October 15, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
.167Hitting Pct..226
168Total Attacks164
Boyer - 11
KillsCoggin - 14
Anderson - 22
AssistsKauling - 42
Swistek - 2
AcesKauling - 2
Demirkol - 2
Sparks - 2
Camlin - 2
Cookerly - 23
DigsSparks - 23
Cooper - 4
McCarthy - 4
BlocksCoggin - 6
Volleyball Falls at Bradley Friday
Friday, October 15, 2021
Volleyball Falls at Bradley Friday
Maddy Boyer led Valpo in kills and hitting percentage Friday.

After falling behind two sets to none, the Valpo volleyball team attempted to put together one of its trademark rallies to come from behind for a victory Friday, but host Bradley thwarted the comeback attempt in extra points in the fourth set as the Beacons fell to the Braves by a 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 24-26) final.

How It Happened

  • The first set’s decisive moment came around the halfway mark, as Bradley scored six straight points to go up 14-8. Valpo cut the deficit to three points four times after that point, the latest coming at 22-19, but the Braves scored the final three points of the set to claim the opener.
  • The second set was Bradley’s from the start, as the Braves scored the first four points and extended their lead to double figures at 15-5. Valpo came back with eight of the next 10 points to close to within 17-13, but was unable to get any closer than four the rest of the way.
  • The third set saw the two squads vie for control, as it contained nine ties and three lead changes. Through the first half of the frame, it was Bradley maintaining a narrow lead.
  • With the Braves up 15-12, Valpo unleashed a seven-point spurt to take control. The 7-0 run featured two kills and a block from fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) and two kills by junior right side Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), the second of which forced Bradley’s second timeout of the set with Valpo up 19-15.
  • Kills from junior right side Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) ended three of the final six rallies in the third set, including Valpo’s second set point chance as the Beacons sent the match to a fourth set.
  • Again in the fourth frame, the two teams battled to take control. Valpo put together the first big run of the set, scoring five in a row to take a 15-11 lead.
  • It was still a 19-15 lead for Valpo before four straight from Bradley evened things up at 19-all. After the teams traded sideouts, however, Valpo scored four of the next five — two coming courtesy of kills from freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) — to earn set point at 24-21.
  • On the verge of forcing a fifth set, where they’ve dominated all season, the Beacons fell victim to one final Bradley run, as the Braves scored the final five points of the match to close out a four-set win.

Inside the Match

  • The defeat was just Valpo’s second of the year when claiming at least one set, as it entered Friday 13-1 when winning at least one set.
  • McCarthy moved into sixth place in program history in career blocks with a rejection late in the third set. She tied for team-high honors Friday with four blocks, to go with 10 kills, and ended the night with 390 career blocks.
  • Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) dished out 22 assists Friday and now owns 4,234 career assists, just 22 away from cracking the top-20 in MVC history in the category.
  • Boyer tallied a team-high 11 kills on .304 hitting, her third career effort in double figures in the kills department.
  • Swistek joined Boyer and McCarthy in double figures with 10 kills and matched her season high with 16 digs as well to finish with her third double-double of the year.
  • Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tied for match-high honors with 23 digs, while junior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) added 14 digs.

Next Up

Valpo (13-5, 4-3 MVC) closes out the weekend Saturday night at Illinois State with a 7 p.m. first serve. The match can be seen live on ESPN3.