Volleyball Closes Season; Honors Seniors This Weekend

first_img Live Stats Buy Tickets ESPN+ – vs Loyola ESPN+ – vs. Valpo DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team wraps up its 2019 season in the Knapp Center with back-to-back weekend matchups against Valparaiso (12-18, 7-9 MVC) and the Loyola Ramblers (20-9, 13-3 MVC).The weekend begins Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. against Valparaiso, followed the next day by the Ramblers at 5 p.m. Both contests will be streamed on ESPN+. Following Saturday’s match, the Bulldogs will honor the program’s two seniors, Paige Aspinwall and Elle Tubbs, who will be playing in the final matches of their Drake careers. The Bulldogs (9-20, 3-13 MVC) are looking to end the season on a high note, following a streak of five losses that has eliminated the team from the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The team has the potential to dash Loyola’s hopes of a No. 1 seed going into the tournament, as well as bumping down Valparaiso to a No. 5 or No. 6. Earlier in the season, the Bulldogs saw an unlikely comeback to beat the Crusaders, 3-2, following a game in which the team finished with a 9-2 run and held off five-straight match points.The Crusaders, who are hoping for a No. 4 seed in the upcoming tournament, are led in scoring for the season by Peyton McCarthy with 320 kills. McCarthy saw 11 kills in the team’s most recent matchup against Bradley this past Saturday, which Valparaiso won, 3-0.For Loyola, Addie Barns, a freshman from Neenah, Wisc., tops the leaderboard with 331 kills on the season. Leading the Ramblers in digs is Maddy Moser with 537, while Delilah Wolfe leads in assists with 594 on the season. The Ramblers sit near pole position for the conference tournament, just behind the UNI Panthers who are currently 15-1 in conference play.Drake will also be looking to bring closure on the strong season performances of individual players. Junior hitter Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa), who had 13 kills against UNI on Nov. 15, currently sits at 431 kills on the season, placing her sixth in program history. With just 32 more, Plock could tie the single-season school record.Senior setter Paige Aspinwall (Maple Grove, Minn.) will shoot to capitalize on a consistent season, having racked up 10 double-doubles throughout the last 13 games. Aspinwall currently sits at fourth in all-time school standings for career assists and ninth in career digs. Also on that leaderboard, Kylee Macke (Ankeny, Iowa) holds the No. 2 spot with 1,644 career digs. Print Friendly Version Drake Match Notes Story Linkslast_img

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