Men's Track & Field
#12 Ellen Vanden Berg
|HOMETOWN||Little Chute, Wis.|
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)||Little Chute|
2012: Appeared in 127 sets over 32 matches for Valpo during her junior year ... named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-Midwest Region honoree ... member of the Horizon League All-League Team ... finished fourth in the league in blocking (1.13 blocks/set) and sixth in hitting percentage (.285) ... 144 total blocks ranks fifth on Valpo's single-season charts ... .285 hitting percentage is seventh-best in a single season in program history ... also led team in kills with 2.51 kills/set ... led all Horizon League players in league-only play with 1.49 blocks/set ... is just five blocks shy of Valpo's all-time top-10 in the category ... also increased offensive production against league opponents, hitting .298 with 2.88 kills/set ... tallied at least five blocks 16 times ... recorded 10 or more kills on 13 occasions ... opened season by being named to All-Tournament Team at the Hawkeye Challenge Aug. 24-25 ... hit .313 over Valpo's four tournament matches ... earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week nod and named to Hoosier Classic All-Tournament Team after helping the Crusaders to the tournament crown ... hit .458 with 14 kills in win over host Indiana Sept. 14 ... averaged 1.18 blocks/set in Valpo's three tournament wins ... hit .417 with 12 kills and also picked up seven blocks in Horizon League win at Loyola Sept. 22 ... had five-match stretch from Sept. 28 through Oct. 13 where she hit .421, averaging 3.95 kills and 1.32 blocks per set ... posted at least 13 kills and five blocks in all five matches ... tallied 19 kills on .441 hitting and seven blocks in win over Youngstown State Oct. 6 ... registered 16 kills without committing an attack error, hitting at a Valpo season best .615 clip in sweep at Green Bay Oct. 12 ... followed up with career-high 23 kills the next day at Milwaukee ... named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the Wisconsin road trip ... became the first league player since 2007 to earn both offensive and defensive weekly honors in the same season ... set new career best with 11 blocks against Loyola Oct. 19, and followed the next day against UIC with 11 more rejections ... the 11 blocks against the Flames matches the fifth most in a four-set match in Crusader history ... hit .323 with 3.38 kills/set over Valpo's two Horizon League Championship matches.
2011: Played in all 35 matches for the Crusaders as a sophomore, taking the court in 115 sets ... posted 1.90 kills/set and 0.96 blocks/set ... led Valpo in blocks (110 total) and ranked eighth in the Horizon League in blocks/set ... picked up a career-best nine blocks in sweep at Loyola Sept. 24 ... nine blocks matched the most in any three-set match in the Horizon League in 2011 and also tied for fifth-most in a sweep in Crusader history ... totaled five matches with at least six blocks, including a stretch of three consecutive matches Oct. 9-Oct. 21 ... reached double digits in kills eight times, including a career-high 13 at Milwaukee Oct. 5 ... tallied 12 kills on .550 hitting versus Texas A&M-CC and 11 kills on .435 hitting against Evansville to close out home tournament Sept. 3 ... hit at least .400 in four consecutive matches Sept. 3-10 ... hit .600 with 10 kills in win over Loyola Oct. 21 ... reached double digits in kills three straight contests Oct. 21-25 ... put down 10 kills on just 12 swings for .833 hitting percentage in win over UIC in Horizon League quarterfinal Nov. 18.
2010: Appeared in 19 sets over 12 matches during her first year at Valpo ... averaged 0.79 kills and 0.79 blocks per set in limited action ... debuted Aug. 27 at La Salle with three blocks and two kills ... also picked up a pair of kills Sept. 11 against Hofstra while also tallying a season-best four blocks ... came off bench to have stellar performance Nov. 5 at Youngstown State ... contributed season-high seven kills on .300 hitting to go with three blocks to help Crusaders to key Horizon League victory.
Prep: A three-year letterwinner for the Mustangs ... earned Third Team All-State accolades as a senior ... received Honorable Mention recognition on the state level as a junior ... awarded First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Area honors her final two seasons ... a Second Team All-Conference honoree as a sophomore ... played club volleyball for Fox Cities Elite (2008-2010) and Nightmares VBC (2006-2008) ... traveled to nationals both years with Fox Cities Elite ... also earned three letters apiece in basketball and track and field ... a First Team All-Area selection on the hardwood as a senior ... earned First Team All-Conference honors in basketball as a senior and Second Team honors as a junior ... member of state runner-up 4x200m relay squad on the track as a freshman.
Personal: Ellen is the daughter of Mike and Barb Vanden Berg ... major is physical education with a special education minor ... born Jan. 21, 1992.