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Crusader Volleyball Picked Second in League Preseason Poll
Kim Bukowski finished among the nation's leaders in assists/set last season while guiding the Crusaders to top team placements in both kills/set and assists/set. (Ray Acevedo)
Kim Bukowski finished among the nation's leaders in assists/set last season while guiding the Crusaders to top team placements in both kills/set and assists/set. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Valparaiso volleyball squad has been predicted to finish second in the Horizon League in 2009, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches.  The Crusaders tallied 58 points and received two first-place votes.

Each of the coaches ranked the teams one through eight, omitting their own squad from the voting.  Teams received eight points for a first-place vote down to one point for an eighth-place vote.

Milwaukee received the remaining seven first-place votes and tallied 63 points to earn preseason league favorite honors.  Following the Crusaders were Cleveland State (45 pts.), Butler (42 pts.), Wright State (38 pts.) and Loyola (33 pts.).  UIC (18 pts.), Youngstown State (17 pts.) and Green Bay (10 pts.) rounded out the projections.

 

Team

Points (1st place votes)

1.

Milwaukee

63 (7)

2.

Valparaiso

58 (2)

3.

Cleveland State

45

4.

Butler

42

5.

Wright State

38

6.

Loyola

33

7.

UIC

18

8.

Youngstown State

17

9.

Green Bay

10