The Crusaders hit the road for the first time in 29 days as they head to the Bluegrass State to take on the Morehead State Eagles. The last four meetings have all been shootouts with Valpo and Morehead State combining for no fewer than 52 points.
Men's soccer head coach Mike Avery sat down with Aaron Leavitt to reflect upon last week's matches, discuss the emergence of freshman midfielder Ramone Howell, and examine the team's home-friendly schedule heading towards the finish line of the regular season.
Crusaders take down Milwaukee for first time in program history to remain perfect in Horizon League play, as April Cronin scored the match-winner early on in a 1-0 victory. Valpo will play for a shot at the league regular season title against Detroit on Saturday afternoon at Brown Field.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team has a shot at securing its first Horizon League regular season championship this week, as the Crusaders host Milwaukee on Wednesday evening (7:30 p.m.) and Detroit on Saturday (2 p.m.). Both games are worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini and Todd Ickow talked about the Crusaders' defensive performance this past Saturday, the quarterback scenario heading into Morehead State, as well as the re-emergence of running back Jake Hutson in this week's edition of Valpo Football Preview.
It took the 16th-ranked doubles team in the country to finally slow down the sophomore duo of Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt. Ohio State's Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka scored a narrow 6-4, 6-4 win over the Crusader tandem in the semifinals of the ITA Regionals in Ann Arbor, Mich. Schorsch/Emhardt advanced to the semis after they blew past Notre Dame's Drew Dawson/Eric Schnurrenberger, 8-1, in the quarterfinals.
The Valpo men's tennis program entered this week's ITA Regionals in search of its first ever doubles win. Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt have steamrolled their way into the quarterfinals and now stand two victories away from the championship match.
Goals from April Cronin and Vanesa Abad bring the Crusaders back from a one-goal deficit for a 2-1 win at Wright State. Valpo remains perfect in Horizon League play (5-0-0), extends its unbeaten streak to 13 consecutive matches and secures a spot in the Horizon League Championship.
Jeffrey Schorsch outlasted NIU's Simon Formont in three sets to win his opening round match in singles play at the ITA Regionals. Schorsch later paired up with Charlie Emhardt as the duo coasted to an 8-1 victory in the main draw. Teammates Dave Bacalla and Chase Hamilton got in on the fun with an 8-6 triumph over Wisconsin's #1 doubles team.
Saturday will be a battle of first-year head coaches as Rick Fox guides his Bulldogs into Valparaiso versus the Dave Cecchini-led Crusaders. Drake's defensive line touts 12.5 sacks and 18 tackles for a loss through the team's first six games. Meanwhile, Valpo's offensive line has yielded just two sacks all season, the second-fewest in the nation.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to maintain its spot atop the Horizon League standings and extend its program-record unbeaten streak Saturday afternoon with a key league matchup at Wright State.
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt defeated Notre Dame's Drew Dawson and NIU's Kevin Daun in straight sets to advance to the Round of 16 in the qualifying draw at the ITA Regionals Thursday. Junior Michael Savaglio and sophomore Kyle Dunn fell in both of their first two singles matches. Main draw play begins Friday afternoon.
Volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week to talk about the team's results last weekend, Morgan Beil's influence over her four-year career and the milestone she reached last weekend, and what has made for the program's consistent success over the last decade-plus as the Crusaders near 20 wins again this season.
Sophomore forward Alec Peters has been named a preseason First Team All-Horizon League selection, while the Valparaiso men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League standings in 2014-15.
Team Turmoil silenced numerous prognosticators Tuesday at Emory G. Bauer Field when they finished off a sweep of The Moneyballers in the Fall World Series. Mark Johnson was named Most Valuable Player while newcomer Luke Syens claimed the Series' Cy Young Award.
Valpo hosts UIC on Friday evening to wrap up the first half of Horizon League action before stepping out of league play to host North Dakota State on Sunday and travel to Chicago State on Tuesday. Both of this weekend's home matches are worth 1,000 Crusader Challenge points.
