The Valpo volleyball program was one of nine Valparaiso University programs and student organizations honored for being an outstanding example of Living Generously during the “Faces of Philanthropy” event on campus. The Volleyball program was chosen for this honor for its work setting up and raising funds for the Rin Seibert Scholarship.
Valpo volleyball junior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) added yet another honor to her growing list of awards this season, as she earned Honorable Mention All-Midwest Region accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday.
Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Victoria Bulmahn, a 5’10” setter out of McCordsville, Ind., has signed with the Valpo program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2020 season. Bulmahn joins Mallory Januski as members of the incoming freshman class for next year.
Valpo volleyball junior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) represented the Brown and Gold on the MVC All-Tournament Team, announced on Saturday following the tournament’s conclusion. Cookerly earned the honor after posting match-high dig totals in both of Valpo’s tournament matches.
Playing shorthanded against a UNI squad which claimed the MVC regular season title and which swept the regular season finale between the two teams in swift fashion just six days ago, it would have been easy for the Valpo volleyball team to be content with their Thursday first-round tournament win, especially after the Panthers rolled to a first-set win. But for a Valpo program which is seemingly defined by the words scrappy and fight every time opposing coaches describe what it’s like to take on the Brown and Gold, that wouldn’t be the way to go out. And the 2019 iteration of the Valpo volleyball team epitomized those words against the heavy favorites Friday evening, rallying to earn a third-set victory and leading past the midway point of the fourth set before falling to UNI, 3-1 (25-9, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) in the MVC semifinals.
For a program which entered the 2019 MVC Tournament having played five sets in four of its last six matches, it seems only appropriate that it took the fifth-seeded Valpo volleyball team the full five sets to earn a dramatic 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-11) victory over fourth-seeded Bradley Thursday evening in the first round of tournament action in Cedar Falls, Iowa. With the win, Valpo advances to face host and top-seeded UNI Friday evening.
Valpo volleyball junior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has earned numerous accolades and reached a multitude of milestones in her first three seasons at Valpo, but she reached another level on Thursday, as Cookerly was named the Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year as the MVC held its annual pre-tournament awards ceremony Thursday afternoon. Junior Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) joined Cookerly as a First Team All-MVC selection as well, giving Valpo multiple First Team honorees for the first time since joining the MVC.
Valpo heads to the 2019 MVC Tournament this week in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The fifth seed in the six-team field, the Brown and Gold open the tournament Thanksgiving evening against fourth-seeded Bradley and will have to earn three victories to claim the tournament title.
The Valpo volleyball program had a pair of players recognized both for their work on the court and in the classroom on Tuesday as the Missouri Valley Conference unveiled its Scholar-Athlete teams. Junior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, while fellow junior Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) was tabbed an MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention selection.
The regular season came to a close Saturday evening in Cedar Falls, Iowa for the Valpo volleyball team, as it fell in straight sets (25-20, 25-13, 25-11) to MVC regular season champion UNI. Valpo will return immediately to Cedar Falls next week for the MVC Tournament, as fifth-seeded Valpo will take on fourth-seeded Bradley on Thursday evening at 5 p.m.
25 days ago, it was the worst possible outcome for a volleyball team: losing three sets to two after having a 2-0 lead in the match. Friday night, the Valpo volleyball team flipped the script at Drake, rallying from a two-set deficit to earn a 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs – mirroring the outcome from the teams’ first meeting of the season.
Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Mallory Januski, a 6’2” middle out of Bourbonnais, Ill., has signed her National Letter of Intent and will join the Valpo program as a freshman in the fall of 2020.
Having secured a berth in the MVC Tournament with its win over Bradley on Saturday, the Valpo volleyball team closes out the regular season this weekend with the Iowa road swing, playing at Drake Friday night and at UNI Saturday evening. Valpo can still finish as high as fourth place in the conference standings.
The Valpo volleyball team made sure that seniors Alana Brown (Napa, Calif./Vintage) and Brooke Westphal (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City [Arizona St./South Florida St.]) would depart the ARC winners in the final home match of their collegiate careers Saturday evening, as Valpo dominated throughout in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-19) sweep of Bradley. In the third set of the win, junior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) surpassed the 2,000-career dig milestone.
The Valpo volleyball team enjoyed a two-set advantage at the ARC Friday night in MVC play against Illinois State, and earned a match point in the third set, but the Redbirds went on to rally for a 3-2 (19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 15-8) win over Valpo. Sophomore Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) enjoyed perhaps the best match of her career in the losing effort.
Valpo junior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was acclaimed for her athletic and academic prowess on Thursday, as she was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District V honoree. By virtue of her First Team selection, Cookerly is now eligible for Academic All-American selection.
Valpo takes to the ARC floor for the final time in 2019 this weekend as it hosts Illinois State and Bradley in a key pair of matches. Saturday will be Senior Night for the Valpo volleyball program, honoring Alana Brown and Brooke Westphal.
