Category: Volleyball

The Bradley University volleyball team hosted a intra-squad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Renaissance Coliseum. The Braves enter the 2014 season under the leadership of head coach Jenny Maurer in her fourth year. Maurer’s team returns 10 letterwinners, including four starters, from last year’s squad which had the most wins (13) and highest Missouri Valley Conference win total (7) at Bradley since 2005.  After tying for sixth in the Valley standings last year, the Braves feature a young, but experienced roster in 2014. Madison Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian) is the lone senior on the team, marking the first time since 2004 that Bradley has less than two seniors.  Kamp, who averaged 1.83 kills per set over the final six matches of the 2013 season, earned MVC All-Tournament honors after tallying 10 kills and four blocks against Southern Illinois in Bradley’s first MVC Tournament contest since 2005. Junior Jessie Tulacka (Westmont, Ill./Downers Grove North) is the top returning attacker for the Braves, after she averaged 2.31 kills per set as a sophomore and is the team’s active career kills leader.  She helps headline a group of five juniors. Sophomore Melissa Hoerber (Fulton, Mo./Fulton) was second in the Valley in aces per set and was the first freshman to lead the team in aces since 2009. The Braves welcome three freshmen to the roster Jamie Livaudais, Afton Sobasky and Taylor Thiele

-Bob

The Metamora lady Redbirds defeated  the Washington Panthers (24-11), 18-25, 25-21, 25-21 to capture the IHSA Class 3A Metamora Regional title Thursday night. The Redbirds (30-6) trailed 21-19 in the third set before an ace from Delaney Tjaden capped a 3-0 run for 22-21 lead, forcing Washington to call a timeout. Hannah Heinz (15 kills), Michelle Escue (34 assists) and Baylie Little (15 digs) led the Panthers. This is the Redbirds fourth straight regional title and 12th since 2001. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob



Bradley University senior Lauren Zerante collected the second-most digs in school history with 36 and fellow senior Alise Tupuritis tallied a season-best 26 kills, but it wasn’t enough as Evansville rallied to top the Braves 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13 Friday evening. Zerante’s 36 digs are a Renaissance Coliseum record and rank as the second most digs in a match at Bradley behind Briony Hammet’s school record of 38 digs set at Evansville on Oct. 22, 2005. Tupuritis highlighted the BU offensive attack with a match and season-high 26 kills, as she notched 19 of her kills in the final three sets. Despite senior middle blocker Amy Angelos leaving the match early in the fourth set due to injury, Bradley rallied from a four-point deficit (17-13) to pull even at 19-19. Back-to-back Bradley blocks knotted the score at 19-19 and the teams were tied at 20-20 after trading points. Evansville answered with a block of its own, however, and three more BU attack errors down the stretch helped the Purple Aces take the fourth set 25-21 and force the deciding fifth. Zerante’s 36 digs moved her into ninth in Bradley history with 1,165 as she passed Amelie Rodrige (1,164 digs).  Sophomore Jessica Teel had her third double-double of the year with 26 assists and career-best 17 digs, while freshman Melissa Hoerber had 28 assists and season-high 17 digs for her fifth double-double of the season in addition to three aces to help lead the Braves. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob

Metamora High School (27-5, 11-1), defeated Morton High School (13-16, 6-6) 25-17, 25-23 on Thursday evening at the Potter Dome. The Redbirds were led by sophomore Sydney Hanchett and senior Delaney Tjaden with 10 assists each to keep pace with the Limestone Rockets in the Mid-Illini Conference. With the win retiring head volleyball coach Karla Bartman raised her record to 421 wins and only 94 losses with six MI titles during her 14 years at Metamora. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob


Senior Amy Angelos recorded her 1,000th career kill and sophomore Jessie Tulacka tied for match high honors with 10 kills, but Northern Iowa collected eight blocks and held Bradley to a .154 attack percentage as the Panthers swept the Braves 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 Tuesday at Renaissance Coliseum. Angelos became the 12th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills early in the opening set and finished with eight kills on the night to move up two spots on Bradley kills list into the top 10.  She passed Kathy Bickler (1,001 kills) and Andra Dystrup (1,003 kills) on the Bradley career kills chart after pushing her career total of 1,006. Northern Iowa (12-5 overall, 4-1 MVC) picked up its 11th victory in its last 12 outings with the sweep of the Braves, who dropped to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in Missouri Valley play. Leigh Pudwill paced a balanced UNI attack with 10 kills to tie Tulacka for match-high honors and was one of five Panther players with six or more kills in the contest. Tulacka’s 10 kills paced the Braves and sophomore Kristi Chynoweth added nine kills of her own while boasting a .438 hitting percentage.  Freshman setter Melissa Hoerber turned in her second straight double-double and fourth of the year with 21 assists and 13 digs. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob

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