Head coach Darrin McBroom has guided the squad to its first MVC Tournament berth in his five years on the Drake bench where he has helped resurrect the Drake program. He has guided the program from two wins his first season to 11, 15, 17 and now 23 wins in successive seasons. His 40 wins in the last two seasons are the fourth-most in any two-year period in program history. Print Friendly Version Championship Central ESPN3 Match Notes The Bulldogs’ MVC Tournament appearance comes on the heels of what has been one of the team’s most successful seasons in program history. The Bulldogs 23-9 record to date marks the third most wins in program history and the 12 MVC wins are the second most in program history in an 18-game MVC schedule. The MVC tournament appearance is the ninth in program history. Drake is the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament and opens against fifth-seeded Indiana State, a team the Bulldogs swept this year and have won seven-straight matches against. The winner of Thursday’s game advances to face No. 1 overall seed Missouri State. The Bears begin the tournament after going 18-0 during the conference season to claim the regular-season league title. Story Links Live Stats The Bulldogs’ two wins over the Sycamores came by scores of 3-0 and 3-1 with the Bulldogs hitting .269. Outside hitters Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) and Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) combined for 56 kills in those two matches with both hitting .270 or higher. The Drake University volleyball team travels to Normal, Ill., to make its first appearance at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament since 2010 this week. The Bulldogs open tournament play Thursday, Nov. 23, against Indiana State at 5 p.m. That pair, along with a talented freshman class has helped the Bulldogs assemble such a successful season. The team’s freshmen have accounted for 36 percent of the team’s kills, 35 percent of its digs and 50 percent of the team’s digs. Freshman Kylee Macke’s (Ankeny, Iowa) 471 digs this season rank as the 10th most in Drake history while Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa) leads the MVC in blocks in conference games with 1.25 blocks per set. Additionally, Macke has been named MVC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season while Gergen collected an MVC Freshman of the Week honor and teammate Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) has twice been named MVC Freshman of the Week.