The Valpo volleyball team overcame travel difficulties and a pair of one-set deficits on Saturday evening in Springfield, Mo., but in the end, the decisive fifth set went the way of Missouri State as the Bears handed Valpo a 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 25-16, 18-25, 15-11) loss and thwarted its attempt at a second consecutive five-set road win.
No player in Valpo volleyball history has combined prolificacy and efficiency on the attack in a single match as well as junior middle hitter Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) did in a career performance Friday night at Southern Illinois, as Valpo rallied for a key 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 17-25, 25-12, 15-11) victory over the Salukis.
The Valpo volleyball team embarks on the longest trip of the conference schedule this weekend, swinging down to Southern Illinois Friday night and Missouri State Saturday evening. This weekend will prove key for postseason hopes, as Valpo and both of its opponents are currently part of a four-way tie for fifth place in the wins column in the MVC standings.
Valpo junior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has been tabbed the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week after strong performances in the back row over three matches for the Brown and Gold last week.
The Valpo volleyball team enjoyed easily its best offensive performance of the season Saturday evening at the ARC, attacking at a season-best .331 clip in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-10) sweep of Evansville to complete a perfect weekend at home.
The Valpo volleyball team made quick work of in-state rival Indiana State Friday evening at the ARC, opening the weekend with a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-22, 25-18) of the Sycamores.
The Valpo volleyball team closes out its four-match homestand this weekend as it hosts its two in-state conference foes, welcoming Indiana State to the ARC Friday night and Evansville Saturday evening.
The Valpo volleyball team jumped out to a two-set lead over visiting Drake Monday evening at the ARC, but the Bulldogs claimed the next two sets to force a decisive fifth set and then prevailed in extra points as Valpo fell 3-2 (24-26, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 18-16). The night was highlighted by a 36-dig effort from junior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg).
The Valpo volleyball team kicked off a season-long four-match homestand at the ARC Friday evening against Loyola, but fell 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-20) to the visiting Ramblers.
Valpo returns home to start a quick stretch of four consecutive matches at the ARC Friday night when it hosts Loyola. The Brown and Gold will then welcome Drake to town on Monday evening to kick off the second half of Missouri Valley Conference play.
The Valpo volleyball team held off a pair of match point chances in the third set Saturday evening at Illinois State to extend the match, and then successfully battled through three Redbird match points in the fourth set before Illinois State closed out the match on its sixth effort, 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 25-21).
The Valpo volleyball team saw its three-match winning streak come to an end Friday night at the hands of host Bradley, as the Braves earned a 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22) victory.
The Valpo volleyball team puts its three-match winning streak on the line this weekend with the road trip to the central Illinois schools. Valpo opens the weekend Friday night at Bradley before taking on Illinois State on Saturday evening.
Thrilling late-set runs gave the Valpo volleyball team a two-set advantage over visiting Southern Illinois Saturday evening at the ARC, and Valpo would close out its third consecutive sweep as it downed the Salukis 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19).
The Valpo volleyball team took the first two sets with ease and then rallied late in a tight third set to earn the 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 28-26) sweep of Missouri State in MVC action Friday night at the ARC. The match served as Valpo’s annual Pink Match for breast cancer awareness, with Valpo associate director of athletics and director of recreational sports Rin Seibert the night’s special guest of honor.
The Valpo volleyball team returns home to the ARC for its first two-match home weekend of the conference schedule. Valpo welcomes Missouri State for Friday night’s match, and then turns around and hosts Southern Illinois on Saturday evening.
Seibert to be Honored at Pink Game October 11; Volleyball Raising Money for Scholarship in Her Honor
The Valpo volleyball program will be hosting its annual Pink Game in honor of breast cancer awareness this Friday evening, October 11, but this year’s game will have an extra-special meaning for the volleyball team. Rin Seibert will be the game’s special guest of honor, and the program is raising money to go to a scholarship which will be presented in Seibert’s name.
Led by a pair of stellar offensive performances from its middle hitters, the Valpo volleyball team closed out their weekend swing downstate with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-20, 25-21) at Indiana State Saturday evening.
The Valpo volleyball team set a slew of new career highs on Friday night in a Missouri Valley Conference battle at Evansville, but in the end, the Purple Aces edged out Valpo by a 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-9) final.
The Valpo volleyball team heads back on the road this weekend, making the rounds down-state for a pair of matches in MVC play. Valpo will face off with Evansville Friday night before heading up to Terre Haute Saturday evening to take on Indiana State.
The Valpo volleyball team finally got its 2019 home campaign under way Monday evening at the ARC, hosting defending Missouri Valley Conference champion UNI. The Panthers came out winners in straight sets (25-21, 25-17, 25-19).
The Valpo volleyball team opened Missouri Valley Conference play with its shortest road trip of the conference slate Friday evening, but was unable to return from Chicago victorious, as host Loyola earned a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-22) victory.