Michael Savaglio went undefeated in both singles and doubles play at the Valparaiso Fall Invitational. Thanks to wins over Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, and Western Illinois, the junior is now 9-2 in singles action and 8-3 in doubles play.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team returned to the polls this week as they were ranked 22nd in Soccer America's poll and 25th in Top Drawer Soccer's poll. The team returns to the pitch this week with league games against Detroit and Cleveland State. Wednesday's game against Detroit is worth 1,000 point in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini joined Todd Ickow on the Valpo Football Preview Monday. The two revisited the Crusaders' 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist, touched upon wide receiver Andrew Cassara's status, and discussed what the Brown and Gold need to do to knock off a 3-3 Drake squad on Saturday.
Junior Jordan Aidoud was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after collecting three goals and an assist last week. Aidoud leads the team with 10 points and is tied for the team lead in goals.
Crusader freshman Grace Rogers finds the back of the net in the 100th minute to give Valpo the 1-0 win in extra time over Youngstown State Saturday night. The Crusaders remained perfect in Horizon League play with the win at the halfway point of the league schedule.
Valpo football gave a packed Homecoming crowd at Brown Field Saturday afternoon quite the show, recording the highest point total by a Crusader team in over 18 years as they rolled to a 55-7 victory over Missouri Baptist.
Reigning Horizon League Co-Pitcher of the Year Dalton Lundeen will toe the hill opposite sophomore
Mario Losi in Game 1 of the Fall World Series Saturday morning at 10 am. Games 2 and 3 will be held Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
The ValparaiZone and Valpo Men's and Women's Basketball Teams are excited to announce the Valpo Hoops Dodgeball Challenge for students. This event, which will take place Thursday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the ARC, is sure to generate excitement around the upcoming basketball season.
Women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's perfect start to Horizon League play, the performance of the Crusaders' midfield in recent weeks, and how the team and program have handled being ranked recently.
Saturday's Homecoming football game will represent the first-ever athletic contest between Valparaiso and Missouri Baptist. The Brown and Gold are looking to give head coach Dave Cecchini his first home victory while the Spartans aim for their inaugural win as a football program. 1400 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points are up for grabs in the 1 pm tilt at Brown Field.
Valparaiso improves to a perfect 3-0-0 in Horizon League action and extends its unbeaten streak to 11 matches with a 2-1 win Wednesday at UIC. Rita Craven scored the match-winning goal, tying her for the most game-winners in a single season in program history.
Nominations are open through Monday, October 13 to be included in the pool of candidates for the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Former student-athletes whose last season of competition was 2008-09 or earlier are eligible to be nominated.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team travels to take on first-year program UIC Wednesday in Chicago before returning home for a showdown with first-place Youngstown State Saturday night. Saturday's match will be the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match, worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer team continues to reach new heights in 2014, as it was announced today that the Crusaders had cracked the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll for the first time in program history.
The Crusaders return to the pitch Tuesday night with a match against in-state foe IUPUI before returning home for Homecoming Friday night as they host Wright State. Friday's match is worth 1,000 point in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Tournaments at five of the nation's top-seven teams highlight the Crusaders' 2014-15 schedule. Valpo will also host the Crusader Classic in early November, welcoming ten squads ranked in the nation's top-20 in the NTCA preseason poll.
Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dave Cecchini Monday afternoon. Ickow and Cecchini recapped Saturday's loss to Marist, discussed receiver Tanner Kuramata's role in the offense, and looked ahead to what fans expect this week with Missouri Baptist coming to town for Homecoming.
Freshman Cary Milanes did something Saturday that no other women's tennis player has ever done at Valpo under head coach Traci Young: beat a Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponent. Milanes outlasted NIU's Evelyn Youel 6-4, 6-3 at the UIC Flames Outdoor Courts.
Senior Kristen Warner scored the game-winning goal, the first of her career, and senior Erika Schoemann registered her first career assist on Valpo's first goal as the Crusaders extended their unbeaten streak to ten matches with a 2-1 win Saturday over Loyola on Senior Night.
The Crusaders won all but one match in the final day of the Valparaiso Fall Invitational on Saturday. Overall, the Brown and Gold went 39-1 in singles and 15-0 in doubles over Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, and Western Illinois.
The doubles portion of the UIC Invitational was held at Match Point Tennis Center in Griffith, Indiana on Saturday. Kaitlyn Hamel and Kathleen Hebble teamed up to defeat Northern Illinois' Cristina Alvarez/Abigail Dekkinga 8-7 (3) in the opening round.
Marist continued its winning ways over the Brown and Gold Saturday afternoon with a 35-7 victory at Brown Field. The Red Foxes took advantage of a pair of gaffes on Valpo's special teams while yielding just 239 yards of total offense.
