Purdue made a big jump from outside the top 20 to #16 behind a five-set comeback against Penn State.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are UNI’s Piper Thomas, Valparaiso’s Rylee Cookerly and Bradley’s Hannah Thompson.
UNI remains unbeaten in MVC action after a 3-2 win over Valpo, sitting at 11-0. Illinois State is currently alone in second place in the conference standings with an 11-1 mark.
UNI maintained its lead at the top of MVC standings with a win over rival Drake in league play Friday. Illinois State (10-1 MVC) sits just a half game behind UNI in the race for a MVC crown with just one month remaining in the regular season.
Illinois made a jump back into the top five following a wild week of play.
Marquette outdid Northern Iowa in every facet of the game, snapping the Panthers’ 10-match win streak with a four-set comeback win.
Northern Iowa survived in five against Drake, while Illinois State kept pace with a sweep of Southern Illinois. Bradley, meanwhile extended its program record home win streak to 11 matches, finishing off a season sweep of Missouri State.
UNI remains unbeaten in MVC action after another perfect week of league play, sitting at 9-0 for the first time since 2011. Illinois State sits 8-1 in MVC play and is off to the program’s best Valley start since going 18-0 during the 2014 season.
Cincinnati’s Jordan Thompson averaged 7.89 kills, 3.00 digs and 0.56 blocks per set, while hitting .400 in wins over Tulsa and Wichita State in a record-setting weekend en route to her second VolleyMob Player of the Week honor.