Carin Avery To Be Inducted Into Ball State Hall of Fame As Part of 1994 Team

Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery will be inducted as part of the 1994 Ball State University volleyball team into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. As part of the ceremonies, Avery and the rest of the inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Valpo-Ball State men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.


Cookerly Honored as Regional Freshman of the Year

Following her standout rookie season for the Crusaders, Valparaiso University freshman libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has been honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Midwest Region Freshman of the Year. Cookerly is one of just 10 freshmen nationwide to earn the regional Freshman of the Year accolade, and is now up for consideration for National Freshman of the Year.


Graboski Named to MVC All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso University senior middle hitter Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) closed out her Crusader career with one final All-Tournament honor, as she was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the conference’s postseason event.


Crusaders Fall to Illinois State at MVC Tournament

The sixth-seeded Valparaiso University volleyball team took the first set from third-seeded Illinois State Thursday night in its first-ever match at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Normal, Ill., but the Redbirds claimed each of the next three sets as Valpo’s season came to an end, 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19).


Graboski Named First Team All-MVC; Anderson, Cookerly Earn All-Freshman Honors

Valparaiso University volleyball senior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) has been named a First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection as the conference office announced its postseason awards on Thursday. The Crusaders were also represented by a pair of players on the conference’s All-Freshman Team: Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) and Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg).


Volleyball Heads to MVC Tournament

The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament for the first time this week, as the Crusaders earned the sixth seed for the 2017 edition of the tournament in Normal, Ill. Third-seeded Illinois State - the host school - awaits Valpo in the first round, as the Crusaders will need to win three matches to capture the tournament title.


Trio of Crusaders Named to MVC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete Teams


The Valparaiso University volleyball team placed three players on the Missouri Valley Conference’s Scholar-Athlete Teams, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Redshirt junior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) earned First Team Scholar-Athlete honors, while juniors Sydney Bronner (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth) and Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) were both Honorable Mention recipients.


Anderson Named MVC Freshman of the Week


Valparaiso University freshman setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) picked up her second Freshman of the Week award from the Missouri Valley Conference on Monday following a strong conclusion to the regular season.


Senior Night Win Caps Regular Season For Volleyball


It was only apropos that, celebrating Senior Night at the ARC on Sautrday night, senior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) capped off a sweep with a thunderous kill as the Valparaiso University volleyball team took down Southern Illinois, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-12) to close out the regular season. Prior to the match, Graboski and Catherine Ament (New Carlisle, Ind./New Prairie) were honored for their four years of service to the Crusader program.


Crusaders Secure Spot in MVC Tournament Friday; Fall to #25 Missouri State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team battled gamely against MVC regular season champion and 25th-ranked Missouri State Friday night at the ARC, but the Bears claimed a tight first two sets on their way to a 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-20) victory over the Crusaders. Despite the loss, the Crusaders secured a berth in next week’s MVC Tournament with SIU’s loss at Loyola.


Ketcham Earns Academic All-District Accolade


Valparaiso University volleyball redshirt junior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) has been named a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-District V honoree for her work both on the volleyball court and in the classroom.


Volleyball Prepares For Final Regular Season Matches


The scenario entering the final weekend of Missouri Valley Conference regular season play is simple for the Valparaiso University volleyball team this weekend. With one win over the final two matches, the Crusaders will be in the MVC Tournament. Valpo will host #25 Missouri State on Friday evening before welcoming Southern Illinois on Saturday night. Saturday night will be Senior Night for the Crusader program, as Valpo celebrates seniors Catherine Ament and Taylor Graboski.


Volleyball Announces Pair of Signings


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Jillian Grant and Haley Hart have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will be joining the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2018 season.


Crusaders Topped by Sycamores Saturday Evening


Looking for its first sweep of a weekend of MVC play this season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team came up just short Saturday evening in Terre Haute, Ind., falling to host Indiana State, 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17).


Volleyball Secures Critical Road Win at Evansville Friday


Tied at one set apiece entering the third set Friday at Evansville, the Valparaiso University volleyball team rolled to a win in the third set and then won the key points late in the fourth set in a 3-1 (25-12, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22) victory over the Purple Aces. Freshman libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) broke Valpo’s record for digs in a season by a freshman in the victory.


Volleyball Heads Out For Final Regular Season Road Trip


With just four matches remaining in the regular season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team heads on the road for the final time for a pair of key MVC contests, as the Crusaders take on Evansville Friday night and Indiana State Saturday evening. Both matches are against teams battling with Valpo for spots in the MVC Tournament.


Volleyball Bounces Back With Sweep of Bradley


The Valparaiso University volleyball team rolled to a key Missouri Valley Conference victory over Bradley Saturday evening at the ARC, downing the Braves in straight sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-16).


Volleyball Falls to Illinois State Friday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team battled against Illinois State in Missouri Valley Conference action Friday night, but the Redbirds earned key points late in all three sets as the Crusaders fell 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 26-24).


Volleyball Handles Chicago State in Mid-Week Sweep


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out its 2017 non-conference slate at Chicago State Wednesday evening with a win, sweeping the host Cougars in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-23).


Busy Stretch Continues For Volleyball This Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will keep busy this week, facing three opponents in the span of four nights. The Crusaders will make the short trip to Chicago for their final non-conference match of the year Wednesday night against Chicago State before returning home to the ARC for a weekend of MVC play against Illinois State Friday evening and Bradley Saturday night.


Crusaders Battle Conference Leader Missouri State Monday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team stood strong with a showdown against MVC leader Missouri State on Monday evening in Springfield, Mo., but in the end, the Bears emerged with a 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19) victory. Missouri State entered the match just outside the top-25 in the latest AVCA national poll.


Volleyball Sweeps Loyola Friday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball team earned its fourth sweep in the last five matches on Friday evening at the ARC, using a balanced team effort to take down Loyola, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-22), in Missouri Valley Conference action. With her final dig of the night, redshirt junior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) moved into a tie for tenth place in program history for career digs.


Valley Play Rolls On For Volleyball


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out the month of October with a pair of Valley matches this weekend. The Crusaders host travel partner Loyola at the ARC on Friday night before making the trip to Springfield, Mo. to face conference leader Missouri State for the first time this season on Monday evening. Friday night's match is Student Appreciation Night at the ARC, with the first 200 students in attendance receiving a free t-shirt.


Bronner Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week


Valparaiso University junior middle hitter Sydney Bronner (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week after totaling 14 blocks in a pair of matches for the Crusaders last weekend.


Crusaders Drop Valiant Battle at #25 UNI


The Valparaiso University volleyball team stood toe-to-toe with perennial MVC power and nationally-ranked UNI Saturday evening in Cedar Falls, Iowa and earned a match-point chance in the fourth set, but in the end, the Panthers came out on top in a 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 29-27, 15-9) final.


Crusaders Sweep Drake On the Road Friday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball team avenged one of its early conference losses on Friday evening in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Crusaders easily handled Drake for a 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-15) road victory.


Volleyball Sweeps Fort Wayne Tuesday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball team extended its non-conference winning streak to six consecutive matches on Tuesday evening at the ARC, earning its second straight sweep in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Fort Wayne.


Crusaders Face Three Matches This Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out a quick three-match homestand with a non-conference matchup against Fort Wayne at home on Tuesday. The Crusaders then take the road as they hit the halfway mark of MVC play, traveling to take on Drake and UNI. Tuesday's match will be a "Two-Fer Tuesday", as fans can buy one ticket and get one free!


Volleyball Bounces Back With Sweep of Evansville Saturday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out the weekend of MVC action on a high note on Saturday evening at the ARC, putting together one of its best performances of the year in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-18) sweep of Evansville.


Zaleski Sets Career High For Crusaders Friday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball received a career-high 12 kills Friday night from junior Lizzie Zaleski (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist), but the Crusaders fell at the ARC to Indiana State, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).


Volleyball Returns to the ARC This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns home to the ARC this week as it continues Missouri Valley Conference action against a pair of in-state foes. Indiana State comes to town on Friday for the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match, and Evansville wraps up the weekend on Saturday.


Volleyball Comes Up Just Short Saturday at Illinois State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team took the first two sets at Illinois State Saturday evening as it took aim at completing a weekend sweep in MVC action, but the Redbirds came back and won the final three sets as the Crusaders fell, 3-2 (19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-12).


Volleyball Sweeps Bradley For MVC Road Victory


A stout defense led the way once again for the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Friday evening, as the Crusaders secured their second straight road win in MVC play with a three-set sweep at Bradley (25-18, 25-17, 25-22).


Volleyball Heads Back on the Road This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads to central Illinois this weekend to continue MVC play, playing at Bradley on Friday evening before heading to Illinois State on Saturday night. The Crusaders are coming off of their first MVC victory on Sunday at Loyola.


Volleyball Picks Up First MVC Victory at Loyola


The Valparaiso University volleyball team earned its first victory as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference on Sunday afternoon, going on the road to Loyola and downing the Ramblers in four sets (25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 25-16).


Volleyball Continues MVC Play Sunday at Loyola


The Valparaiso University volleyball team continues a string of four consecutive road matches on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders make the short trip to Chicago to face off with Loyola.


Graboski Reaches Milestone Monday at SIU


Valparaiso University volleyball senior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) reached 1,000 career kills Monday evening as part of a stellar all-around outing, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Crusaders to come out victors at Southern Illinois, as the host Salukis downed Valpo, 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24).


Volleyball Drops Saturday Match to Drake


Playing in sweltering heat for a second consecutive night, the Valparaiso University volleyball team came up just short in three close sets Saturday evening at the ARC against Drake (25-23, 25-22, 29-27) in Missouri Valley Conference action.


Volleyball Battles #22 UNI In First MVC Home Contest


The Valparaiso University volleyball team welcomed #22 UNI to the ARC in the Crusaders’ first-ever home Missouri Valley Conference match in any sport Friday evening and claimed the second set from the Panthers to even the match at 1-1, but UNI eventually emerged with a 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16) victory in both teams’ conference opener.


Volleyball To Host First MVC Home Event As Conference Play Opens


Friday night will be a special night at the ARC, as Valparaiso University hosts its first Missouri Valley Conference event in any sport when nationally-ranked UNI visits to take on the Crusader volleyball team to open conference play. Valpo will then play host to Drake Saturday night before hitting the road for a Monday night conference match at Southern Illinois.


Anderson Named MVC Freshman of the Week


On the back of a trio of strong performances last week and an All-Tournament Team award at Western Illinois, Valparaiso University freshman setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week.


Bronner Named Tournament MVP; Anderson, Graboski All-Tournament


After earning the tournament title at Western Illinois’ Buffalo Wild Wings Invitational this weekend, the Valparaiso University volleyball team placed three players on the All-Tournament Team – led by junior middle Sydney Bronner (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth), who was named Tournament MVP. Bronner was joined on the All-Tournament Team by freshman setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) and senior middle Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky).


Volleyball Wins Pair of Matches to Claim BWW Invitational Title


The Valparaiso University volleyball team dug deep to secure the Buffalo Wild Wings Invitational championship Friday in Macomb, Ill., posting one of the top dig totals in a four-set match in program history in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19) victory over McNeese Friday evening. Earlier in the day, Valpo took care of business against host Western Illinois, sweeping the Leathernecks in straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-19). The Crusaders have now won five consecutive matches entering Missouri Valley Conference play next weekend.


Volleyball Takes Down EIU In Home Opener


In front of a great crowd at the ARC in its home opener on Tuesday night, the Valparaiso University volleyball team put together a strong all-around performance in a 3-1 (25-13, 25-17, 18-25, 25-14) victory in non-conference action over Eastern Illinois. Redshirt junior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) set a new career best in the win with 29 digs, while freshman Ally Cummings (Novi, Mich./Novi) led the way offensively with a season-high 15 kills on .394 hitting.


Volleyball Opens At Home, Closes Pre-Conference Schedule


The Valparaiso University volleyball team gets its first chance to play in front of its home fans on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders host Eastern Illinois at the ARC. The final early-season tournament is on the docket for this weekend, with matchups against Western Illinois and McNeese State at WIU's Buffalo Wild Wings Invitational.


Volleyball Season Tickets Available Now


Season tickets for the 2017 Valparaiso University volleyball team’s home schedule at the ARC are available through the athletics ticket office. Season tickets are currently priced at just $25 apiece as a special deal to celebrate Valpo's first season in the Missouri Valley Conference, include a ticket to each of Valpo’s 11 home matches and will be on sale through Saturday, Sept. 23 at the special discounted rate.


Volleyball Earns Pair Of Victories To Close Cornell Invitational


The Valparaiso University volleyball team ensured a happy trip home from New York on Saturday as the Crusaders earned a pair of four-set victories to finish off play at the Cornell Invitational, downing Binghamton 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-20) in the early afternoon before capping off the tournament with a 3-1 (32-30, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17) victory over the Big Red. Junior Sydney Bronner, who set a pair of new career highs versus Cornell, represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team as the Crusaders tied St. John’s and Cornell for the tournament’s best record at 2-1.


Volleyball Opens Cornell Invitational Friday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team opened play at the Cornell Invitational on Friday afternoon against St. John’s, but was unable to top their Big East opponent despite a strong offensive match from Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky), falling to the Red Storm 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-14).


Volleyball Heads to Cornell Invitational


Early-season tournament action continues for the Valparaiso University volleyball program this week with a trip to Ithaca, N.Y. for the Cornell Invitational. The Crusaders, who enter the weekend leading the nation in digs, will face off with St. John's and Binghamton before concluding tournament play against the host Big Red.


Cookerly Named MVC Freshman of the Week


Valparaiso University volleyball freshman Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week after another strong set of performances last weekend at libero for the Crusaders.


Ally Cummings Earns All-Tournament Accolades


Valparaiso University volleyball freshman Ally Cummings (Novi, Mich./Novi) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the Jackrabbits Invitational. Cummings is the third Valpo rookie to earn All-Tournament honors in the first two weeks of the season.


Volleyball Closes Weekend With Victory


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out action from the Jackrabbits Invitational in Brookings, S.D. on Saturday on a winning note, sweeping host South Dakota State in three straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-23).


Volleyball Drops Pair of Matches Friday in South Dakota


The Valparaiso University volleyball team kicked off the Jackrabbits Invitational from Brookings, S.D. on Friday, falling 3-1 to CSU Bakersfield (27-29, 25-23, 25-18, 25-22) and 3-0 to Northern Arizona (25-19, 25-22, 25-19). In the third set of the opener against CSU Bakersfield, redshirt junior Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) surpassed the 1,000-dig milestone for her career.


Volleyball Continues Early-Season Action In South Dakota


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads north for the second of four early-season tournaments this weekend, traveling to Brookings, S.D. for the Jackrabbits Invitational. The Crusaders will face off with Cal State Bakersfield and Northern Arizona on Friday before taking on the hosts from South Dakota State on Saturday.


Crusaders Take Down Rhode Island On Final Day at Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of action at the Golden Dome Invitational from Notre Dame, Ind., falling to New Mexico State, 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20) before sweeping Rhode Island, 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-17) on Saturday. Two of Valpo’s freshmen – Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) and Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) – represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Cookerly Sets Valpo Program Record in Debut Versus Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University volleyball program boasts a strong tradition of successful liberos, but freshman Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) topped them all on Friday, setting a new program single-match record with 43 digs as the Crusaders battled with ACC foe Notre Dame in an eventual 3-1 (25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 25-9) defeat in their season opener.


Volleyball Heads to Notre Dame to Open 2017 Season


The Valparaiso University volleyball team kicks off the 2017 season this weekend with its first of four early-season tournaments, making the short trip east on the Indiana Toll Road to Notre Dame for the Golden Dome Invitational. Valpo will face the host Fighting Irish on Friday evening at 6 p.m. CT before taking on New Mexico State and Rhode Island on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.


Volleyball Season Preview


A program which has enjoyed a sustained level of success few programs can match over the past 15 years, the Valparaiso University volleyball team finds itself in the position of being a hunter in its first season of Missouri Valley Conference competition in 2017.


Volleyball Tabbed Seventh In MVC Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University volleyball team has been chosen to finish in seventh place in the Missouri Valley Conference in its first season as a Valley member in 2017, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.


Crusaders Claim AVCA Team Academic Award


The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 academic year, as announced by the AVCA today. It marks the 12th time in the last 14 seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award. In addition, Valpo was named to the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative team GPA which ranks among the top-25 in Division I volleyball.


Valpo Volleyball Announces 2017 Schedule


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2017 season as Valpo prepares for its first season of action in the Missouri Valley Conference.


Valpo In The Valley: Volleyball


Continuing the #ValpoInTheValley series, which will take a look at each of the Missouri Valley Conference’s 17 sports, is volleyball. Learn about the landscape of The Valley in volleyball, how Valpo has fared against opponents from The Valley in the past, and hear from head coach Carin Avery as she talks about what the program is looking forward to entering its first season of MVC competition and who will lead the way in 2017 for her team.


Valparaiso University to Join Missouri Valley Conference


Valparaiso University president Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., announced today that the University has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2017. The Crusaders will begin competing for MVC championships in the 2017–2018 academic year.


Brys Signs With Crusader Volleyball Program


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Marissa Brys, an outside hitter from Washington Township H.S., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join Valpo as a freshman for the 2017 season.


Crusader Volleyball to Host Summer Camp


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 10-13, 2017 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.


Crusaders Announce 2017 Spring Schedule


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today her team’s schedule for the spring season, including a home date at the ARC against Western Michigan on Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m.


Longoria Story Among Season's Most Popular


The story on Valpo volleyball senior Morganne Longoria and how she uniquely filled the roles of libero and setter simultaneously for the Crusaders over the final half of the season made national news among the volleyball community in 2016. At year's end, the VolleyballMag.com article on Longoria's efforts was the website's third-most widely read story from the 2016 season.


Crusaders Fall In Hard-Fought Battle at Horizon League Championship


In a match which seemed to encapsulate the season in a single contest, the sixth-seeded Valparaiso University volleyball team fought to the very end against third-seeded Northern Kentucky in a first-round matchup at the Horizon League Championship Friday before the Norse came out with the 3-2 (20-25, 29-27, 25-27, 25-21, 15-11) victory to end the Crusaders’ season.


Volleyball Heads to Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2016 Horizon League Championship this weekend. The Crusaders, who are the tournament's sixth seed, will face off against third-seeded Northern Kentucky in the first round on Friday.


Crusader Volleyball Announces Addition of Six Newcomers


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that the Crusaders have signed a talented group of six newcomers during the early signing period who will join the Valpo program as freshmen for the 2017 season.


Longoria Named Defensive Player of the Year; Campbell Earns Honorable Mention Accolades


Following a tremendous senior season, Valparaiso University libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and has been voted to the All-League Team, as announced today by the league office. In addition, fellow senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was named an Honorable Mention All-League selection.


Crusaders Fall in Regular Season Finale


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out the regular season Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., falling to the Panthers of Milwaukee in straight sets (25-11, 25-16, 25-23). The Crusaders had already clinched a berth into the Horizon League Championship by virtue of Friday night’s results and will head to the league tournament next weekend in Cleveland as the sixth seed.


Carlson, Bruinsma Earn Academic All-League Honors


The Valparaiso University volleyball team had a pair of players honored as the Horizon League announced its volleyball Academic All-League recipients on Friday, as senior Rachel Bruinsma (New Era, Mich./Western Michigan Christian) and sophomore Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) earned the award for their performance on the court and in the classroom.


Volleyball Closes Home Slate With Win Over Oakland


The Valparaiso University volleyball team finished out its 2016 home schedule at the ARC on Wednesday evening with a key 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22) victory over Oakland in Horizon League play. Playing in her final home match, senior Jamie Lacheta (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw) set a new career high with 16 kills.


Volleyball Faces Final Regular Season Tests


The Valparaiso University volleyball team finishes up the 2016 regular season this week with a pair of matches as the Crusaders fight to secure a spot in the Horizon League Championship. Valpo closes out its home slate Wednesday, hosting Oakland at 6 p.m., and then goes on the road Saturday afternoon to conclude the regular season at Milwaukee.


Five-Set Match Goes Against Crusaders Saturday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team led Green Bay in Horizon League play Saturday evening at the ARC, two sets to one, but the Phoenix claimed the final two sets to earn the 3-2 win and spoil the Crusaders’ Senior Night.


Crusaders Sweep UIC Friday Evening


The Valparaiso University volleyball team took care of business Friday night at the ARC in Horizon League action, sweeping visiting UIC, 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-15).


Volleyball Returns to ARC This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team opens its final homestand of the year at the ARC this weekend, as the Crusaders host a pair of crucial Horizon League matchups against UIC Friday evening and Green Bay Saturday afternoon. Saturday will be Valpo's Senior Day, as the team honors its six seniors following the match.


Out of system has new meaning for Longoria


Valparaiso University senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) entered her final season as a Crusader already having continued the program's legacy of strong libero play. But Longoria, head coach Carin Avery, and the rest of the team could never have imagined the role Longoria would be called on to fill this season - setting full-time while also playing libero.


Volleyball Earns Four-Set Win Over Youngstown State


16 kills apiece from senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) led the way for the Valparaiso University volleyball team Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders closed the weekend on a winning note, earning a 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-18) victory at Youngstown State. Senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) moved into the Crusaders’ single-season top-10 in digs during the victory.


Crusaders Fall at Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team found its attack slowed down by league-leading Cleveland State Friday evening in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Vikings dealt the Crusaders a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-17) defeat.


Volleyball Takes Down Fort Wayne Tuesday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball team continued its strong play despite its out-of-system offensive system Tuesday night in its final non-league matchup of the year at Fort Wayne, downing the Mastodons by a 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 28-26, 25-22) final. Morganne Longoria finished with 28 assists and 24 digs, while Katherine Carlson was just two assists shy of her second triple-double in the last three matches.


Volleyball Goes On the Road For Three This Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team faces its final non-league match of the season Tuesday evening at Fort Wayne before heading to northeast Ohio, taking on Cleveland State on Friday night and Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon.


Longoria Repeats As League Player of the Week


Valparaiso University senior libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has repeated as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after another strong week setting in addition to her back-row duties.


Volleyball Takes Loss Against NKU Saturday


Coming off a hard-fought win on Friday night, the Valparaiso University volleyball team was unable to slow down Northern Kentucky on Saturday, as the Crusaders fell to the Norse by a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) final at the ARC.


Crusaders Prevail In Defensive Standoff With Wright State


In a match featuring more total attacks and digs than any other this season in NCAA Division I volleyball, the Valparaiso University volleyball team came out on the right end of the defensive battle with Wright State in Horizon League play Friday evening at the ARC, downing the Raiders by a 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11) final. Sophomore Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) finished with the first triple-double by a Crusader player since 2010, while senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) set a new program record for attacks in a single match.


Crusaders Earn Road Sweep at Chicago State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team stepped out of Horizon League play Tuesday evening with a short trip to Chicago State, coming away with a 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-16) sweep of the Cougars.


Volleyball Faces Three-Match Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads into a key upcoming weekend of Horizon League action with a mid-week tuneup at Chicago State Tuesday evening. The Crusaders then host Wright State at the ARC Friday night and Northern Kentucky Saturday afternoon.


Longoria Earns Defensive Player of the Week Honor


Following a week in which she reached 2,000 career digs while also filling a role thought to be unprecedented in Division I volleyball, senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.


Crusaders Fall to Milwaukee Saturday Evening


Again playing without a traditional setter due to injuries, the Valparaiso University volleyball team battled gamely with perennial Horizon League power Milwaukee Saturday evening at the ARC, as the Crusaders nearly set a program single-match record for blocks in a 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22) loss to the Panthers. Along the way, seniors Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) and Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) both reached career milestones for their defensive work - Longoria recording her 2,000th career dig and Campbell joining Valpo's 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club.


Resilient Crusaders Earn Sweep Of Oakland In Remarkable Effort


Ravaged by injuries this season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team faced its biggest challenge of the season and one of the biggest challenges a volleyball team could face – heading into a match without either of its setters – head-on at league-leading Oakland and came out on the other side with the most remarkable of victories, sweeping the Golden Grizzlies (25-22, 28-26, 25-23) in Horizon League action Wednesday evening.


Crusaders Reach Halfway Point of League Campaign


The Valparaiso University volleyball team continues Horizon League play with a pair of matches this week, closing out a four-match road trip at Oakland on Wednesday evening before returning home to the ARC to host Milwaukee Saturday evening. Saturday's match against the Panthers will serve as the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match, as survivors of breast cancer will be honored prior to the match.


Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Wright State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team looked poised to earn a road win Saturday afternoon at Wright State after capturing the first two sets, but the Raiders rallied to deal the Crusaders a 3-2 defeat (23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-11).


Shorthanded Crusaders Fall at Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University volleyball team, still playing without a number of regulars up front, fell Friday night in Horizon League play, 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-18), at Northern Kentucky as it continued a four-match stretch away from home.


Longoria Matches Career High; Crusaders Sweep WIU


Valparaiso University senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) tied her career high for digs as the Crusaders stepped out of league play and earned a 3-0 (25-12, 26-24, 25-21) sweep at former Mid-Con rival Western Illinois Tuesday evening.


Volleyball Set to Hit Road Again


The Valparaiso University volleyball team hits the road this week for a trio of matches. The Crusaders will briefly step away from Horizon League play with a mid-week contest at Western Illinois on Tuesday before heading south to face Northern Kentucky Friday night and Wright State on Saturday afternoon.


Volleyball Drops League Battle With Cleveland State


Sophomore Lizzie Zaleski (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) nearly became the first Crusader in six years to post a triple-double on Saturday, but the Valparaiso University volleyball team fell in four sets (25-23, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21) to Cleveland State at the ARC. Along the way, senior Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) moved into third place in program history in career digs.


Crusaders Fall in Five-Set Heartbreaker


The Valparaiso University volleyball team found itself two points away from victory in its Horizon League home opener Friday evening at the ARC versus Youngstown State, but the Penguins put together a run to claim the fourth set and then took control in the fifth set to deal the Crusaders a 3-2 (25-17, 16-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13) defeat.


Volleyball Ready to Return to the ARC


The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns home to the ARC as Horizon League play continues this weekend. The Crusaders will host Youngstown State on Friday evening before taking on defending league champion Cleveland Saturday afternoon. The first 200 students to Friday night's match will receive free Valpo volleyball t-shirts, while Saturday's match against the Vikings will serve as the volleyball program's TOCO fundraiser match, in conjunction Saturday night with men's soccer.


Crusaders Rally For Five-Set Win at UIC


Valparaiso University junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) smashed her previous career best with 24 kills and the Crusaders earned their first Horizon League win in style Saturday in Chicago, rallying from two sets down to top UIC, 3-2 (19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-7).


Volleyball Falls in League Opener


After splitting the first two sets of its Horizon League opener Friday evening, the Valparaiso University volleyball team battled deep into extra points with Green Bay in the third set, but the Phoenix prevailed to take the lead and carried the momentum into the fourth set to deal the Crusaders a 3-1 (24-26, 25-15, 30-28, 25-17) setback.


Volleyball Opens Horizon League Play This Weekend


Following an injury-riddled early-season slate, the Valparaiso University volleyball team looks to get back on track as Horizon League play opens this weekend. The Crusaders will start the league season on the road, with matches Friday evening at Green Bay and Saturday afternoon at UIC.


Graboski Earns All-Tournament Accolade


Valparaiso University junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) represented the Crusader volleyball team on the All-Tournament Team this weekend at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge.


Crusaders Fall to UNC Greensboro


In a tightly-contested match to close out play at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge on Saturday, the Valparaiso University volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 22-25, 28-26) decision to UNC Greensboro.


Volleyball Drops Pair at Ball State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team opened play at its final pre-league tournament of the season Friday with a pair of matches at the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge. The Crusaders fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-18) to #19 Ohio State to open the tournament and then dropped a four-set decision (25-23, 25-9, 21-25, 25-17) to the host Cardinals Friday night.


Crusaders Fall at Bowling Green


Taking on its first mid-week opponent of the season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team fell in three sets (25-8, 25-23, 25-21) at Bowling Green Tuesday evening.


Volleyball Set For Four-Match Week


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will complete one final week of non-league competition before jumping into the Horizon League slate next weekend. The Crusaders will travel to Bowling Green for a mid-week match on Tuesday evening before heading to Muncie, Ind. for the Ball State Active Ankle Challenge this weekend, where they will face #19 Ohio State and UNC Greensboro in addition to the host Cardinals.


Avery Earns 400th Career Victory as Volleyball Splits Saturday


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery earned the 400th victory of her coaching career Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated South Dakota State 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-15) in the Popcorn Classic at the Courts of NWI. Valpo fell in its tournament finale to Duquesne, 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17). The Crusaders were represented on the All-Tournament Team by senior libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington).


Volleyball Splits On Opening Day of Popcorn Classic


The Valparaiso University volleyball team split two matches on the first of two days of action in the Popcorn Classic on Friday. The Crusaders swept SE Missouri State (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) in the early afternoon at the ARC, but fell Friday night at the Courts of NWI to Central Michigan in four sets (25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 25-13). Saturday's tournament matches will be held at the Courts of NWI.


Popcorn Classic Action Moved


Due to court conditions, the remainder of volleyball's Popcorn Classic has been moved to the Courts of NWI (127 E US-6 Frontage Rd, Valparaiso, IN). Friday night's match between Valparaiso and Duquesne will now begin at 7:30 p.m., while all four of Saturday's matches will remain on the same time schedule.


Volleyball To Host Popcorn Classic This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will host its ninth in-season tournament in the last 15 years this weekend, as the Crusaders welcome SE Missouri State, Central Michigan, South Dakota State and Duquesne to the ARC for the Popcorn Classic. The two-day, eight-match event begins Friday morning at 10 a.m., with Valpo's first match beginning at 12:30 p.m.


Crusaders Take Down APSU To Close Out Trojan Invitational


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will come home to the ARC on a two-match winning streak, as the Crusaders closed out action at this weekend’s Trojan Invitational in Troy, Ala. with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-18, 18-25, 25-21) win Saturday afternoon over Austin Peay.


Crusaders Earn Split On First Day Of Trojan Invitational


The Valparaiso University volleyball team split a pair of matches on the first day of competition at the Trojan Invitational in Troy, Ala. on Friday. Valpo fell, 3-0, to defending WAC champion New Mexico State (25-9, 25-19, 25-21) in its first match of the tournament, but bounced back in the evening with a 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-17) victory over host Troy.


Valpo Heads South To Continue Early-Season Play


The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns to action this weekend as the Crusaders travel south to Troy, Ala. to take part in the Trojan Invitational. Valpo will face New Mexico State and the host Trojans on Friday before concluding the tournament versus Austin Peay on Saturday.


Campbell, Graboski Earn All-Tournament Team Honors


Valparaiso University volleyball senior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) were named to the All-Tournament Team this weekend at the Black Knights Invitational as they helped lead the Crusaders to a 2-1 record on the opening weekend of action.


Crusaders Rally For Five-Set Win Over Army West Point


Facing host Army West Point in its finale at the Black Knights Invitational Saturday afternoon, the Valparaiso University volleyball team rallied from down two sets to one to earn a 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12) victory to close out the opening weekend of play. Junior Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) led the Crusader challenge, matching her career high with 15 kills without committing an attack error.


Volleyball Splits on Opening Day of Black Knights Invite


The Valparaiso University volleyball team split a pair of matches to open up the 2016 season Friday at Army West Point’s Black Knights Invitational. The Crusaders downed CSU Bakersfield 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 30-28) in the morning opener, but fell to Hofstra 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-6) later in the evening.


Crusader Volleyball Set to Open Season Friday


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.


Valpo Volleyball Chosen Second in Preseason Poll


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.


Crusaders Claim AVCA Team Academic Award


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.


Ament Closes Out Playing Career With Crusaders


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.


Crusader Volleyball Releases Schedule For 2016 Season


Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today her program’s schedule for the upcoming 2016 campaign. The Crusaders graduate just one senior from last season’s 27-win squad, which tied for the second-most wins in a single year in program history.


Crusader Volleyball to Host Summer Camp


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 11-14, 2016 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.


Six Crusaders Earn Fall Academic All-League Honors


Six Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Fall Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this morning. The men’s soccer program had two student-athletes honored, while women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country each boasted one honoree.


Alana Brown Signs With Volleyball Program


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Alana Brown, a defensive specialist out of Vintage H.S. in Napa, Calif., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2016 season.


Crusaders’ Run Comes Up Short in HL Championship Match


The Valparaiso University volleyball team came up one step shy of claiming the Horizon League tournament championship, as the Crusaders fell in the title match to top-seeded Cleveland State 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-18) Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. Senior setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) and sophomore outside hitter Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.


Valpo Rolls Into Horizon League Championship Match


The Valparaiso University volleyball team moved one step away from capturing the Horizon League title and the corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, as the third-seeded Crusaders defeated second-seeded Oakland Saturday evening, 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 32-30, 25-21), in semifinal action at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. With the win, the Crusaders will face top-seeded Cleveland State for the title Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT.


Crusaders Head to HL Semifinals With Five-Set Win Over Milwaukee


It was a gutsy performance by the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Friday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, as Valpo rallied from down two sets to one to take down Milwaukee, 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11) in the opening round of the Horizon League Championship. With the win, the third-seeded Crusaders will take on second-seeded Oakland in the semifinals Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT.


Crusaders Head to Cleveland For HL Volleyball Championship


The Valparaiso University volleyball team heads off to the 2015 Horizon League Volleyball Championship this weekend in search of the league tournament title and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders, who earned the third seed for the tournament, will take on sixth-seeded Milwaukee Friday on the first day of the three-day tournament.


Four Volleyball Players Earn Horizon League Honors


The Valparaiso University volleyball team had four players earn Horizon League postseason accolades, as the league announced its annual award winners on Monday. Junior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and sophomore Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) both were All-League honorees, while rookies Katherine Carlson (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) and Kayla Currier (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) earned spots on the league’s All-Freshman squad.


Berrington Sent Out a Winner on Senior Day


The Valparaiso University volleyball team made sure its lone senior, setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh), would go out a winner in her final career match at the ARC, as the Crusaders downed league regular season champion Cleveland State Saturday evening, 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18). Valpo heads to the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland next weekend as the third seed, and will face sixth-seeded Milwaukee Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CT.


Volleyball Cruises to Win Over Penguins


The Valparaiso University volleyball team hardly took a misstep on the attack Friday evening in a Horizon League matchup with Youngstown State at the ARC as the Crusaders rolled to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-13) sweep of the Penguins. With the win, Valpo improved to 24-7 overall and 10-4 in league play, securing the third seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship.


Regular Season to Close Out for Volleyball This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend, hosting Youngstown State for a special 5 p.m. first serve on Friday before welcoming league leader Cleveland State on Saturday at 4 p.m. Friday will serve as the program’s Honor Your Professor night, the first 200 fans in attendance will receive free t-shirts and a purchase of one game ticket for Friday night grants admission to both athletic events. On Saturday, the Crusaders will honor their lone senior, Kelsey Berrington, following the match with a Senior Day ceremony.


Volleyball Road Swing Ends With Loss at Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University volleyball team fell short in its quest to make it a perfect four-match road swing in Horizon League play, as the Crusaders suffered a 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 29-31, 25-21) defeat Saturday afternoon at Milwaukee.


Crusaders Earn Third Consecutive Sweep Friday


For the second straight match, the Valparaiso University volleyball team avenged a loss from earlier in the Horizon League slate, as the Crusaders went on the road Friday night and downed Green Bay, 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-17).


Volleyball Heads to Wisconsin This Weekend


Having already clinched a spot in the upcoming Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso University volleyball team looks to secure its position in the league standings this week and even make a possible push for a top-two spot with two more road matches. The Crusaders look for revenge Friday night at Green Bay for a loss earlier this season, and close out the Wisconsin road swing at Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon.


Art of the Comeback: Volleyball Sweeps Oakland Thanks to Late Pushes


Down 21-20 late in the first set? No problem. Trailing 23-20 in the second set? No big deal. Facing a 22-17 deficit in the third set? Shake it off. The Valparaiso University volleyball team strung together points late in all three sets to overcome those deficits and earn a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 27-25) sweep at defending league champion Oakland in Rochester, Mich. on Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Stellar In Road Sweep of UIC


The Valparaiso University volleyball team put together a strong match Tuesday evening in Chicago, Ill. to earn a Horizon League road sweep of UIC (25-15, 25-19, 25-20). Emily Campbell moved in Valpo's all-time top-10 in career kills in the win.


Volleyball Set To Start Road Stretch


The Valparaiso University volleyball team will become familiar with its bus over the next two weeks, as the Crusaders kick off a four-match stretch of road contests with two road matches this week. Valpo makes the short trip west across the state line to take on UIC Tuesday night, and then heads up to Michigan to face off with Oakland Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Fall to NKU Saturday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team was unable to overcome one of the nation’s top blocking performances of the season Saturday, as the Crusaders fell in a Horizon League contest at the ARC to Northern Kentucky, 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 15-13).


Crusaders Reach 20 Wins With Sweep of Wright State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team reached the 20-win milestone for the 14th consecutive season on Friday evening at the ARC and did so in emphatic fashion, sweeping Wright State, 3-0 (25-6, 25-11, 25-21) in Horizon League action.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week, looking at the Horizon League at the halfway point of the league slate and talking about how the Crusaders have overcome some recent adversity by taking advantage of their versatility.


Crusaders Earn Win Over IPFW Wednesday Evening


The Valparaiso University volleyball team took down an in-state foe Wednesday evening, in the process moving within one victory of hitting the 20-win milestone for a 14th straight season, as the Crusaders defeated IPFW at the ARC, 3-1 (25-27, 26-24, 25-17, 25-21).


Volleyball Returns Home For Three Matches


The Valparaiso University volleyball team returns home to the ARC again this week, as the Crusaders will host three matches over a four-day stretch. The homestand opens Wednesday evening with a non-league showdown against IPFW, before the Crusaders return to league play Friday versus Wright State and Saturday versus Northern Kentucky. Valpo enters the week just two wins shy of reaching the 20-win milestone for a 14th straight season.


Campbell Named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week


Valparaiso University junior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after reaching the 1,000-kill milestone last weekend.


Campbell Picks Up 1,000th Kill as Crusaders Take Down YSU


Facing its second five-set match in less than 24 hours, the Valparaiso University volleyball team rallied from down two sets to one to come out with a 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20, 15-11) road win at Youngstown State Saturday afternoon. Fittingly, the match ended on a kill from Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), as earlier in the match, the junior became the 14th player in Crusader program history to surpass 1,000 career kills.


Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Cleveland State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team looked poised to move into a tie for first place on the road in Cleveland, Ohio, but host Cleveland State rallied to defeat the Crusaders, 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 21-25, 15-11) Friday night.


Volleyball Heads to Ohio This Weekend


The Valparaiso University volleyball team hits the road for the first time since September 26, making the northeast Ohio swing of the Horizon League slate. The Crusaders face Cleveland State Friday evening in an attempt to move into a first-place tie in the league standings, and then continue on to take on Youngstown State Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Sweep Chicago State Tuesday


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closed out its five-match homestand with ease Tuesday evening at the ARC against Chicago State, sweeping the Cougars 3-0 (25-22, 25-9, 25-16).


Valpo Falls to Green Bay Saturday


Tight sets went against the Valparaiso University volleyball team Saturday afternoon at the ARC, as Green Bay claimed the key points late to send the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) defeat.


Crusaders Roll to Win Over Milwaukee


The Valparaiso University volleyball team dropped the first point of the match Friday night at the ARC to Milwaukee, but never trailed in any of the three sets after that mark, as a stellar all-around team effort led the Crusaders to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-19) win over the Panthers to improve to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in Horizon League play.


Volleyball Closes Homestand With Three Matches in Five Days


The Valparaiso University volleyball team closes out a five-match homestand, hosting Milwaukee and Green Bay in Horizon League play on Friday and Saturday, respectively, before facing Chicago State in non-league action at the ARC Tuesday evening. Friday will serve as the Crusaders’ annual breast cancer awareness match, as survivors of breast cancer will be honored prior to the match. Saturday is Student Appreciation Day and Parents Night as well.


Graboski Earns League Player of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University sophomore middle hitter Taylor Graboski earned the first weekly award of her career from the Horizon League office on Monday, as she was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.


Crusaders Fall to Oakland Friday Night


Missed opportunities in a trio of tight sets doomed the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Friday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders lost in Horizon League play for the first time this season to defending league champion Oakland, 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 27-25, 25-23). Kelsey Berrington surpassed the 1,000-dig milestone for her career in the loss, while Taylor Graboski set a new career high with 15 kills.


Volleyball Continues Homestand Friday Night Versus Oakland


The Valparaiso volleyball team looks to extend its perfect start to Horizon League play Friday evening as the Crusaders host defending league champion Oakland at the ARC. Senior setter Kelsey Berrington enters the match just three digs shy of 1,000 for her career.


Crusaders Move to 15-2 With League Win Over UIC


Strong performances all over the court Tuesday evening at the ARC led to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-27, 25-20, 25-15) victory for the Valparaiso University volleyball team over UIC in Horizon League play. The win moved the Crusaders’ record to 15-2 on the year, just the second time in program history they’ve held a 15-2 mark, and pushed Valpo atop the Horizon League standings at 3-0.


Crusaders Cap Off Road Weekend With Sweep


The Valparaiso University volleyball team made it a perfect 2-0 weekend on the road to start off Horizon League play with a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 27-25, 25-20) of Wright State in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The win moves the Crusaders to 14-2 overall on the season.


Volleyball Earns Win in Horizon League Opener


The Valparaiso University volleyball team proved to be an unwelcome guest in Northern Kentucky’s first-ever home event in Horizon League play in any sport, as the Crusaders defeated the Norse, 3-1 (25-15, 32-30, 20-25, 25-23) Friday night in Highland Heights, Ky.


Volleyball Set For Start of League Play


Valparaiso opens up Horizon League play on the road this weekend, taking on league newcomer Northern Kentucky before heading to Wright State. The Crusaders then return home for a league match versus UIC Tuesday night. Check out head coach Carin Avery's thoughts on the performance of her squad to date in this week's edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Crusaders Split on Final Day of ISU Classic


The Valparaiso University volleyball team came up just one set shy of claiming another in-season tournament crown, as the Crusaders dropped the tournament finale at the ISU Classic in Terre Haute to host Indiana State Saturday night, 3-2 (25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 15-12). Valpo, which defeated Western Illinois earlier in the day 3-1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-18), was represented on the All-Tournament Team by sophomore Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).


Crusaders Roll to Sweep of Chicago State


The Valparaiso University volleyball team wasted little time in dispatching Chicago State in its opener at the ISU Classic in Terre Haute, Ind. on Friday afternoon, taking just over an hour to sweep the Cougars (25-17, 25-17, 25-13) behind one of the top offensive performances of the modern era.


Volleyball Heads to Indiana State This Weekend


Valparaiso closes out the pre-league slate this weekend with the final of four in-season tournaments, making the trek downstate to Terre Haute to play in the ISU Classic. The Crusaders will conclude tournament play Saturday night against host Indiana State after taking on Chicago State and Western Illinois earlier in the weekend.


Crusaders Down Toledo in Four Sets Tuesday Night


The Valparaiso University volleyball team improved to 10-1 on the season Tuesday evening at the ARC, fighting off a game Toledo squad to earn the 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21) victory.


Crusaders Fall in Popcorn Classic Finale


The Valparaiso University volleyball team extended the best start in program history to 9-0 with a three-set sweep of Savannah State (25-13, 25-17, 25-11) Saturday morning, but was unable to claim the Popcorn Classic title later that evening at the ARC, as the Crusaders were dealt their first loss of the season by Loyola (25-22, 25-18, 25-21). Senior Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) and sophomore Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Individual, Team Milestones Reached As Volleyball Sweeps Pair


Valparaiso senior setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) registered her 3,000th career assist early in the Crusaders’ first match of the Popcorn Classic Friday, and the team would reach a milestone to close the night, as with sweeps over Kennesaw State (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) and Elon (25-21, 25-18, 25-16), Valpo improved to 8-0 on the season – matching the best start in program history.


Crusaders Ready to Host Popcorn Classic


The Valparaiso volleyball team will host its eighth in-season tournament in the last 14 years this weekend, as the Crusaders welcome Elon, Kennesaw State, Loyola and Savannah State to the ARC for the Popcorn Classic. Valpo has won five of its last seven in-season home tournaments, while the Crusaders are also in search of the best start in program history, entering the weekend at 6-0.


Valpo Earns Terrier Invitational Championship


Valparaiso closed out its weekend in New York City by capturing the Terrier Invitational championship, downing host St. Francis Brooklyn in straight sets (25-23, 25-11, 25-16) Saturday afternoon before heading for some more sightseeing prior to leaving the city. Senior setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) was named Tournament MVP.


Volleyball Wins Pair to Close Out Exciting Friday in NYC


A jam-packed day Friday in New York City for the Valparaiso University volleyball team, which included an early-morning visit to the Good Morning America summer concert series to see Florida Georgia Line, ended on a high note as well. When it was time to go to work, the Crusaders took care of business, defeating Rider 3-1 and NJIT 3-0 to open play at the Terrier Invitational.


Volleyball Off to the Big Apple This Weekend


After capturing the Chattanooga Classic last weekend, the Valparaiso University volleyball team will attempt to make it back-to-back tournament titles, as the Crusaders look to take Brooklyn this weekend, heading to New York City to take part in the Terrier Invitational. Valpo will face Rider and NJIT on Friday before closing the tournament against host St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.


Crusaders Ride Pair of Sweeps to Chattanooga Classic Title


The Valparaiso University volleyball team made it a trio of victories on the opening weekend of play, capturing its fourth consecutive in-season tournament title by claiming the Chattanooga Classic on Saturday with 3-0 wins over Eastern Kentucky and Troy. Sophomore Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) was named Tournament MVP, while juniors Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) were named to the All-Tournament Team as well.


Volleyball Opens Season With Victory


The Valparaiso volleyball team twice had to rally from one-set deficits on Friday evening, but ultimately got the job done in five sets, downing host Chattanooga 3-2 (16-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-22, 16-14) to open the Chattanooga Classic.


Longoria Named HL Preseason Defensive Player of The Year; Campbell All-League


Valparaiso University junior libero Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) has been named the preseason Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, while fellow junior Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was named to the preseason All-League Team as the league announced its awards prior to the start of the 2015 campaign Friday.


Crusaders Picked Third in Volleyball Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University volleyball team has been picked to finish in third place in the Horizon League in the 2015 season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.


What You Need to Know - Valpo Volleyball


With the regular season opening up Friday for the Crusader volleyball team, catch up with a brief primer about this year's squad as Valpo looks to rise to the top of the Horizon League and earn its 14th consecutive 20-win season in 2015. And hear head coach Carin Avery's thoughts on the preseason so far and what she expects from the early part of the season in the attached coaches show.


Crusaders Announce 2015 Volleyball Schedule


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2015 campaign on Tuesday, a slate which features 15 home matches at the ARC – the most home matches in a single season since 2001.


Crusaders Claim AVCA Team Academic Award


The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the 10th time in the last 12 seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.


Crusader Volleyball to Host Summer Camp


Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 7-10, 2015 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.


Carlson Earns Second Team H.S. All-American Honors


The Valparaiso volleyball program has brought in a number of heralded prep performers in the past. But none of them have earned the honor that 2015 incoming freshman Katherine Carlson recently received, as Carlson was named a Second Team High School All-American by Volleyball Magazine, as presented by Mizuno. Just 24 athletes nationwide were named First or Second Team All-Americans by the publication.


Valparaiso Places 10 On Fall Academic All-League Squads


Valparaiso placed a league-high 10 student-athletes over five sports on the Horizon League's 2014 Fall Academic All-League Teams, as announced today by the league office.


Campbell Earns Honorable Mention All-Region Recognition


Sophomore Emily Campbell was named an Honorable Mention All-Northeast Region selection by the AVCA on Tuesday.


Crusaders Announce Trio of Volleyball Signees


Sydney Bronner, a three-time state champion in track and field; Katherine Carlson, Michigan Miss Volleyball as a senior; and Lizzie Zaleski, MVP of SportsTown Chicago All-Star Game all have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2015 campaign.


Beil Named to All-Tournament Team


Valparaiso senior right side hitter Morgan Beil closed out her Crusader career by representing Valpo on the All-Tournament Team at the Horizon League Championship.


Volleyball Falls in HL Semifinal


Crusaders fall to Milwaukee in straight sets in Horizon League semifinal Saturday evening. The loss closes out Valparaiso's 2014 campaign with a 25-8 overall record.


Crusaders Sweep UIC, Move Into HL Championship Semifinals


Crusaders take down UIC in straight sets to open the Horizon League Championship behind ten kills from Allison Ketcham, double-doubles from Kelsey Berrington and Emily Campbell. Valpo advances to face Milwaukee in the semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. CT.