Men's tennis opened the Valparaiso Fall Invitational Friday with a combined 20-0 record in singles play and a 5-0 mark in doubles. Cardinal Stritch, Chicago State, Western Illinois, and the Crusaders will wrap up play tomorrow at the Courts of NWI.
The Valparaiso softball team’s final doubleheader of the fall season has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to precipitation over the past 24 hours and forecasted rain into the start of the weekend. The twinbill between the Crusaders and Grand Valley State will now start on Sunday afternoon at noon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team steps outside Horizon League play for the final time Saturday evening, as it puts a nine-match unbeaten streak on the line at Brown Field against Loyola. The Crusaders' five seniors will be honored prior to the match on Senior Night. The game is worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Crusaders played three of their first four games away from Brown Field. Saturday's noon kickoff represents the start of a three-game set at home as Marist comes to town in search of its first win. At halftime, Valparaiso University will recognize the 1964 Indiana Collegiate Conference Co-Champion team led by Hall of Famers Emory G. Bauer and Walt Reiner.
Crusaders return to the ARC, hosting Youngstown State Friday night and Cleveland State Saturday afternoon. First 200 fans to Friday's match get a free Valpo Volleyball t-shirt, while Saturday is the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match. Both matches are worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
Fresh off of earning a national ranking for the first time in program history, Valparaiso men's soccer head coach Mike Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show and discusses how the team has dealt with being ranked, looks back at the last couple games and looks ahead to tonight's Horizon League battle with UIC.
Sophomores Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt gave the fifth-ranked doubles team in the nation all it could handle in their first round match against San Diego's Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek at the ITA All-American Tournament Tuesday in Tulsa. The Crusader duo eventually dropped a 6-4, 7-6 (4) result at the Case Tennis Center Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla.
Your one-stop shop for everything regarding the men's soccer program's #oneVALPO campaign is now available at Facebook.com/oneVALPO. The page will be updated with all the latest videos and #oneVALPO promises, from groups on the Valparaiso campus, opposing teams and members of the community.
Valpo is ranked ninth in this weeks RPI rankings, the highest ever for the Crusaders. The Crusaders are also ranked 25th in this week’s Top Drawer Soccer poll, the first top-25 ranking in program history in any poll.
Valpo returns home for a Monday night showcase against the Dayton Flyers in a one-game break from league action before venturing up to Chicago for a battle with Horizon League foe UIC. Monday's game is worth 1,000 Crusader Scholarship Challenge points.
Down in Tulsa, Charlie Emhardt won his consolation match over Austin Peay's Iago Seffrin 6-2, 7-6 (5) at the ITA All-American Championships. Up in Kalamazoo, Garrett Gardner took the Flight F championship with a straight set victory over Green Bay's Michael Tebon, while Michael Savaglio and Chase Hamilton captured 3rd place finishes in Flights C and G, respectively. Daniel Oakes also won the Flight G consolation title.
Seniors Ben Lehman and Andrew Cassara tallied career offensive numbers. Fellow senior Tanner Kuramata turned in a monster 2014 PFL debut as well, as he snagged six catches for 151 yards, but two critical turnovers proved too much to overcome for the Crusaders Saturday night in Buies Creek, N.C.
Robin Wenzel's goal in the 93rd minute gives the Crusaders a 1-0 win over Cleveland State, setting a new program record as Valpo is now unbeaten in its last nine matches. The Crusaders are also top of the table in the Horizon League, the only team with six points through two games.
Sophomore defeated Oral Roberts' Michael Sosnowski in straight sets before falling 6-3, 6-2 to Troy's Daniel Bustamante in the first day of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jeffrey Schorsch got past Wichita State's Jocelyn Devilliers in three sets before losing to Rishab Agarwal of Mississippi State in the second round.
Freshman Garrett Gardner advanced to the championship match of Flight F singles after a 2-0 day at the Vredevelt Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan Saturday. Fellow newcomer Chase Hamilton will compete in Sunday's third place tilt following a win over Michigan State's Paul Heeder.
Crusaders win 13th straight match, tying the second-longest streak in program history, as they sweep Green Bay in their Horizon League opener Friday. Emily Campbell led the way offensively, hitting .400 with 18 kills, while Morganne Longoria led all players with 20 digs. The win was the 300th at Valpo for head coach Carin Avery.
