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.
Freshman setter Victoria Bulmahn became the first Valpo volleyball player to earn a major award in her rookie season since the program joined the Missouri Valley Conference, as she was named the MVC Freshman of the Year Wednesday.
The Valpo volleyball team looks to bring home the spring 2021 Missouri Valley Conference title this week, as the Brown and Gold head to the MVC Championship in Normal, Ill. Valpo enters the tournament as the fifth seed in the eight-team field and will open tournament action Thursday afternoon against fourth-seeded Bradley.
A champion in competition and a champion in the classroom. Valpo senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) combines the best of both worlds, and on Tuesday, Cookerly was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference as its volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Cookerly was joined by teammate Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team.
Valpo senior middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) closed the regular season with an award-winning weekend, as she was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday for her performance on the block in Valpo’s two matches at Evansville.
It was a total team effort as the Valpo volleyball team closed the regular season Sunday at Evansville, as all 14 players in uniform played in a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16) victory over the Purple Aces. With the win, Valpo enters the Missouri Valley Conference Championship as the fifth seed and will open tournament play against fourth-seeded Bradley Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Valpo volleyball team found itself on the wrong end of a three-set match for the first time this year on Saturday evening, as host Evansville earned a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-22) victory in the regular season’s penultimate match.
The Valpo volleyball team brings the regular season to a close this weekend as it travels downstate for its two-match series at Evansville Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Seedings for next week’s MVC Tournament is still up for grabs, as Valpo could enter the tournament as anywhere from the third seed through the seventh seed.
Valpo freshman setter Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) was recognized by the MVC office as the conference Freshman of the Week for the third time this season following her performances last weekend against Indiana State.
The Valpo volleyball team closed out the 2020-21 home schedule at the ARC on Monday, winning the first set from Indiana State before the Sycamores came back to earn a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-20) victory. Valpo celebrated the careers of seniors Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and Ally Cummings (Novi, Mich./Novi) following the match as it concluded its senior weekend.
The Valpo volleyball team made it seven wins in its last eight matches Sunday afternoon at the ARC, sweeping Indiana State (25-21, 25-12, 25-22) to kick off its final weekend of home matches and secure a berth in the MVC Tournament. Sunday marked the start of Senior Weekend, as the program recognized senior Melissa Flynders (Mokena, Ill./Providence Catholic) following the match, while fellow senior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) tied Valpo’s record for kills in a three-set match in the 25-point era with a dominant 20-kill performance.
In the middle of a tight pack in the MVC standings with two weekends of regular season play remaining, the Valpo volleyball team looks to carry the momentum from last weekend’s sweep into its final home series of the season as it hosts Indiana State on Sunday and Monday. Valpo will honor its three seniors who will be playing their final matches at the ARC over the course of the two days.
The Valpo volleyball team made quick work of visiting UNI at the ARC Monday afternoon, defeating the Panthers in straight sets (25-15, 25-18, 27-25) to complete the weekend sweep of the two-match series. Senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) checked off yet another accomplishment in her sterling career, cracking the NCAA Division I top-25 chart for career digs.
The Valpo volleyball team earned a historic win Sunday afternoon at the ARC, defeating UNI for the first time in program history in a hard-fought 3-2 (26-24, 25-17, 25-27, 23-25, 15-13) victory in a key Missouri Valley Conference match.
With just three weekends left in the regular season, every match becomes vital in the battle for placement in the standings and for tournament seeding. This weekend sees the Valpo volleyball team welcome UNI to the ARC for a pair of matches against teams who enter the weekend separated by just one game in the MVC standings.
The Valpo volleyball team looked to carry momentum from Sunday’s sweep into Monday’s rematch with Bradley at the ARC, claiming the first set handily, but the visiting Braves came back and won the next three sets to earn a 3-1 (18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-19) victory as the two squads split the two-match series. The loss ended Valpo’s winning streak at four consecutive matches.
After five consecutive matches away from home, the Valpo volleyball team returned home to the ARC in style Sunday afternoon, earning a 3-0 (25-13, 28-26, 25-20) sweep over a Bradley squad which entered the series in second place in the MVC standings. A well-rounded team effort resulted in the Brown and Gold extending their winning streak to four consecutive matches, matching the program’s longest conference winning streak since joining the MVC.
Coming off a thrilling conclusion to a two-match sweep at Drake, the Valpo volleyball team returns home to the ARC for six straight matches, starting with a two-match series Sunday and Monday versus Bradley. Valpo carries a three-match winning streak into this weekend’s series against a Braves squad which is currently second in the MVC standings, making it the third straight weekend Valpo will face a team in second place in the conference.
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.
