VALPARAISO 3, EVANSVILLE 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-17)
VALPARAISO, IN – In the third matchup between the two Missouri Valley Conference programs this season, Valparaiso finished off Set 1 with a 10-2 run and never looked back, taking down Evansville in Monday’s quarterfinal of the 2021 NIVC
The Beacons (25-9), who had beaten Evansville in the other two contests this season, will play either North Florida or UConn in one of the NIVC semifinals. Valpo hit .333 overall and closed out Set 3 with a 7-0 scoring run.
Bella Ravotto had 10 kills for the Beacons; Elise Swistek added nine kills and Haley Hart joined Maddy Boyer in ringing up eight kills apiece. Kara Cooper chipped in with seven kills, and Brittany Anderson dished out 22 assists.
Also for Valparaiso, Rylee Cookerly had 12 digs putting her 25 digs shy of the NCAA D-I record of 3,176. Valpo had won both the two previous matches between the programs this season by a 3-1 margin.
For the Aces (21-12), Giulia Cardona closed with 11 kills, giving her 467 on the year to set an Evansville freshman record. She also added 10 digs.
Alondra Vazquez did her part with 10 kills – that gave her 494 kills for the year, setting a single-season record for the Aces program. Taya Haffner had 28 assists and Melanie Feliciano contributed 10 digs.