The Crusader duos of Kyle Dunn/Chase Hamilton and Michael Savaglio/Lucas Waak claimed victories in Flight B and C doubles respectively, Friday. Meanwhile, Brian Hickey teamed up with Cleveland State's Kevin Goth to take an 8-7 victory over Green Bay's Rowan Isaaks/Florian Kraenzler in day one of the Vredevelt Invitational hosted by Western Michigan.
A pair of disgraceful incidents on the soccer field last year have served as a catalyst for virtuous change on - and off - the pitch for Valpo Men's Soccer. The club's #oneVALPO campaign has flourished as head coach Mike Avery has received unanimous support both internally and from competition.
Valparaiso puts its 12-match winning streak on the line for the opening of Horizon League play this weekend in Wisconsin. The Crusaders face off against Green Bay Friday night and Milwaukee Saturday afternoon.
Coming off of a third consecutive tournament title, Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show to take a look at what's been working for her team the past few weeks, talk about the Crusaders' performance last weekend and look ahead to the start of Horizon League play this week.
Crusaders score three times in the first half, including a pair of goals from Rita Craven, to defeat Oakland 3-0 in their Horizon League opener. With the win, Valpo runs its unbeaten streak to eight straight matches, tying a program record.
Valpo football will play under the lights for the third time in a month Saturday night when Campbell plays host to the Brown and Gold at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. It will represent the seventh straight season the two teams have faced each other, with the Crusaders having won the last three meetings.
The start of the Horizon League slate is on tap for the Valparaiso women's soccer team this week. The Crusaders host Oakland Wednesday evening to open league play (worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge) before heading to Cleveland State Saturday night.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini sat down with Todd Ickow, the Voice of the Crusaders, on Monday. Cecchini and Ickow revisited Valpo's win last Saturday at William Jewell, the defense's role in the Crusader comeback, and what his team can expect from Campbell.
Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer improved their doubles record to 3-0 Sunday following an 8-5 victory over Marian's Sarah and Anne Potter. Heuer also remained perfect on the singles side with a straight set win at No. 4. However, the host Knights rode five singles victories to a 7-2 triumph over the Crusaders in Indianapolis.
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt captured the Flight C Singles championshp Sunday morning with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over DePaul's Kyle Johnson. Just a couple hours later, Emhardt teamed up with fellow sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch to take the Flight A Doubles title with a decisive 8-3 win over Cleveland State's Colton Buffington and Alil Shabib. Dave Bacalla and Daniel Oakes were also victorious in the consolation bracket of Flight B Doubles.
Valparaiso earns the crown at its home tournament with sweeps of Sacramento State and George Washington. The Crusaders are now 13-1 - the best start in program history. Allison Ketcham was named MVP and joined on the All-Tournament Team by Kelsey Victor and Morgan Beil.
Sophomore Charlie Emhardt will have a chance to win a singles and doubles title tomorrow at the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. He'll face DePaul's Kyle Johnson in the finals of the Flight C singles bracket before joining Jeffrey Schorsch in the championship match of the Flight A doubles immediately following. The doubles team of Lucas Waak and Michael Savaglio will compete in the finals of the Flight C doubles opposite Western Michigan's Jimmy Beckwith and Maik Steiner at 11:15 am ET.
Trailing 22-7 after thirty minutes, Valparaiso rattled off 32 unanswered points to collect its first non-conference victory since Sept. 12th, 2009. Junior John Guilford piled up 13 tackles - 3.5 for a loss - and a sack as the Crusader defense recorded three takeaways over the final two quarters.
Crusaders defeated Aquinas College 7-2 Saturday morning before handing Davenport University a 6-3 loss in the afternoon. Megan Barthels, Paige Heuer, and Cary Milanes all went a perfect 2-0 in singles play while the doubles teams of Barthels/Heuer and Milanes/Paras went undefeated.
The Crusaders men's and women's cross country teams traveled north of the border this weekend to race in the Western Invitational. The Brown and Gold were paced by seniors Jessica Richardson and David Rutkowski.
Valparaiso scores three times in the second half to overcome one-goal halftime deficit and win at Eastern Illinois, 3-1. Vanesa Abad, April Cronin and Robin Wenzel score for the Crusaders, who extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches.
