Round 1: Butler vs. Valparaiso
VALPARAISO 3, BUTLER 0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-16)
VALPARAISO, IN – Valparaiso moved to 23-9 on the year with a sweep of Butler in the first round of the 2021 NIVC and will face Toledo in Round 2.
Bella Ravotto had 11 kills, Peyton McCarthy added 10 kills and Maddy Boyer closed with eight kills for the Beacons. Rylee Cookerly did good work with 14 digs and both setters were solid, with Victoria Bulmahn ringing up 18 assists and Brittany Anderson adding 16 assists.
The Round 2 matchup will be held Friday at 7 p.m. ET
Valparaiso had a 20-14 lead in Set 1, only to see the Bulldogs come all the way back and take a 22-21 lead. The Beacons responded and got the set-winning kill by McCarthy. In Set 2, a 6-0 run capped by a kill from Boyer pushed Valpo ahead 18-8, and they were never threatened after that. In Set 3, Butler jumped ahead 4-0, but the Beacons worked their way back, hitting .278 overall in the set.
The Bulldogs (16-16) saw Megan Sheridan and Mariah Grunze each register seven kills. Butler got 24 assists from Marissa McKelvey and 15 digs from Jaymeson Kinley.