Valpo Heads to Horizon League Volleyball Championship


Crusaders enter the 2014 Horizon League Championship as the tournament's third seed, kick off tournament play from Oakland against sixth-seeded UIC Friday afternoon.


Campbell Named HL Co-Player of the Year; Five Crusaders Honored


Sophomore Emily Campbell becomes Valpo's first Player of the Year since 2008, earning Horizon League co-Player of the Year honors. Kelsey Berrington and Kelsey Victor joined Campbell on the All-League team, while Taylor Graboski and Allison Ketcham were named to the All-Freshman Team.


Campbell Claims Final League Player of the Week Honor


Sophomore Emily Campbell earned her second Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honor of the year after hitting .410 with a league-best 40 kills in a pair of Valpo wins last week.


Crusaders Close Out Regular Season With Sweep


Valparaiso posts its best hitting percentage in over seven years in a three-set sweep of UIC to close out regular season action Saturday. Sophomore Emily Campbell moved into Valpo's single-season top-ten in kills early in the match.


Crusaders Set For Regular Season Finale


Valparaiso travels to UIC on Saturday with third place in the Horizon League standings on the line in the regular season finale.


Crusaders Take Down IPFW in Five Tuesday


Emily Campbell tallies match-best 23 kills, Morgan Beil moves into Valpo's career top-ten in kills as well as the Crusaders earn a five-set win at IPFW Tuesday night.


Crusaders Fall to Oakland Saturday


Crusaders fall on Senior Day at the ARC to Oakland, 3-1, despite 21 kills and 25 digs from Emily Campbell.


Volleyball Sweeps Wright State Friday Evening


Seniors lead the way for Valparaiso one night before Senior Night, as Kelsey Victor hits .647 with 11 kills and Lindsey Hauch picks up 19 digs in a three-set sweep of Wright State.


Volleyball Closes Out Home Slate This Weekend


Crusaders host Wright State on Friday evening and Oakland on Saturday afternoon in their final two home matches of the season at the ARC. Valpo will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, honoring Morgan Beil, Lindsey Hauch and Kelsey Victor.


Ketcham Named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week


Allison Ketcham picks up her second Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week award of the season after pacing the Crusaders in digs last weekend in a pair of sweeps.


Crusaders Close Out Perfect Weekend With YSU Sweep


Emily Campbell tallied 18 kills as the Crusader volleyball team closed out a perfect weekend with a sweep at Youngstown State Saturday evening.


Crusaders Claim 20th Win of Season


The Valparaiso volleyball program reached the 20-win milestone for the 13th straight season on Friday with a three-set sweep at Cleveland State.


Champion in Competition: Morgan Beil


Volleyball senior Morgan Beil has quietly put together one of the best careers by a Crusader in program history. As she enters the final few weeks of her playing career, read about her journey here at Valpo.


Valpo Volleyball Heads to Ohio This Weekend


The Crusader volleyball team continues the second half of Horizon League play this weekend with matches at Cleveland State and Youngstown State. Valpo enters the weekend just one win shy of 20 on the season.


Crusaders Sweep Green Bay Saturday Afternoon


Crusaders hit .269 as a team and limit Green Bay to .067 hitting in a three-set sweep of the Phoenix Saturday afternoon at the ARC.


Crusaders Fall to Panthers At Home


Valpo fell to league-leading Milwaukee Friday night, 3-1, as they began the second half of their Horizon League slate. Emily Campbell led the way with 20 kills and 19 digs, while Allison Ketchum chipped in 26 digs.


Valpo Opens Second Half of League Play This Weekend


Crusaders host Milwaukee Friday night and Green Bay Saturday afternoon to begin the second half of Horizon League play. Both matches are worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.


Crusaders Take Down Chicago State


13 Crusaders see action as Valpo sweeps Chicago State on the road Tuesday evening. Rachel Bruinsma leads the Crusader effort with a career-high 12 kills.


Valpo Can't Overcome Bison Sunday Evening


Despite five players in double figures in kills and 101 total digs, the Crusaders dropped a five-set decision to North Dakota State at the ARC Sunday evening.


Crusaders Fall at Home to UIC


Crusaders post 18 blocks over four sets on Friday, led by ten rejections from freshman Taylor Graboski, but fall to UIC, 3-1, to close out the first half of Horizon League play.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week to talk about the team's results last weekend, Morgan Beil's influence over her four-year career and the milestone she reached last weekend, and what has made for the program's consistent success over the last decade-plus as the Crusaders near 20 wins again this season.


Crusaders Wrap Up First Half of League Play


Valpo hosts UIC on Friday evening to wrap up the first half of Horizon League action before stepping out of league play to host North Dakota State on Sunday and travel to Chicago State on Tuesday. Both of this weekend's home matches are worth 1,000 Crusader Challenge points.


Crusaders Bounce Back, Sweep Wright State


Allison Ketcham records team highs with 16 kills and 14 digs as the Crusaders bounce back from Friday night's defeat with a sweep at Wright State on Saturday.


Crusaders Fall on the Road at Oakland


Morgan Beil becomes just the 13th player in Valpo volleyball history to surpass the 1,000-kill milestone for her career, but the Crusaders fell in four sets Friday night at Oakland.


Valpo Faces Pair of Road Matches This Weekend


Crusaders put their 16-2 record on the line this weekend with Horizon League road matches at Oakland, Wright State.


Beil Earns Athlete of the Week Honor


Valparaiso senior right side hitter Morgan Beil has been named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her record-setting performance last weekend in a win over Cleveland State.


Beil Sets Program Record as Crusaders Defeat Cleveland State


Senior Morgan Beil set a new Crusader record for hitting percentage in a four-set match as Valpo improved to 16-2 on the year Saturday with a 3-1 win over Cleveland State.


Crusaders Take Down YSU Friday Night


Crusaders rebound after dropping the first set to defeat Youngstown State 3-1 Friday evening. The win moves Valpo to 15-2 on the season and 2-1 in Horizon League play.


Nico Campbell, Emily Campbell Named Valpo Athletes of the Month


Nico Campbell (men's soccer) and Emily Campbell (volleyball) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for August/September.


Volleyball Returns Home For Pair of League Matches


Crusaders return to the ARC, hosting Youngstown State Friday night and Cleveland State Saturday afternoon. First 200 fans to Friday's match get a free Valpo Volleyball t-shirt, while Saturday is the Crusaders' annual breast cancer awareness match. Both matches are worth 1,000 points for the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.


Crusaders Raising Money as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Activities


The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.


Crusaders Drop Five-Set Duel at Milwaukee


Crusaders fall in hard-fought five-set match at Milwaukee in matchup of the top two teams in the league's preseason poll. Emily Campbell led all players with 21 kills.


Crusaders Down Green Bay in HL Opener


Crusaders win 13th straight match, tying the second-longest streak in program history, as they sweep Green Bay in their Horizon League opener Friday. Emily Campbell led the way offensively, hitting .400 with 18 kills, while Morganne Longoria led all players with 20 digs. The win was the 300th at Valpo for head coach Carin Avery.


Volleyball Starts League Play in Wisconsin This Weekend


Valparaiso puts its 12-match winning streak on the line for the opening of Horizon League play this weekend in Wisconsin. The Crusaders face off against Green Bay Friday night and Milwaukee Saturday afternoon.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Coming off of a third consecutive tournament title, Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show to take a look at what's been working for her team the past few weeks, talk about the Crusaders' performance last weekend and look ahead to the start of Horizon League play this week.


Ketcham Earns Player of the Week Honor


Freshman Allison Ketcham claims Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week award after her MVP performance last weekend in the Crusader Crossroads of America Classic.


Three Straight Tourney Titles, 12 Straight Wins For Valpo


Valparaiso earns the crown at its home tournament with sweeps of Sacramento State and George Washington. The Crusaders are now 13-1 - the best start in program history. Allison Ketcham was named MVP and joined on the All-Tournament Team by Kelsey Victor and Morgan Beil.


Hang Ten! Volleyball Knocks Off Murray State For Tenth Straight Win


Valpo earns tenth straight win, knocking off Murray State 3-1 to open the Crusader Crossroads of America Classic. At 11-1, Crusaders have matched the best start in program history.


Valpo Volleyball Hosts Home Tournament This Weekend


With its winning streak at nine matches, the Valparaiso volleyball team returns home to host the Crusader Crossroads of America Classic. The Crusaders welcome Murray State, Sacramento State and George Washington to the ARC for the two-day, six-match event. All three of Valpo's matches are worth 1,000 points in the Crusader Scholarship Challenge.


Crusaders Continue Record Start With Sweep at Toledo


Valparaiso takes down Toledo in straight sets on the road Tuesday evening to extend its winning streak to nine straight matches. The Crusaders, now 10-1, won by sweep for the fifth consecutive match.


Campbell Claims League Weekly Award


Valparaiso sophomore outside hitter Emily Campbell has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her MVP performance last weekend as the Crusaders won the Skyhawk Invitational.


Crusaders Claim Skyhawk Invitational Title


Crusaders sweep Drake and UT-Martin to capture Skyhawk Invitational title and extend their winning streak to eight straight matches on Saturday. Emily Campbell was named tournament MVP, while Morganne Longoria and Taylor Graboski also represented Valparaiso on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Sweep Western Carolina For Sixth Straight Win


Valparaiso hits .378 as a team, three different attackers post hitting percentages above .500 as the Crusaders sweep Western Carolina to open the Skyhawk Invitational. Valpo has now won six consecutive matches.


Volleyball Carries Five-Match Win Streak Into UT-Martin


Riding a five-match winning streak and a tournament title last weekend at the Jackrabbit Invitational, the Valparaiso volleyball team continues early-season play this weekend at UT-Martin’s Skyhawk Invitational, where it will also take on Western Carolina and Drake.


Valpo Sweeps Way to Tournament Title


Crusaders take down host South Dakota State in straight sets to win the Jackrabbit Invitational - the program's 18th in-season tournament title under Carin Avery. Kelsey Berrington was named Tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Morgan Beil and Allison Ketcham.


Crusaders Extend Winning Streak to Four on Friday


Valparaiso opens Jackrabbit Invitational with a pair of four-set victories over UMKC and Stephen F. Austin on Friday. The Crusaders play for the tournament championship on Saturday against host South Dakota State.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week and discusses the number of different lineup combinations the team has used in the early season, the play of Emily Campbell and Kelsey Berrington, and what she's looking for from the Crusaders over the next couple weekends.


Crusaders Come From Behind for Five-Set Win Over IUPUI


Valparaiso uses a stellar offensive performance in the fourth and fifth sets to overcome 2-1 deficit and defeat IUPUI, 3-2, Wednesday evening. Emily Campbell set a new career best with 22 kills; Morganne Longoria led all players and matched her career high with 30 digs.


Crusaders Set For Four-Match Week


Volleyball makes its 2014 home debut Wednesday night at the ARC against IUPUI before traveling to Brookings, S.D. for the Jackrabbit Invitational this weekend.


Valpo Splits on Final Day of NCCU Invitational


Valparaiso falls in five-set battle to Campbell, but rebounds with win over North Carolina Central to close out the NCCU Invitational. Kelsey Berrington and Emily Campbell earned All-Tournament honors for the Crusaders.


Volleyball Opens 2014 Campaign With Victory


Crusaders commit just nine attack errors in season-opening four-set win over Wofford at the NCCU Invitational. Emily Campbell leads the way offensively with 13 kills.


Crusaders Open Season at NCCU Invitational


The Valparaiso volleyball team is taking aim at a season-opening tournament title for the second straight year. The Crusaders will take on Wofford and Campbell in addition to the host Eagles.


What You Need to Know: Valpo Volleyball


Senior Morgan Beil was named to the preseason All-Horizon League team today. Beil is one of five returning starters for the Valparaiso volleyball program, as the Crusaders prepare to kick off their season this weekend at the NCCU Invitational.


Volleyball Tabbed Second in Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso volleyball team has been picked to finish in second place in the Horizon League standings this season, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.


Currier Earns AAU Volleyball Academic Honor


Incoming Valparaiso freshman Kayla Currier has been named a recipient of the 2014 AAU Volleyball Academic All American Award, as announced by the AAU Volleyball National Executive Committee earlier this month.


Volleyball Holds Camp at Boys & Girls Club

As they prepare for the start of preseason practice, the Valparaiso volleyball team took some time earlier this week to offer a one-day camp to members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven Unit.


Crusaders Claim AVCA Team Academic Award

Valparaiso earns the AVCA Team Academic Award for 9th time in last 11 years. Crusaders own a .738 winning percentage in the seasons they've earned the academic honor.


Crusaders Announce 2014 Volleyball Schedule

Crusaders to host 12 home matches at the ARC, including a tournament Sept. 19-20, as they take aim at a 13th straight 20-win season and the Horizon League title


Volleyball vs. Men's Tennis Rounds Out Best of 2013-2014 Final Four

Yesterday, we announced the first semifinal contest (Alec Peters vs. Bowling) in Valpo's Best of 2013-2014 Tournament. Today, we reveal the other semifinal matchup. Voting is now open!


Crusaders Welcome Ketcham to Incoming Class

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Allison Ketcham, a product of Mishawaka Marian H.S., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2014 season.


Volleyball, Men’s Soccer Hosting Spring Action Saturday

With the Valparaiso men’s soccer program’s annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser upcoming this Saturday, April 12, supporters of the cause will also have the chance to cheer on both the Crusader men’s soccer and volleyball teams in spring action that day as well.


Valpo Volleyball to Host Pair of Summer Camps

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 8-11, 2014 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, entering grades 3-12. The Crusaders will also be hosting another camp as part of a combination Soccer/Volleyball camp from August 4-6, 2014 for youths entering grades K-8.


Crusaders Place Eight on Fall Academic All-League Squads

Valparaiso placed eight student-athletes across five sports on the Horizon League Fall Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this afternoon.


Volleyball Adds Three For 2014 Season

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Catherine Ament, Kayla Currier and Taylor Graboski have all signed with the Crusader volleyball program during the early signing period and will join the team as freshmen for the 2014 season.


Crusaders Fall in Horizon League Championship Match

Valparaiso and Milwaukee split the first two sets Sunday afternoon in the Horizon League championship match in Milwaukee, Wis., but the Panthers took sets three and four to earn a 3-1 victory over the Crusaders and the tournament title. Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Advance to HL Championship Match

The Valparaiso volleyball team trailed just once over three sets in a sweep (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) of Youngstown State Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis. in the second semifinal of the Horizon League Championship. With the win, the Crusaders will face host and top-seeded Milwaukee Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the league title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.


Crusaders to Face Youngstown State Saturday

The second-seeded Valparaiso volleyball team will face fifth-seeded Youngstown State in the second semifinal of the Horizon League Championship Saturday night in Milwaukee, Wis. at 7 p.m.


Valpo Volleyball Set For Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso enters the Horizon League Championship needing just two victories to claim the tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders, the second seed for the tournament, will open tournament play in Milwaukee Saturday evening in the second semifinal, facing the best remaining seed from Friday’s pair of quarterfinals.


Five Crusaders Honored With Horizon League Postseason Awards

Following a 24-win regular season and a second-place finish in the league standings, five Valparaiso volleyball players have received postseason accolades from the Horizon League. Seniors Ellen Vanden Berg and Sarah Dooms, as well as junior Morgan Beil, earned spots on the All-League Team, while Emily Campbell and Morganne Longoria were named to the All-Freshman Team.


Crusaders Fall at Oakland in Regular Season Finale

For the third straight Saturday, the Valparaiso volleyball team went five sets in Horizon League play, and for the third straight week, the Crusaders came out on the wrong end of the decision, dropping a 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 20-25, 15-12) contest at Oakland Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale.


Crusaders Earn Second Seed With Win Over Wright State

Valparaiso volleyball senior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was skipped during the introduction of starting lineups prior to Friday afternoon's match at Wright State, but Hobbs got the last laugh, putting together a career performance to lead the Crusaders as they downed the Raiders, 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18). With the win, Valpo secured outright second place in the Horizon League and the second seed in the upcoming league tournament.


Volleyball Heads to Final Weekend of Regular Season

Valparaiso looks to secure the #2 seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship this weekend as the Crusaders close out the regular season at Wright State and Oakland in 3 p.m. CT matchups Friday and Saturday. Valpo will clinch the second seed with one victory.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Crusader volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week as her team heads into the final weekend of regular season action before competing in the Horizon League Championship next weekend.


Schorsch, Vanden Berg Named Athletes of the Month for October

Valparaiso men's tennis freshman Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and volleyball senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of October.


Valpo Falls to Youngstown State Saturday

The Valparaiso volleyball program celebrated the careers of its five-player senior class as part of Senior Day ceremonies prior to its match against Youngstown State at the ARC Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders were unable to come out with the victory once the match got underway, falling to the Penguins 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 25-21, 16-25, 15-11).


Crusaders Sweep Cleveland State on Friday

Sharp execution on both sides of the ball led to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-17) victory for the Valparaiso volleyball team over Cleveland State in Horizon League action at the ARC Friday afternoon.


Volleyball Home Schedule Comes to a Close This Weekend

Valparaiso returns home for the final time this season as it hosts a pair of Horizon League matches. Friday afternoon, Cleveland State comes to town for a 4 p.m. first serve - all men's basketball season ticket holders will receive free admission to the volleyball match. Then, the Crusaders will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon, again slated for a 4 p.m. start against Youngstown State.


Crusaders Drop Five-Set Battle at Green Bay

In a near-replica of their first matchup, this time it was Valparaiso twice gaining one-set leads on Green Bay before the Phoenix rallied for a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13) victory over the Crusaders Saturday evening in Green Bay, Wis.


Crusaders Take Down Milwaukee Friday Evening

The Valparaiso volleyball team avenged its lone Horizon League loss Friday night, taking down Milwaukee on the road 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 30-28) to move into a tie in the loss column atop the league standings with the Panthers. The win also marked the ninth consecutive victory for the Crusaders.


Key Road Swing Awaits Crusader Volleyball

A battle for the top of the Horizon League standings awaits Valparaiso on Friday night, as the Crusaders travel to take on current league leader Milwaukee. The Wisconsin road swing concludes Saturday evening when Valpo plays at Green Bay.


Crusaders Win Eighth Straight With Sweep of Chicago State

On a night where all 14 active players saw playing time, the Valparaiso volleyball team extended its winning streak to eight matches with a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-23, 25-18) of Chicago State Monday evening in Chicago, Ill.


Volleyball Wins 20 For 12th Straight Season

The Valparaiso volleyball team put together one of its most dominant performances of the season Saturday afternoon to sweep UIC, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-22) at the ARC to kick off the second half of Horizon League play. The win was the 20th of the season for the Crusaders, extending their streak of consecutive 20-win campaigns to 12 straight years.


Crusaders to Honor Angie (Porché) Rundh Saturday Afternoon

The Valparaiso volleyball program will honor one of its all-time greatest players in Angie (Porché) Rundh at its match against UIC at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the ARC.


Volleyball Looks for Win #20 This Weekend

Valparaiso puts its six-match winning streak on the line as the second half of Horizon League play starts with a home match Saturday afternoon against UIC. The Crusaders then step out of league play for the final time Monday evening at Chicago State. Valpo is one win shy of reaching the 20-win milestone for a 12th straight season.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week as her team approaches the 20-win milestone and prepares for the second half of Horizon League play.


Crusaders to Host Annual TOCO Benefit Match

Men's soccer will host its fifth annual benefit match for They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Brown Field against UIC, raising money for TOCO's annual Holiday Toy Drive. In addition, volleyball's Saturday afternoon match at 2 p.m. against UIC will serve as a TOCO benefit match as well.


Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight by Downing Illinois State

The Valparaiso volleyball team stepped out of Horizon League on Tuesday evening, but the result was the same, as the Crusaders defeated Illinois State by a 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 30-28, 25-22) final in Normal, Ill. The win was the sixth straight for Valpo, which now sits just one win shy of reaching the 20-win milestone for a 12th consecutive season.


Vanden Berg Tabbed HL Defensive Player of the Week

Senior middle hitter Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after a trio of stellar blocking efforts last week in three Valparaiso victories.


Volleyball Closes Out First Half of League Play Victorious

The Valparaiso volleyball team ended the first half of Horizon League play on a winning note Saturday afternoon, sweeping Wright State 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-22) on Breast Cancer Awareness night at the ARC.


Dooms Hits 1,000 Kills as Crusaders Down Oakland Friday

On the back of another monster effort from senior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), who surpassed the 1,000 kill milestone for her career Friday evening, Valparaiso improved to 17-4 and 5-1 in Horizon League play with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-13) victory over Oakland at the ARC.


Volleyball Returns to ARC This Weekend

Winners of six of its last seven matches, the Valparaiso volleyball team returns to the ARC this weekend. The Crusaders host Oakland on Student Appreciation Night at 7 p.m. Friday, with the first 200 students receiving free t-shirts and pizza, while Saturday (Wright State, 4 p.m.) will be volleyball's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night.


Cardiac Crusaders Do It Again

The term Cardiac Crusaders could easily apply to the Valparaiso volleyball team these last three weeks, as on Tuesday evening, for the third time in the last five matches, Valpo twice fought back from one-set deficits to rally for a 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 16-14) victory in non-league action at IUPUI.


Valpo Rallies For Five-Set Win at Cleveland State

For the second time in as many weekends, the Valparaiso volleyball team rallied twice from one-set deficits to earn a league win, closing out a perfect weekend with a 3-2 (14-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 15-3) victory at Cleveland State Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Take Down Penguins in Three Friday

The Valparaiso volleyball team started on fire offensively and got huge performances from both of its middle hitters Friday evening in Horizon League action at Youngstown State, riding the momentum all the way to a 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 27-25) sweep of the Penguins in Youngstown, Ohio.


Valpo Volleyball Hits the Road Again

The Valparaiso volleyball team returns to the road this weekend, taking on the pair of northeast Ohio Horizon League schools. The Crusaders play at Youngstown State on Friday night before taking on Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.


Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets to Milwaukee

The Valparaiso volleyball team was unable to overcome a sluggish start to the match for a second straight night, dropping a 3-0 (25-5, 25-22, 25-19) decision to Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at the ARC in a matchup of the Horizon League’s last two unbeaten teams in league play.


Crusaders Earn Hard-Fought Win Over Green Bay

Whether it was being down one set twice, being down 23-21 in the fourth set, or facing match point in the decisive fifth set, Valparaiso never folded on Friday evening, earning a come-from-behind 3-2 (9-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 18-16) victory over Green Bay in its Horizon League home opener Friday night at the ARC.


Volleyball Set to Return Home This Weekend

The Valparaiso volleyball team returns home for the first time in nearly a month, hosting Horizon League matches against fellow league unbeatens Green Bay and Milwaukee on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, respectively.


Volleyball Opens Horizon League Play With Win at UIC

A balanced team effort was more than enough for Valparaiso to earn a win in its Horizon League opener on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders captured a 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 25-16) victory over UIC in Chicago.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week on the eve of Horizon League play for the Crusaders.


Volleyball Set for Start of Horizon League Play

The Valparaiso volleyball team kicks off Horizon League play this weekend as the Crusaders make the short trip to Chicago to take on UIC Saturday afternoon. Valpo closes out pre-league play with a pair of tournament championships and an 11-3 record.


Vanden Berg Earns All-Tournament Honor

Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) represented Valparaiso on the Blue & White Classic All-Tournament Team last weekend.


Crusaders Split Pair of Saturday Matches

The Valparaiso volleyball team closed out pre-league play Saturday at the Blue & White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y., falling to #13 Ohio State 3-0 (29-27, 25-20, 25-17) before defeating Maryland Eastern Shore 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-14) to finish tournament play.


Crusaders Fall to Host Buffalo Friday Night

Valparaiso claimed the first set from host Buffalo in its opener at the Blue & White Classic Friday evening, but the Bulls remained undefeated in sending the Crusaders to a 3-1 (11-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19) defeat.


Volleyball Heads to Buffalo This Weekend

The Valparaiso volleyball team is part of a loaded tournament field this weekend at the Blue & White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y. The Crusaders, who enter their final tune-up for Horizon League play at 10-1, will take on a pair of undefeated teams in #13 Ohio State and host Buffalo, as well as Maryland Eastern Shore.


Beil, Campbell Represent Crusaders on All-Tournament Team

Junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and freshman Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) represented the Valparaiso volleyball team as selections to the All-Tournament Team from Evansville's tournament this past weekend.


Volleyball Earns Pair of Wins Saturday

The Valparaiso volleyball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a pair of solid outings on Saturday, defeating both SIU Edwardsville (25-16, 25-14, 24-26, 25-20) and Evansville (25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18) by identical 3-1 counts to close out play at this weekend’s tournament in Evansville, Ind.


Crusaders Suffer First Defeat of Season

Valparaiso’s eight-match winning streak to open the 2013 campaign came to an end Friday afternoon in Evansville, Ind., as the Crusaders fell 3-0 (25-21, 30-28, 25-18) to Memphis in the opening match of Evansville’s tournament.


Volleyball Looks For Third Straight Tourney Title This Weekend

Already having matched the best start in program history, Valparaiso looks to extend its season-opening win streak this weekend at Evansville’s tournament. The Crusaders are scheduled to face Memphis and SIU Edwardsville before closing the tournament against the host Purple Aces.


B1G Wins for Valpo Athletics

Trio of matchups against Big Ten teams last weekend for men's and women's soccer and volleyball result in historic victories; provide confidence for Crusaders moving forward


Victor Earns League Weekly Honor

Following her All-Tournament performance last weekend in helping Valparaiso claim the Popcorn Classic title, Crusader redshirt junior Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.


Crusaders Claim Popcorn Classic Title; Match Best Start in School History

Valparaiso captured the 2013 Valpo Popcorn Classic on its home floor at the ARC on Saturday, downing Rhode Island 3-0 and Iowa 3-1 to claim the tournament title. With the pair of wins, the Crusaders have matched the best start in program history at 8-0.


Crusaders Earn Two Wins on Opening Day of Popcorn Classic

The Valparaiso volleyball team extended its season-opening winning streak to six matches on Friday on the opening day of the Valpo Popcorn Classic, earning a 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19) victory over Army to open tournament play before downing Eastern Michigan 3-2 (26-24, 24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 15-5) in front of a boisterous crowd to close out the night at the ARC.


A Family Affair at the Valpo Popcorn Classic

Come Friday evening at the Valpo Popcorn Classic, Crusader sophomore setter Kelsey Berrington will see a very familiar face on the other bench as the team breaks their pre-match huddle.


Crusader Volleyball Hosts Popcorn Classic This Weekend

Valparaiso hosts the 2013 Valpo Popcorn Classic this weekend at the ARC, as the five-team, eight-match event will take place over Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. The Crusaders will welcome Army, Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island and Iowa, playing the first two teams on Friday and the latter two on Saturday.


Dooms Claims Weekly League Honor

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after earning Tournament MVP honors at the UCF Invitational over the season's opening weekend.


Crusaders Claim UCF Invitational Title With Pair of Sweeps

Valparaiso made it four straight wins to open the 2013 campaign, earning the championship at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. with 3-0 sweeps of Alabama State (25-16, 25-18, 25-22) and North Florida (25-15, 25-19, 25-13). Senior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) was named tournament MVP, while senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and freshman Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) joined Dooms on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Open Season With Pair of Wins

The Valparaiso volleyball team got the 2013 campaign off to a strong start on Friday at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla., earning wins over the host Knights, 3-2 (25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 21-25, 15-10), and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-15).


What You Need to Know - Valpo Volleyball

With the Valparaiso volleyball team kicking off the 2013 season this weekend in Orlando, Fla. at UCF's tournament, read more about what you might be able to expect from the Crusaders over the next few months.


Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week on the eve of the Crusaders' season-opening tournament this weekend.


Pair of Crusaders Earn Preseason All-League Honors

Valparaiso placed a pair of players on the seven-member preseason All-Horizon League squad, as voted on by the league's head coaches and announced by the league today. Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) represented the preseason league favorites on the All-League team.


Crusader Volleyball Tabbed Atop Horizon League

One of the nation's most consistent winningest programs over the last decade-plus, the Valparaiso volleyball team has been selected to win the Horizon League in 2013 in polling of the league's head coaches.


Crusaders to Host Alumni Match

Valparaiso volleyball fans will get their first chance to catch a glimpse of the 2013 Crusaders in action, while at the same time welcoming back some of the players who have helped build the program into what it is today, as Valpo hosts an Alumni Match at the Athletics-Recreation Center this Saturday, August 17 at 4 p.m. The match is open to the public and is free of charge.


Crusader Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the eighth time in the last ten seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.


Volleyball Adds Lambert to Roster

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Nicole Lambert has transferred into the Crusader volleyball program. Lambert will be eligible immediately for the 2013 season and has three years of eligibility remaining.


Rykse, Polite Join Volleyball Coaching Staff

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Adam Rykse and Nick Polite will join the Crusader coaching staff for the upcoming 2013 season.


Crusader Volleyball Announces 2013 Schedule

One of just 11 volleyball programs in the nation to win at least 20 matches every season since 2002, Valparaiso will be in search of its 12th straight 20-win campaign in 2013, facing a schedule announced today by Crusader head coach Carin Avery. The schedule is highlighted by a five-team tournament the Crusaders will host at the ARC during the second weekend of regular season action.


Avery Gives Commencement Speech at Mishawaka H.S.

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery returned to her alma mater on Sunday as the commencement speaker at Mishawaka High School's graduation ceremony.


Bouza to Join Crusader Volleyball Program in Fall of 2013

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Lexis Bouza, a 5'10" right side hitter/defensive specialist, has agreed to join the Crusader volleyball program as a freshman in the fall of 2013. The addition of Bouza gives the Crusaders seven incoming freshmen for the 2013 season.


Crusader Volleyball Team to Host Pair of Summer Camps

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host its annual summer camp from July 8-11, 2013 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12. The Crusaders will also be hosting another camp as part of a combination Soccer/Volleyball camp from August 5-7, 2013 for youths in grades K-8.


Crusaders Add Chittum to 2013 Incoming Class

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Emily Chittum (Horseshoe Bay, Texas/Marble Falls) has agreed to join the Crusader volleyball program as a freshman for the 2013 season. Chittum joins the previously announced five signees from the early signing period to form a six-player incoming class.


Incoming Freshman Longoria Earns All-American Honor

Valparaiso volleyball commit Morganne Longoria has been named a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American following her senior season of high school, one of just 150 players nationwide, as well as one of just six liberos, to receive the honor.


Ten Crusaders Named to Academic All-Horizon League Squads

Valparaiso placed a league-high ten student-athletes over five sports on the Horizon League's 2012 Fall Academic All-League Teams, as announced by the league office.


Root Named Honorable Mention All-American

For the third consecutive season, Valparaiso senior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Root becomes the first player in Valpo volleyball history to receive the national accolade three times.


Root Earns Third All-Region Honor; Vanden Berg Named Honorable Mention

For the third straight season, Valparaiso had a pair of players honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the organization released its all-region teams on Tuesday. Senior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) earned All-Midwest Region accolades for the third straight year, while junior middle Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis.) was named an Honorable Mention All-Midwest Region recipient for the first time.


Valpo Volleyball Bringing In Five Newcomers For 2013

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that five high school seniors have signed with the Crusaders during the early signing period. Rachel Bruinsma, Emily Campbell, Tarrah Lasky, Jamie Lacheta and Morganne Longoria will all join the Valpo program as freshmen for the 2013 season.


Dent Named to All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) closed out her Crusader career by being named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team, it was announced on Sunday.


Crusaders Drop Five-Set Match to UIC in HL Semifinal

Third-seeded Valparaiso jumped out to a two-set lead over second-seeded UIC, but the Flames won each of the final three sets to take a 3-2 (24-26, 20-25, 25-16, 25-14, 15-13) victory in Horizon League semifinal action Saturday night in Cleveland, Ohio.


Crusaders Sweep Youngstown State, Advance to Semifinal

The third-seeded Valparaiso volleyball team advanced to the Horizon League Championship semifinal on Friday evening, courtesy of a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) sweep of sixth-seeded Youngstown State in Cleveland, Ohio. The Crusaders will take on second-seeded UIC in the second semifinal Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CT.


Valpo Volleyball Treks to Cleveland For HL Championship

The Valparaiso volleyball team travels to the Horizon League Championship this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio as the tournament’s third seed. The Crusaders will open tournament play against #6 Youngstown State on Friday evening, and will need to win three matches in three days to capture the league title and the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.


Root Earns Third Straight HL Defensive Player of the Year Award; Four Crusaders Honored

Valparaiso volleyball senior Taylor Root became the first player in Horizon League history to earn three Defensive Player of the Year awards and just the third player in league history to earn All-League honors in each of her four seasons, as the league office announced its volleyball postseason awards on Monday. Root was joined on the All-League squad by junior Ellen Vanden Berg and sophomore Morgan Beil, while freshman Kelsey Berrington was named to the league’s All-Newcomer Team.


Crusaders Win 20 Matches For 11th Straight Season

Senior Day was a memorable day at the ARC for Valparaiso volleyball seniors Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) and Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison), as the Crusaders swept Milwaukee 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-19). The win was Valpo's 20th of the 2012 season, extending the program's streak of 20-win campaigns to 11 consecutive seasons.


Crusaders Sweep Green Bay Saturday Evening

The Valparaiso volleyball team swept its way to its 19th win of the season on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, defeating Green Bay in three straight sets (25-16, 25-15, 25-23).


Crusader Volleyball Closes Regular Season This Weekend

The Valparaiso volleyball team closes out its regular season at the ARC this weekend, hosting Green Bay on Saturday night and Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. Sunday also marks Senior Day for the Crusader program, as Mary Dent and Taylor Root will be honored for their four years with the team.


Victor Named HL Offensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor >(Logansport, Ind./Logansport) earned her first career weekly award from the Horizon League office on Monday, as she was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week after breaking her career high for kills in back-to-back matches last weekend.


Volleyball Drops Five-Set Match at Cleveland State

For the second time this season, Valparaiso rallied from a two-set deficit against league leader Cleveland State, but seven attack errors in the fifth set doomed the Crusaders on Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Vikings pulled out a 3-2 (25-20, 25-17, 11-25, 21-25, 15-11) victory over Valpo.


Crusaders Make It Five Straight With Win at YSU

In a match which saw all four sets go down to the wire, it was Valparaiso which came out with its fifth straight victory, defeating Youngstown State Friday night 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24) in Youngstown, Ohio to remain in second place in the Horizon League standings.


Volleyball Hits Road to Northeast Ohio

Winners of a season-best four straight matches and seven of its last eight, the Valparaiso volleyball team hits the road to northeastern Ohio this weekend, taking on Youngstown State Friday night and Cleveland State Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Take Down Chicago State

The Valparaiso volleyball team extended its winning streak to a season-long four matches on Tuesday night, downing Chicago State 3-1 (25-15, 16-15, 25-13, 25-11) in Chicago, Ill.


Root Earns Third Weekly League Award of the Season

Valparaiso senior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named Defensive Player of the Week by the Horizon League for the third time this season after yet another standout week in the back row for the Crusaders.


Crusaders Sweep Wright State for Third Straight Win

The Valparaiso volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches on Friday evening, sweeping Wright State 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Hosts Wright State Before Starting Road Trip

Valparaiso concludes a four-match homestand on Friday evening as the Crusaders play host to Wright State at the ARC in their annual “Dig Pink” match. Valpo then steps out of league play for the final time on Tuesday night, traveling to play at Chicago State.


Crusaders Take Down IUPUI Behind Hobbs’ Career Night

Valparaiso junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) had a career-high 17 kills to lead a balanced Crusader offense, and Valpo hit .359 over the final two sets to rally from down 2-1 to defeat IUPUI, 3-2 (25-21, 25-27, 18-25, 25-16, 15-7), Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Earns League Win Over UIC

Valparaiso bounced back from a loss Friday night to defeat UIC in Horizon League play Saturday evening at the ARC, 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22).


Crusaders Fall in Five-Setter to Loyola

Despite one of the best blocking performances in program history, the Valparaiso volleyball team dropped a five-set decision Friday evening at the ARC to Loyola, 3-2 (26-24, 24-26, 16-25, 25-21, 15-13).


Crusaders Return Home to Kick Off Second Half of League Play

Valparaiso starts up the second half of Horizon League play this weekend as the Crusaders host Loyola and UIC at the ARC. Valpo enters the second half of league play in a tie for second place in the league standings with the two squads it will face this weekend.


Watch the Latest Edition of the Valpo Coaches Show!

On the latest Valpo Coaches Show, volleyball head coach Carin Avery sits down to discuss the challenges that faced her team this season, the successful road trip last weekend through the state of Wisconsin and looks ahead to this weekend's pair of matches at the ARC.


Vanden Berg, Root Tabbed Horizon League Players of the Week

Valparaiso junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week, while senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) shared Defensive Player of the Week honors following standout performances during a weekend which saw the Crusaders win a pair of matches in Wisconsin.


Crusaders Down Milwaukee in Five-Set Thriller

The Valparaiso volleyball team earned its first win at Milwaukee in regular season play since joining the Horizon League on Saturday, downing the Panthers 3-2 (25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 21-25, 18-16). The Crusaders conclude the first half of league play at 5-2 and in a tie for second place in the league standings.


Crusaders Claim Road Sweep of Green Bay

A school-record performance from senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) propelled her into the top-10 in NCAA history in digs, while junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) registered one of the best matches in program history on both sides of the ball as Valparaiso swept Green Bay, 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-19) in Horizon League play Friday evening in Green Bay, Wis.


Crusader Volleyball Heads to Wisconsin This Weekend

Valparaiso makes its annual swing through the state of Wisconsin in Horizon League play this weekend, as the Crusaders take on Green Bay Friday night and Milwaukee Saturday afternoon.


Valpo Takes Four-Set Win Over Youngstown State

Winning the second set deep into extra points gave Valparaiso the momentum it was looking for, as the Crusaders went on to down Youngstown State, 3-1 (22-25, 33-31, 25-17, 25-14), Saturday evening at the ARC as part of Homecoming weekend.


Crusaders Fall in Five to Cleveland State

For the second straight Horizon League match, the Valparaiso volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit to force a decisive fifth set, but the Crusaders were unable to come out with the win Friday night, as Cleveland State downed Valpo, 3-2 (25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10).


Volleyball Returns Home for Homecoming Weekend

Valparaiso hosts Horizon League matches for the first time in 2012 as the Crusaders return to the ARC for Homecoming weekend. Valpo takes on Cleveland State Friday night before hosting Youngstown State on Saturday evening.


Root Named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week

Coming off a week in which she broke the Valparaiso career digs record and moved into the top-25 in NCAA history in the category, Crusader senior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) added to her league record for weekly awards as she was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the ninth time in her career.


Crusaders Come From Behind to Down Wright State

The Valparaiso volleyball team stepped up its intensity on both sides of the ball to rally from a two-set deficit and defeat Wright State, 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-13, 25-12, 15-13) Friday evening in Fairborn, Ohio.


Root Breaks Career Digs Record; Valpo Falls to SDSU

Senior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) broke Valparaiso's career digs record on Wednesday evening and moved into the top-25 in NCAA history in the category as the Crusaders fell 3-1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-14, 25-19) to South Dakota State at the ARC.


Valpo VB Hosts South Dakota State, Travels to Wright State

Valparaiso returns home for just the second time this year on Wednesday evening as the Crusaders host a non-league contest against South Dakota State. Two days later, Valpo kicks off a stretch of seven straight Horizon League matches at Wright State.


Volleyball Bounces Back With Win at Loyola

The Valparaiso volleyball team rebounded from Friday night's league-opening loss with a solid performance Saturday behind a career-best 18 kills from sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), defeating Loyola 3-1 (26-24, 29-31, 25-22, 25-21) in Chicago, Ill.


Crusaders Drop HL Opener at UIC

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened up Horizon League play on Friday evening in Chicago, Ill., falling to host UIC, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24).


Root Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Valparaiso senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2012 volleyball Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.


Valpo Volleyball Opens Horizon League Play This Weekend

Valparaiso opens the 2012 Horizon League slate this weekend with a pair of matches in the Windy City. The Crusaders will travel to Chicago to face UIC on Friday evening before taking on Loyola Saturday afternoon. Valpo is coming off a tournament title at the Hoosier Classic last weekend which included a five-set win over Indiana.


Vanden Berg Named HL Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after picking up 13 blocks last weekend in helping the Crusaders to the Hoosier Classic title.


Crusaders Claim Hoosier Classic Crown

The Valparaiso volleyball team won its first in-season tournament title in two years on Saturday, closing the Hoosier Classic in emphatic fashion with sweeps of Miami (OH) (26-24, 25-18, 25-22) and UT-Chattanooga (25-19, 25-14, 25-12). Redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) was named Tournament MVP, while juniors Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) and Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) joined Victor on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Down Indiana in Five Sets

The Valparaiso volleyball program earned the first win over a Big Ten team in program history on Friday evening, storming back from a two-set deficit to defeat Indiana, 3-2 (19-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-12) in its opener at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.


Volleyball Travels to Hoosier Classic This Weekend

The Valparaiso volleyball team competes in its final early-season tournament this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Bloomington to take part in Indiana’s Hoosier Classic. Valpo faces the host Hoosiers Friday evening before taking on Miami (Ohio) and UT-Chattanooga on Saturday.


Crusaders Drop Finale at Morehead State

Redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) picked up a career-high nine blocks, while sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) added eight blocks, but it wasn't enough for Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders dropped the finale of the MSU Eagle Challenge to host Morehead State, 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-5). Beil represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Split Two Matches at MSU Eagle Challenge

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened up play at the MSU Eagle Challenge in Morehead, Ky. with a pair of matches, splitting two results. The Crusaders started the day with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) loss against SEC foe Missouri, but rebounded later in the afternoon with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-14) sweep over Savannah State.


Crusader Volleyball Opens Home Slate With Win

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened the 2012 home season on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, rallying from a first-set loss to defeat Illinois State, 3-1 (13-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-20).


Valpo Opens Home Slate, Travels to MSU Eagle Challenge This Week

The Valparaiso volleyball team opens the 2012 home campaign at the ARC with a rare early-season mid-week match Tuesday night against Illinois State. The Crusaders then travel to Morehead, Ky. to participate in the MSU Eagle Challenge this weekend, facing Missouri and Savannah State in addition to host Morehead State.


Crusaders Split Pair on Saturday in St. Louis

Valparaiso split a pair of matches on its final day of action in the Active Ankle Challenge in St. Louis, Mo., defeating South Alabama 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 26-24, 25-16) Saturday morning before falling to Southern Illinois 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-15) to close tournament play. Junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team, the first All-Tournament honor of her career.


Valpo Athletics Launches New Social Media Fan Engagement Program

Valpo Athletics announces the launch of a new social media fan engagement program where Crusader fans can show their support for Valpo Athletics and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Valpo Crusader Social Rewards program. Fans can visit ValpoRewards.com to start playing!


Crusaders Fall to Host Saint Louis Friday Night

In a back-and-forth match which featured 24 ties and 12 lead changes over its four sets, Valparaiso came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 (27-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23) decision Friday evening against host Saint Louis in both teams' opener at the Active Ankle Challenge in St. Louis, Mo.


Valpo Volleyball Heads to Saint Louis This Weekend

The Valparaiso volleyball team hits the road for the second of its four early-season tournaments this weekend, traveling to St. Louis, Mo. for the Active Ankle Challenge, hosted by Saint Louis University. The Crusaders are also scheduled to face South Alabama and Southern Illinois as part of the tournament.


Crusaders Split For Second Straight Day at Iowa

The Valparaiso volleyball team rallied from a two sets to one deficit to defeat South Dakota State Saturday afternoon, 3-2 (25-23, 15-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-8), but later fell to host Iowa despite capturing the first set, 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16), to close out action at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. Junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Split Pair of Matches on First Day of Action

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened the 2012 campaign Friday at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa with a split of its two matches, dropping the opener to Southeast Missouri State 3-1 (14-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-18) before coming back to sweep Chicago State (25-8, 25-15, 25-14) in its afternoon match.


Crusader Volleyball Ready For Season-Opening Tournament

The Valparaiso volleyball program kicks off the 2012 campaign this weekend at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa, playing four matches over a two-day span. The Crusaders enter 2012 having won at least 20 matches in each of the last 10 years.


Jordan Stevens, Carin Avery Agree to Extensions

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that softball head coach Jordan Stevens and volleyball head coach Carin Avery have both agreed to extensions.


Root Named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Two-time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named the league’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and one of seven athletes on the Preseason All-League squad, as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches and released by the league office this morning.


Crusader Volleyball Tabbed Third in HL Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso volleyball squad has been predicted to finish in third place in the Horizon League in 2012, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches.


Crusaders Announce 2012 Volleyball Schedule

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2012 campaign, a slate which includes a pair of early-season tournaments at Big Ten programs, as well as 10 home matches throughout the season at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo enters 2012 as one of just 12 teams nationwide which has won at least 20 matches in each of the last 10 seasons.


Crusader Volleyball Team to Host Summer Camp

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host its annual summer camp from July 9-12, 2012 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 5-12.


Crusader Volleyball Signs Tekavec to NLI

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Chelsey Tekavec, a 5’10” right side/libero from Solon, Ohio, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader volleyball program as a freshman in the fall of 2012.


Crusader Volleyball Announces 2012 Spring Schedule

The Valparaiso volleyball team will be competing each of the next four weekends, as head coach Carin Avery released the Crusaders’ 2012 spring schedule today.


Valpo Volleyball Places Four on Academic All-League Team

The Valparaiso volleyball team tied for league-high honors, placing four players on the Academic All-Horizon League team for 2011. Sophomore Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), redshirt freshman Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma), senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) all earned the accolade for the combination of their performance on the court and in the classroom.


Valpo Hall of Fame to Induct Lauren (Moulton) Marshall

A force from the right side, Lauren (Moulton) Marshall ranks as one of the top hitters on the volleyball court in Valparaiso University history, and on Saturday, February 4, she will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Hall of Fame to Induct Katie (Bova) Hoffman on Feb. 4

One of the top setters all-time at Valparaiso University, Katie (Bova) Hoffmann helped lead the Crusaders’ volleyball program to three Mid-Continent Conference titles as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances, and on Saturday, February 4, she will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Root Named Honorable Mention All-American

For the second consecutive season, Valparaiso junior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Root becomes the second player in Valpo volleyball history to twice receive the national accolade.


Root Earns All-Region Accolade; Pokorny Named Honorable Mention

For the second straight season, Valparaiso had a pair of players honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as the organization released its all-region teams on Tuesday. Junior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) earned All-Midwest Region accolades for the second straight year, while senior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) was named an Honorable Mention All-Midwest Region recipient for the second time.


Valpo Drops Season Finale to Western Michigan

The careers of Valparaiso seniors Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), Amy Groesbeck (Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North) and Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) came to an end on Saturday evening as the Crusaders dropped their season finale at Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-18).


Root Earns All-Tournament Honor

For the third time in as many seasons, junior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been selected to represent Valparaiso on the All-Tournament Team at the Horizon League Championship.


Valpo Downed by Milwaukee in HL Semifinal

Fourth-seeded Valparaiso had a pair of set point chances to tie its Horizon League semifinal at top-seeded Milwaukee at one set apiece in the second frame, but the Crusaders couldn’t convert and eventually fell to the host Panthers 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-17) Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.


Crusaders Reach 20 Wins, Advance to HL Semis With Sweep of UIC

Fourth-seeded Valparaiso reached the 20-win milestone for the tenth consecutive year, but more importantly advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Horizon League Championship as the Crusaders swept fifth-seeded UIC (25-21, 25-16, 25-17) Friday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.


Crusaders Set For Horizon League Championship

The Valparaiso volleyball team heads to the 2011 Horizon League Championship as the fourth seed. The Crusaders open play in a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded UIC on Friday afternoon, and will have to win three matches in as many days to capture the tournament crown.


Root Repeats as Defensive Player of the Year; Beil, Pokorny Also Honored

Valparaiso junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year as the league released its postseason award winners on Monday afternoon. Root also earned All-League honors for the third year in a row, while senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) earned repeat All-League accolades as well. Freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) joined her pair of upperclassmen teammates on the All-League team and also was a member of the All-Newcomer squad.


Root Earns Record Eighth Horizon League Weekly Honor

After breaking the Horizon League record for career digs last week, junior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) set another record on Monday, becoming the first volleyball player in league history to earn Player of the Week accolades eight times as she picked up the final Defensive Player of the Week honor of the regular season.


Valpo Heads to Horizon League Championship as Fourth Seed

The Valparaiso volleyball team will head to the 2011 Horizon League Championship in Milwaukee, Wis. next weekend as the fourth seed, opening tournament play in a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded UIC at 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.


Crusaders Fall in Horizon League Finale to Milwaukee

Valparaiso took the third set from league-leading Milwaukee and had three chances to send the match to a decisive fifth set, but the Panthers rallied to down the Crusaders 3-1 (25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 26-24) Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Senior Night. Valpo will now enter next weekend’s Horizon League Championship as the fourth seed.


Valpo to Close HL Slate at Home Friday Night

The Valparaiso volleyball team closes the Horizon League slate on Friday evening on Senior Night at the ARC against league-leading Milwaukee. The match is the Crusaders’ last before the start of the Horizon League Championship next weekend at Milwaukee.


Crusader Volleyball Signs Kelsey Berrington to NLI

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Kelsey Berrington, a 5’9” setter from Britton, Mich., has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader volleyball program as a freshman for with the 2012 season.


Valpo Defeats Chicago State Tuesday Evening

Valparaiso moved one step closer to reaching the 20-win plateau for the tenth straight season, defeating Chicago State 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-14) Tuesday evening in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Drops Four-Set Match to Cleveland State

Valparaiso captured the first set Saturday afternoon from Cleveland State in Cleveland, Ohio, but the Vikings took the next three sets to deal the Crusaders a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-15) defeat.


Crusaders Sweep YSU in Straight Sets

For the eighth time this season in Horizon League action, the Valparaiso volleyball team needed the minimum number of sets to dispatch of an opponent, as the Crusaders swept Youngstown State 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-19) Friday evening in Youngstown, Ohio.


Crusaders Continue Road Trip in Ohio

The Valparaiso volleyball team continues a stretch of six matches away from the ARC this weekend as it heads to eastern Ohio for a pair of Horizon League contests. The Crusaders will take on Youngstown State on Friday evening before stopping by Cleveland State for a Saturday afternoon matchup.


Crusader Volleyball Back on Winning Track With Win at Wright State

Valparaiso set a new program record for fewest points allowed in a set, crushing Wright State in the opening frame en route to a 3-0 (25-4, 25-20, 25-16) victory in Dayton, Ohio Saturday afternoon.


Valpo Drops 3-1 Decision at Butler

Valparaiso came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 (25-16, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16) decision Friday evening in Indianapolis, Ind. against Butler, despite a match-best 14 kills from senior Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).


Valpo Falls in Non-League Action at IUPUI

Valparaiso was unable to overcome 18 total blocks by IUPUI Tuesday evening, as the Crusaders fell to the Jaguars 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23) in Indianapolis, Ind.


Valpo VB Prepares For Start of Six-Match Road Trip

Valparaiso begins a six-match road trip with a trio of contests this week. The Crusaders make two trips to Indianapolis this week, taking on IUPUI Tuesday and Butler Friday before continuing the league weekend road swing Saturday at Wright State.


Root Earns HL Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Valparaiso junior libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week accolades for the second time this year after posting a new career high in the digs category last Saturday afternoon. The honor is the seventh weekly award of Root’s career, tied for the most weekly awards in Horizon League volleyball history.


Crusaders Drop Five-Set Decision to Green Bay

Despite a new career high in digs from junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) and a second straight standout offensive performance from freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), Valparaiso could not come out with a victory Saturday afternoon, falling in five sets (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13) to Green Bay at the ARC.


Crusaders Dominate Offensively in Sweep of Loyola

Led by standout offensive performances from freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute), the Valparaiso volleyball team swept Loyola 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-14) at the Athletics-Recreation Center Friday evening to extend their winning streak to three matches.


Valpo Returns to the ARC to Host Loyola, Green Bay

Valparaiso returns home to the ARC for two more Horizon League contests this weekend, hosting Loyola on Friday night and Green Bay on Saturday afternoon. The two home matches end a stretch in which the Crusaders play six out of eight contests at home.


Crusaders Cruise to Sweep of UIC

Valparaiso used an early run in set one, a mid-set run in the second frame and a late spurt in the finale to propel itself to a clean 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-21) sweep of UIC Friday night in Chicago, Ill. to start the second half of Horizon League play.


Valpo VB Starts Second Half at UIC Friday

After playing five matches in a 10-day span, the Valparaiso volleyball team has just one match on the docket this week, as the Crusaders make the short trip to Chicago to face UIC Friday to start the second half of Horizon League play.


Valpo Sweeps Youngstown State Sunday Afternoon

The Valparaiso volleyball team closed out the first half of Horizon League play on a high note Sunday afternoon at the ARC, sweeping visiting Youngstown State 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18).


Crusaders Drop Second Straight Five-Set Showdown

For the second straight match, the Valparaiso volleyball team dropped a tight five-set decision, as Cleveland State earned the 3-2 (26-24, 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-8) victory at the ARC on Saturday evening.


Help the Valpo Volleyball Team "White Out" the ARC!

Help the Valparaiso volleyball team “White Out” the ARC on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders host Cleveland State in Horizon League action at 5 p.m! All fans are encouraged to wear white shirts to the game, while the first 200 fans through the doors will receive a free t-shirt.


Crusaders Fall in Five Sets at Milwaukee

Valparaiso took the first two sets from league-leading Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wis. Wednesday evening, but the Crusaders eventually fell in five sets to the Panthers, 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-10).


Valpo Volleyball Gears Up For Three HL Matches

A three-match week is highlighted by games with a pair of teams vying with Valparaiso near the top of the Horizon League table. The Crusaders travel to league-leading Milwaukee on Wednesday before hosting Cleveland State Saturday and Youngstown State Sunday at the ARC.


Volleyball Completes Homecoming Weekend With Win Over Butler

Valparaiso ended Homecoming Weekend on a high note Saturday evening, defeating Butler 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-17, 25-16) at the Athletics-Recreation Center to improve to 4-1 in Horizon League play.


Valpo Downs Wright State in Sweep Friday

Valparaiso used a balanced dominant offensive attack to easily handle Wright State Friday evening in Horizon League action at the ARC, sweeping the visiting Raiders 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-16).


Volleyball Returns to ARC For Homecoming Weekend

Valparaiso hosts a pair of Horizon League matches this Homecoming weekend, welcoming Wright State on Friday night before taking on Butler on Saturday evening. The pair of contests at the ARC begins a stretch in which the Crusaders will play six out of their next eight matches at home.


Crusaders Earn Road Sweep at Loyola

Valparaiso totaled 13 team blocks Saturday afternoon, including a career-best nine rejections from sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute), as the Crusaders bounced back with a 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-17) victory over Loyola in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Falls to Green Bay Friday Night

Valparaiso’s first road match of the 2011 Horizon League season did not end on a positive note for the Crusaders, as homestanding Green Bay came out 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-21) victors Friday evening in Green Bay, Wis.


Valpo Travels to Green Bay, Loyola

After starting Horizon League play with a single mid-week match last week, Valparaiso starts a month-long stretch of nothing but league contests this weekend. The Crusaders make the trek up to Green Bay for a Friday night match before stopping at Loyola Saturday afternoon on their way back to Indiana.


Beil Named HL Offensive Player of the Week

Freshman middle hitter Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday morning. It marks the first career weekly honor from the league office for the freshman.


Valpo Splits Pair to Close DePaul Invitational

Valparaiso split a pair of hard-fought matches Saturday afternoon to close out early-season tournament action at the DePaul Invitational, falling to Kansas 3-2 (25-18, 27-29, 21-25, 25-16, 15-10) before downing San Diego State 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22) to finish the tournament in second place.


Valpo Cruises to Three-Set Sweep of DePaul

Valparaiso had little trouble in its first match of the DePaul Invitational in Chicago, Ill. Friday evening, dispatching of the host Blue Demons in three straight sets (25-14, 25-8, 25-20).


Crusaders Sweep UIC to Open Horizon League Play

Freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) posted a match-best 12 kills while hitting at a monster .688 clip to lead Valparaiso as it easily swept UIC (25-21, 25-19, 25-13) to open up Horizon League action Wednesday night at the ARC.


Valpo VB Opens League Play, Heads to DePaul This Week

Valparaiso gets an early start to Horizon League play with a single mid-week match Wednesday night at home against UIC. The Crusaders then compete in their final in-season tournament of the season, facing Kansas and San Diego State as well as the hosts of the DePaul Invitational.


Valpo Falls to Notre Dame

Valparaiso battled on Notre Dame’s home court with the host Fighting Irish in the finale of the Golden Dome Invitational Sunday afternoon, but in the end, it was Notre Dame defeating Valpo by a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) count. Freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Drop 3-1 Decision to Lipscomb

Valparaiso took the opening set from Lipscomb Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind. at the Golden Dome Invitational, but could not slow down the Bisons’ offensive attack in the last three frames as Valpo fell by a 3-1 final (21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23).


Crusaders Open Golden Dome Invite With Sweep of Portland

Valparaiso put together a solid offensive team effort, hitting .297 for the match, and came up with key points at the end of all three sets as the Crusaders earned a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21) sweep of Portland Friday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind.


Valpo Volleyball Readies For Golden Dome Invitational

Valparaiso makes the short trip east to the University of Notre Dame this weekend to compete at the Golden Dome Invitational. The Crusaders will face Portland on Friday afternoon and Lipscomb on Saturday afternoon before closing tournament action against the host Irish on Sunday.


Valpo Wins Pair On Final Day of Marriott Volley Brawl

Valparaiso used all facets of the game to earn a pair of victories on Saturday at the ARC, putting forth a stellar defensive effort in a 3-1 (25-14, 26-28, 25-12, 25-20) victory over Texas A&M-CC in the morning before dominating offensively in a 3-1 (26-24, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20) win over Evansville in the afternoon. The pair of victories gave the Crusaders second place in the Marriott Volley Brawl, while senior Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) and junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.


Valpo Splits on Opening Day of Marriott Volley Brawl

Hosting a tournament at the ARC for the first time since 2007, the Valparaiso volleyball team split a pair of sweeps on the first day of action at the Marriott Volley Brawl. The Crusaders opened the tournament with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-8) victory over Murray State before falling in the day’s final match, 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-19), to Ball State.


Valpo Set to Host Marriott Volley Brawl

Valparaiso hosts an in-season tournament at the ARC this weekend for the first time since 2007, bringing in Ball State, Evansville, Murray State and Texas A&M-CC for the Marriott Volley Brawl. The five-team round-robin tournament features four matches for the Crusaders, who enter the weekend on a three-match winning streak.


Root Picks Up Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) picked up her sixth career Player of the Week honor from the Horizon League office on Monday, receiving Defensive Player of the Week accolades for her efforts on the back line at the WVU Mountaineer Invitational last weekend. Root’s six career weekly honors are tied for second-most in Horizon League history.


Pokorny, Root Earn All-Tournament Accolades

Senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) and junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) represented Valparaiso on the WVU Mountaineer Invitational All-Tournament Team as they helped lead the Crusaders to a 3-1 mark at their season-opening tournament.


Valpo Sweeps Pair On Final Day at West Virginia

Valparaiso closed out play at the WVU Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown, W.V. on Saturday by cruising to a pair of sweeps, downing Robert Morris early in the afternoon (25-12, 25-23, 25-9) before taking down New Hampshire (25-17, 25-17, 25-11) to conclude tournament action.


Crusaders Defeat West Virginia to Earn Split Friday

Valparaiso rallied from down two sets to one to post a 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-12) victory over tournament host West Virginia to earn a split of its first day of play Friday at the WVU Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown, W.V. #21 Ohio State defeated the Crusaders in their season opener, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-22).


Valpo Opens Season at West Virginia

Valparaiso kicks off the 2011 volleyball season this weekend in Morgantown, W.V., playing four matches as part of the WVU Mountaineer Invitational. The Crusaders enter the season in search of their tenth consecutive 20-win campaign.


Crusader Volleyball Tabbed Third in Horizon League

The Valparaiso volleyball squad has been predicted to finish in a tie for third place in the Horizon League in 2011, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches. The Crusaders picked up one first-place vote and tallied 51 points, finishing just one point out of the second position.


Crusader Volleyball Set For 2011 Campaign

The Valparaiso volleyball program’s tradition of excellence rolled on in 2010, as the Crusaders won 27 matches and advanced to the Horizon League Championship match for the second time in four years. It marked Valpo’s ninth consecutive 20-win season, making the Crusaders one of just 12 teams nationwide to have won 20 or more matches nine straight years. With 11 letterwinners, including four starters, returning in 2011, hopes are high for Valpo to capture a Horizon League title and extend its stretch of 20-win campaigns.


Communiversity Day Set for Sept. 3

Valparaiso University invites the Northwest Indiana community to celebrate the second annual Communiversity Day on Saturday, Sept. 3 which includes the football home opener against Franklin as well as volleyball’s Marriot Volley Brawl tournament.


Valpo Volleyball to Host Alumni Match August 13

Valparaiso volleyball fans will get their first chance to catch a glimpse of the 2011 Crusaders in action, while at the same time welcoming back some of the players who have helped build the program into what it is today, as Valpo hosts an Alumni Match at the Athletics-Recreation Center this Saturday, August 13 at 5 p.m. The match is open to the public and is free of charge.


Crusaders Earn AVCA Team Academic Award

The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2010-2011 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.


Bukowski Returns to Crusaders as Graduate Assistant

Head coach Carin Avery announced today that Kim Bukowski, who ranks third in Crusader volleyball history in assists, is returning to Valparaiso University and the Crusader volleyball program as a graduate assistant coach for the 2011 season.


Crusaders Announce 2011 Volleyball Schedule

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today the Crusaders' schedule for the upcoming 2011 campaign, a slate which includes 10 matches against teams which won 20 or more contests a season ago, as well as Valpo's first in-season tournament at the ARC in four years. Valparaiso enters the 2011 season having won 20 or more matches each of the last nine years.


Crusader Volleyball Team to Host Summer Camp

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host its annual summer camp from July 6-9, 2011 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 5-12.


Root Named to CVU Stellar Spikers First Team

Sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named to the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) Stellar Spikers First Team, one of just 14 players so honored nationwide, after her record-setting 2010 season.


Crusaders to Host Iowa Saturday at ARC

Valparaiso will host Iowa at the ARC this Saturday, April 9, in a five-set match as part of the Crusaders' spring schedule. The match, which is open to the public free of charge, is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start.


Crusaders Part of Spring Coverage Tomorrow on SportsTownChicago.com

Fans of Valparaiso volleyball can tune in to SportsTownChicago.com on Saturday to catch coverage of Crusader volleyball, as well as other tournament action, from the Great Lakes Center Collegiate Challenge in Aurora, Ill.


Three Crusader Volleyball Players Named to Academic All-League Team

Seniors Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) were joined by sophomore Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) as Valparaiso placed three athletes on the 2010 Horizon League Academic All-League Team in volleyball.


Root Named Among Top Five Liberos by CVU.com

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named one of the Top Five Liberos of 2010 by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) after her record-setting campaign.


Valparaiso Named CVU Deep Digging Team of the Year

Valparaiso has been chosen as the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) 2010 Deep Digging Team of the Year after a 2010 campaign in which the Crusaders stood out all across the back line.


Root Ends Season as National Leader in Digs/Set

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) officially ended the 2010 volleyball campaign as the Division I leader in digs per set in the NCAA's final stat update of the season. Root's national-leading performance paced a number of individual and team efforts that ranked among the nation's best.


Root Named Honorable Mention All-American

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) received AVCA Honorable Mention All-American accolades today after being named to the All-Midwest Region squad last week. Root becomes the third Crusader volleyball player in the last three seasons to earn Honorable Mention All-American notice.


Root Earns All-Region Accolade; Pokorny Named Honorable Mention All-Region

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region team following her record-breaking 2010 campaign. In addition, junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) earned Honorable Mention All-Region notice.


Root Earns Third CVU Weekly Honor of Season

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been recognized by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) for the third time this season as one of its Top Performers from last week following her season-ending performance at Western Michigan.


Valpo Closes Season With 3-1 Win Over Western Michigan

Valparaiso concluded its 2010 campaign on a winning note and sent the senior class out winners with its 27th victory of the season, fending off set points in each of the final three frames to defeat Western Michigan 3-1 (11-25, 27-25, 27-25, 27-25) Saturday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich. Sophomore libero Taylor Root set new single-season program and Horizon League records for digs, closing the year with 754 total digs.


Crusaders Drop Horizon League Championship Match to Butler

Valparaiso's quest to capture the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Championship came up one match short Sunday afternoon, as the fourth-seeded Crusaders fell to second-seeded Butler, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-16), in the championship match. Senior Tara Diebler (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and sophomore Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Move On to HL Championship Match

Valparaiso blitzed host Milwaukee in the first set and then rallied in the final two sets for a 3-0 (25-7, 27-25, 25-23) sweep of the league regular-season champion in the first semifinal of the 2010 Horizon League Championship. With the win, the Crusaders will play in the championship match Sunday at 1 p.m.


Crusaders Score 20 Straight Points in Quarterfinal Win Over Green Bay

Freshman Ariel Cudney tallied five aces in a 12-point run to close the opening set and Valparaiso then scored the first eight points of the second set en route to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-19) sweep of Green Bay Friday evening in quarterfinal action at the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Championship in Milwaukee, Wis. Valpo will now take on host Milwaukee in the first semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m.


Valpo Heads to 2010 HL Volleyball Championship

Valparaiso heads to the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Championship as the tournament's fourth seed, looking to bring home the program's first tournament title as a member of the league.


Root Named HL Defensive Player of the Year; Two Other Crusaders Honored

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year as the league announced its postseason awards today. Root was joined on the All-League Team by junior setter Jenny Pokorny , while freshman outside hitter Sarah Dooms earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.


Valpo Earns Fourth Seed for HL Championship

Valparaiso has earned the fourth seed for the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Championship and will face fifth-seeded Green Bay in the first round of the tournament, Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wis.


18 Blocks Not Enough For Crusaders Saturday

Despite tallying 18 total blocks, the most in a single match by a Crusader team in nearly five years, Valparaiso fell Saturday at Loyola, 3-2 (15-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 16-14), in the Horizon League regular season finale for both squads in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Volleyball Signs Pair of Players

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Morgan Beil and Tricia Prince have both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Crusader program for the 2011 season.


Crusaders Sweep Chicago State Tuesday Night

Valparaiso improved to 24-6 on the season as a number of reserves got a chance to shine Tuesday evening in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-6, 25-13) sweep of Chicago State in Chicago, Ill.


Final Tuneups For Horizon League Championship Await Valpo

Valparaiso makes two short trips to Chicago this week in its final preparations for the 2010 Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders face off against Chicago State in non-league action Tuesday night before closing out the league slate at Loyola on Saturday.


Crusaders Pick Up Big Road Sweep at Cleveland State

A career-best nine blocks by senior middle Tara Diebler (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) paced the Valparaiso defensive effort Saturday as the Crusaders slowed down the Cleveland State offense en route to a 3-0 (32-30, 25-19, 25-18) sweep of the Vikings Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio.


Crusaders Down Youngstown State in Four Sets

Junior Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) posted a match-high 20 kills, the second-best output of her career, as Valparaiso overcame a lackluster first set to earn a 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-10, 25-17) victory at Youngstown State Friday evening in Youngstown, Ohio.


Valpo Travels to YSU, CSU This Weekend

Already assured of a berth in the 2010 Horizon League Championship, Valparaiso looks to secure its seeding for the tournament this weekend with a pair of league road tests. The Crusaders face Youngstown State on Friday evening before traveling to Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.


Root Leads Nation in Digs

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) currently leads all of NCAA Division I volleyball with 5.84 digs/set, according to the NCAA's latest statistical report through matches of Oct. 31. Root has helped pace the Crusaders to the second spot in the nation in digs/set as a squad as well.


Valpo Drops Four-Set Decision to Milwaukee

Valparaiso was unable to take down Milwaukee Saturday evening at the ARC, dropping a 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17) decision to the league-leading Panthers.


Seniors Lead Way In Four-Set Win Over Green Bay

It was Senior Night at the ARC Friday evening for the Valparaiso volleyball team, making it only appropriate that the Crusaders' quartet of seniors led the way in a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-13, 25-20) victory over Green Bay. Middle hitter Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) smashed her previous career high by tallying 21 kills Friday night.


Root Named ‘The People's Choice' Yet Again

For the second time this season and the fourth time in her career, Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been voted ‘The People's Choice' on the Horizon League Network. Root is currently spotlighted in a video on the Horizon League website via phone interview.


Crusaders Set to Close Out Home Campaign

Valparaiso finishes the 2010 home season at the Athletics-Recreation Center this weekend with a pair of key league matches. The Crusaders host Green Bay on Friday night for their annual breast cancer awareness match, as well as Senior Night, before welcoming Milwaukee on Saturday.


Root Earns CVU Top Performer Nod for Second Time This Year

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison), fresh off her third Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season, has been recognized by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) for the second time this year as one of its Top Performers from last week.


Crusaders Win 20 For Ninth Straight Season; Diebler Posts 1,000th Kill

It was an entire team effort for Valparaiso as the Crusaders used 16 players in a sweep of SIU Edwardsville (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) Monday evening in Edwardsville, Ill. With the win, Valpo has now won 20 or more matches each of the last nine seasons. Senior middle hitter Tara Diebler reached the 1,000-kill mark for her career in the first set of the sweep.


Root Earns Third Weekly Honor of 2010 Season

For the third time this season and fifth time in her career, Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.


Balanced Offense Stands Out in Valpo Sweep of UIC

Six Crusaders tallied between seven and nine kills Saturday evening as the Valparaiso offense hit at a .254 clip in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-22) sweep of UIC in Horizon League play at the ARC.


Former Crusader Sears Playing Professionally in Belgium

Allison Sears, who starred at middle hitter for the Valparaiso volleyball team from 2005 through 2008, has taken her skills over to Europe, where she is currently playing professionally for Datovoc Tongeren, a team in Belgium's top division.


Pokorny Named ‘The People's Choice' For Second Time This Year

Following her second Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, Valparaiso junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) was again voted as ‘The People's Choice' on the Horizon League Network. Pokorny is currently spotlighted in a video on the Horizon League website via phone interview.


Crusaders Dominate in Sweep of Oakland

Valparaiso never trailed later than halfway in any of the three sets en route to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-15) sweep of Oakland in Rochester, Mich. Tuesday evening.


Pokorny Earns Weekly Honors From Horizon League for Second Time

Valparaiso junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after registering her second career triple-double last weekend.


Pair of Matches on the Slate For Volleyball

Valparaiso closes out a three-match road trip with a non-league showdown Tuesday at former Mid-Con opponent Oakland. The Crusaders play just one Horizon League contest this week, a Saturday night return to the ARC against UIC.


Pokorny Picks Up Triple-Double As Crusaders Beat Wright State

Junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) recorded her second career triple-double and the Crusaders had their best blocking match in nearly four years as Valparaiso defeated Wright State, 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-12, 25-15), Saturday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio.


Crusaders Fall Friday Night at Butler

The Valparaiso volleyball team suffered its first sweep of the 2010 season Friday night, falling in straight sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-19) to Butler in Indianapolis, Ind.


Valpo Starts Second Half of League Play on Road

The second half of Horizon League play gets underway for Valparaiso this weekend as the Crusaders hit the road again. Valpo takes on in-state rival and co-league leader Butler Friday night before continuing on to Dayton to face Wright State Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Sweep Youngstown State to Close First Half of League Play

A career-best 15 kills from sophomore outside hitter Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) spurred Valparaiso on to a straight-set sweep (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) over Youngstown State Sunday afternoon in Horizon League play at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Drops Battle With Cleveland State Saturday

Valparaiso took the first set Saturday evening from Cleveland State Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but the Vikings came back to earn a 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-18) victory over the Crusaders in Horizon League play.


Crusaders Fire on All Cylinders in Sweep of Loyola

Led by one of the most efficient offensive performances in school history by freshman Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), Valparaiso cruised to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-15) sweep of Loyola in a rare Tuesday night Horizon League matchup at the ARC.


Volleyball to Host Three HL Matches This Week

Valparaiso returns to the ARC for a key three-match Horizon League homestand this week, taking on Loyola Tuesday, Cleveland State Saturday and Youngstown State Sunday. The Crusaders are looking to cement their spot in the upper portion of the standings as they hit the halfway mark of league play.


Volleyball Back on Winning Track With Victory at Green Bay

Valparaiso rebounded from a tough loss Friday night, picking up a 3-1 (25-16, 25-17, 14-25, 25-23) victory over Green Bay Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, Wis. to earn a weekend road split.


Valpo Falls in Five to Milwaukee

Valparaiso forced a fifth set Friday evening on the road at preseason league favorite Milwaukee, but the Panthers came away with the win in the final frame to earn the 3-2 (19-25, 25-13, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13) victory over the Crusaders at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee.


Crusaders To Take On Milwaukee, Green Bay

Valparaiso heads away from home this weekend, traveling north to Wisconsin to take on Milwaukee and Green Bay in Horizon League action. At the halfway point of their season, the Crusaders currently sit with an impressive 13-2 record.


Crusader Volleyball Ranked Among Nation's Best in Attendance

The Valparaiso volleyball team is currently one of just 39 programs nationwide and the only program in the Horizon League averaging better than 850 fans per home match, according to the latest national volleyball attendance report.


Valpo Improves to 13-2, Knocks Off IUPUI

Valparaiso stepped out of league play at the ARC on Homecoming Saturday, defeating IUPUI 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17) to improve to 13-2 on the season.


Crusaders Earn Five-Set Win on Road at UIC

Valparaiso saw a 2-0 lead slip away against UIC Friday evening in Chicago, Ill., but rallied after trailing by six points in the fifth set and then facing a pair of match points to earn the 3-2 (25-18, 25-15, 22-25, 19-25, 17-15) victory over the Flames in Horizon League action.


Pokorny Named ‘The People's Choice' on HLN

Crusader fans turned out in force to vote once again, giving Valparaiso junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) the title of ‘The People's Choice' on the Horizon League Network this week. Pokorny is currently spotlighted in a video on the Horizon League website via phone interview.


UIC, IUPUI on the Docket for Volleyball This Weekend

After suffering their first loss since the season opener last week, Valparaiso looks to rebound as it travels to Chicago to face UIC before returning home on Homecoming Saturday for a non-league showdown with IUPUI.


Pokorny Named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.


Valpo Drops Hard-Fought Battle to Butler

In front of the largest home crowd in program history, Valparaiso fought back from a two-set deficit to force a decisive fifth frame, but Butler came out with the 3-2 (25-18, 25-16, 13-25, 18-25, 15-11) victory Saturday afternoon at the ARC. The loss snaps the Crusaders' 11-match winning streak.


Crusader Volleyball Wins 11th Straight in HL Opener

For the fifth time this season, Valparaiso rallied after dropping the first set, coming from behind to earn a 3-1 victory over Wright State Friday evening at the ARC in the team's Horizon League opener. The Crusaders, who were playing at home for the first time this season, have now won 11 consecutive matches and own the best 12-match start in program history at 11-1.


Volleyball Kicks Off Horizon League Play at Home

Horizon League play is on the slate this weekend for Valparaiso, as is the start of the home schedule, as the Crusaders take the court at the ARC for the first time this year against Wright State and Butler. The Crusaders are looking to continue the best start in program history and also extend a 10-match winning streak.


Root Earns CVU Top Performer Recognition

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been recognized by the Collegiate Volleyball Update as one of its Top Performers from last week after being named the Most Valuable Player at Bradley's CEFCU Classic. In addition, the sophomore is ranked second in the nation in digs/set, as the NCAA released its first statistics report of the 2010 season today.


Season Tickets Available Now for Crusader Volleyball

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Valparaiso volleyball home season at the Athletics-Recreation Center, starting this Friday with the Horizon League opener against Wright State at 7 p.m. Come see the Crusader squad that has started the season 10-1, matching the best start in program history, and has already won three tournament titles this year!


Volleyball Wins 10th Straight Match, Third Straight Tournament

The Valparaiso volleyball team matched the best start in school history and became the first team in program history to win three straight in-season tournament titles, defeating host Bradley, 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-13) Saturday evening to earn the CEFCU Classic championship. The win is the 10th straight triumph for the Crusaders as they prepare for the start of Horizon League play next weekend.


Crusaders Continue Sweeping Ways in Three-Set Win Over Hofstra

Valparaiso extended its winning streak to nine straight matches Saturday morning, sweeping Hofstra (25-13, 25-14, 25-22) at the Bradley CEFCU Classic in Peoria, Ill. The win puts the Crusaders in position to earn their third consecutive in-season tournament title this evening when they take on the host Braves.


Valpo Sweeps Presbyterian for Eighth Straight Win

Valparaiso made short work of Presbyterian College in the opener of the CEFCU Classic at Bradley Friday afternoon, sweeping the Blue Hose (25-18, 25-11, 25-17) in just over an hour. The win was the Crusaders' eighth straight victory and moved Valpo to 8-1 on the season, matching the second-best start in program history.


Root Named ‘The People's Choice' on HLN

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named ‘The People's Choice' this week on the Horizon League Network, and is currently spotlighted in a video on the website via phone interview.


Crusaders Win Seventh Straight With Sweep of Indiana State

Valparaiso won its seventh straight match and extended one of the best starts in program history with a sweep (25-12, 25-19, 25-20) of Indiana State Tuesday evening in Terre Haute, Ind.


Four Matches Await Valpo Volleyball This Week

Valparaiso looks to extend to one of the best starts in program history with four matches this week. The Crusaders head to Terre Haute to take on Indiana State Tuesday before traveling to play in the Bradley Invitational, facing Presbyterian and Hofstra in addition to the host Braves in search of their third straight tournament title.


Root Repeats as Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row and for the fourth time in her career after earning All-Tournament Team honors at the Appalachian Invitational last weekend.


2 Weekends, 2 Titles: Valpo Wins Appalachian Invite

It was an uphill battle in both matches, but Valparaiso fought off three match points Saturday morning to defeat Eastern Kentucky, 3-2, before beating host Appalachian State Saturday evening, 3-1, to close out the Appalachian Invitational and win the tournament title. Tara Diebler (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) was named Tournament MVP, while Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) was also named to the All-Tournament team.


Crusaders Win Fourth Straight, Down USC Upstate

Valparaiso opened its second weekend of play the same way it closed out the opening weekend, defeating USC Upstate 3-1 (25-12, 20-25, 25-11, 25-12) in the opener of the Appalachian Invitational in Boone, N.C. Friday afternoon for its fourth straight victory.


Volleyball Heads to the Carolinas

Valparaiso continues its circuit of early-season tournaments this weekend at the Appalachian Invitational in Boone, N.C., taking on USC Upstate and Eastern Kentucky in addition to host Applachian State. The Crusaders are looking for their second tournament title of the season after capturing the La Salle Invitational last weekend.


Root Named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso sophomore libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named the Horizon League's Defensive Player of the Week for the first weekend of competition after helping to lead the Crusaders to the La Salle Invitational title. The honor is Root's third career weekly accolade from the league office.


Britton Tournament MVP, Pokorny All-Tournament at La Salle Invitational

Valparaiso junior outside hitter Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) was named the Tournament MVP of the La Salle Invitational after helping lead the Crusaders to the tournament title this past weekend. In addition, junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) joined Britton on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Earn La Salle Invitational Title With Pair of Wins

With a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20) win over Hartford and a 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20) victory over 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Niagara, the Valparaiso volleyball team earned the tournament championship at the La Salle Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa. Saturday.


Crusaders Split Pair of Matches to Open 2010 Campaign

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened the 2010 season with a split of two matches on Friday in Philadelphia, Pa., defeating La Salle 3-1 (25-12, 20-25, 25-18, 25-16) to open the La Salle Invitational after falling to Virginia earlier in the day, 3-1 (24-26, 25-10, 25-14, 28-26). The win over La Salle marked the 250th victory in head coach Carin Avery's career.


Volleyball Heads to Philly to Open Season

Valparaiso kicks off the 2010 volleyball campaign this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa. with four matches, taking on Virginia in a neutral-site match before competing in the La Salle Invitational.


Crusader Volleyball Poised For Another Stellar Season in 2010

Having won 20 or more matches for eight straight years, a feat accomplished by just 13 programs nationwide, the Valparaiso volleyball program enters 2010 with the confidence that it will continue its run of success, as nine players, including five starters, return from last year's squad and are joined by a talented class of eight freshmen.


Crusader Volleyball Picked Third in League Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso volleyball squad has been predicted to finish third in the Horizon League in 2010, as chosen by the league's nine head coaches. The Crusaders tallied 49 points, finishing just four points out of the second position.


Crusaders Announce 2010 Volleyball Slate

Coming off of an eighth consecutive 20-win season, Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today the Crusaders' schedule for the 2010 campaign.


Edinger to Join Volleyball Coaching Staff for 2010 Season

Former Michigan City H.S. standout and University of Illinois all-time digs leader Ashley Edinger will join the Valparaiso volleyball staff next year as a graduate assistant, head coach Carin Avery announced today.


Carin Avery Signs New Four-Year Contract

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera is pleased to announce today that Carin Avery has signed a new four-year contract to continue as head coach of the Crusader volleyball program.


Valpo Volleyball Announces Spring Schedule

Valparaiso head volleyball coach Carin Avery announced today her squad's spring 2010 schedule, which has the Crusaders playing on four dates in late March into April.


Crusader Volleyball Team to Host Summer Camp

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host a pair of 2010 summer camps this July at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The camp for youths in grades 5-8 will be held July 5-8, while grades 9-12 will attend camp July 8-11.


Root Named CVU.com ‘Rising Star'

Valparaiso freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named one of the Collegiate Volleyball Update's (CVU.com) ‘Rising Stars', honoring 19 freshmen nationwide who stood out with their performance in their rookie season.


Porché Receives Academic All-League Honor

Senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) is one of 14 student-athletes that has been named to the Horizon League Academic All-League Volleyball Team, making her second straight appearance on the team.


Valpo Drops Season Finale to Western Michigan

Valparaiso dropped its season finale to Western Michigan Saturday evening, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-15), in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Porché Earns Third Team Academic All-American Accolades

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been named an ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-American as chosen by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), released today. Porché was eligible for the honor after earning Academic All-District V First Team recognition earlier this month.


Root Earns All-Tournament Team Accolade

Valparaiso freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) was selected to the 2009 Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team, the league announced today.


Valpo Falls to Milwaukee in Horizon League Semifinal

Milwaukee's defense forced Valparaiso into 30 hitting errors as the Crusaders fell in three sets to the Panthers (25-14, 26-24, 25-23) Saturday afternoon in Horizon League Championship semifinal action in Cleveland, Ohio.


Valpo Heads to Horizon League Championship This Weekend

Valparaiso enters this weekend's Horizon League Championship as the tournament's second seed. The Crusaders will receive a bye into the semifinals and need to win just two matches to claim the tournament title and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.


Root Named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year; Joined by Bukowski, Porché on All-League Team

Valparaiso tied for league-high honors by placing three players on the Horizon League All-League Team, as the league announced its year-end awards on Wednesday. Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West), Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) all represented the Crusaders on the All-League squad, while Root also was named Newcomer of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.


Valpo Volleyball Bringing in Eight New Faces for 2010

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that eight newcomers will be joining the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2010 season, five of which were on the 2009 AVCA High School All-American Watch List entering their senior years.


Valpo Second Seed as League Announces Tournament Seedings

Valparaiso has earned the second seed for the 2009 Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio and receives a bye into the tournament semifinals, as the league officially released the tournament pairings today.


Valpo Wins at Green Bay; Clinches Second Seed for Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso combined big offensive nights from Tara Diebler and Angie Porché with a stellar team defensive effort on the back line to earn a 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23) victory at Green Bay in the regular season finale Saturday. The win secured the second spot in the league standings for the Crusaders and assured Valpo of a bye into the league championship semifinals.


Valpo Falls at Milwaukee Friday Night

The Valparaiso volleyball team got out to a fast start Friday night in Milwaukee, Wis., taking the opening set, but Milwaukee won each of the final three frames for a 3-1 (17-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-22) victory over the Crusaders.


Bukowski Receives ‘The People's Choice' Honor

Valparaiso senior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) has been named this week's recipient of ‘The People's Choice' honor on the Horizon League Network. Bukowski is currently spotlighted in the featured video on the HLN website via phone interview.


Valpo Cruises to Sweep Over Chicago State

Each of the 13 available Crusader volleyball players saw action Tuesday night at the ARC, as Valparaiso swept Chicago State (25-12, 25-10, 25-19) in its final home match of the regular season.


Bukowski Earns CVU Top Performer Recognition

Valparaiso senior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) has been recognized by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) as one of its Top Performers last week after her performances in a pair of Crusader sweeps.


Bukowski Earns Offensive Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso senior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) was honored by the Horizon League today as its Offensive Player of the Week after guiding the Crusaders to some gaudy offensive numbers in a pair of sweeps last weekend.


Valpo Closes Out Home Slate; Travels in Search of Championship

One final home regular season match, a non-league meeting with Chicago State, leads the Valparaiso volleyball team into a weekend of action at Milwaukee and Green Bay. With a pair of victories this weekend, the Crusaders would win at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship.


Valpo Wins 20 for Eighth Straight Season; Sweeps Loyola on Senior Night

On Senior Night at the ARC, it was only fitting that Valparaiso volleyball seniors Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka), Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) and Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./T.F. South) teamed up for the final point of a 3-0 (32-30, 25-14, 25-19) sweep of Loyola Saturday afternoon. The win was Valpo's 20th of the season, its eighth straight year with at least 20 wins.


Valpo Rides Stellar Service Game to Victory

The night started out with a Crusader service ace, and by match's end Valparaiso had tallied 11 more aces as it dominated UIC in every statistical category en route to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-15) sweep Friday night in Horizon League action at the ARC.


Porché Earns Academic All-District Honors for Second Straight Year

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V First Team for the second straight season, as announced by CoSIDA today. With the accolade, Porché is now eligible for Academic All-American consideration.


Valpo Continues Four-Match Homestand This Weekend

Valparaiso starts down the home stretch of the regular season this weekend, as the Crusaders host UIC on Friday night before welcoming Loyola to the ARC on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders currently sit in second place in the Horizon League standings with just four matches to go in the league season.


Valpo Wins Five-Set Thriller Over Oakland

In a Halloween-night special Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso gave its home fans a giant treat to take home, rallying from a two-set deficit for a 3-2 (24-26, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-6) victory over Oakland. Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) picked up her first career triple-double in the win, while the Crusaders hit .306 as a team, their best effort in a five-set match since Halloween night 11 years ago.


Valpo Falls in Four at Butler

Valparaiso was unable to slow down Butler's offensive attack on Friday evening, as the Crusaders fell 3-1 (25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-17) to the Bulldogs in Horizon League action in Indianapolis, Ind.


Root Named ‘The People's Choice'

Valparaiso freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) became the first two-time recipient of ‘The People's Choice' honor on the Horizon League Network as announced by HLN this afternoon.


Valpo Faces Pair of Matches This Weekend

Valparaiso concludes a four-match road trip with a key Horizon League showdown against third-place Butler before returning home to the ARC for the start of a four-match homestand against Oakland.


Root Receives Second Horizon League Weekly Honor of Season

Valparaiso freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this year, the league office announced today.


Valpo Rebounds With Sweep at Wright State

The Valparaiso volleyball team returned to its winning ways Saturday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, sweeping Wright State (25-16, 25-23, 25-22) in Horizon League action.


Valpo's Eight-Match Winning Streak Snapped at Cleveland State

The Valparaiso volleyball team saw its season-long eight-match win streak come to an end Friday evening at Cleveland State, as the Crusaders fell 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19) to the Vikings.


Valpo Uses Late-Set Pushes to Sweep IUPUI

Valparaiso used late-set rallies in each of the final two sets Tuesday evening to sweep former Mid-Con rival IUPUI (25-21, 25-23, 26-24) in Indianapolis, Ind. for the Crusaders' eighth straight victory.


Porché Earns Second Weekly League Accolade of Season

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after putting together a pair of standout offensive performances last week.


Valpo Volleyball Plays Three on the Road This Week

Valparaiso hits the road for three matches this week looking to extend a season-best seven-match winning streak. The first-place Crusaders head to IUPUI for a non-league contest on Tuesday evening before traveling to Ohio to take on Cleveland State and Wright State this weekend in Horizon League matches.


Valpo Downs YSU in Four to Win Seventh Straight

Valparaiso kicked off the second half of Horizon League play Friday evening at the ARC the same way it ended the first half of league competition, defeating Youngstown State 3-1 (25-22, 28-26, 19-25, 25-19) for its seventh straight victory overall and to keep pace atop the league standings at 8-1.


Root Named ‘The People's Choice' on HLN

Crusader freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) has been named ‘The People's Choice' this week on the Horizon League Network, and is spotlighted in the featured video on the HLN website via phone interview.


Offensive Onslaught Gives Valpo Sixth Straight Victory

Valparaiso hit at a .369 clip Wednesday evening, its second-best single-match performance of the season, as the Crusaders swept Indiana State (25-16, 25-23, 25-16) in non-league action at the Athletics-Recreation Center to extend their winning streak to six.


Valpo Returns to the ARC For a Pair of Matches

Valparaiso puts a season-best five-match winning streak on the line this week, as the Crusaders return home for a pair of matches. Valpo will step out of league play for the first time in nearly a month to take on Indiana State before hosting Horizon League foe Youngstown State.


Root Takes League Defensive Player of the Week Accolades

Freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday by the league office after helping Valparaiso to a 4-0 week on the court, including a record-breaking performance against Green Bay.


Valpo Sweeps UIC to Pick Up Fifth Straight Win

Valparaiso closed out the first half of Horizon League play in sweeping fashion, downing UIC 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Ill. The win, Valpo's season-best fifth victory in a row, keeps the Crusaders tied atop the league standings at 7-1.


Crusaders Remain in First Place With Four-Set Win over Loyola

The Valparaiso volleyball team remained atop the league standings Saturday, winning its 20th straight match in the Chicago city limits as the Crusaders defeated Loyola 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 16-25, 25-22) in afternoon Horizon League action.


Valpo Volleyball Nips Milwaukee in Tight Battle

In a nip-and-tuck battle at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday evening, Valparaiso came out on the winning end over preseason Horizon League favorite Milwaukee, 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-22, 27-29, 15-12) to remain in a tie for first place in the league.


Root Breaks School Record as Valpo Sweeps Green Bay

Freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) broke the program record for digs in a three-set match, picking up 31 digs Tuesday night as Valparaiso swept Green Bay (26-24, 29-27, 25-22) in Horizon League action at the ARC.


Busy Week Awaits Crusader Volleyball

The script gets flipped this week for the Valparaiso volleyball team, as following its lightest week of the season, the Crusaders have four Horizon League matches in front of them in a six-day span. Valpo will host Green Bay and Milwaukee in mid-week action before traveling to Loyola and UIC this weekend.


Valpo Sweeps Butler; Moves Into Tie for First

Valparaiso won the key points at the end of all three sets Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, enabling the Crusaders to sweep Butler (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) to move into a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Volleyball to Host Butler on 'Blackout Night' at the ARC

It is a brief but important week for the Valparaiso volleyball team, as the Crusaders host in-state rival Butler on Friday evening. The matchup against the Bulldogs, which enter the week as the Horizon League's only undefeated squad in league play, has been designated as Blackout Night at the ARC, with all fans encouraged to wear black to support the Crusaders.


Crusaders Fall to Cleveland State

Valparaiso was unable to slow down the Cleveland State attack in action Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the visiting Vikings came away with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-17) victory over the Crusaders.


Crusaders Ride Rally to Five-Set Victory in Home Opener

Trailing two sets to one and down 22-17 in the fourth frame, Valparaiso turned the tide of the match quickly, reeling off seven straight points to spur a 3-2 (21-25, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11) victory over Wright State Friday in the Crusaders' home opener at the ARC.


Porché Earns Inaugural HLN ‘The People's Choice' Honor

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been named the inaugural recipient of ‘The People's Choice' honor on the Horizon League Network, and is currently highlighted in the featured video on HLN via phone interview.


Crusader Volleyball Opens Home Campaign With Two Matches

After four weekends on the road in Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Valparaiso finally opens the 2009 home campaign at the ARC this weekend with matches against Horizon League foes Wright State (Friday) and Cleveland State (Saturday). Prior to Saturday's match, the Crusader parents will be hosting a free cookout in between the ARC and the Fitness Center at 5 p.m.


Porché Earns League Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week for her performance last weekend, the league announced today.


Porché Earns All-Tournament Accolades at Pitt

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) represented the Crusaders on the Pitt Blue and Gold Tournament All-Tournament Team, as announced Sunday evening by the host Panthers.


Crusaders Split Two Matches at Pitt Saturday

Valparaiso played a pair of matches Saturday at the Pitt Blue and Gold Tournament on Saturday, sweeping Maryland-Eastern Shore (25-12, 25-20, 25-20) before falling to the host Panthers, 3-1 (19-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-23).


Crusaders Open League Play With Sweep at Youngstown State

Valparaiso opened the 2009 Horizon League campaign on Friday evening in Youngstown, Ohio the same way it closed the league slate last year, sweeping the Penguins of Youngstown State (25-21, 25-19, 25-15).


Valpo Set to Kick Off League Play, Play in Final Regular-Season Tournament

The Valparaiso volleyball team kicks off Horizon League play on Friday evening with a match at Youngstown State, and then continues further east on Saturday, playing in the Pitt Blue and Gold Tournament against Maryland Eastern Shore, as well as the host Panthers.


Crusaders Rally, Fall in Five to Salukis

Valparaiso fought back from a two sets to none deficit Saturday evening against host Southern Illinois in the championship match at the Saluki Invitational, but could not complete the comeback, as Southern Illinois earned the 3-2 (25-9, 25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 15-8) victory. Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) and Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Record Third Straight Sweep in Victory over UAB

Valparaiso registered its third consecutive sweep Saturday morning in action at the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill., sweeping Conference USA foe and 2008 NCAA Tournament second round participant UAB (25-19, 26-24, 25-20) to put the Crusaders in position to claim the tournament crown later tonight against host Southern Illinois.


Crusaders Sweep Murray State in Opener of Saluki Invitational

Valparaiso began play Friday afternoon at the Saluki Invitational on a high note, rolling over its momentum from last weekend in a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-16, 25-17) of Murray State in Carbondale, Ill.


Valpo Volleyball Launches New Blog

Follow the Valparaiso volleyball program through its newly released team blog. Check back frequently for the latest thoughts from head coach Carin Avery as well as junior Katie Layman and sophomore Katie Britton. They will give you a behind the scenes look into the program as the Crusaders take aim at the Horizon League Championship!


Crusaders Continue Pre-League Play at Southern Illinois

Valparaiso concludes pre-league competition this weekend in a challenging tournament field at Southern Illinois' Saluki Invitational, facing Murray State and UAB in addition to the host Salukis.


Britton, Root Named to All-Tournament Team at Drake

Sophomore Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and freshman Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) represented Valparaiso on the Hampton Inn Drake Invitational All-Tournament Team, as announced at the conclusion of the tournament Saturday night.


Crusaders Close With Pair of Wins at Drake Invitational

Valparaiso rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 (22-25, 24-26, 25-17, 25-20, 15-12) victory over South Dakota at the Hampton Inn Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday morning. The Crusaders then carried that momentum into their afternoon match, closing the tournament with a 3-1 record after a 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 25-17) sweep of Centenary.


Crusaders Split Pair of Matches at Hampton Inn Drake Invitational

Valparaiso earned its first victory of the season Friday afternoon in action at the Hampton Inn Drake Invitational, defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16), but the host Bulldogs swept the Crusaders in the day's nightcap (25-22, 25-21, 25-12).


Crusaders Head to Drake for Four Matches

Valparaiso continues pre-league play this weekend with a quartet of matches at the Hampton Inn Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. The Crusaders will face off against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, South Dakota and Centenary in addition to the host Bulldogs.


Crusaders Rally Back, Fall to UNLV in Four

Valparaiso stared down a seven-point deficit in the third set Saturday afternoon and rallied for the set victory, but it would not be enough, as UNLV eventually downed the Crusaders in four sets (25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19) in Valpo's final match at the Campus USA Credit Union Invite in Gainesville, Fla. Freshman libero Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) was awarded All-Tournament honors after picking up 32 digs and seven assists over the two matches.


Crusaders Hang Tough, Fall in Three in Opener

Valparaiso hung tough against Big 12 foe Colorado Friday afternoon in action at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., earning ties or leads late in all three frames, but the Buffaloes eventually earned the 3-0 (31-29, 25-23, 25-21) victory over the Crusaders.


Crusaders Ready to Kick Off Season in Florida

Valparaiso kicks off the 2009 campaign this weekend in Gainesville, Fla. with a pair of matches at Florida's Campus USA Credit Union Invite. The Crusaders will take on Colorado at 4 p.m. CDT on Friday afternoon before facing off against UNLV at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, one-half hour earlier than the original scheduled start time.


Crusader Volleyball Looks for Eighth Straight 20-Win Season in 2009

The Valparaiso volleyball program's reign of excellence rolled right along in 2008, as the Crusaders won 25 matches and finished in second place in the Horizon League in their second league season. Entering the 2009 campaign, there is no reason to believe another stellar season isn't in the cards, as the Crusaders bring back ten returnees in the fight to earn their first Horizon League crown.


Crusader Volleyball Picked Second in League Preseason Poll

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.


Malicoat Finishes Career 11th in NCAA History in Digs

Former Valparaiso volleyball standout Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) closed out her stellar Crusader career ranked 11th in NCAA history in career digs, according to the organization's 2009 Volleyball Records Book released this week.


Crusaders Earn Sixth Consecutive AVCA Academic Award

The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2008-09 school year, it was announced Friday. This marks the sixth straight year that the Crusaders have received the honor from the AVCA.


Valparaiso Announces 2009 Volleyball Slate

Coming off of a seventh straight 20-win campaign, Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today the squad's schedule for the 2009 campaign, which features 11 matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valparaiso Announces 2009 Volleyball Slate

Coming off of a seventh straight 20-win campaign, Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today the squad's schedule for the 2009 campaign, which features 11 matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Porché One of Ten Female Finalists for 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award

Valparaiso outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been named one of ten female finalists nationwide, representing the sport of volleyball, for the 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, as announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Both the female and male winners will be announced and profiled in its May 28, 2009 edition.


Porché One of Ten Female Finalists for 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award

Valparaiso outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been named one of ten female finalists nationwide, representing the sport of volleyball, for the 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, as announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Both the female and male winners will be announced and profiled in its May 28, 2009 edition.


Cromwell Joins Crusader Volleyball as Assistant Coach

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Craig Cromwell has been hired as an assistant coach for the Crusader program. Cromwell comes to Valpo from Chesterton H.S., where he served as an assistant coach for the last four years.


Cromwell Joins Crusader Volleyball as Assistant Coach

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Craig Cromwell has been hired as an assistant coach for the Crusader program. Cromwell comes to Valpo from Chesterton H.S., where he served as an assistant coach for the last four years.


Crusader Volleyball Team to Host Summer Camp

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host their 2009 summer camp for youths in grades 6-12 at the Athletics-Recreation Center from July 6-9.


Crusader Volleyball Team to Host Summer Camp

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host their 2009 summer camp for youths in grades 6-12 at the Athletics-Recreation Center from July 6-9.


Incoming Freshman Root Named High School All-American

Valparaiso volleyball commit Taylor Root has been named a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American, one of just 150 players nationwide, as well as one of just three liberos, to receive the honor.


Volleyball Standout Cyndi (Norman) Kiper to be Inducted into Valpo's Hall of Fame on February 28

The leader of Valparaiso University's volleyball team for the first few years of the 21st century, Cyndi (Norman) Kiper ranks among the best setters ever to play for the Crusaders and, on February 28, she will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Malicoat, Porché Receive Honorable Mention All-American Accolades

Senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) and junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) both received AVCA Honorable Mention All-American accolades today after being named to the All-Midwest Region squad last week. Porché has now earned Honorable Mention notice the last two seasons, while this marked Malicoat's first honor.


Trio of Crusaders Earn Academic All-League Honors

Senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial), junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and senior middle hitter Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) have all been named to the 11-player Horizon League volleyball Academic All-League team.


Malicoat, Porché, Bukowski Earn AVCA Regional Honors

Crusader junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region honors for the second consecutive year, while senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) received All-Region accolades for the first time as the AVCA announced its All-Region squads Wednesday. In addition, junior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) was named an Honorable Mention All-Region recipient.


Porché Receives CVU Top Performer Recognition for Third Time

Crusader junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been recognized by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) as one of its Top Performers for the third time this season after her performance in Valpo's season-ending sweep at Western Michigan.


Crusaders Close Season With Sweep of Western Michigan

The Valparaiso volleyball team closed the season on a high note Saturday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., sweeping MAC regular season champion and host Western Michigan, 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-23) in the final match of the Bronco Thanksgiving Challenge.


Crusaders to Face Western Michigan to Close 2008 Season

Valparaiso will close out the 2008 campaign this Saturday evening, as the Crusaders travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on the host Broncos of Western Michigan University as part of the Bronco Thanksgiving Challenge.


Sears Earns All-Tournament Accolade

Valparaiso senior middle hitter Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was named to the Horizon League Championships All-Tournament Team for her stellar performances in the Crusaders' two contests at the tournament.


Semis Trip Up Valpo as Crusaders Fall to Cleveland State

Valparaiso found its 13-match winning streak snapped Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League Championship semifinals, as sixth seed and host Cleveland State came out with a hard-fought, back and forth 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 11-15) victory in Cleveland.


Lucky 13 Propels Valpo into Horizon League Semis

Valparaiso won its 13th consecutive match Friday afternoon, defeating Green Bay 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18) in Horizon League Championship quarterfinal action in Cleveland, Ohio. The Crusaders will play in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against the host Vikings of Cleveland State, the tournament's sixth seed.


Crusaders Place Four on All-League Squad; Porché Player of the Year; Malicoat Repeats as Defensive Player of the Year

Valparaiso had a league-best four players selected to the Horizon League All-League team as the league announced its year-end awards on Wednesday. Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West), Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial), Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) were all named to the All-League squad. In addition, Porché was named the Player of the Year, while Malicoat was selected as Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row.


Crusaders Take Aim at Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso carries a 12-match winning streak into the Horizon League Championships this weekend. The Crusaders, who are the second seed, open the tournament on Friday afternoon against seventh-seeded Green Bay.


Crusaders Sign Two Players for 2009 Campaign

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Mary Dent and Taylor Root have both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Crusader volleyball program as freshmen for the 2009 season.


Sears Named League Offensive Player of the Week

Crusader senior middle hitter Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after her standout performance in the regular season finale on Saturday.


Crusaders Earn Second Seed for Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso has earned the second seed for the Horizon League Volleyball Championship, to be contested on the campus of Cleveland State University next weekend. The Crusaders will take on seventh-seeded Green Bay in quarterfinal action at 4 p.m. CST on Friday afternoon.


Crusaders Glide to 12th Straight Victory

Valparaiso closed out the regular season with a flourish Saturday at the Athletics-Recreation Center, sweeping Wright State, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) for its 12th consecutive win. The Crusaders enter next weekend's Horizon League Tournament with a 23-6 overall record, including 12-4 in league action, and will be the tournament's second seed.


Crusaders Sweep Chicago State, Extend Winning Streak to 11

Valparaiso extended its winning streak to 11 matches Friday evening, stepping out of league play to sweep Chicago State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-21) in Chicago, Ill.


Crusaders Close Out Regular Season, Put Ten-Game Winning Streak on the Line

Entering the week tied for the second-longest winning streak in program history with ten consecutive wins, Valparaiso looks to close the regular season on a high note this week, traveling to Chicago State on Friday before hosting Wright State for Senior Day on Saturday.


Ten In a Row: Crusaders Sweep UIC

It took a resilient effort for Valparaiso to continue its winning streak Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders had to rally from late deficits in each of the final two sets on their way to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 26-24) victory over UIC in Chicago, Ill.


Sears Named Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Senior middle hitter Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was named the U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week by the league office this afternoon.


Crusaders Extend Win Streak to Nine With Win at Loyola

Valparaiso utilized a strong balanced offensive attack to sweep Loyola, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-16), Friday evening in Chicago, Ill. The win gives the Crusaders 20 on the season, the seventh consecutive year that Valpo has reached the 20-win milestone.


Porché Earns Academic All-District Honor

Junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) was selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V First Team, it was announced today.


Porché Breaks Career Kills Mark as Crusaders Win at DePaul

Junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) broke Valparaiso's career kills record to give the Crusaders match point in the fourth set Tuesday evening at DePaul and then registered another kill on Valpo's second attempt as the Crusaders downed the Blue Demons, 3-1 (25-18, 28-26, 20-25, 25-22) in Chicago, Ill.


Bukowski Sets Way to Second League Weekly Honor

Crusader junior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) was named the Horizon League’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after quarterbacking the Valpo offense in two road sweeps last weekend.


Chicago State Game Time Moved Back One Hour

Valparaiso’s match at Chicago State on Friday, November 14 has been moved back one hour to 8 p.m. CST.


Crusaders Look to Keep Win Streak Going in Chicago This Week

Valparaiso enters the week on a seven-match winning streak, its longest since the 2005 campaign, and has three opportunities to extend its run this week, all in the Second City.  The Crusaders will step out of Horizon League action to take on DePaul on Tuesday before facing Loyola and UIC this weekend.


Crusaders Pick Up Third Straight Sweep, Defeat Cleveland State

Valparaiso recorded its third consecutive sweep on Saturday afternoon, winning on the road at Cleveland State, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23).  Valpo has now won its last seven matches, the program’s longest winning streak since the 2005 campaign, and 11 of its last 12 overall.


Different Location, Same Story: Crusaders Sweep Penguins

Valparaiso had to venture out on the road for just the second time this month on Friday evening, but did not let the change of venue affect its play, winning for the tenth time in its last 11 matches in a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) of Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio.


Crusaders Travel to Ohio; Look to Continue Roll

Winners of nine of its last ten matches, Valparaiso will try to continue its run of success this weekend, but will have to do it on the road, traveling to eastern Ohio to meet Youngstown State on Friday and Cleveland State on Saturday.


Malicoat Brings Home Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Valparaiso senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was recognized Monday as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after helping lead the Crusaders to a 3-0 record last week, including two crucial league victories.


Valpo Sweeps Green Bay; Moves Within Game of First

Valparaiso continued its stretch of torrid play, sweeping Green Bay (25-18, 25-23, 25-14) Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The Crusaders have now won nine of their last ten matches and moved within a game of first place in the Horizon League standings with the victory.


Crusaders Take Down League-Leading Milwaukee

Valparaiso outkilled league-leading Milwaukee by a 60-37 margin Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center en route to a 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-10, 25-21) victory over the Panthers.


Offensive Production Gives Crusaders Another Sweep

Reigning Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) hit at a sizzling .571 clip with 17 kills, leading the Crusader offense as Valparaiso cruised to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) sweep of IUPUI on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Close Out Six-Match Homestand

Valparaiso, which enters the week just one-half game out of second place in the Horizon League standings, closes out a six-match homestand with a non-league battle against IUPUI on Tuesday before hosting Milwaukee and Green Bay on Friday and Saturday, respectively.


Sears Earns Offensive Player of the Week Accolades

Crusader senior middle hitter Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) has been named the Horizon League’s Offensive Player of the Week after her dominating performance against Butler on Friday.


Crusaders Kick Off Second Half of League Play With Win

For the second consecutive match, Valparaiso dropped the first set but rallied to take each of the next three, taking a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-16) victory Friday evening over Butler at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Volleyball Starts Second Half of League Slate by Hosting Butler

Winners of five of its last six matches, Valparaiso kicks off the second half of Horizon League play on Friday evening as the Crusaders continue a six-match homestand by hosting in-state rival Butler.


Crusaders Rebound With Win over Loyola

Valparaiso rebounded from dropping a tight first set to earn a 3-1 (26-28, 25-11, 25-21, 25-17) victory in Horizon League action Sunday afternoon over Loyola.


Crusaders Downed in Five-Set Match by UIC

Both Valparaiso and UIC sided out twice on the other side’s match points in the fifth set Saturday evening, but the Flames converted on their third match point to take a 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-25, 19-17) victory over the Crusaders at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Continue Rise in League; Sweep Wright State

Valparaiso won its third consecutive Horizon League contest on Tuesday evening in Dayton, Ohio, handily sweeping Wright State by scores of 25-21, 25-17, and 25-22.


Crusaders Sweep League Weekly Awards

Valparaiso volleyball swept the Horizon League’s weekly awards when they were announced on Monday, as junior setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week and senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week.


Crusaders Face Three More League Matches This Week

On a three-match winning streak and climbing up the league standings, Valparaiso plays three more Horizon League contests this week.  The Crusaders travel to Wright State for a Tuesday night tilt before returning to the ARC to kick off a six-match homestand with UIC Saturday night and Loyola Sunday afternoon.


Valpo Sweeps Youngstown State Saturday

Valparaiso won its third match of the week Saturday, defending the Athletics-Recreation Center in a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) sweep of Youngstown State in Horizon League play.


Crusaders Down Cleveland State in Home Opener

In a meeting of the top two preseason choices in the Horizon League and a rematch of the 2007 Horizon League championship, Valparaiso earned a hard-fought 3-2 (25-27, 25-22, 27-25, 24-26, 15-11) victory Friday evening in the Crusaders’ home opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Snap Losing Skid; Sweep Bradley

Valparaiso snapped its four-match losing streak in emphatic fashion, sweeping Bradley (29-27, 25-18, 25-18) in East Peoria, Ill. on Tuesday evening.


Malicoat Named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Valparaiso senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was named the U.S. Army Horizon League female Scholar-Athlete of the Week by the league office today after breaking the Crusader career digs record last weekend.


Valpo VB Closes Out Month-Long Road Swing; Returns Home for Horizon League Action

Valparaiso concludes a month-long, 13-match road trip on Tuesday as the Crusaders step out of Horizon League play to face Bradley.  Valpo then opens up the 2008 home campaign this weekend at the Athletics-Recreation Center against Cleveland State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Youngstown State on Saturday at 4 p.m.


Crusaders Drop Four-Set Match at Milwaukee

After splitting the first two sets, Valparaiso dropped sets three and four to Milwaukee as the Panthers took a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-13) victory over the Crusaders Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee, Wis.


Crusaders Fall at Green Bay; Malicoat Breaks Digs Record

Valparaiso rallied from a first-set loss to take a 2-1 advantage Friday night in Green Bay, but the host Phoenix fought back to earn a 3-2 (25-18, 24-26, 22-25, 28-26, 15-7) victory over the Crusaders.  Senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) broke Valpo’s career digs record in the middle of the third set.


Malicoat Featured on the Horizon League Network

As she sits on the verge of breaking the program’s career digs record, Crusader senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) is the subject of a video piece on the Horizon League Network.


Crusaders Face Off Against Wisconsin Foes; Malicoat Poised to Break Digs Record

Valparaiso will look to bounce back from its loss at Butler as the Crusaders enter the second weekend of Horizon League play, traveling to Wisconsin to take on Green Bay Friday and Milwaukee Saturday.  Senior libero Brittany Malicoat is just 14 digs away from Valpo's career record, a mark she should surpass this weekend.


Crusaders Fall in League Opener at Butler

Valparaiso opened league play Friday evening at Butler, dropping a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) decision to the Bulldogs.


Volleyball Kicks Off Horizon League Play at Butler

After finishing up a challenging pre-league slate with a 7-2 record, the Valparaiso volleyball team begins Horizon League play this week with a match at in-state rival Butler on Friday evening.


Valpo Falls in Finale at Lady Topper Invitational

For the second time in the past two weeks, Valparaiso played right with a team receiving votes in the latest AVCA Top 25 poll, but this time, WKU pulled out the tight 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22) victory Saturday afternoon at the Lady Topper Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky.


Crusaders Win Twice Friday at Lady Topper Invitational

Valparaiso took down a pair of teams Friday at the Lady Topper Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky., coming from behind to defeat Tennessee Tech 3-2 (25-10, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-10) in the morning before downing Furman 3-1 (25-13, 27-29, 25-18, 26-24) in the evening.  With the wins, the Crusaders improved to 7-1 on the year, matching the second-best eight-match start to a season in program history.


Malicoat Spotlighted in ESPN.com Feature

Valparaiso senior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) is featured today in a column by ESPN.com volleyball columnist Dave Reed.  The story, which is currently the lead item on ESPN.com’s ESPNU page, focuses on Malicoat and her husband, Bobby, who is currently stationed in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.


Porché Earns Second Straight 'Top Performer' Recognition from CVU

Junior outside hitter Angie Porché has been recognized by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) as one of its Top Performers for the second consecutive week after her All-Tournament performance at Indiana’s adidas Classic last weekend.


Crusaders Close Out Pre-League Slate at Lady Topper Invitational

Off to a 5-1 start, Valparaiso closes out the pre-league slate this weekend with a third straight challenging tournament, as they head to Bowling Green, Ky. to take part in the Lady Topper Invitational.  Valpo will take on Tennessee Tech and Furman in addition to host WKU, which enters the tournament undefeated at 6-0.


Porché Repeats as League Offensive Player of the Week

For the second straight week to open the season, Valparaiso junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been honored by the Horizon League as its Offensive Player of the Week.


Crusaders Close adidas Classic With Win Over Wake Forest

Valparaiso closed out action at the adidas Classic Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind. by taking down its second major-conference foe in as many days, defeating ACC opponent Wake Forest 3-1 (25-20, 26-28, 25-20, 25-20), led by 28 kills from Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South), the second-most in a four-set match all-time at Valpo.  The Crusaders finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, taking second place behind the host Hoosiers.


Crusaders Defeat Louisville on Opening Day of adidas Classic; Second Big East Team Downed by Valpo in the Past Week

Valparaiso won each of the first two sets Friday evening against preseason Big East favorite Louisville, which entered the weekend receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll, and ended up defeating the Cardinals, three sets to two, at Indiana’s adidas Classic in Bloomington, Ind.  The win is the second for the Crusader squad over Big East foes in the past week, after Valpo downed Notre Dame on its home court on Sunday.  Valpo dropped its opening match of the tournament to the host Hoosiers earlier Friday afternoon.


Crusaders Look to Continue Hot Start at adidas Classic

After starting 3-0 for just the fourth time in program history en route to winning the Shamrock Invitational in Notre  Dame, Ind., the Crusaders face another tough task this weekend, as they travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take part in the adidas Classic, where they will face Louisville and Wake Forest in addition to the host Hoosiers.


Porché Named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week following her MVP performance at Notre Dame's Shamrock Invitational last weekend.


Crusaders Take Shamrock Invitational Title; Defeat Notre Dame

Valparaiso capped off one of the most impressive weekends in program history Sunday afternoon by rallying from a first-set loss to Notre Dame to defeat the Fighting Irish, 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 30-28, 25-23).  The win, Valpo’s second in the last five years over the Irish in the Joyce Center, finished off an undefeated run through the Shamrock Invitational for the tournament title.


Crusaders Rally, Take Four-Set Win over Mastodons

Valparaiso’s resilience was showcased Saturday at the Shamrock Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., as the Crusaders, already trailing by one set, faced two IPFW set points in the second frame.  But the Crusaders fought off the Mastodons, won the second set, and rode the momentum all the way to a 3-1 (20-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-20) victory, Valpo’s first win over IPFW since 2004.


Crusaders Earn Season-Opening Sweep Over Nevada

Valparaiso opened the season with a victory for the fourth consecutive year, coming back from an eight-point deficit in the first set on its way to earning a 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-11) sweep of Nevada Friday afternoon at the Shamrock Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.


Crusaders Kick Off 2008 Slate at Notre Dame

The 2008 volleyball season kicks off for Valparaiso this weekend with a challenging test, as the Crusaders compete in the Shamrock Invitational at Notre Dame, Ind., where they will take on Nevada and IPFW in addition to the host Fighting Irish.


Crusaders Take Aim at Top of Horizon League in 2008

Entering the 2008 campaign, there is no more transition for the Valparaiso volleyball program.  They have experienced each of the trips in league play.  They have played in each of the league’s venues.  They have now adjusted to the rigors of the Horizon League schedule, knowing that they have to be at their best in every single match.  For this Crusader squad, the goal is simple: use the knowledge gained from last year’s transition to challenge for a league championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2008.


Avery Ranks Among Nation's Winningest Young Coaches

Entering the 2008 season, Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery owns 202 career victories on the sidelines, making her one of Division I’s most successful young coaches.


Crusaders Picked Second in Horizon League Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso volleyball squad has been predicted to finish second in the Horizon League in 2008, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches.  The Crusaders tallied 56 points and received one first-place vote.


Crusaders Earn Fifth Consecutive AVCA Academic Award

For the fifth consecutive season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2007-08 school year.


Crusaders Release 2008 Volleyball Schedule

Six 20-win teams from a season ago highlight the 2008 Valparaiso volleyball schedule as released today by Crusader head coach Carin Avery.


Crusader Volleyball Squad to Host Team Camp

The Valparaiso volleyball program will be hosting a team camp at the Athletics-Recreation Center on July 19-20.


Taylor Named Crusader Assistant Coach

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Shawn Taylor has been hired as an assistant coach for the Crusader program.


Avery Signs Four-Year Contract

Valparaiso Athletics Director Mark LaBarbera announced today that Crusader head volleyball coach Carin Avery has signed a new four-year contract.


Crusader Volleyball Team to Host Summer Camp

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball team will host their 2008 summer camp for youths in grades 6-12 at the Athletics-Recreation Center from July 7-10.


Porch Named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

Sophomore outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) received American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American accolades today, becoming the first Crusader to ever earn national recognition from the AVCA.  Porché was eligible for All-American consideration after making program history last week by being the first Valpo player to earn All-Region honors.


Hughes Receives Horizon League All-Academic Notice

Crusader senior setter Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg [Ohio] H.S.) has been named to the 12-member Academic All-Horizon League Volleyball Team, as selected by the league’s faculty athletic representatives and sports information directors.


Porch Earns AVCA All-Region Honor

Sophomore outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) became the first player in the history of Valparaiso’s volleyball program to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region honors, as she was named to the 12-player Midwest Region team announced today by the AVCA.


Crusaders Drop Season Finale at IPFW

Valparaiso closed out the 2007 campaign Saturday evening at IPFW, falling to the Mastodons, 3-1 (30-19, 30-14, 25-30, 30-21).


Crusader Volleyball Adds Three Players for 2008 Season

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Katie Britton, Amy Groesbeck and Jenny Pokorny will join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2008 season.


Crusaders Fall in Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso’s bid for the Horizon League championship in its first season of league play came up one match short, as the Crusaders fell to the second-seeded Vikings of Cleveland State, 3-1 (30-27, 28-30, 30-27, 30-23), Sunday afternoon in the championship match in Milwaukee, Wis.


Crusaders Down Top Seed Milwaukee; Advance to Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso put together one of its most impressive performances of the season Saturday afternoon in the Horizon League Championship semifinals against top-seeded Milwaukee, defeating the host Panthers 3-1 (30-25, 30-17, 22-30, 30-26) to move on to the championship match Sunday at noon against Cleveland State.


Two Record-Breaking Nights Lead Valpo to Victory; Porch, Malicoat Break Single-Season Marks

Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) ended the match with her 537th kill of the season, setting a new Valpo single-season record, while Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) broke her own single-season record for digs late in game three as Valparaiso swept Butler (30-28, 30-25, 30-25) in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship in Milwaukee, Wis. Friday afternoon.  The win was Valpo’s 20th of the season, marking the sixth consecutive year that the Crusaders have reached the milestone.


Malicoat Named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year; Porch joins Malicoat on All-League Team

Valparaiso junior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was named the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year this evening, while sophomore outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) joined Malicoat on the 12-member All-League team.


Crusaders Travel to Milwaukee for Horizon League Championship

The Valparaiso volleyball team heads into postseason play for the first time as a Horizon League institution, traveling to Milwaukee for the 2007 Horizon League Volleyball Championship.  The Crusaders, who are the fourth seed, will kick off the championship Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with a quarterfinal matchup against fifth-seeded Butler.


Malicoat Earns Third Horizon League Honor of Season

Junior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week today after leading the Crusaders on the back line during two wins last weekend.  Malicoat has received the honor three times this season, the most by any league player.


Valpo to Face Butler in First Round of Horizon Championship

Valparaiso has received the fourth seed for the upcoming 2007 Horizon League Volleyball Championship and will face Butler in quarterfinal action on Friday, November 16 at 5 p.m. at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee, Wis.


Crusaders Close Out Horizon League Slate with Win

Faced with a one-game deficit Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill, the Valparaiso volleyball team regrouped and stormed back, handily winning the next three games to earn a 3-1 (30-32, 30-23, 30-24, 30-22) victory over UIC.  The win gives the Crusaders a share of third place in their first season of Horizon League play, and is also the 200th victory as a head coach for Carin Avery.


Crusaders Prevail in Five at Loyola

A hard-fought match was decided in the early stages of game five Friday night in Chicago, Ill., as Valparaiso jumped out to a 6-0 advantage in the deciding game and cruised from there, defeating Loyola 3-2 (30-27, 21-30, 30-26, 26-30, 15-9).