Dec. 6 game against New Mexico and Jan. 10 game against Cleveland State to be broadcast live exclusively on ESPN3 from the ARC, while the Nov. 16 game at Missouri will be shown on the SEC Network. The trio of games joins the three previously announced broadcasts to give Valpo at least six nationally-broadcast games this season.
With its winning streak at nine matches, the Valparaiso volleyball team returns home to host the Crusader Crossroads of America Classic. The Crusaders welcome Murray State, Sacramento State and George Washington to the ARC for the two-day, six-match event. All three of Valpo's matches are worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Head coach Tracey Dorow announced the 2014-15 women's basketball schedule Thursday, a slate that includes a home tilt versus the Louisville Cardinals in late November. The Crusaders open the regular season at the ARC on Friday, Nov. 14th versus the Butler Bulldogs. Horizon League play tips off Jan. 8th when Valpo travels to Cleveland State.
With Horizon League play looming next week, women's soccer head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to talk about the team's defensive prowess to this point of the season, why he's not discouraged by the lack of goals so far and how he sees this year's team on the eve of league action.
Crusaders put their six-match unbeaten streak and four-match shutout streak on the line Friday afternoon at Eastern Illinois. The match is Valpo's last before the start of Horizon League play next week.
The Crusaders invade Liberty, Missouri this weekend seeking revenge for a 36-34 loss to William Jewell last September. Tanner Kuramata leads NCAA Division I FCS in receptions per game with 10.5 and is 8th in receiving yards per game (112).
The Crusaders continue their non-league action Wednesday night when they travel to Northwestern before facing Western Illinois for their home opener Friday night. Friday night's match is worth 1,250 points for fans as part of the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini chatted with the Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, on Monday. The pair discussed how the team handled its bye week, Valpo's upcoming matchup versus William Jewell, and the team's confidence level heading into this weekend.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nico Campbell has been named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week and classmate Omar Lawrence has been named the Horizon League's Co-Defensive Player of the Week after wins against Butler and then #7 Michigan State last week.
Valparaiso sophomore outside hitter Emily Campbell has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her MVP performance last weekend as the Crusaders won the Skyhawk Invitational.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team posted its fourth straight shutout in a scoreless double-overtime draw with Evansville on Sunday. The Crusaders have now held their opponents scoreless for 436 straight minutes.
Crusaders sweep Drake and UT-Martin to capture Skyhawk Invitational title and extend their winning streak to eight straight matches on Saturday. Emily Campbell was named tournament MVP, while Morganne Longoria and Taylor Graboski also represented Valparaiso on the All-Tournament Team.
Valparaiso hits .378 as a team, three different attackers post hitting percentages above .500 as the Crusaders sweep Western Carolina to open the Skyhawk Invitational. Valpo has now won six consecutive matches.
Hear what Valparaiso men's basketball head coach Bryce Drew has to say about the Crusaders' schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season in this schedule preview video. And fans, you can now download a men's basketball schedule wallpaper for your computer by clicking the link below.
15 home games at the ARC, including a visit from New Mexico, and three appearances on the ESPN family of networks highlight the 2014-15 Valparaiso men's basketball schedule, as announced today by head coach Bryce Drew. Season tickets are on sale now by contacting the Valpo ticket office at 219-464-5233.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team continues non-league action this weekend, playing at IPFW on Friday evening and hosting Evansville Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Evansville game is the first this season which will be broadcast live on HLN, while it also will be worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.
Riding a five-match winning streak and a tournament title last weekend at the Jackrabbit Invitational, the Valparaiso volleyball team continues early-season play this weekend at UT-Martin’s Skyhawk Invitational, where it will also take on Western Carolina and Drake.
Freshman Jordan James played the hero Tuesday night against the Butler Bulldogs, heading Jordan Aidoud's cross into the back of the net in the 101st minute. James' heroics gave the Crusaders their first win of the season.
Valparaiso shatters previous program record for a 54-hole tournament in fourth-place finish at Golfweek Program Challenge. Nick Seitz breaks individual 54-hole scoring record as well en route to a fifth-place finish.
With the regular season underway for the Valparaiso men's soccer team, head coach Mike Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss the Crusaders' early-season schedule, the team's strength in the back and options in the attack. Avery also talks about the program's #oneVALPO campaign, which is quickly gaining momentum around campus.
