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.
How It Happened
- Valpo jumped all over Holy Cross to start the match, scoring seven of the first eight points of the opening set. The lead reached double figures for the first time at 16-6.
- It was still a 10-point lead at 18-8 in Valpo’s favor before Holy Cross scored 10 of the next 14 points to pull within 22-18. A kill from freshman Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) quelled Holy Cross’ momentum, however, and Valpo would eventually win the opening set on a kill by junior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon).
- Holy Cross had the edge early in the second set, scoring eight of the frame’s first 11 points en route to its lead reaching its apex at 12-6.
- Valpo battled back with the next five points, including a kill and a block from junior Ally Cummings (Novi, Mich./Novi), to close to within 12-11. Holy Cross responded with three straight points, but Valpo answered with a 7-2 spurt to take its first lead of the set at 18-17.
- The lead was still just one point at 21-20 before Valpo scored four of the final five points of the set, capped by a kill by junior Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll), to claim the second frame and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
- The third set was the most tightly contested of the match, featuring 15 ties and nine lead changes. Neither squad led by more than three points in the frame.
- Valpo turned a 17-14 deficit into a 21-18 lead late thanks to a 7-1 run, but Holy Cross responded and re-gained the lead at 23-22. Valpo scored the next two points to earn a set point chance which was thwarted by Holy Cross, which converted its second set point chance in extra points to extend the match to a fourth set.
- The first half of the fourth set was a back-and-forth affair, but with Holy Cross holding a narrow 12-11 lead, Valpo rattled off six consecutive points to go ahead 17-12. Holy Cross closed to within two points late, but would get no closer, and a kill by Bulmahn finished off Valpo’s third chance at match point to close out the win.
Valpo (4-4) faces a pair of tests tomorrow as it takes on Central Michigan at 10 a.m. and DePaul at 8 p.m. The DePaul match will have a live video feed.