The Valpo Volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2020-21 academic year, as announced by the AVCA today. It marks the 16th time in the last 18 seasons that the program has earned the award. In addition, Valpo was named to the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative team GPA which ranks among the top 20% of Division I programs.
Excellence both on the court and in the classroom by Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has earned the standout Valpo volleyball libero a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team.
Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Gretchen Kuckkan has transferred to Valpo and will be immediately eligible to play in the fall of 2021. A 6-0 outside hitter, Kuckkan played her first two collegiate seasons at Indiana State.
For the third straight year, Valpo senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team for her excellence in competition and in the classroom. With her First Team Academic All-District selection this year, Cookerly is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
The Valpo volleyball program will host a trio of camps at the ARC this summer, starting with its ValpoVB Skill Camp July 6-8. The next week, the program will host a pair of one-day Elite Camps July 12 and 13.
Some of the key pieces of the success of the Valpo volleyball program over the last few years have announced that they will return for the fall 2021 campaign, as setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll), libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and middle hitter Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) will each utilize the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA to fall sport student-athletes due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020-21 season.
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.