The Valparaiso University volleyball team kicks off the 2016 season this weekend with its first of four early-season tournaments, making the trip to West Point for the Black Knights Invitational. The Crusaders, who return 12 of 14 letterwinners from last season’s 27-win team, will face CSU Bakersfield and Hofstra in addition to host Army West Point on the opening weekend.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team has been picked to finish in second place in the Horizon League during the 2016 season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders received four first-place votes, matching Cleveland State for the most first-place votes received.
The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the 11th time in the last 13 seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.
After two seasons of competition with the Valparaiso University volleyball team, Catherine Ament (New Carlisle, Ind./New Prairie) has been forced to step away from playing due to being medically unable to compete and will be considered a medical non-counter. Despite no longer being able to contribute on the court, Ament will remain a part of the Crusader volleyball program as a student assistant.