A tremendous 2018 season for the Valparaiso University volleyball team resulted in a bid to the postseason National Invitational Volleyball Championship, and it was what Valpo did with that tournament berth - winning a pair of matches for the first postseason victories in program history and reaching the NIVC quarterfinal - that comes in as the top moment of 2018 in Valpo Athletics.
Women’s tennis sophomore Jelena Vujanic accounted for Valparaiso University’s first Missouri Valley Conference title (individual or team) in any sport, winning the No. 1 singles draw of the MVC Individual Championships this fall.
The Valparaiso University men’s track and field team saw a pair of athletes shatter records that had stood for 40+ years on Feb. 3 at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame.
When it comes to Senior Day memories, this year’s performance by women’s soccer’s Cory Griffith ranks right up there with the very best. Griffith set a program record by scoring four goals in a Senior Day victory over Saint Francis (Pa.), a performance which comes in fourth in our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the year in Valpo Athletics.
The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team made its fourth straight league championship appearance after a climactic 4-3 victory over four-time defending Summit League champion Denver in a league semifinal in Colorado.
The next entry on the Valpo Athletics year-end countdown might be best described not as one moment, but as 2,613 separate moments. The Valparaiso University volleyball team tallied 2,613 digs in the 2018 season, setting an NCAA Division I record for team digs in a season in the 25-point rally scoring era - a feat which is good for the No. 6 spot in our countdown of the best moments in Valpo Athletics this year.
There were many memorable moments in Valpo Athletics in 2018, but only one cracked SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
Emily Richardson threw the 10th no-hitter in the history of the Valparaiso University softball program, shutting down North Carolina Central in a 3-0 victory on Feb. 18, a performance which comes in eighth in our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the year in Valpo Athletics.
The Valparaiso University baseball team made a grand entrance to the Missouri Valley Conference by upsetting host Dallas Baptist in the first game of the 2018 MVC Tournament, a win that ranks ninth in our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the year in Valpo Athletics.