October 30, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Indiana St.252225253
0.041Hitting Pct.0.127
171Total Attacks158
Hart - 11
KillsWilliams - 9
Newby - 9
Hamilton - 9
Bulmahn - 24
AssistsMason - 17
Cookerly - 2
AcesWilliams - 2
Cookerly - 18
DigsTedrow - 22
McCarthy - 8
BlocksNewby - 12
Volleyball Drops Match at Indiana State Saturday
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Volleyball Drops Match at Indiana State Saturday
Kara Cooper had nine kills and four blocks Saturday.

The Valpo volleyball team’s quest to sweep the regular season series from both MVC in-state foes came up one step short on Saturday in Terre Haute, as host Indiana State came away with a 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20) victory.

How It Happened

  • A four-point spurt midway through set one turned a 10-9 Valpo lead into a 13-10 Indiana State advantage, a lead the Sycamores would not cede in taking the opener. Valpo successfully held off three ISU set point chances after the score was 24-20, but ISU converted the fourth to close out the set.
  • Valpo took the lead for good in the second set with a 5-1 run mid-set, pulling ahead by a 14-11 score. The Sycamores closed to within one at 17-16, but the Beacons responded with five straight points — including the first career service ace for freshman Abby Boyle (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) — to go up 22-16.
  • Indiana State crept to within two points late at 24-22 after successfully holding off two Valpo set point opportunities before a kill from senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) evened the match at one set apiece.
  • Valpo and Indiana State were tied at 15-15 in set three before the Sycamores reeled off eight straight points to take control of the frame and eventually go ahead in the match, 2-1.
  • Valpo jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in set four in its attempt to extend the match. The Beacons still led by four points at 12-8, but Indiana State erased the advantage and flipped the script with 11 points in a row.
  • Valpo battled back from the seven-point deficit to close to within three points three times down the stretch, but could get no closer as the Sycamores successfully defended their home court.

Inside the Match

  • Saturday’s defeat snapped a three-match winning streak for Valpo.
  • Despite falling to the Sycamores, Valpo still ends the weekend in fourth place in the MVC standings.
  • Hart paced the Beacons on Saturday with 11 kills, while junior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) added nine kills and four blocks.
  • Sophomore setter Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) recorded 24 assists to lead all players and Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) added 17 helpers.
  • Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) led Valpo’s effort in the back row with 18 digs, pushing her career total to 2,945 digs. Junior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) added 16 and 15 digs, respectively.
  • Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) tied her season high with eight blocks, four of which were solo stuffs.
  • As a team, Valpo hit a season-worst .041 on Saturday, committing 39 attack errors — 19 of which were Sycamore blocks.

Next Up

Valpo (16-7, 7-5 MVC) will have an opportunity to rebound from the defeat in short order, returning home to the ARC to host UNI on Monday evening at 6 p.m. The match can be seen live on ESPN3.