Sophomore doubles tandem received 53rd national ranking in Preseason Men's Doubles Rankings as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Monday. Both were also named to prequalifying singles bracket at the All-American Championships along with fellow sophomore Dave Bacalla.
Valparaiso men's golf team breaks single-round scoring record by 10 strokes to lead the Golfweek Program Challenge after opening round; Jared Magoline shoots a 65 to set a new individual program record.
Crusaders take down host South Dakota State in straight sets to win the Jackrabbit Invitational - the program's 18th in-season tournament title under Carin Avery. Kelsey Berrington was named Tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Morgan Beil and Allison Ketcham.
Behind running backs Mike Anderson and Braxton Shelton, Saint Joseph's spoiled Valpo's home opener Saturday night with a 31-10 win over the Brown and Gold. Though the Crusaders manufactured just ten points, senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata snagged a career-high 14 passes as part of a monster game.
Valparaiso opens Jackrabbit Invitational with a pair of four-set victories over UMKC and Stephen F. Austin on Friday. The Crusaders play for the tournament championship on Saturday against host South Dakota State.
The Valparaiso women’s soccer game against Ball State scheduled for Friday evening has been canceled due to inclement weather. The game will not be made up. The Crusaders return to action Sunday afternoon at Western Illinois.
Head coach Dave Cecchini's first game on Brown Field will be the 66th meeting between Valparaiso and Saint Joseph's. A victory Saturday night would not only snap a seven-game losing skid versus the Pumas, but it would signal the Crusaders' first win in a home opener since 2008.
Volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week and discusses the number of different lineup combinations the team has used in the early season, the play of Emily Campbell and Kelsey Berrington, and what she's looking for from the Crusaders over the next couple weekends.
Coming off of three straight draws, the Valparaiso women's soccer team looks to get into the win column Friday evening at Brown Field against Ball State. The Crusaders then travel to Macomb, Ill. for a Sunday match at Western Illinois.
Valparaiso uses a stellar offensive performance in the fourth and fifth sets to overcome 2-1 deficit and defeat IUPUI, 3-2, Wednesday evening. Emily Campbell set a new career best with 22 kills; Morganne Longoria led all players and matched her career high with 30 digs.
Valparaiso men's basketball season tickets are on sale now for the 2014-15 season, covering 15 home games. Tickets, which start as low as $147.50 for the general public and $110.63 for faculty, staff and recent alumni, can be purchased by contacting the Valpo ticket office at 219-464-5233.
Valparaiso is ranked eighth in the first NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Great Lakes Region Poll. This is the second straight season the Crusaders have been ranked at least once in the poll.
Valparaiso finishes in second place at the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate in the season-opening tournament, eight strokes back of the title. Eric Winters led three Crusaders within the top-10 individually with a third-place finish.
Valparaiso men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew announced today that Chandler Levingston Simon has joined the Crusader program as a walk-on. A Chicago-area product who spent last season at UMKC, he will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
The Valparaiso men's golf team improved by 21 strokes from the first to the second round at the Whistling Straits Intercollegiate on Monday. The Crusaders enter Tuesday's final round just five strokes out of the lead in second place.
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow sat down with head football coach Dave Cecchini ahead of the home opener Saturday versus Saint Joseph's. The two reflected on the season opener at Western Illinois, the quarterback play, and the long-standing rivalry between the Pumas and Crusaders.
Head coach Brian Schmack has announced Saturday, September 20th as the date for this year's Baseball Golf Scramble. The outing again will be held at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso. Prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and more will be awarded at the event. Register today!
Valparaiso falls in five-set battle to Campbell, but rebounds with win over North Carolina Central to close out the NCCU Invitational. Kelsey Berrington and Emily Campbell earned All-Tournament honors for the Crusaders.
Freshman Kye Hall shined in his Crusader debut, leading the Valpo defense with 10 tackles - including one for a loss. But a speedy, strong Western Illinois squad prevailed with a 45-6 victory in its home opener. Tanner Kuramata hauled in seven catches for 76 yards as the senior wide receiver set game highs in both categories.
Senior Morgan Beil was named to the preseason All-Horizon League team today. Beil is one of five returning starters for the Valparaiso volleyball program, as the Crusaders prepare to kick off their season this weekend at the NCCU Invitational.
