AKRON – On a day when Jeff Shriver carried the torch for the state of Indiana’s bicentennial celebration, his daughter did her own torching.
Shayleigh Shriver pulled off quite an accomplishment, serving 25 straight points to pull off a very rare shutout in the second game of a 3-0 Tippecanoe Valley volleyball win over Culver Thursday night.
Shriver was on serve in game two, which saw the Vikings not make a mistake to pull off the first game shutout in program history. Shriver herself had nine aces in the game, and wound up with 29 points in the match, also a school record, along with a total of 10 aces.
Overall, Valley won the night 25-6, 25-0, 25-12 over the Cavaliers to go to 15-7 on the season.
Abby Betten added 14 kills, Sophie Bussard 10 digs and Emily Peterson 23 assists in the victory.
“I was able to witness history tonight,” stated Valley head coach Mallory Eaton. “I’ve been around volleyball for over half of my life and I have never witnessed a shutout of 25-0 at the varsity level. I was so impressed with Shayleigh’s focus and fearlessness with her serving. She never served in the same spot twice.
“She was completely locked in and there was no hesitation. What’s even more impressive than her performance was the effort her teammates gave to be sure she was able to complete such an amazing feat. Not a single ball touched the floor and not a single hitting error was made. In fact, I don’t think we sent over a single free ball that set. Every ball attacked with purpose.
“I am so proud of this team and all the growth they’ve made so far this season. Shayleigh and her teammates deserve every bit of praise for their efforts tonight.”
The Valley junior varsity got the win against Culver 22-25, 25-14, 15-7. Marlea Myers had a big night with eight assists and five aces. Allison Betten had four digs and Hannah Jansma and Rachael Randall each had three kills.
Valley will take part in Saturday’s St. Joe Tourney.