It went right down to the wire, but for the first time in seven five-set matches this season, the Valpo volleyball team came out on the wrong end of the decisive fifth frame, as host Illinois State earned a 3-2 (25-19, 29-31, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13) win Saturday evening. During the match, fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) moved into the top-20 in Missouri Valley Conference history in career assists.
After falling behind two sets to none, the Valpo volleyball team attempted to put together one of its trademark rallies to come from behind for a victory Friday, but host Bradley thwarted the comeback attempt in extra points in the fourth set as the Beacons fell to the Braves by a 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 24-26) final.
For the third time in the first four weekends of MVC play, Valpo heads on the road, making the trip to central Illinois this weekend to face Bradley Friday evening and Illinois State Saturday night. The three teams are three of five separated by just a game for second through sixth place in the Valley standings approaching the halfway mark of the conference schedule.
In a matchup of the top two teams in the MVC standings entering the weekend, the Valpo volleyball team fell Friday evening at Loyola, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-18).
After a busy weekend of action last week, it’s a light slate for the Valpo volleyball team this week, as the Beacons face just a single match - a Friday evening contest at Loyola. The matchup pits the top two teams in the MVC standings against each other.
For the sixth time this season, the Valpo volleyball team had a match go to a decisive fifth set, and for the sixth time, it was the Beacons standing victorious at the end of the night, as Valpo took down visiting Drake at the ARC Monday evening, 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-9). Early in the first set, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) reached the 1,000-kill mark for her career.
Two wins last weekend for the Valpo volleyball team led to two Beacons being honored by Monday as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its weekly award winners. Senior middle hitter Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) was named the MVC Player of the Week and fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Week.
A hot and humid ARC was the site for a battle in Missouri Valley Conference action Saturday evening, and when the dust settled, the Valpo volleyball team held serve on its home floor, taking down Evansville by a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23) final for a Homecoming Saturday victory.
It was a spectacular way to kick off Homecoming weekend Friday evening at the ARC, as Valpo volleyball took to the court for its home opener in front of a raucous crowd and made quick work of visiting Indiana State, sweeping the Sycamores 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21). Along the way, fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) reached yet another milestone, becoming the Missouri Valley Conference career digs record holder.