The Valparaiso men's soccer team opens up their 2014 season with a trip to North Carolina, facing off with North Carolina State on Friday evening and Davidson on Sunday afternoon. This marks the first of a five game road trip to open the season for the Crusaders.
With the regular season underway for the Valparaiso women's soccer team, head coach John Marovich joins the Valpo Coaches Show to discuss what came out of the first weekend of play and what he's looking for out of his team moving forward.
Once classmates with Joe Buck at Indiana University, Todd Ickow begins his 24th year in the radio booth for Valpo Athletics. For Ickow, announcing is just one of a myriad of hobbies for the poker player, horse owner, and former restaurateur. Learn more about Valpo's ramblin', gamblin' man in this feature.
The Valparaiso women's soccer team heads out to Arizona for a pair of matches this weekend, in search of their first win of the season. The Crusaders take on Grand Canyon Friday night and Northern Arizona Sunday afternoon.
The last time Dave Cecchini was in Macomb, he helped lead Lehigh to a convincing 37-7 win over Western Illinois in the NCAA Div. I-AA playoffs on Nov. 25th, 2000. The first-year head coach looks to deliver similar results as the Crusaders and Leathernecks face each other for the second time in four years.
24 Valparaiso home events to be streamed this fall via the Horizon League Network, including 12 volleyball, four football, four men's soccer and four women's soccer games. Department also unveiled its new digital brand identity - Valpo All-Access.
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talked with head football coach Dave Cecchini in the first Valpo Football Preview of 2014. The two discussed the culture change within the program, the quarterback situation, and Coach Cecchini's last trip to Macomb.
Six Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.
A goal in the 88th minute sent the Valparaiso women's soccer to a 2-1 defeat Friday against Belmont, despite out-shooting the Bruins 17-9. The Crusaders look to bounce back Sunday afternoon against IUPUI.
Valparaiso women's soccer team opens regular season with pair of home games against Belmont and IUPUI this weekend. The Crusaders are looking to open the season with a win for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
The men's and women's tennis teams released their fall schedules Wednesday. The men's team opens its fall slate at the Purdue Fall Invitational Sept. 19-21 while the women's team begin their fall schedule with a doubleheader versus Aquinas College and Davenport.
With the 2014 football season just eight days away, Brad Collignon chatted with head coach Dave Cecchini, junior linebacker Alex Green, redshirt junior RB Jake Hutson, junior defensive end John Guilford, and senior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata as the Crusaders embark on a new chapter. Click on the video to see what they had to say about how this team has progressed since the spring, the transition to a new playbook, and goals for the upcoming season.
Former Crusader Liz Horton, who graduated this past May, signed a contract last week to play professionally with Turngemeinde (TG) Neuss. TG Neuss is a Division II club, the second-highest of seven levels in Germany.
Valpo baseball announced that the team will hold walk-on tryouts for the 2015 roster on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd at Emory G. Bauer Field. Forms necessary to compete for a walk-on roster spot must be returned to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Ben Wolgamot at the baseball office no later than Sept. 1st.
Incoming Valparaiso freshman Kayla Currier has been named a recipient of the 2014 AAU Volleyball Academic All American Award, as announced by the AAU Volleyball National Executive Committee earlier this month.
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the hiring of Tony Rouse and Adam Logan to the coaching staff Friday. Rouse will serve as the defensive line/strength and conditioning coach while Logan will take over as defensive backs coach.
As the Valparaiso football team prepares for its season opener at Western Illinois Aug. 28, catch a glimpse of a Crusader practice with first-year head coach Dave Cecchini as he gets Mic'd Up for Inside Valpo Athletics.
Sophomore doubles tandem won four straight matches to advance to finals before falling 8-6 to Notre Dame's Alex Lawson and Billy Pecor. The pair scored victories over duos from Indiana, Wofford, and a mixed team of Western Michigan's Cahn and Michigan State's Forman in the process.
Valparaiso softball program to host Fall Experience Camp Sept. 13 for players graduating from high school from 2015 through 2019. The camp will allow participants to experience a weekend in the life of a Valpo softball player within a single day. Visit ValpoSoftballClinics.com for more information.
Strong veteran presences on defense and in the midfield highlight Valparaiso's 19 returning players for the 2014 campaign, while six newcomers join the fray as well. The Crusaders' first exhibition game is Friday evening at Cincinnati.
