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Senior Sarah Dooms and the Crusaders kick off the 2013 season this weekend.
Senior Sarah Dooms and the Crusaders kick off the 2013 season this weekend.
Valparaiso (1-0)
at
UCF (0-1)
8/30/2013 | Orlando, Fla. | Attendance: 137
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso2525192115
UCF1817252510
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUCF
Hitting Pct..227.178
Kills5762
Errors2034
Total Attacks163157
Assists5256
Aces55
Digs5377
Blocks11.010.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOUCF
KillsDOOMS - 18
CORY - 18
AssistsCUDNEY - 25
REITEROVA - 49
AcesDOOMS - 2
REITEROVA - 2
DigsCAMPBELL - 14
HAYES - 30
BlocksBEIL - 3
DOOMS - 3
VICTOR - 3
HOBBS - 3
SARDEN - 5

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Picked Atop the League

For the first time since joining the Horizon League prior to the 2007 season, Valparaiso has been chosen to finish atop the league standings in preseason polling of the league's head coaches. The Crusaders went 10-4 in league play last season, finishing in a tie for second in the league standings.

Valpo picked up four of the available first-place votes and totaled 44 points, out-pacing Cleveland State by two points and Milwaukee by three points. Both CSU and Milwaukee earned two first-place votes apiece.

20+ Wins

Valpo has consistently been a winning program over the past decade-plus, and is among an elite group of programs that has won at least 20 matches every year over that span.

In each of head coach Carin Avery's 11 seasons at the helm, the Crusaders have won 20 or more matches, including last year's 21-win campaign. Valpo is one of just 11 Division I programs to have accomplished this feat, a group which also includes Colorado State, Dayton, Florida, Hawai’i, Nebraska, Ohio, Penn State, Stanford, UNI and Western Kentucky.

Returning Almost Everybody

All six starters in the rotation from last year's 21-win squad return in 2013 for the Crusaders, part of a group of nine returnees.

Preseason All-League selections Ellen Vanden Berg and Morgan Beil lead a group of attackers up front that returns six of seven players from last season that tallied at least 100 kills. Running a 6-2 formation, the Crusaders also return both setters in senior Ariel Cudney and sophomore Kelsey Berrington.

Big Shoes to Fill at Libero

Easily the biggest quetion mark for the Crusaders coming into 2013 is at the libero spot, where Valpo loses three-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American Taylor Root. Root ended her career, which saw her earn Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year honors three times, ranked fourth in NCAA history in digs.

The Crusaders also lose outside hitter Mary Dent, who averaged nearly two kills per set as a senior in 2012.

A Lot of New Faces

New faces will be battling to earn spots in the rotation all over the court for the Crusaders, as seven freshmen and one transfer join the nine returnees to round out the 17-player roster.

Morganne Longoria highlights the newcomers, as the PrepVolleyball.com All-American will likely start the season at libero.