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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

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

Bradley used an efficient offensive attack, matching a season-low with just seven attack errors, in a 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 victory against Indiana State to wrap up a season-long, four-match home stand Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Junior Amy Angelos had nine kills on 12 attacks with no hitting errors, while freshman setter Jessica Teel had a season-best 31 assists to help pace the Braves’ attack. The first set was close throughout with both teams hitting over .300 in the frame. With the score knotted at 22-22, a Madelyn Ervin kill gave BU a 23-22 edge. An Indiana State setting error put Bradley (8-14 overall, 2-9 MVC) in front 24-22 and the duo of Courtney Keefe and Allie Falter combined for a block after a Sycamore kill to close out a 25-23 Braves win. Click here for complete game box score.

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-Bob

Bradley University sophomore Courtney Keefe turned in season highs of 14 kills and 18 digs, but the Southern Illinois duo of Laura Thole (22 kills) and Alysia Mayes (20 kills) helped power the Salukis to a five set victory against the Braves Friday at Renaissance Coliseum. Set scores in favor of SIU were 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 15-9. Keefe collected a team and season high 14 kills in addition to finishing one dig short of matching her career-best total with 18 digs in the five-set loss. She was one of four BU players to reach double figures in kills, with sophomore Allie Falter adding a career-best 12 kills. Bradley (6-13 overall, 0-8 MVC) got off to a hot start, hitting .500 in the first set and ran away with a 25-18 opening set victory. Falter and senior Madelyn Ervin each tallied four kills on five swings to lead the Braves in the opening-set win. Southern Illinois (16-3 overall, 6-2 MVC) answered with a .424 attack percentage in the second set and pulled even in the match with a 25-17 victory. Taylor Pippen led the Saluki offensive attack in the second set, finding the floor with five kills on just six attack attempts. Click here to view more photo’s from the game.

-Bob



Bradley University junior Alise Tupuritis turned in her fourth double-double, but the Braves couldn’t overcome six aces and 12 blocks by Missouri State as the Bears swept the Braves 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum. Tupuritis led Bradley (6-9 overall, 0-5 MVC) with 10 kills in addition to collecting 10 digs and three blocks in the loss, while junior Lauren Zerante led the BU defensive efforts with a match-high 15 digs. Sophomore Courtney Keefe added nine kills and 10 digs. Missouri State (9-8 overall, 4-2 MVC) got off to a hot start, hitting .379 in the opening set and never trailed in a 25-18 win. Andrea Beaty led the Bears’ first-set attack, recording five kills on five swings. Amy Angelos and senior Madelyn Ervin each had seven kills to help lead Bradley offensively. Zerante notched eight of her match-high 15 digs in the final set.

-Bob

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