The 2014 football season opener is less than three weeks away. As energy in camp remains high, new coaching staff seeks to take advantage of a deep receiving corps heading into Aug. 28th debut in Macomb.
As they prepare for the start of preseason practice, the Valparaiso volleyball team took some time earlier this week to offer a one-day camp to members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven Unit.
The Valparaiso men’s and women’s golf programs released their respective schedules for the 2014 fall season on Wednesday. The Crusader men will take part in six events, while the women will play in five tournaments.
Head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced the addition of Adam White to the Crusader coaching staff for the 2014-15 school year Wednesday. White spent the 2013-14 season with Oral Roberts. Prior to last season, White served as an assistant coach for three years with the Penn State Nittany Lions.
The Valparaiso bowling team experienced success in the classroom as well as on the lanes last season, as it was recognized by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) for posting a cumulative team grade point average of at least 3.2.
Valparaiso sophomore Jeffrey Schorsch will square up against some of the top singles talent in the nation August 9th-12th at the 2014 ITA/USTA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. Schorsch will also join teammates Charlie Emhardt and Brian Hickey in doubles action.
The new head coach of the Valparaiso softball program, Kate Stake, talks about what attracted her to Valpo, what she brings with her from previous assistant coaching stops, and more on this edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.
Valparaiso graduated senior Kyle Henning (Brookfield, Wis./East) repeated as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as the Golf Coaches Association of America announced this year's honorees this week.
Crusader midfielder Zev Taublieb is penning a three-part series on TopDrawerSoccer.com, chronicling his journey this summer as he traveled to Seattle to try out for, and eventually join, the Seattle Sounders U23 team.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Kate Stake has been hired as the new head coach of the Crusader softball program. Stake comes to Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team took a break from summer workouts on Monday to give back to the community of sophomore Alec Peters, whose hometown of Washington, Ill. was devastated by a massive tornado last November.
The Valparaiso men’s basketball team placed three players on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2013-2014 Honors Court, as announced by the organization today. The Crusaders’ three players were the most honored from any Horizon League school.
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Forward Joaquim Gomes rounds out five former Valparaiso men’s basketball players who have been selected to preliminary rosters in advance of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, as he is among 15 players on Angola’s preliminary squad for the upcoming tournament.
Sophomore singles player downed Michigan State's Brett Forman 6-4, 6-4 in the finals of Monday's ITA Summer Circuit Event hosted by Western Michigan University to claim first summer singles title since Eric Honert in 2012. Schorsch later teamed up with fellow sophomore Charlie Emhardt to advance to the semifinals of the doubles tourney. Junior Lucas Waak also scored a doubles championship at the Bill Van Lieshout Tournament over the weekend.
One year after helping lead his native Australia to the silver medal at the World University Games, former Valparaiso basketball standout Ryan Broekhoff has been called into the Australian Boomers' July camp leading up to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Seattle Times' columnist Larry Stone featured former Crusader and current manager of the Seattle Mariners, Lloyd McClendon, in his Wednesday column. In his first year as skipper, McClendon has transformed a franchise stuck in neutral for the past few seasons into a playoff contender.
Crusaders were one of just 80 squads named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team; Honert, Savaglio, Schorsch dubbed All-Academic Scholar Athletes for maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5 or higher
Jeffrey Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt claimed doubles victory Tuesday at ITA Summer Circuit event held at Purdue University. The sophomore tandem downed Indiana University's Stefan Lugonjic and Jacob Rother 8-2 to cap a perfect 5-0 run.
Six-meet slate will send the Brown and Gold to Canada after opening weekend at Crusader Open on Sept. 5th; head coach Mike Straubel eyes top three finishes for both men's and women's squads as depth appears poised to emerge.
All ages and skill levels are invited to join the Crusader men's tennis coaching staff for a pair of free clinics on July 9th at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The kid's camp (7-17 years old) runs from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm while the adult camp (18+) will be held from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. No sign up is necessary!
Nearly two decades ago, Patty Cisneros lost the use of her legs in an automobile accident. What she went on to accomplish can be described only as awe-inspiring. The Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer, graduate, two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, newlywed, and proud mother shared her story this past week.
For the third straight year, Valparaiso golfers Michelle Kleckner (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale) and Erika Pfaender (Pewaukee, Wis./Arrowhead) have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).