Seven of the eight host institutions won, including two in five-sets on night one of the NIVC Tournament. In total, seven of the 16 matches went the distance.
UNI claimed the school’s 17th tourney title and first since 2011 with a 3-1 win over second seed Illinois State Saturday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are UNI’s Karlie Taylor, Valparaiso’s Allison Ketcham and Evansville’s Alondra Vazquez.
Oregon outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide racked up 22 kills and a career-best 28 digs to lead the #16 Ducks to a five-set victory over #21 Washington State on Sunday, joining the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club in the process.
RV Northern Iowa got off to a strong start in Missouri Valley Conference play, notching a sweep of Drake on the road Friday night. The Panthers hit .216 and had 3 contribute double-figure kill totals to secure the victory.
Valparaiso senior outside hitters Allison Ketcham and Katherine Carlson both reached 1,000 career kills and became part of an elite group of nine players in school history with 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Northern Kentucky’s Haley Libs recorded her 1,000th dig last weekend, earning membership into the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club, while seven players each reached 1,000 kills or 1,000 digs.
Although they are sure to get some more company over the coming weeks, there are just six active players in the 1,000-kill/1,000 dig club with the two newest members joining the party last weekend.
#19 Northern Iowa’s Piper Thomas had 22 kills to help lead the Panthers to a five-set comeback victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders.