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Crusaders Tabbed Third in Preseason Poll
Valpo is tabbed third in the Horizon League this season.
Valpo is tabbed third in the Horizon League this season.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

            The Valparaiso volleyball squad has been predicted to finish third in its first season of Horizon League play as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches.  The Crusaders tallied 50 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 garnered five first-place votes and totaled 58 points to lead the balloting.  Cleveland State was chosen second, tallying 52 points, including one vote in the top spot.  Valpo was followed by UIC, which received the final first-place vote en route to 47 points, and Green Bay, which totaled 34 points.  Loyola (30), Wright State (24), Butler (16) and Youngstown State (13) rounded out the voting.

            The Crusaders kick off the season August 24 when they take on Miami [Ohio] at Illinois State’s Redbird Classic.

Team

 

Points (1st place votes)

 

1.

Milwaukee

58 (5)

2.

Cleveland State

52 (1)

3.

 

Valparaiso

 

50 (2)

 

4.

UIC

47 (1)

5.

Green Bay

34

6.

Loyola

30

7.

Wright State

24

8.

Butler

16

9.

Youngstown State

13