October 01, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Loyola Chicago191525161
.214Hitting Pct..121
140Total Attacks132
Graboski - 13
KillsMaciagowski - 17
Anderson - 43
AssistsWolf - 38
Anderson - 2
Ketcham - 2
AcesWolf - 1
Nunez - 1
Moser - 1
Cookerly - 19
DigsSpieker - 19
Bronner - 3
Anderson - 3
Graboski - 3
BlocksVan Grinsven - 5
Volleyball Picks Up First MVC Victory at Loyola
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Volleyball Picks Up First MVC Victory at Loyola
Jaclyn Bulmahn tallied five kills on six swings in the fourth set.

The Valparaiso University volleyball team earned its first victory as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference on Sunday afternoon, going on the road to Loyola and downing the Ramblers in four sets (25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 25-16).

How It Happened

  • Valpo used an early 11-3 run to gain control of the first set, pulling out to a 12-5 lead. Loyola would get no closer than four points the rest of the way as the Crusaders claimed the opener.
  • Loyola hit at a negative rate in the second set as Valpo was never threatened in taking a 2-0 lead in the match. The Crusaders reeled off the first five points of the frame and put together another five-point spurt in the middle of the set to go ahead 14-4.
  • The third set started off on a positive note for the Crusaders as well, as they scored four of the first five points of the set. But Loyola responded with a 5-1 run and would never trail again. Tied at 9-9, the Ramblers went on an 8-2 run to go ahead 17-11, and after Valpo scored three straight to close within three, Loyola scored the next five in eventually forcing a fourth set.
  • But the Crusaders would not be denied their first MVC win, hitting at a sterling .500 clip with 17 kills in the final set. Redshirt junior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) put down six kills on just eight swings in the decisive frame, while freshman Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) needed just six attacks to record five kills.

Inside the Match

  • Bulmahn matched her season best for kills with her fourth-set effort alone, finishing with five kills on .444 hitting for the match.
  • Senior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) again led the Crusader offense, registering 13 kills on .281 hitting.
  • Ketcham ended the win with her fourth double-double of the year, totaling 12 kills and 14 digs.
  • Freshman Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) handed out 43 assists in the victory while fellow rookie Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tied for match-high honors with 19 digs.
  • Valpo finished with a 50-43 advantage in kills over the Ramblers and hit at a .214 clip to Loyola’s .121 hitting percentage.
  • While Loyola holds a 27-16 edge in the all-time series, the Crusaders are 11-2 all-time against the Ramblers within conference play. Valpo and Loyola previously shared league membership from 2007 through 2012.

Next Up

Valpo (8-8, 1-3 MVC) continues this road swing in conference play on Friday evening from Peoria, Ill. as the Crusaders take on Bradley. First serve is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast live on The Valley on ESPN3. Links for the live video, as well as live stats, will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.