A set of four student-athletes who have enjoyed tremendous success on both the individual and the team level have signed with the Valpo volleyball program as freshmen for the 2021-22 school year, as announced by head coach Carin Avery today.
Valpo volleyball senior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference on Wednesday as a featured student-athlete in the latest edition of the conference’s Scholar-Athlete Spotlight.
The Valpo volleyball program is set to play 18 Missouri Valley Conference matches during the spring semester starting in early February, as the conference announced a revamped schedule this week.
Over the last three years, there’s been one constant around the ARC during the fall — Rylee Cookerly diving around, patrolling the back row for the Valpo volleyball program and racking up massive dig totals as she attempts to cement herself as one of the best liberos in Valpo and Missouri Valley Conference history.
Based on continuing uncertainty around the ability to play full-season league schedules safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the lack of a fall NCAA championship opportunity, the Missouri Valley Conference has announced the postponement of Conference schedules and championships in MVC-sponsored fall sports.
The Valpo volleyball program continues to excel in the classroom, as it was named a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award this week. The award, which is based on the 2019-20 academic year, marks the 15th time in the last 17 years that Valpo has earned the honor.