Valpo senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) added another honor to her lengthy list of accolades on Tuesday, as she earned a spot on the AVCA All-Midwest Region Team. By virtue of her All-Region award, Cookerly is now eligible for All-American consideration.
The Missouri Valley Conference has cancelled the second quarterfinal match of the 2021 MVC Volleyball Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test result (and subsequent contract tracing) among Valparaiso's Tier I personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches, managers and staff. As a result, Bradley — Valpo's scheduled opponent — will advance to Friday's semifinals and will play Illinois State.
The Valpo volleyball program boasts a pair of major award winners for the first time since joining the Missouri Valley Conference, as senior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) repeated as the conference Libero of the Year and freshman Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) earned Freshman of the Year accolades. Cookerly and Bulmahn were two of four Valpo players honored Wednesday, as senior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) joined Cookerly as a First Team All-MVC honoree and junior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) earned a spot on the Second Team All-MVC.
Freshman setter Victoria Bulmahn became the first Valpo volleyball player to earn a major award in her rookie season since the program joined the Missouri Valley Conference, as she was named the MVC Freshman of the Year Wednesday.
The Valpo volleyball team looks to bring home the spring 2021 Missouri Valley Conference title this week, as the Brown and Gold head to the MVC Championship in Normal, Ill. Valpo enters the tournament as the fifth seed in the eight-team field and will open tournament action Thursday afternoon against fourth-seeded Bradley.
A champion in competition and a champion in the classroom. Valpo senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) combines the best of both worlds, and on Tuesday, Cookerly was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference as its volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Cookerly was joined by teammate Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team.
Valpo senior middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) closed the regular season with an award-winning weekend, as she was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday for her performance on the block in Valpo’s two matches at Evansville.
It was a total team effort as the Valpo volleyball team closed the regular season Sunday at Evansville, as all 14 players in uniform played in a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16) victory over the Purple Aces. With the win, Valpo enters the Missouri Valley Conference Championship as the fifth seed and will open tournament play against fourth-seeded Bradley Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Valpo volleyball team found itself on the wrong end of a three-set match for the first time this year on Saturday evening, as host Evansville earned a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-22) victory in the regular season’s penultimate match.