The Valpo volleyball team opens up Missouri Valley Conference action this weekend with its first two matches of the conference slate. Play begins Friday evening in Chicago with a matchup against travel partner Loyola before Valpo lifts the curtain on its home schedule Monday evening versus defending conference champion UNI. Monday's match will serve as the program's pediatric cancer awareness match.
The Valpo volleyball team finished up the non-conference portion of its 2019 season on Tuesday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., falling to host Milwaukee 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-21). Valpo opens MVC play this Friday night at Loyola.
The Valpo volleyball team closed action at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday morning, falling to tournament champion Milwaukee by a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17) final.
The Valpo volleyball team got the Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings, S.D. going on a winning note Friday afternoon, taking down host South Dakota State in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-13), but Valpo couldn’t complete the sweep of the day, falling in its second match to Kansas City, 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 25-22).
The Valpo volleyball team heads to Brookings, S.D. this weekend for its final early-season tournament of the 2019 campaign, as it takes part in South Dakota State’s Jackrabbit Invitational. Valpo will kick off tournament play against the hosts before taking on Kansas City and Milwaukee. The Brown and Gold then close out non-conference play on Tuesday with a mid-week rematch at Milwaukee.
Valpo volleyball junior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team at the DePaul Invitational this past weekend after recording strong efforts on both sides of the ball.
The Valpo volleyball team closed out action from the DePaul Invitational on Saturday with a pair of matches. Valpo dropped the morning match to Central Michigan, 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19) and then fell in straight sets in the finale to the host Blue Demons (25-18, 25-20, 25-15). Junior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) tied her career high for kills in the morning and then set a new high to close out the tournament.
The Valpo volleyball team started out the DePaul Invitational on a winning note Friday evening, earning a 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 25-27, 25-22) victory over Holy Cross.
The Valpo volleyball team continues early-season tournament action this weekend with a short trip to the Windy City to take part in the DePaul Invitational. Valpo opens the tournament on Friday afternoon against Holy Cross, and then takes on Central Michigan and the host Blue Demons on Saturday.
For the second time in as many weekends to open the season, Valpo volleyball junior middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team, this time at the Golden Flashes Classic hosted by Kent State.
The Valpo volleyball team claimed the opening set in its final contest of the Golden Flashes Classic Saturday afternoon against Robert Morris, but the Colonials came back to win the next three sets to earn the match victory, 3-1 (20-25, 29-27, 25-19, 25-23). Despite the loss, junior Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) set a career high with 18 kills.
The Valpo volleyball team split a pair of matches Friday on its first day of action at the Golden Flashes Classic in Kent, Ohio, sweeping Idaho State in the opener (25-19, 25-23, 25-16) before falling in a five-set battle against host Kent State in the nightcap (22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 26-28, 15-11).
The Valpo volleyball team took a brief step away from early-season tournament action Wednesday night at Notre Dame, but a hard-fought three-set battle went the way of the Fighting Irish, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-23).
The Valpo volleyball team briefly steps away from tournament play Wednesday evening with a match at Notre Dame. Valpo then heads to Kent State for the Golden Flashes Classic this weekend, facing Idaho State and Robert Morris in addition to the hosts.
Valpo volleyball juniors Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team at IUPUI’s Hampton Inn Invitational last weekend, the third career All-Tournament Team accolade for both players.
Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery hit another milestone in her distinguished career on Saturday evening, picking up her 400th win at the helm of the Valpo program as the Brown and Gold closed the Hampton Inn Invitational with a 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21) victory over host IUPUI. Earlier in the day, Valpo dropped a 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 24-26, 25-23) decision to defending Summit League champion South Dakota.
Highlighted by a stellar performance in her collegiate debut from freshman outside Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and a strong effort on both sides of the net by junior middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton), the Valparaiso University volleyball team opened the 2019 campaign with a 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-18, 25-20) victory over defending OVC champion Murray State Friday evening in Indianapolis.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team kicks off the 2019 season this weekend with a trio of matches at IUPUI’s Hampton Inn Invitational. Valpo opens the campaign against Murray State Friday night and faces South Dakota Saturday morning before taking on the host Jaguars Saturday evening.
Valparaiso University junior setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) has been selected as one of seven members of the Missouri Valley Conference’s preseason All-Conference team heading into the 2019 season.
Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Michigan City alum Brooke Westphal has returned to Northwest Indiana and joined the Valpo volleyball program for the 2019 season. Westphal will have one season of eligibility remaining with the Brown and Gold.
The Valparaiso University volleyball program unveiled today its schedule for the upcoming 2019 season, a slate which features 10 matches against teams who participated in the postseason last year.
The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 academic year, as announced by the AVCA today. It marks the 14th time in the last 16 seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award. In addition, Valpo was named to the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative team GPA which ranks among the top-25 in Division I volleyball.
A deep postseason run in a successful 2018 campaign led to the Valparaiso University volleyball team finishing the season as national statistical champions in a pair of categories. Sophomore setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) led the country in total assists, while as a team, Valpo paced all Division I programs in total digs.