The Valpo volleyball team fell twice on Friday at the Stacheville Challenge in Clarksville, Tenn., dropping a 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-15) decision to Big Ten foe Indiana to start the day before succumbing 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-18, 25-20) to host Austin Peary Friday night.
How It Happened – Indiana
- Valpo was within 15-12 in the opening set against IU before a 6-1 run gave the Hoosiers separation on their way to claiming the opener.
- Indiana scored seven of the first nine points of the second set, and the Beacons were unable to get any closer than three points the rest of the way.
- Valpo rallied from a 10-5 deficit in set three to close to within 12-10, but IU came back with seven points in a row on its way to closing out the sweep.
How It Happened – Austin Peay
- APSU scored the match’s first six points and led by as many as eight points in the opening frame. Valpo was able to close the deficit to four points multiple times late in the set, but got no closer as the Governors took the opener.
- The second set was a complete 180 from the first, as Valpo jumped out to a 14-4 lead and cruised to the frame win to even the match, limiting APSU to .030 hitting for the set.
- Valpo led 7-4 early in set three before a 7-1 run by Austin Peay put the Governors in front. The Beacons posted back-to-back points to close to within 11-10, but APSU reeled off five points in a row to take control and go up 2-1 in the match.
- Austin Peay held a 7-3 edge in set four, but Valpo rallied to take the lead at 10-9. The Beacons extended their advantage to three points past the midway point of the frame and led 15-12. APSU turned the tables there, however, scoring 13 of the final 18 points of the match to close out its win.
Inside the Matches
- Valpo was limited to .000 hitting against IU, posting just 22 kills against 22 attack errors, as no Beacon had more than five kills.
- Fifth-year outside Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) tied for match-high honors against the Hoosiers with 12 digs and narrowly missed a double-double in the nightcap, registering nine kills and nine digs versus APSU.
- Senior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) recorded a team-best 10 kills on .350 hitting against the hosts Friday night and also paced the Beacons with four blocks.
- Fifth-year middle Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) hit .636 with seven kills against APSU, while sophomore Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led the back row with 14 digs.
Valpo (5-4) looks to close the weekend on a winning note Saturday afternoon as it takes on Lindenwood at noon. No video stream is available, but live stats will be active via ValpoAthletics.com.