September 04, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
Notre Dame2525253
ValpoTeam StatsND
0.067Hitting Pct.0.176
135Total Attacks142
Cooper - 7
Ravotto - 7
KillsMeuth - 11
Anderson - 16
AssistsNunez - 43
Anderson - 1
Cookerly - 19
DigsSchmidt - 20
Cooper - 3
BlocksBaer - 3
Volleyball Falls at Notre Dame Wednesday Evening
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Volleyball Falls at Notre Dame Wednesday Evening
Bella Ravotto tallied seven kills and 12 digs while playing close to home Wednesday.

The Valpo volleyball team took a brief step away from early-season tournament action Wednesday night at Notre Dame, but a hard-fought three-set battle went the way of the Fighting Irish, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-23).

How It Happened

  • Valpo pulled out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening set, but Notre Dame came back to take a lead it would not relinquish at 8-7.
  • The Irish led by as many as six points in the opener on multiple occasions, the latest coming at 22-16. Valpo rallied to create late drama, going on a 5-0 run which included a kill and a block from freshman Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), to close to within one point.
  • Notre Dame scored the next two points to earn set point at 24-21, but sophomore Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) came up with consecutive kills to make it 24-23. The Irish finished out the set on their third set point chance, however, on a kill by Lauren Wenzel.
  • The second set saw Valpo hold a slight lead at the halfway point before Notre Dame scored 10 straight points to take control and eventually take a 2-0 lead in the match.
  • The third set was back-and-forth throughout the first half of the frame, and again it was Valpo with a slim advantage halfway through. A three-point spurt, including a kill by junior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon), gave the Brown and Gold some separation with a 16-13 lead.
  • Much like set two, however, Notre Dame went on a long run. This one was an 8-1 spell which gave the Fighting Irish a 21-17 advantage.
  • The teams traded sideouts for the next six points, giving ND match point at 24-20. But one point at a time, Valpo kept the match alive – first on a block by Bulmahn and junior Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton), then on an ND attack error, and then on a McCarthy kill. Finally, with Valpo having closed within one point, a long rally went the way of the Irish on a kill by Charley Niego to end the match.

Inside the Match

  • Wednesday marked the 28th meeting all-time between Valpo and Notre Dame, one of the Crusaders’ most-common non-conference opponents in program history.
  • Valpo’s offense was limited to 31 kills on .067 hitting on Wednesday, as the Irish held Valpo below a .100 hitting percentage in all three sets. Notre Dame finished with 46 kills on .176 hitting
  • A pair of freshmen tied for team-high honors in kills. Cooper posted seven kills on .263 hitting while also recording a team-best three blocks. Meanwhile, Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) also amassed seven kills and added 12 digs while playing in front of a sizable hometown contingent.
  • Junior Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) finished with her second consecutive double-double, tallying 16 assists and 13 digs.
  • Junior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tallied a team-best 19 digs.
  • The Valpo back row did its job in serve receive on Wednesday, as Notre Dame did not tally a single ace. Through four matches and 15 sets, Valpo has been aced just eight times so far this season.

Next Up

Valpo (2-2) heads to Kent State’s Golden Flashes Classic this weekend. The tournament opens for the Crusaders with a pair of matches on Friday – 11 a.m. CT versus Idaho State, and then 6 p.m. CT against the hosts. Both matches will have live video and live stats available via