November 15, 20231st2nd3rdFinal
0.154Hitting Pct.0.233
104Total Attacks103
Ravotto - 13
KillsDelucchi - 17
Kois - 14
AssistsWafeek - 18
Ravotto - 1
Januski - 1
Swistek - 1
Hickey - 1
Thomas - 1
AcesOldendorf - 4
Kisic - 4
Hickey - 19
DigsKisic - 9
Januski - 6
BlocksWoodard - 7
Volleyball Falls at UIC to Close Regular Season
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Volleyball Falls at UIC to Close Regular Season
Bella Ravotto led Valpo in kills for the third straight match Wednesday.

The Valpo volleyball team shut the door on the 2023 regular season on Wednesday evening in Chicago, falling in straight sets to host UIC (25-20, 25-21, 25-19). The Beacons will enter the 2023 MVC Tournament as the fifth seed, opening tournament play against Belmont Sunday afternoon.

How It Happened

  • Valpo led in the early stages of the opening set, while the middle portion of the frame became a struggle to gain control.
  • The Beacons led as late as 17-16 following a kill by Olivia Blackketter (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington South [Winthrop]) before three straight UIC points gave the Flames the lead for good. Valpo was still within one at 20-19, but UIC closed the set on a 5-1 run to take the opener.
  • The opening part of the second set was a story of back-and-forth runs. UIC opened the frame with a 4-1 spurt, followed by six consecutive points for the Beacons — featuring a kill and a solo block from Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).
  • UIC responded immediately with six straight points of its own to regain a three-point lead. The Flames extended their advantage to as many as five points at 21-16 before one final Valpo push, as the Beacons scored five of the next six — including two kills and a block by Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) — to close to within 22-21. UIC reeled off three straight points to close the set, however, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
  • The start of the third set belonged to UIC, as the Flames scored the set’s first seven points en route to a 12-2 lead.
  • Valpo had a couple mini-spurts to try to slice down the deficit, but UIC still led by eight late at 21-13. The Beacons continued battling, however, and scored the next six in a row — including a trio of blocks — to get to within two at 21-19, but UIC closed out the match with four straight of its own.

Inside the Match

  • Ravotto paced the Beacons with 13 kills, her third consecutive match leading the way in the category.
  • Strongman added seven kills on just 11 swings, hitting at a .545 clip.
  • Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led all players defensively with 19 digs and is now within two of cracking 600 total digs this season.
  • Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) finished in double figures in digs as well, posting 10.
  • Valpo finished with a 10-9 advantage in blocks over the Flames, the 10th time this season the Beacons have posted double digits in blocks and the third time they’ve done so in a three-set match.
  • Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) led the individual efforts at the net with six rejections, pushing her season total to 111 blocks.
  • Maddie Moan (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock [Milwaukee]) was in on four blocks as well, setting a season high
  • The Flames finished the match out-hitting Valpo, .233-.154, and tallied 12 service aces to the Beacons’ five.

Next Up

Valpo (18-13, 10-8 MVC) heads to the MVC Tournament in Springfield, Mo., starting on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. as the fifth-seeded Beacons face eighth-seeded Belmont. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ESPN+.