Rylee Cookerly

#7 Rylee Cookerly

Pos. L
Ht. 5-2
Yr. Fr.
Hometown Brownsburg, Ind.
High School Brownsburg

2017: Honored as Midwest Region Freshman of the Year by the AVCA - one of just 10 freshmen in the nation to earn the regional Freshman of the Year accolade, and the lone libero among that group ... also a member of the MVC All-Freshman Team ... stepped right into the starting libero spot for the Crusaders from day one, appearing in all 117 sets ... recorded 686 digs on the season – a new Valpo freshman record and fourth-most overall in a single season in program history ... average of 5.86 digs/set ranked second in the MVC, ninth nationally and topped all Division I freshman, as Cookerly was one of just two rookies to rank among the top-25 in the nation in digs ... led the way as Valpo averaged 20.03 digs/set as a team to lead the nation in the category ... reached double figures in digs in 31 of her 33 matches, including 18 outings with at least 20 digs ... also ranked second on the team in service aces (26) and ranked 10th in the conference in aces/set in MVC-only play ... committed just 12 serve reception errors in MVC play, posting a reception percentage of .969 ... stood out with her play in the back row when the opposition was toughest, highlighted by her debut as a Crusader at Notre Dame Aug. 25, when she set a new school record with 43 digs in a single match ... over five matches against the AVCA’s top-50 teams, raised her average to 7.20 digs/set, while over eight total matches against the AVCA’s top-100 teams, she came in at 6.75 digs/set – well above her overall average ... 43-dig effort at Notre Dame not only set a new program single-match record, but was the third-highest total in a four-set match nationally in 2017 ... earned All-Tournament Team accolades at Notre Dame's Golden Dome Invitational opening weekend ... named MVC Freshman of the Week Sept. 5 after averaging 7.10 digs/set in three matches at SDSU's Jackrabbit Invitational Sept. 1-2, including a 28-dig effort in a three-set match against Northern Arizona ... posted a season-high six assists on three occasions (Sept. 9 versus Binghamton; Oct. 7 at Illinois State; Oct. 20 at Drake) ... tallied a season-best three service aces Oct. 6 in win at Bradley ... registered at least 20 digs in 10 matches against MVC opposition, including a high-water mark of 29 digs at #25 UNI on Oct. 21.

Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs ... three-time All-Conference selection, each of her final three years ... member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Team following her junior season ... named to the PrepVolleyball.com preseason All-America watch list and Defensive Dandies list entering senior year ... helped team capture three county championships and one conference title ... school's all-time leader in digs ... played club volleyball for Circle City Volleyball Club ... helped team earn three bids to USAV and two top-25 finishes ... helped club capture one national qualifier championship ... member of National Honor Society.

Personal: Daughter of Al and Wendy Cookerly ... major is nursing.