The Valpo volleyball team rebounded from a close loss on Sunday with a strong performance Monday to earn a series split with Southern Illinois at the ARC, downing the Salukis by a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15) final. Senior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) posted the third-most digs by a Valpo player in a four-set match in the 25-point era, and in the process, moved up both the Valpo and the MVC career digs charts.
The Valpo volleyball team saw both of its outside hitters achieve career highs in the kills column on Sunday at the ARC, as senior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) posted 23 kills and junior Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) tallied 22 kills, while sophomore Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) posted a career-best 23 digs defensively, but it wouldn’t be enough as Southern Illinois took a tight fifth set to earn a 3-2 (25-17, 17-25, 27-25, 22-25, 15-13) victory in MVC play.
Valpo returns home to the ARC this weekend for its lone home matches in a nine-match stretch, welcoming Southern Illinois to town on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. and Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.
The Valpo volleyball team twice erased one-set deficits Monday afternoon in MVC play at Missouri State, forcing a decisive fifth set thanks to a stellar offensive performance in the fourth set, but was unable to carry the momentum into the final frame as the Bears earned a 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 17-25, 15-6) win.
Despite getting a career-high 19 kills on Sunday from senior Jaclyn Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon), the Valpo volleyball team dropped the opening match of a back-to-back series at Missouri State by a 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 26-24, 25-20) final.
With the opening week of play under its belt, Valpo makes the longest conference road trip of the season this weekend, traveling down to Missouri State for its first back-to-back two-game series of the season. The Brown and Gold will take on the Bears on Sunday and Monday afternoon.
Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that the program has added a nonconference match later this month at Notre Dame. That matchup will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT. Any broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
After making her collegiate debut with a pair of stellar performances in victories last week, Valpo volleyball freshman setter Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week.
Valpo volleyball senior libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has started off right where she left off last season, as the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday for her back row play in a pair of Valpo wins last week.
The Valpo volleyball team opened its spring 2021 home schedule in style Monday afternoon at the ARC, putting together a strong offensive performance to claim a 3-1 (27-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21) victory over Loyola in MVC play. Three Valpo players finished the match in double figures in kills, led by 16 from senior Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton).
It was an extremely tight match as the Valpo volleyball team returned to action in a neutral-site battle with Butler in Chicago Friday afternoon, featuring 26 ties and 15 lead changes in three sets which all went right down to the wire. In all three sets, it was Valpo which came away with the key points late, as the Brown and Gold earned a 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-23) sweep of the Bulldogs to earn their first win of the 2021 spring season.
Resiliency, fight, scrappiness. Those are attributes which Valpo volleyball has embraced over the years, and which applied just as much to the team’s season opener at Loyola on Monday afternoon. Trailing two sets to none, down 7-1 in the third set and playing without a true setter, Valpo battled to the final point, as it rallied to take sets three and four before falling just short in the fifth set as the Ramblers came away with a 3-2 (25-18, 25-9, 23-25, 15-25, 15-10) win.
423 days after departing the court following the 2019 MVC Tournament semifinal, the Valpo volleyball team is finally back in action this coming week as it kicks off its spring 2021 schedule. Valpo will jump right into MVC play with a home-and-home series against Loyola over the next two Mondays, opening the season Jan. 25 in Chicago, and will also play a neutral-site match against Butler next Friday, Jan. 29.
The Valpo volleyball program announced three match dates this afternoon as the start of the spring 2021 season approaches next week, while the Brown and Gold were also picked to finish in seventh place in the Missouri Valley Conference as the MVC released its preseason poll today.
A set of four student-athletes who have enjoyed tremendous success on both the individual and the team level have signed with the Valpo volleyball program as freshmen for the 2021-22 school year, as announced by head coach Carin Avery today.
Valpo volleyball senior Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference on Wednesday as a featured student-athlete in the latest edition of the conference’s Scholar-Athlete Spotlight.
The Valpo volleyball program is set to play 18 Missouri Valley Conference matches during the spring semester starting in early February, as the conference announced a revamped schedule this week.
Over the last three years, there’s been one constant around the ARC during the fall — Rylee Cookerly diving around, patrolling the back row for the Valpo volleyball program and racking up massive dig totals as she attempts to cement herself as one of the best liberos in Valpo and Missouri Valley Conference history.
Based on continuing uncertainty around the ability to play full-season league schedules safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the lack of a fall NCAA championship opportunity, the Missouri Valley Conference has announced the postponement of Conference schedules and championships in MVC-sponsored fall sports.
The Valpo volleyball program continues to excel in the classroom, as it was named a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award this week. The award, which is based on the 2019-20 academic year, marks the 15th time in the last 17 years that Valpo has earned the honor.