Former Valparaiso University volleyball player Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) has been named one of four recipients of the Missouri Valley Conference postgraduate scholarship awards, as announced by MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin on Thursday. The $5,000 postgraduate scholarship is awarded to graduated student-athletes who have exhibited exemplary academic and athletic performance.
Ketcham concluded a stellar playing career for the Valpo volleyball program in the fall of 2018, helping to lead the team to 27 wins in her final season, including the first postseason wins in program history as Valpo advanced to the quarterfinals of the postseason NIVC. She played in 147 matches over her five years at Valpo, the most of any volleyball player to don the Brown and Gold, and concluded her career second in program history in attacks, fourth in digs and seventh in kills. Ketcham is the highest-ranking non-libero in program history in digs, and is one of just two players all-time to rank in the top-10 in both digs and kills.
Ketcham’s accolades off the court are just as noteworthy. She graduated from Valpo with a 3.99 grade point average while majoring in exercise science and psychology with a minor in human biology. She was a two-time First Team MVC Scholar-Athlete selection and a 2018 recipient of the MVC's President's Council Academic Excellence Award. A 2018 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District honoree, Ketcham was involved in numerous volunteer activities during her time at Valpo as well.
Ketcham plans to pursue the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Indianapolis starting in the fall of 2019.