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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

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

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

Freshman Melissa Hoerber turned in her third double-double of the year and sophomore Kristi Chynoweth owned a .389 attack percentage to go with eight kills, but Bradley couldn’t keep up with a balanced Illinois State offensive attack as the Redbirds took the first meeting of the annual I-74 rivalry 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Chynoweth and senior Alise Tupuritis tied for match-high honors with eight kills each to lead the Braves (9-5 overall, 3-2 MVC).  Illinois State (12-4 overall, 5-0 MVC) had four individuals with seven or more kills and also tallied 11 blocks as the Redbirds kept pace with league co-leader Wichita State in the Valley standings with the victory. Hoerber finished with 17 assists and a season-best 12 digs to post her third double-double of the year.  Chynoweth had eight kills and just one attack error, while hitting .389 and Tupuritis also tied for match-high honors with eight kills.  Senior Amy Angelos was the only other Bradley player to have more than five kills, finishing the night with seven kills to push her career total to 998. Fellow senior Lauren Zerante helped Bradley to a 61-57 advantage in digs, collecting a team-high 15.  Zerante passed Lisa LaMontagne (1,061 digs) for 12th on the Bradley career list and now has 1,071 as a Brave. Illinois State’s LeighAnn Hranka had eight kills with no errors and also added eight blocks to lead Illinois State. Stacey Niao also had eight kills, while Emily Schneider and Ashley Rosch each added seven kills to pace the Redbirds. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob



Senior Alise Tupuritis had 11 kills and 12 digs, while sophomore Kristi Chynoweth boasted a .692 attack percentage and added 10 kills as the duo helped Bradley University to a 25-20, 25-12, 25-23 sweep of Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for the Braves Sunday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum. Bradley (7-3 overall, 1-0 MVC) is 7-3 to start a season for the first time since 2002 (12-3) and the Braves ended a seven-match losing streak in conference openers which dated back to a win at Creighton to open the 2005 Valley slate with Sunday’s victory against the Bulldogs (2-11 overall, 0-2 MVC). In addition to her 11 kills and 12 digs, Tupuritis added two aces and a pair of blocks.  Sophomore Jessica Teel served up a career-best three aces to go with her 20 assists and five digs, while freshman Melissa Hoerber had an ace to push her streak of matches with an ace to seven along with tallying 12 assists and four digs. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob

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