Print Friendly Version Buy Tickets Drake Match Notes Story Links Live Stats ESPN3 The Drake University volleyball team closes out its two-game homestand to begin the Missouri Valley Conference season Monday, Sept. 24, night at the Knapp Center. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.The Bulldogs opened the Valley season with a 3-0 loss to preseason league favorite, UNI. Senior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) led the Bulldogs in the loss with 13 kills in three sets to begin her Valley season in fine fashion.Evansville travels to Des Moines at 0-2 in the league with losses to Loyola and Valparaiso. The Purple Aces have dropped five-straight matches to sit at 6-9 overall on the season.Additionally, the Bulldogs have won four-straight matches against Evansville and six of the last seven against the Purple Aces. Drake’s defense has held opponents to just .152 hitting, the third-best percentage in the Valley and are second in the league in blocks with 2.34 per set. Evansville has hit just .147 this season in its 15 matches.Following Monday’s match, the Bulldogs return to the road for a two-match series at Valparaiso and Loyola, Sept. 28-29.