Making its third consecutive postseason appearance and fourth in the last six years, the Valpo volleyball team fell in opening-round action of the 2023 NIVC Thursday evening in Greeley, Colo. to host Northern Colorado, 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-14).
For the third straight year and the fourth time in the last six seasons, the Valpo volleyball program heads to postseason play after earning an at-large bid to the 2023 NIVC. The Beacons will travel to Greeley, Colo. for the tournament's first two rounds, taking on host Northern Colorado in opening-round action on Thursday before a potential second-round matchup against either Wyoming or South Dakota on Friday.
The Valpo volleyball team had a trio of players recognized on Monday as MVC Scholar-Athlete honorees, as the conference announced its Scholar-Athlete squads. Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) was an MVC First Team Scholar-Athlete selection, while Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) both were named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team.
The Valpo volleyball program returns to the postseason for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last six years, as the Beacons learned they had earned an at-large bid to the 2023 National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Sunday evening. Valpo will make the trip to Greeley, Colo. for the tournament’s first two rounds and will face host Northern Colorado on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT.
Valpo volleyball senior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) represented the Beacons on the MVC All-Tournament Team following a strong performance in Valpo’s tournament match.
The Valpo volleyball program will welcome a talented quintet of incoming freshmen for the 2024 campaign, as five players signed during November’s signing period to join the Beacons — including a pair of AVCA All-Americans.
The fifth-seeded Valpo volleyball team kicked off its opening-round match of the MVC Volleyball Tournament against eighth-seeded Belmont by rolling to a first-set win, but the Beacons were unable to take advantage of chances to capture each of the next two sets as the Bruins rallied for a 3-1 (17-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-11) victory which ended Valpo's quest for the tournament title.
The Valpo volleyball team had a pair of players earn postseason recognition Saturday, as fifth-year middle Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) was a First Team All-MVC honoree and senior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) was named Second Team All-MVC.
The Valpo volleyball team heads to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Springfield, Mo. early next week as the fifth seed in the eight-team field. The Beacons, who open tournament play against eighth-seeded Belmont, will have to win four matches in four days to claim the tournament title.