One of the most successful seasons in program history came to a close for the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Thursday evening in New Orleans, La., as Tulane defeated Valpo in the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship, 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20). Despite Thursday’s defeat, Valpo still closes the season tied for the second-most wins in a year in program history with 27, including the program’s first-ever postseason victories, and set a new NCAA record in the 25-point era for digs in a season.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team looks to continue the best postseason run in program history on Thursday evening as it takes to the court in Bayou Country, facing off against Tulane in New Orleans in a quarterfinal match in the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
Earning the first postseason victory in program history felt so good for the Valparaiso University volleyball team that they decided to repeat the feat on Friday evening. Valpo needed just three sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-18) to defeat host Miami on Friday and advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
A kill from senior Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) capped a historic night for the Valparaiso University volleyball program on Thursday, as Valpo captured the first postseason victory in program history with a 3-1 (25-9, 13-25, 25-23, 25-18) win in the first round of the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship over Ball State in Oxford, Ohio. Valpo will now face Miami University Friday at 6 p.m. in the second round of the NIVC.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team makes its first postseason appearance since 2005 this week, traveling to Oxford, Ohio for the first two rounds of the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Valpo takes on Ball State Thursday evening in the first round of the tournament, and with a win, would face either host Miami University or Northern Kentucky in the second round on Friday night.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team is heading to postseason play for the first time since 2005, as it was announced Sunday evening that Valpo has earned a bid to the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Valpo will travel to Miami (Ohio) and take on Ball State in the opening round of the tournament Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CT.
Valparaiso University senior outside hitter Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament team on Saturday at the tournament’s conclusion.
The fourth-seeded Valparaiso University volleyball team put together a strong showing Friday evening in its first appearance in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament as it took on top-seeded UNI, but in the end, the Panthers earned a 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22) victory to advance to the tournament championship match on Sunday. Valpo will now await a potential bid to the postseason National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
Given the way the Valparaiso University volleyball team has fought and battled all season long, it seemed only fitting Thursday that to earn its first-ever victory in the MVC Tournament, Valpo would have to play a full five sets and over two and a half hours of volleyball. In the end, the fifth set and the match belonged to Valpo, as it defeated tournament host Missouri State 3-2 (25-17, 20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9) to advance to Friday’s semifinals against UNI.