After a road sweep at Drake this past weekend which was capped by a thrilling come-from-behind five-set win in a record-setting performance, the Valpo volleyball team claimed two of the Missouri Valley Conference’s three weekly awards on Tuesday. Sophomore Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman setter Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) claimed MVC Freshman of the Week honors.
It doesn’t matter whether they’re playing in the fall or in the spring, you always know what you’re going to get from the Valpo volleyball team — a scrappy, blue-collar squad who will fight to keep every attack from hitting the ground and will battle to win every point. On Monday evening in Des Moines, the Brown and Gold took that to another level, as Valpo held off four Drake match point chances in the fourth set and then rallied from down 8-3 in the fifth set to earn a thrilling 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 18-25, 29-27, 15-13) victory over the Bulldogs to earn the series sweep. Over the course of the five sets, Valpo recorded 134 total digs to set a program record — not just for the 25-point era, but for any match in the rally-scoring era.
A strong all-around team effort lifted the Valpo volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 24-26, 25-19) victory on the road in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake in MVC action on Sunday. The first match of the back-to-back saw the Brown and Gold tally 106 digs, one of the best efforts in a four-set match in program history.
Valpo opens up the second half of its spring 2021 schedule this weekend as it concludes a five-match road trip with contests Sunday and Monday at Drake.
Valpo volleyball senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week today, her second award of the season, after another trio of stellar performances in the back row last week.
Trailing two sets to one in its series finale Monday at Illinois State, the Valpo volleyball team led start to finish to claim set four and then crushed the host Redbirds with the program’s most dominant fifth set performance in the rally-scoring era to finish out a 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-2) victory and earn a split of the two-match series. The win was Valpo’s first over Illinois State since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Valpo volleyball team returned to MVC play Sunday in Normal, Ill. with the first of back-to-back matches at Illinois State, but despite evening the match with a second-set victory, it eventually fell to the host Redbirds by a 3-1 (25-12, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21) final. During the match, senior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) moved into second position in program history and fifth all-time in MVC history in career digs.
The Valpo volleyball team gave #13 Notre Dame all it could handle in a non-conference road matchup on Thursday afternoon, winning back-to-back sets after dropping the first set, but in the end, it was the Fighting Irish who earned a 3-2 (25-14, 19-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-10) victory. Senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tallied 40 digs, one of the top efforts in the category in the nation this season and tied for the most in a five-set match in program history.
Valpo returns to the road this week, where it will play each of its next five matches. The Brown and Gold step out of MVC play for the second and final time this year on Thursday with the short trip over to nationally-ranked Notre Dame, and then Valpo heads to Normal, Ill. for its two-match series at Illinois State.