November 01, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
0.16Hitting Pct.0.262
150Total Attacks145
Alden - 12
KillsMcCarthy - 16
Alden - 26
AssistsBulmahn - 23
Brandt - 1
Spies - 1
Holterhaus - 1
Ahrenstorff - 1
AcesCookerly - 2
Ravotto - 2
Alden - 16
DigsCookerly - 20
Spies - 2
Arndorfer - 2
Tjernagel - 2
BlocksMcCarthy - 4
Volleyball Remains Perfect at Home, Tops UNI Monday
Monday, November 1, 2021
Volleyball Remains Perfect at Home, Tops UNI Monday
Haley Hart hit .444 with 14 kills in Monday's win.

The Valpo volleyball team improved to a perfect 6-0 at the Athletics-Recreation Center this season and solidified its spot in the top half of the MVC standings with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) victory over visiting UNI on Monday evening.

How It Happened

  • Valpo took control of the opening set with an 11-5 stretch — a stretch which featured three distinct three-point spurts — to pull out to a 16-9 lead.
  • From there, the Beacons let UNI get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Valpo secured the opening frame on its second set point chance thanks to a kill by junior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte).
  • Valpo never trailed in the second set, jumping out to a big lead early as it scored the first five points and eventually led 12-4.
  • UNI tightened things up with a 6-1 spurt to close to within three points at 13-10. Incredibly, the two squads then combined to side out 18 straight times as the lead vacillated between three and four points deep into the set.
  • Finally, with Valpo leading 22-19, the Panthers broke the string of sideouts as back-to-back Beacon errors cut the advantage to just one point at 22-21.
  • A kill from senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) kept UNI at bay and was followed by a service ace by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) to give Valpo set point at 24-21. The Panthers extended the frame once, but another kill by Hart closed out the set as the match lead extended to 2-0.
  • The third set was tight throughout, as neither squad had more than a two-point lead for the first two-thirds of the set. It was UNI which broke through, as a 4-1 spurt gave the Panthers a 20-16 edge.
  • Valpo scored three straight before UNI responded with three of the next four to maintain its advantage at 23-20.
  • The Beacons had another rally in them, reeling off three more points in a row on a kill from Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) and back-to-back service aces by Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) to tie things up at 23-23. But two points from potentially completing a sweep, Valpo instead found itself facing a fourth set as the Panthers got a kill and a service ace to finish the third frame in their favor.
  • UNI controlled the early portion of the fourth set, but the Beacons never let it get ahead by more than three points and rallied to take a lead at 11-10.
  • Mini-spurts each way resulted in the two squads being even at 15, but the biggest run of the night was still in store.
  • It started innocuously enough with a kill from freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie), but three straight UNI attack errors were followed by Hart and junior Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) combining on a block to push the lead to 20-15.
  • A UNI kill briefly quelled the momentum, but Hart quickly gained it back with back-to-back kills. Boyer tossed in a kill of her own, and a Panther error made it match point Valpo at 24-16. Fittingly, it was Hart to close out the 10-1 run and the victory with another termination.

Inside the Match

  • Valpo now sits at 6-0 at home this season at the ARC and has dropped just four sets in those six matches.
  • This is the fourth time under head coach Carin Avery that Valpo has won at least its first six home matches of the year. The 2005 squad went a perfect 13-0 for the season at the ARC, while the 2003 team won its first seven home matches and the 2014 team won its first six at home.
  • The victory pushes Valpo’s MVC record to 8-5, three games clear of seventh place with five matches remaining. Only the top six in the final conference standings qualify for the MVC Tournament.
  • The win was Valpo’s third straight in the last two seasons over the Panthers. Prior to the spring 2021 campaign, UNI had won all 14 meetings between the programs.
  • Valpo’s pair of middles both had standout efforts on Monday. McCarthy finished with a match-best 16 kills on .448 hitting and led all players with four blocks as well.
  • With her four blocks, McCarthy now owns 418 career rejections, passing former Valpo great Jessie Fox for fourth in program history.
  • McCarthy also moved past 1,100 kills for her career on Monday and is just 60 kills shy of the program’s all-time top-10 in that category as well.
  • Meanwhile, Hart recorded 14 kills on .444 hitting while chipping in three blocks.
  • Sophomore Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) registered 23 assists to lead the Beacons Monday and Anderson added 21 assists. With 4,365 career assists, Anderson now ranks 15th in MVC history in the category.
  • Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) notched a match-best 20 digs, pushing her career total to 2,965 digs. Swistek reached double figures in the category as well with 14 digs.

Next Up

Valpo (17-7, 8-5) continues a stretch of four straight home matches — its final matches at the ARC this season — on Friday when it hosts MVC-leading Loyola. First serve is slated for 6 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3.