October 15, 20221st2nd3rd4thFinal
0.094Hitting Pct.0.219
128Total Attacks146
Cooper - 13
KillsHolterhaus - 19
Bulmahn - 17
AssistsAlden - 38
Bulmahn - 2
Swistek - 2
AcesPetersen - 2
Petersen - 2
Alden - 2
Hickey - 27
DigsPetersen - 18
Strongman - 7
BlocksSpies - 4
Beacons Drop Four-Set Match at MVC Leader UNI Saturday
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Beacons Drop Four-Set Match at MVC Leader UNI Saturday
Kara Cooper had a team-high 13 kills on .379 hitting Saturday.

The Valpo volleyball team claimed the first set at MVC leading UNI Saturday night in Cedar Falls, Iowa and had a couple opportunities to take the third set, but the Beacons eventually fell in a 3-1 final (20-25, 25-16, 27-25, 25-18) to the host Panthers.

How It Happened

  • Valpo took control of the opening set with a 14-4 stretch which turned a 10-8 deficit into a 22-14 advantage. Senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) had three kills during the run, while the Beacons had four team blocks as well as they went on top.
  • UNI closed to within 24-20 late in the set, but a service error by the Panthers ended the opener in the Beacons’ favor.
  • UNI led from the start of the second set in evening the match at one set apiece.
  • Valpo led from the jump in the third frame as it ran out to a quick 6-2 advantage. As the set hit the late stages, the Beacons extended their lead to its apex of seven at 22-15.
  • The Panthers scored four in a row at that point, and after Cooper picked up a kill, scored four more in a row in an 8-1 run which tied the set at 23-all. Valpo had two set point opportunities at 24-23 and 25-24, but UNI sided out on both attempts and then scored the final two points of the set to rally for the set win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
  • UNI gained control early in the fourth set and eventually pulled out to a nine-point lead at 19-10. Valpo rallied with eight of the next 10 points to close the deficit to three at 21-18 before the Panthers closed out the match with four consecutive points.

Inside the Match

  • Combined with Friday’s loss at Drake, the Beacons suffered consecutive defeats for the first time this season.
  • Valpo was limited to .094 hitting by the UNI defense on Saturday night, its second-lowest hitting percentage of the year. The Beacons had two of their three lowest marks on the attack of the season on the weekend.
  • UNI held a 61-36 advantage in kills.
  • Cooper was the only Valpo player to reach double figures in kills, posting 13 kills on .379 hitting. Fellow right side Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was the only other Beacon to record more than four kills, finishing with seven terminations.
  • Freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led all players with 27 digs, her 16th effort of at least 20 digs this season.
  • Valpo out-blocked UNI on the night as a team, 13-8. Senior Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) had a match-high seven rejections to tie her season high, while Boyer set a season high with blocks, a mark matched by junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais).

Next Up

Valpo (17-4, 5-4 MVC) continues a challenging stretch of matches away from home next weekend with the MSU/SIU road swing. The road weekend begins Friday night at Missouri State at 6 p.m.