March 27, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
.117Hitting Pct..213
111Total Attacks122
McCarthy - 15
KillsFeliciano - 18
Bulmahn - 30
AssistsMcInnis - 23
McCarthy - 2
AcesFeliciano - 1
McInnis - 1
Vazquez - 1
Basinski - 1
Thon - 1
Cookerly - 18
DigsBasinski - 15
McCarthy - 6
BlocksSpringer - 4
Watkins - 4
Volleyball Falls at Evansville Saturday
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Volleyball Falls at Evansville Saturday
Peyton McCarthy led Valpo Saturday with 15 kills and six blocks.

The Valpo volleyball team found itself on the wrong end of a three-set match for the first time this year on Saturday evening, as host Evansville earned a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-22) victory in the regular season’s penultimate match.

How It Happened

  • Evansville took the lead for good in the opening set with an early five-point run.
  • Trailing 14-9, Valpo strung together four straight points — including a kill and a block from junior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) — to close to within one. But Evansville scored the next three, and Valpo never got back to within one point in the opening set.
  • The two squads vied for control early in a second set that featured nine tie scores. With the score 11-11, the Purple Aces reeled off four consecutive points to pull ahead 15-11.
  • Valpo came right back with the next four points, two of which were courtesy of kills by senior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon), to tie the set at 15-15.
  • Evansville closed the second set on a 10-2 run to take the 2-0 lead in the match.
  • Senior Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) got off to a huge start to the third set, recording four kills and a block during an early 7-0 run which gave Valpo a 9-5 lead.
  • Valpo had a 16-12 advantage before Evansville scored five in a row to take its first lead since early on in the frame. Valpo responded with five of the next six points — including two blocks by McCarthy — to lead 21-18 in its attempt to extend the match.
  • But the final run of the match closed out the Purple Aces’ sweep, as Evansville went on a 7-1 run to finish the third set.

Inside the Match

  • The loss was the first in straight sets for Valpo this year, which entered the weekend with a 4-0 record in three-set contests this spring.
  • The Brown and Gold now sit at 9-8 in Valley play, and combined with Saturday’s other results, will end up as either the fifth or sixth seed for next week’s MVC Championship.
  • McCarthy led Valpo at the net on both sides of the ball Saturday, posting 15 kills on .333 hitting and setting a season best with six blocks.
  • McCarthy was the only Valpo player with more than seven kills, however. The Brown and Gold tallied a season-low 33 kills as a team, while their .117 hitting percentage was the squad’s worst since the season’s second match.
  • Freshman Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) handed out 30 assists on Saturday.
  • Senior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) notched a match-high 18 digs, moving past Missouri State’s Emily Butters for third place in MVC history and moving up to 16th in NCAA history with 2,494 career digs.
  • Senior Melissa Flynders (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) added 10 digs as well.

Next Up

Valpo (10-9, 9-8 MVC) closes the regular season against the Purple Aces on Sunday. First serve is slated for 4 p.m., and the match can be seen live on ESPN+.