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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

Sophomore Kendall Duffy hit a fifth-inning grand slam to highlight a five-run inning for Bradley and freshman Jaelen Hull limited Loyola to four hits and one run in three and one-third innings out of the bullpen as the Braves rallied for an 8-7 victory against the Ramblers in the championship game of the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon. Bradley (27-30 overall), which earned its second NCAA Tournament trip with the victory, trailed twice before Duffy’s fifth-inning grand slam gave the Braves an 8-6 lead after five innings. Madeline Lynch-Crumrine was named the tournament MVP after posting a 2-0 record with a 1.98 ERA in three starts to go with a .273 batting average at the plate. She was joined with team mates Brianne Joseph, Shannon King and senior Marina Groenewegen. Along with the all-tournament honors, senior Mariah Cole was named the MVC’s Elite 18 Award winner, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average in the championship game.  A health science major, Cole owns a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average. The tournament title was Bradley’s second in program history and first since winning the 2009 event at Eastside Centre in East Peoria, IL. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced Sunday at 9 p.m. (CDT) on ESPNU. Here are a few of my snap shots from the game. I hope you enjoy them. Best of luck to coach Amy Hayes and the team Go Braves!

-Bob

Bradley University reserve forward Aaron Birk blasted a shot from the top of the penalty area in the 47th minute and the laser found the top right corner for the game’s only goal as the Braves (13-6-2) earned a 1-0 win against Missouri State (11-5-2) in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday evening at Shea Stadium. Bradley claims its third MVC Tournament title and secures its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The start of the championship game was delayed three hours, the result of severe weather that rocked Central Illinois. Bradley allowed only three shots on goal and senior keeper Brian Billings made all three saves to earn the shutout and capture MVC Tournament MVP honors. Bradley will face a familiar foe when the Braves (13-6-2) open their seventh NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Thursday at Northwestern (10-7-3) in a 7 p.m. first-round game at Lakeside Field.

-Bob



The Bradley University Volleyball team will hosted a free youth clinic following Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference game against Drake at Renaissance Coliseum. Prior to the game the Braves Fun Zone featured a face painting for all children (ages 5-14) in attendance.  The post-game clinic was an hour long and featured various skill instruction from third-year Bradley head coach Jenny Maurer and her team for all the boys and girls in attendance. Hope you enjoy some of my photo’s of the kids having fun from the instructional clinic. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob


After hitting .467 in the opening set and taking an early lead in the match with a 25-17 first-set win, Bradley couldn’t keep pace with a hot-hitting UT-Martin team which rallied for a 17-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19 victory against the Braves to wrap up the 2013 CEFCU Classic Saturday night at Renaissance Coliseum. UT-Martin (2-1 overall) claimed the CEFCU Classic title on a tie-breaker with the win over Bradley (2-1 overall). Senior Amy Angelos hit .429, while tying for match-high honors with 15 kills to lead the Braves and fellow senior Lauren Zerante added 24 digs in the first setback of the season. Bradley raced out to a 4-1 lead in the first set and led by as many as nine points (19-10) in the opening stanza en route to a convincing 25-17 victory. The Braves hit .467 in the first set, collecting 16 kills with just two hitting errors. Angelos notched four of her team-best 15 kills in the first set and also had four digs to help highlight the win.Bradley plays eight of the next nine matches on the road, traveling to Omaha, Neb., next weekend for the Omaha Marriott Classic. The Braves open tournament play Friday at 4 p.m. against Southern Utah and will face both SIU Edwardsville (10 a.m.) and tournament-host Omaha (5 p.m.) on Saturday. Click here to view more photo’s.

-Bob



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