September 15, 20231st2nd3rd4thFinal
0.17Hitting Pct.0.252
153Total Attacks151
Ravotto - 10
Strongman - 10
Januski - 10
Swistek - 10
KillsJones - 13
Kois - 24
AssistsBeekman - 29
Kois - 3
AcesHummert - 4
Hickey - 19
DigsBanitt - 13
Strongman - 3
BlocksJones - 11
Volleyball Falls in Tournament Opener to SIUE
Friday, September 15, 2023
Volleyball Falls in Tournament Opener to SIUE
Addy Kois dished out 24 assists and tallied nine digs Friday.

The Valpo volleyball team opened its final preconference tournament of the 2023 season at the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational, falling in four sets (28-26, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20) to SIUE.

How It Happened

  • Valpo jumped out in front in the opening set, scoring the first three points and leading throughout the first half of the set. The Cougars put together a 6-1 run mid-set, however, to pull in front, 16-14.
  • The Beacons responded with a 7-1 run of their own, which included two kills from fifth-year middle Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]), to regain a 21-17 advantage.
  • The lead was still four points at 22-18, leaving Valpo three points from claiming the opener, before SIUE reeled off five points in a row to go in front, 23-22. The Beacons were unable to regain the lead from there, and despite holding off three set points, the Cougars eventually took the set on their fourth chance.
  • It was SIUE with a quick start to the second set, scoring six of the frame’s first eight points. But Valpo answered immediately, turning a 7-3 deficit into an 18-13 lead with a 15-6 stretch which featured six consecutive servers serving multiple times in a row. The big push came at 13-13, as the Beacons reeled off five straight points — including back-to-back kills from fifth-year outside Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).
  • SIUE closed to within two points at 18-16, but a big service run by Strongman — featuring multiple kills from redshirt sophomore right side Sam Warren (Kentland, Ind./South Newton) — restored a significant lead for the Beacons. On its third set point chance, a kill from junior outside Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) finished off the set for Valpo, evening the match at one set each.
  • Valpo led 11-9 approaching the midway point of set three before an SIUE 8-2 run gave the Cougars control. The Beacons closed back to within 17-15, but five in a row by SIUE shut the door on a comeback attempt as SIUE took a 2-1 lead in the match.
  • A 6-1 run in the early stages of the fourth set turned a one-point Valpo edge into a 12-8 lead for SIUE. The Beacons were unable to cut the deficit to less than two points the rest of the way.

Inside the Match

  • Four Valpo players ended up with exactly 10 kills apiece, highlighted by senior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) doing so on .474 hitting, needing just 19 swings.
  • Strongman posted a season-best 10 kills on .333 hitting and added three blocks, while Ravotto and Januski tallied 10 terminations each as well.
  • Redshirt sophomore setter Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) handed out 24 assists and senior setter Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) added 21 helpers.
  • Ravotto and Swistek both finished with double-doubles, registering 17 and 13 digs, respectively. Sophomore libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led all players with 19 digs.
  • Ravotto moved into 12th place in program history in career digs on Friday, as she owns 1,404 career digs — just 72 shy of the program’s top-10 chart.
  • Valpo out-dug SIUE 66-62 and trailed in kills just 58-52, but the Cougars hit a .252 clip versus Valpo’s .170 hitting percentage as the Beacons committed 26 attack errors — 13 of which were SIUE blocks.

Next Up

Valpo (6-5) looks for a winning end to the nonconference slate on Saturday with its final two matches from Fort Wayne, taking on Miami (Ohio) at 12:30 p.m. CT and the host Mastodons at 6 p.m. CT. Both matches can be seen live on ESPN+.