2018 MVC VOLLEYBALL Championship
Hammons Student Center ■ Springfield, Mo.
Thursday, November 22
No. 3 Bradley vs. No. 6 Drake…………….. DU, 3-2
No. 4 Valpo vs. No. 5 Missouri St… VALPO, 3-2
Friday, November 23
No. 2 Illinois State vs. No. 6 Drake……… 6 PM
No. 1 UNI vs. No. 4 Valparaiso……….. 8:30 PM
Saturday, November 24
Championship Game…………………….. … 5 PM
- 1st time in MVC Tournament history that both quarterfinal matches went five sets
- The last time there were two five set matches on the same day of the MVC Tournament was in the 2008 semifinals
- Bradley’s Yavianliz Rosado set a new MVC Tournament record for digs in a single match, totaling 40 digs in the loss to Drake. Courtney Pence of Illinois State held the record with 38 (11/25/16 vs. Missouri State)
MVC Volleyball Tournament Semifinal Notes
No. 2 Illinois State vs. No. 6 Drake
- The Redbirds are making the program’s 31st appearance in the MVC Tournament semifinals
- Illinois State has the second most MVC Tournament wins with 39, trailing only UNI
- Illinois State is making the program’s 3rd-straight MVC Tournament semifinal appearance.
- ISU’s Courtney Pence currently ranks fifth (2,714) all-time in NCAA Division I volleyball history in the career dig category. She needs just 39 digs to jump into fourth all-time, passing Valparaiso’s Taylor Root (2009-12). If she does so, she will become the highest-ranking player who played her entire career in the 25-point era.
- Drake earned its first MVC Tournament win since 1998 (3-0 sweep of Wichita State) and became the first No. 6 seed to win a game in the MVC Tournament (0-23 previously).
- The win was just the fifth tournament win for Drake in MVC tourney history.
- Illinois State is 3-2 against Drake in the MVC Tournament. Redbirds won the last meeting against Drake 3-0 in 1996 title match.
- The Bulldogs are making the program’s sixth semifinal appearance and are 3-2 in the MVC Tournament semifinal matches. Beat Illinois State in 1994 and 1995 and UNI in 1996 to reach tourney final.
No. 1 UNI vs. No. 4 Valparaiso
- The Panthers are making the program’s 34th straight Gateway/MVC Tournament semifinal appearance.
- UNI’s streak dates all the way back to the 1985 season.
- UNI has the most MVC Tournament wins of any league school – 44
- UNI will be looking for the program’s 24th MVC title match appearance, the most in the MVC.
- Valparaiso won its first MVC Tournament match and now sits 1-1 overall in tourney play.
- This will be the first meeting between Valpo and UNI in the MVC Tournament.
- The Panthers are 4-3 in the MVC Tournament semifinal matches in Springfield (lost to Drake in 1996, Wichita State in 2012 and 2015)
- UNI is 3-1 in MVC Tournament championship matches in Springfield (Won 1991 title vs. Wichita State; Lost 1993 title vs. Missouri State; Won 2003 title vs. Missouri State; Won 2007 title vs. Illinois State)