MVC Tournament Update: Drake, Valpo Win on Day 1

  0 volleymob | November 23rd, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Missouri Valley Conference, News

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)

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