Co-champion UNI middle blocker Piper Thomas took home the MVC’s Player of the Year honors, while Bradley’s Hannah Thompson earned the conference’s Freshman of the Year award. Illinois State’s Courtney Pence earned the league’s Libero of the Year honor, while her Redbird teammate Stef Jankiewicz was tabbed Setter of the Year.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are UNI’s Karlie Taylor, Valparaiso’s Allison Ketcham and Evansville’s Alondra Vazquez.
South Dakota’s Hayley Dotseth joined the elite ranks of the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club. Dotseth was one of 12 players to notch her 1,000th kill, while five players joined the 1,000-dig club on Week 7.
UNI holds a one game lead over Valparaiso and Illinois State after the third week of Missouri Valley league play. The Panthers are in action Monday night against Evansville.
Valparaiso won its 10th straight match while Northern Iowa, Loyola and Drake also picked up wins in the Missouri Valley Conference Monday night.
Missouri Valley teams combined to post a 20-11 record during the opening weekend of the 2018 volleyball season despite playing on the road. Drake and Evansville led the pack with 3-0 marks.
The match was scheduled to be Evansville’s “Purple Out” event, where fans could exchange Any IU shirt for a free purple Evansville shirt.
Piper Thomas earned a spot on the MVC Preseason All-Conference Team as her Northern Iowa Panthers are the league’s predicted favorite.
Purple Aces head volleyball coach Manolo Concepcion has announced the hiring of former Puerto Rican national team captain Fernando Morales as an assistant coach at the University of Evansville.
Tom Mendoza, who has spent the last two seasons at High Point, is moving south to take the head coaching job at the University of South Carolina, the school announced Wednesday.