) surpassed the 1,000-dig milestone for her career.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team kicked off the 2018 season Friday at the EIU Panther Invitational in Charleston, Ill., splitting its two matches on the day. Valpo led Fresno State 2-1 before falling by a 3-2 final in its opener, but bounced back in the afternoon to earn a 3-1 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.).
The Valparaiso University volleyball team opens up the 2018 season this weekend at the EIU Panther Invitational with four matches over a two-day stretch. Valpo kicks off action Friday morning against Fresno State and will also face St. Francis (Pa.) and Iona before closing the tournament Saturday evening against host Eastern Illinois.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team took to the floor of the ARC Saturday afternoon for the first time in 2018, defeating Milwaukee in exhibition action, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19).
Entering its second season of play in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Valparaiso University volleyball team has been picked to finish in fifth place in the conference in 2018, according to preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches.
The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 academic year, as announced by the AVCA today. It marks the 13th time in the last 15 seasons that Valpo has earned the award.
The Valparaiso University volleyball program announced today its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season, a slate which features 12 home regular season matches at the ARC.