For a squad which had played and won a number of dramatic five-set matches in the first three weekends, the Valpo volleyball team switched gears on Friday at the SIUE Cougar Classic. It took the Beacons the minimum six sets to finish up sweeps of Western Illinois (25-11, 25-19, 25-18) and host SIUE (25-13, 25-21, 25-17) and to claim their second tournament title of the season.
The Valpo volleyball team closes out pre-conference play this weekend at the SIUE Cougar Classic with a pair of matches, taking on Western Illinois in addition to the hosts. Both matches will be played on Friday as the Beacons wrap up their 11-match nonconference schedule.
On its final day of action at Toledo’s Blue & Gold Classic Saturday, the Valpo volleyball team continued its dominance in five-set matches, winning a thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 26-28, 15-11) contest over the host Rockets in the early afternoon. Having to turn around and play their final tournament match just 45 minutes after the end of the marathon against Toledo, the Beacons battled in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-23) loss to South Dakota State to conclude the tournament. Senior outside Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.
The Valpo volleyball team used a total team effort to keep its momentum from last weekend rolling into this weekend, as 14 players saw action in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) sweep of Youngstown State Friday afternoon in the Beacon’s opener at Toledo’s Blue & Gold Invitational. The win is Valpo’s fifth in a row.
Coming off a thrilling tournament victory at the Golden Eagle Invitational last weekend, the Valpo volleyball team takes aim at a second straight tournament title this weekend as it travels to Toledo for the Blue & Gold Tournament. The Beacons will face Youngstown State and South Dakota State in addition to the host Rockets.
Following an MVP performance last weekend at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational, Valpo volleyball middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week this afternoon.
Three members of the Valpo volleyball team received All-Tournament Team accolades following the Beacons’ championship performance this weekend at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational. Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) was tabbed the tournament MVP, while Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) and Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) joined McCarthy on the All-Tournament Team.
In a microcosm of the drama of the first two weeks of the season, the Valpo volleyball team found itself down two sets Saturday morning against South Alabama, won the next two frames to force a fifth set, faced a Jaguars match point in the final set and then rallied with three straight points to complete an exhilarating 3-2 (20-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-22, 16-14) victory and claim the Golden Eagle Invitational championship. Along the way Saturday, Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) moved into third place in program history in career assists.
It was a tale of two completely opposite paths in Valpo volleyball’s two matches on Friday at the Golden Eagle Invitational in Cookeville, Tenn., but in the end, the result was the same — a win. The Beacons took down UNC Asheville, 3-0 (25-23, 25-9, 25-21) in their tournament opener and then won a five-set battle with host Tennessee Tech, 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 18-16) to cap the day. Along the way, Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) moved into the top-10 in NCAA history in career digs and Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) posted the second-best hitting percentage in a five-set match in program history.
The Valpo volleyball team continues early-season tournament action this weekend with a road trip to Cookeville, Tenn. to compete at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational. The Beacons will take on UNC Asheville and South Alabama in addition to host TTU over the two-day event.
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced that single-game tickets for football and volleyball will go on sale on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Central Time.
For the second time in as many days, the Valpo volleyball team came out on the right end of a match that went the distance, as the Beacons rallied late in the fifth set to earn the 3-2 (25-17, 25-23, 15-25, 15-25, 15-13) victory over host Milwaukee Sunday in the finale of the Panther Invitational. Valpo finished in second place in the four-team tournament, with middles Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) representing the team on the All-Tournament Team.
The Valpo volleyball team opened the 2021 season in dramatic fashion Saturday at the Panther Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis., dropping the first two sets of its opener to UC Santa Barbara before rallying for a 3-2 (23-25, 14-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-10) victory over the Gauchos. In their second match of the day, the Beacons battled Big Ten foe Illinois, falling 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-20).
The Valpo volleyball team competes in the traditional fall season for the first time since 2019, starting this weekend with a trip to Milwaukee to take part in the Panther Invitational. The challenging slate of three matches opens on Saturday morning against UC Santa Barbara.
The two-time reigning Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year, Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) represented the Valpo volleyball program on the preseason All-MVC Team released by the conference Wednesday morning. The Beacons were picked to finish in seventh place in the conference this year in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches.
Just five short months after the conclusion of the spring 2021 campaign, the Valpo volleyball team is gearing up to return to action this fall as it announced its schedule for the upcoming season today.
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.