Crusaders Complete Horizon League Slate This Weekend

Valparaiso closes out its inaugural season of Horizon League play this weekend with matches at Loyola on Friday and UIC on Saturday.  The Crusaders are looking to secure the fourth seed for the Horizon League Championship, to be contested at Milwaukee next weekend.


Valpo Falls at Cleveland State

A dominant win in game three was not enough for Valparaiso Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders dropped a 3-1 (30-25, 30-25, 16-30, 30-22) decision at Cleveland State.


Crusaders Fall in Five at Youngstown State

Valparaiso rallied back from one-game deficits twice Friday night at Youngstown State, but the Penguins took game five to defeat the Crusaders 3-2 (30-26, 23-30, 33-31, 18-30, 16-14).


Volleyball Travels to Youngstown State, Cleveland State

Valparaiso begins its season-ending road trip this week as the Crusaders travel to Ohio to take on Youngstown State and Cleveland State.  Valpo begins the weekend tied for third in the league standings.


Crusaders Close Out Home Season with Sweep of Green Bay

Valparaiso used a suffocating defensive effort, along with efficient offensive play, to give the senior class of Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg [Ohio] H.S.), Tiffany Meikle (Cottage Grove, Wis./Monona Grove) and Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) one last victory at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the Crusaders swept Green Bay, 30-15, 30-28, 30-22 on Saturday evening.


Crusaders Fall in Tough Five-Game Match to League Leader

Valparaiso led league leader Milwaukee two games to none Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but the Panthers earned the 3-2 (27-30, 24-30, 30-23, 30-24, 15-8) come-from-behind victory over the Crusaders.


Crusaders Close Out Home Campaign This Weekend

Valparaiso closes out the 2007 home schedule this weekend with two key Horizon League matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The Crusaders will take on Milwaukee on Friday and Green Bay on Saturday with both matches starting at 7 p.m.  Valpo seniors Sara Hughes, Tiffany Meikle and Nicole Schulz will be honored prior to the Green Bay match.


Malicoat Receives Second League Accolade of Season

Junior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) has been named the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Week after averaging an astounding 8.14 digs per game last weekend.


Crusaders Fall in Three to Wright State

Valparaiso found itself on the wrong end of a three-game sweep at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon, as Wright State came in and defeated the Crusaders, 30-24, 30-27, 30-26.


Crusaders Tame Bulldogs in Four

Valparaiso used a standout defensive effort on the back line, picking up a season-best 96 digs, to kick off the second half of the Horizon League slate Friday night with a victory at the Athletics-Recreation Center over Butler, 3-1 (30-19, 30-26, 19-30, 30-22).


Crusaders Host Two Key League Matches This Weekend

Valparaiso kicks off its final homestand of the season this weekend, taking on Butler Friday night and Wright State Saturday evening in Horizon League action.


Undermanned Crusaders Defeat IUPUI

Despite entering the match with a depleted front line, Valparaiso earned a 3-1 (30-25, 30-25, 24-30, 30-28) victory over IUPUI in Indianapolis Friday night.


Crusaders Drop Hard-Fought Match to Milwaukee

Valparaiso took game three in extra points at league leader Milwaukee Sunday afternoon and sent game four into extra points, but could not prevail, as the Panthers earned a 3-1 (30-18, 30-21, 33-35, 31-29) victory over the Crusaders.


Crusaders Bounce Back; Defeat Green Bay in Four

Valparaiso snapped its two-match losing streak Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, Wis., rallying for a 3-1 (22-30, 30-25, 30-23, 30-24) victory over the Phoenix.


Crusaders Drop Five-Game Match to Penguins

Valparaiso fought back from a two games to one deficit to force a fifth game Wednesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but Youngstown State eventually prevailed 3-2 (30-22, 19-30, 30-11, 27-30, 15-12).


Crusaders Fall to Cleveland State

Valparaiso and Cleveland State were tied at one game apiece after two games, but the Vikings took the next two to earn the 3-1 (30-16, 21-30, 30-26, 30-25) victory over the Crusaders Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Put First Place on the Line in Midweek League Matches

Alone in first place in the Horizon League, Valparaiso puts its undefeated League record on the line in mid-week matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center against Cleveland State and Youngstown State.


Crusaders Win In Four at Butler

For the second time in less than 24 hours, Valparaiso earned a hard-fought road victory in Horizon League play, defeating Butler 3-1 (30-20, 16-30, 30-27, 30-27) Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind.  With the victory, the Crusaders find themselves alone in first place in the League standings.


Crusaders Rally for 3-2 Victory at Wright State

Valparaiso had its back up against the wall down two games to one at Wright State Friday night in its first taste of Horizon League road action, but the Crusaders showed their resilience, rebounding in the final two games to earn a 3-2 (25-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-25, 15-9) victory over the Raiders.


Crusaders Sweep Braves; Move to 11-3

Playing its final home non-conference match of the season, Valparaiso took care of business Tuesday night against Missouri Valley foe Bradley, downing the Braves in three straight games, 30-17, 30-22, 30-19.


Hughes Earns U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete Recognition

Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan LeCrone announced today that Valparaiso senior Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg [Ohio] H.S.) has been named the female recipient of the U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week award.


Crusaders Close Out Homestand; Hit Road for Horizon League Action

Valparaiso (10-3, 2-0 Horizon) closes out a three-match homestand on Tuesday night as the Crusaders host Missouri Valley foe Bradley in non-conference action.  The Brown and Gold then hit the road for its first taste of Horizon League road volleyball, heading to Wright State on Friday and Butler on Saturday.


Valpo Sweeps Loyola; Moves to 2-0 in Horizon

Coming off of a hard-fought five-game victory on Friday night, Valparaiso found the going significantly easier on Saturday afternoon against Loyola at the Athletics-Recreation Center, sweeping the Ramblers 30-24, 30-22, 30-28 to move to 2-0 in Horizon League play.


Crusaders Receive Record-Setting Performance from Schulz; Defeat UIC in Horizon Opener

On a night in which multiple Horizon League dignitaries, including Commissioner Jonathan LeCrone, were in attendance for Valparaiso’s first-ever home League contest in any sport, Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) made some history of her own, setting a school record for hitting percentage in a five-game match and leading the Crusaders to a come-from-behind 3-2 (30-24, 22-30, 25-30, 30-22, 15-7) victory over UIC.


Crusader Volleyball Matches to be Video Streamed; 2003 Crusader Team to be Honored

Valparaiso volleyball fans will now be able to watch the Crusaders play live on the Internet, as it was announced today that all eight of Valpo’s home Horizon League matches will be videocast live on the Horizon League Network, starting with tonight’s 7 p.m. match against UIC.  Also, prior to tomorrow’s match against Loyola, Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will be recognizing the 2003 Valparaiso team, the first team in program history to advance to the NCAA Tournament.


Crusader Volleyball to Kick Off Horizon League Play

Valparaiso kicks off Horizon League play this weekend as the Crusaders host UIC and Loyola (Chicago) at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The match against the Flames marks the first-ever home Horizon League contest by a Crusader team in any sport.


Sears Named Horizon League Player of the Week

The Horizon League announced today that junior Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) has been named its Offensive Player of the Week after earning All-Tournament honors last weekend at the Bowling Green Best Western Invitational.


Crusaders Split Two Matches to Close Bowling Green Invite

Valparaiso closed out play at the Bowling Green Best Western Invitational with a second-place finish Saturday, defeating DePaul in the opener 30-15, 30-22, 30-16, before falling in the nightcap to the host Falcons 18-30, 28-30, 30-28, 30-23, 15-10.  Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Crusaders Hammer Dukes at Bowling Green Invite

Valparaiso put together one of the most impressive offensive displays in school history Friday afternoon, hitting at a .426 clip for the match, propelling itself to a sweep of Duquesne (30-17, 30-15, 30-20) in the Crusaders’ first match at the Bowling Green Best Western Invitational.


Crusaders To Play at Bowling Green This Weekend

The Crusaders hit the road for the final of their four early-season tournaments this weekend, as they travel to Bowling Green for the Best Western Invitational.  Valpo, which is 6-2 on the season, will take on Duquesne Friday afternoon before meeting DePaul and the host Falcons on Saturday.


Valpo Closes Out Popcorn Classic with Sweep of WMU; Porch, Sears Named to All-Tournament Team

Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) recorded the second-most kills in a three-game match in Valpo history Saturday night, tallying 22 terminations on a .500 hitting percentage to lead the Crusaders to a sweep of Western Michigan (30-27, 30-28, 30-20) to close out the 2007 Popcorn Classic.


Crusaders Fall to Indiana in Popcorn Classic

Valparaiso came out on the wrong end of a three-game sweep Friday night in Popcorn Classic action at the ARC, falling to Indiana 30-22, 30-23, 30-25.


Crusaders Down Marshall in Opener of Popcorn Classic

Valparaiso found itself down one game Thursday night to Marshall in the opener of the 2007 Popcorn Classic at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but bounced back, winning three straight games to earn a 3-1 victory (32-34, 30-25, 30-24, 30-15).


Tailgate to Be Held Before Saturday Volleyball Match

The Crusader volleyball program will be sponsoring a tailgate party, featuring free food, live music and a raffle, outside the main entrance of the Athletics-Recreation Center from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 prior to the final match of the Popcorn Classic against Western Michigan.


Crusaders Set to Host Popcorn Classic

The Valparaiso volleyball team opens its home schedule this week as it hosts the Popcorn Classic.  The Crusaders will take on Marshall on Thursday, Indiana on Friday and Western Michigan on Saturday, with all matches beginning at 7 p.m.


Malicoat Receives Horizon League Weekly Accolade

The Horizon League announced today that junior libero Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) has been named its Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending September 2.  Malicoat becomes the first Crusader in any sport to earn Horizon League weekly honors.


Meyer Earns All-Tournament Recognition

Valparaiso right side hitter Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) has been selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Western New York Invitational after helping Valpo to a 3-0 record in tournament play last weekend.


Crusaders Take Final Two Matches at Western New York Invitational

Valparaiso closed out play Saturday at the Western New York Invitational with two victories.  The Crusaders earned a tight five-game win (30-32, 30-27, 30-26, 22-30, 15-13) over Binghamton in the morning before cruising to a sweep (30-13, 30-14, 30-16) against St. Francis (N.Y.) in the afternoon.


Crusaders Sweep Buffalo; Move to 2-1

Valparaiso held Buffalo to a .033 hitting percentage on its way to a three-game sweep (30-26, 30-19, 30-17) in Buffalo, N.Y. Friday night.


Crusaders Continue Tournament Play in Western New York

The Valparaiso volleyball team continues early season action this weekend at the Western New York Invitational.  The Crusaders play at Buffalo Friday night before taking on Binghamton and Saint Francis (N.Y.) in neutral-site matches on Saturday.


Valpo Drops Match at Illinois State

Valparaiso’s bid to claim the 2007 Redbird Classic came up short Saturday night, as the hosts from Illinois State downed the Crusaders 3-0 (31-29, 30-18, 30-23).


Valpo Kicks Off Season With Victory

Valparaiso kicked off the 2007 volleyball season the same way that it ended the 2006 season, with a 3-1 victory over Miami (Ohio) Friday night, 30-28, 23-30, 30-27, 30-25.  The match was the first of two the Crusaders will play at the Redbird Classic in Normal, Ill.


Crusaders Kick Off Season at Redbird Classic

The Valparaiso volleyball team begins its first season as members of the Horizon League this weekend, traveling to Illinois State to take part in the Redbird Classic.  Head coach Carin Avery is looking to lead the Crusaders to a sixth consecutive 20-win season.


Crusaders Look to Continue Reign of Excellence

2006 looked on the surface like it would be a rebuilding year for the Valparaiso volleyball program.  But the Crusaders showed that they have expunged the word “rebuild” from their vocabulary in favor of “reload,” winning 23 matches and setting school records for kills, assists and hitting percentage.  Now, with most of the vital parts back from last year’s squad, Valpo looks to capture Horizon League gold in its first season as a league member.


Crusaders Tabbed Third in Preseason Poll

 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.


Crusaders Earn Fourth Consecutive AVCA Academic Award

For the fourth consecutive season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2006-07 school year.


Crusaders Announce 2007 Schedule

12 home matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center, including a stellar field for the Popcorn Classic, highlight the 2007 Valparaiso volleyball schedule as announced today by Crusader head coach Carin Avery. The Crusaders will be looking for their fifth consecutive 20-win season as they move into the Horizon League.


Crusaders Announce Spring 2007 Schedule

The Valparaiso volleyball team will be traveling around the Midwest playing in tournaments each of the next four weekends as the Crusaders commence spring play.


Valpo Volleyball Camp to Be Held July 9-12

The Valparaiso University volleyball program will be holding a volleyball camp July 9-12 for girls and boys from grades 6-12 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


2006 Valpo Volleyball Season in Review

The 2006 Valpo volleyball team continued a string of unprecedented success in program history, registering 23 victories, the fifth consecutive season that the Crusaders have reached the 20-win plateau.


Crusaders Close Season With Two Victories

Seniors Alex Chism (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central [Miami Univ.]) and Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) closed out their Crusader careers with two wins Saturday at the Miami Thanksgiving Invitational in Oxford, Ohio. Valparaiso defeated Fairfield in the morning match, 30-21, 30-27, 30-21, before downing the hosts in the afternoon, 30-24, 27-30, 30-20, 30-24 to earn its third in-season tournament title of the season.


Crusaders Look For Fourth Straight Mid-Con Championship

The Valparaiso volleyball team heads to Tulsa this weekend in search of its fourth consecutive Mid-Continent Conference championship. Valpo will face Western Illinois in the first round on Friday, with the winner to face the winner of Oral Roberts-IUPUI on Saturday for the crown.


Crusaders Ink Three to National Letters of Intent

Valparaiso volleyball coach Carin Avery announced today that Andrea Balsis, Katie Layman and Tara Newton have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Crusader volleyball program beginning with the 2007 season.


Schulz Earns Mid-Con Accolades for Second Straight Week

Junior middle blocker Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) has been named by the Mid-Continent Conference as its Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after registering the second-best hitting percentage in a single match in Valpo history last weekend.


Valpo Sweeps IUPUI in Mid-Con Finale

Senior middle blocker Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) registered her 400th career block midway through game two, and Valparaiso used an emphatic .500 hitting percentage in game three to complete the sweep of IUPUI Saturday night in Indianapolis, 30-26, 30-23, 30-22.


Crusaders Sweep Chicago State in Non-Conference Action

Led by 13 kills on just 15 attacks by reigning Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Week Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran), Valparaiso downed Chicago State in a non-conference matchup Friday night in Chicago, Ill., 30-19, 30-19, 30-19.


Valpo Closes Out Conference Play This Weekend

Valparaiso closes out the Mid-Con slate for the final time this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI Saturday night at 6 p.m. The Crusaders also match up against Chicago State Friday night at 7 p.m.


Valpo's Schulz Earns Mid-Con Accolades

Junior middle blocker Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to two key conference victories last weekend.


Crusaders Defeat Western Illinois in Four

Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) and Alex Chism (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central [Miami]) were victorious in the final home match of their careers, as Valparaiso downed Western Illinois in four games, 30-19, 27-30, 31-29, 30-15, to move into second place in the Mid-Con.


Valpo Uses Potent Offensive Attack to Beat UMKC

Valparaiso used a blistering .362 hitting percentage for the match to defeat UMKC in three straight games Friday night at the ARC, 30-15, 30-27, 31-29. With the win, the Crusaders clinch a berth in the Mid-Con Championship in two weeks.


Valpo to Close Out Home Campaign With Two Key Mid-Con Battles

The Valparaiso volleyball team will be looking to solidify its position in the conference standings, as the Crusaders host UMKC and Western Illinois this weekend in the final home matches of the 2006 schedule.


Crusaders Defeated by Missouri State

Valparaiso found itself on the wrong end of a 3-0 decision for the second consecutive day, as Missouri State downed the Crusaders 30-20, 30-26, 30-28 Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.


Crusaders Fall to Golden Eagles

Valparaiso came up short Saturday evening in the second match of its three-match road trip, falling at the hands of Mid-Con rival Oral Roberts 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-22).


Crusaders Fight Off Feisty Centenary Squad

Valparaiso started off its three-match road swing with a victory Friday night, downing Centenary 3-1 (30-25, 30-24, 29-31, 30-16) in Mid-Con action.


IPFW Downs Valparaiso in Three

Valparaiso found itself on the wrong end of a sweep Friday night, as IPFW came into the ARC and defeated the Crusaders 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-22).


Crusaders Earn Sweep at Oakland

Valparaiso fought off a feisty Oakland squad Friday night in Rochester, Mich., earning a three-game sweep (30-24, 30-28, 30-21) over the Golden Grizzlies.


Crusaders Drop Tight Battle to Illinois State

The Crusaders jumped out to a 2-1 lead off an impressive game three performance, but were unable to hang on, as Illinois State rallied to down Valpo 3-2 (26-30, 33-31, 17-30, 30-26, 15-11) Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Set for Three Matches This Week

The Crusader volleyball team travels to Oakland for a Mid-Con matchup Friday at 6 p.m. The game is sandwiched in between non-conference home tilts against Illinois State (Tuesday, 7 p.m.) and IPFW (Saturday, 7 p.m.)


Crusaders Cruise Past Chicago State

Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) had a career-high 16 kills and the Brown and Gold hit .454 as Valpo clobbered Chicago State 30-14, 30-13, 30-12 Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Sweeps IUPUI in Key Mid-Con Battle

Four Crusaders finished will double-digit kills and three more had double-digit digs as the Brown and Gold swept IUPUI 30-26, 30-24, 30-25 Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center in a matchup of two of the Mid-Continent Conference's top four teams.


Valpo Back at Home for a Pair This Weekend

The Crusaders look to secure their place in the Mid-Con standings Friday night when they host IUPUI at 7:00 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center in a key conference match. Valpo will wrap up the weekend Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against Chicago State.


Valpo Bounces Kangaroos in Kansas City

The Crusaders closed a brief two-match road trip Saturday night, racing past UMKC 30-26, 30-28, 30-27 at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City, Mo.


Crusaders Drop Nail-Biter at Western Illinois

Angie Porch (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton-Fractional South) had more kills than any Crusader this season and Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg, Ohio, H.S.) had the second best passing night in program history, but the Brown and Gold dropped a heartbreaking 25-30, 30-28, 21-30, 30-27, 18-16 decision Friday night at Western Illinois.


Valpo Back on the Road for a Pair of Mid-Con Battles

After four straight matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the Crusaders are back on the road this weekend for a pair of conference tilts against Western Illinois and UMKC.


Valpo Rebounds to Beat Centenary

One night after their first home loss in two years, the Crusaders bounced back with a 30-16, 30-16, 30-17 win over Centenary Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Fall in Five to Oral Roberts

Valpo battled back valiantly from a 2-0 hole against preseason conference favorite Oral Roberts, forcing a decisive game five before eventually falling 30-24, 30-26, 22-30, 26-30, 15-11 Friday in front of 1,152 raucous fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo-Oral Roberts Clash Highlights Another Weekend at Home

The Crusader volleyball team kicks off Homecoming weekend with perhaps their biggest home match of the season, Friday at 7:00 p.m. against preseason conference favorite Oral Roberts at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo rounds out the weekend with another Mid-Con match, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against Centenary at the ARC.


Valpo Opens Mid-Con Season With Win

The Crusaders opened their defense of three straight Mid-Continent Conference titles Friday night against Oakland at the Athletics-Recreation Center, winning 30-14, 30-20, 30-19 for their sixth win in a row over all and 25th straight on their home court.


Crusaders at Home for First Time All Season Tuesday and Friday Nights

After nearly one full month on the road, the Crusader volleyball team opens the home schedule this week with a pair of matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo will meet DePaul Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and play their first Mid-Con match of the year Friday against Oakland at 7:00 p.m.


Crusaders Down DePaul in Home Opener

For the first time this year, and the 24th straight time since 2004, the Crusader volleyball team won a match at the Athletics-Recreation Center, toppling DePaul 30-20, 30-17, 23-30, 30-17 Tuesday night.


Two Crusaders on Catamount Clash All-Tournament Team

After winning a share of the Catamount Clash V Tournament Title Saturday in Cullowhee, N.C., Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) and Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) have been named to the All-Tournament Team.


Valpo Volleyball Team Looking for Girls to Volunteer at Home Matches

The Valparaiso University volleyball team is looking for area fifth through eighth grade girls to help assist during warm-up activities and serve as assistants during all home matches this season.


Crusaders Win Catamount Clash With Three-Game Defeat of Western Carolina

The Valpo volleyball team finished off a clean sweep of the Catamount Clash V Tournament and won a share of the tournament title with a 3-0 win over host Western Carolina Saturday morning in Cullowhee, N.C.


Valpo Perfect Through Day One at Catamount Clash

The Crusader defense held the Kennesaw State attack to a -.159 hitting percentage and freshman Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) set a career-high with 10 kills as Valpo rolled past the Owls 30-18, 30-19, 30-11 in their second match at the Catamount Clash V Tournament in Cullowhee, N.C.


Crusaders Claw Panthers at Catamount Clash

Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) had a monster morning and the Crusader offense was firing on all cylinders as Valpo blew past High Point 30-14, 30-25, 30-17 in the first match of the Catamount Clash V Tournament in Cullowhee, N.C. Friday.


Crusaders Off to Carolina for Catamount Clash This Weekend

Every year under Carin Avery the Crusaders have won two in-season tournaments. With one tournament win already under their belts and the conference season lurking next week, the Brown and Gold will head to Cullowhee, N.C. for this weekend's Catamount Clash V Tournament hosted by Western Carolina.


Valpo Honored by AVCA for Academic Achievement

For the third consecutive season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2005-06 school year.


Crusaders Back on Track After Win at Drake

Valpo closed out their first trip to the state of Iowa since 1995 with a win, knocking off Drake 30-25, 30-25, 30-25 in Des Moines Saturday night behind a record-breaking night from sophomore Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial).


South Dakota State Sends Valpo to 3-0 Loss

For the second straight match at the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, the Crusaders were on the wrong end of a three-game decision, losing 30-27, 31-29, 30-28 to South Dakota State Saturday afternoon.


Valpo Comes Up Short at Cyclone Classic

Valpo opened the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa Friday night, falling to host Iowa State 30-17, 30-26, 30-23.


Crusaders Back in Action This Weekend at Iowa State's Cyclone Classic

The young Crusaders head out to Iowa for the first time since 1995 this weekend to face Iowa State and South Dakota State Friday and Saturday as part of the Cyclone Classic before tangling with Drake Saturday night in Des Moines.


Brittany Marks Named to Shamrock Invitational All-Tournament Team

Sophomore libero Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) has been named to the Shamrock Invitational All-Tournament Team after helping the Brown and Gold to a third-place finish at the event, hosted by Notre Dame.


Valpo Provides Tough Test for Another Top Opponent

For the second straight match, the Crusaders played point-for-point with one of the nation's best, falling 30-26, 24-30, 30-13, 30-26 to #13 Missouri Saturday at the Shamrock Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.


Crusaders Back in Win Column After Five-Game Thriller Against Idaho

Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) was one of three Crusaders to set a career-high in kills and Valpo battled back after dropping game one to defeat Idaho 27-30, 30-28, 32-30, 22-30, 15-9 Saturday evening in Notre Dame, Ind. at the Shamrock Invitational.


Crusaders Fall Just Short at #21 Notre Dame

The Crusader volleyball team hung right with #21 Notre Dame Friday night but came up just short in the end, falling 30-25, 27-30, 31-29, 30-22 in their first match at the Shamrock Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.


Sixth-Ranked Santa Clara Too Much for Valpo Friday Afternoon

The Santa Clara Broncos flexed their muscles and proved why they're ranked #6 in the nation on Friday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind., defeating the Valpo Crusaders 30-20, 30-13, 30-21 at the Joyce Center.


Valpo Volleyball Faces Stern Test This Weekend at Notre Dame

The 3-0 Crusaders bring their unblemished record to Notre Dame, Ind. to square off with three of the nation's top 21 teams Friday and Saturday. The Brown and Gold will face #6 Santa Clara Friday morning before squaring off with #21 Notre Dame, #13 Missouri and Idaho at the Shamrock Invitational.


Four Crusaders Named to Chicagoland Classic All-Tournament Team

Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player and was one of four Crusaders selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Chicagoland Classic over the weekend in Chicago, Ill.


Two Crusaders Honored by Mid-Con After Opening Weekend

Following a 3-0 sweep through the Chicagoland Classic over the weekend, Valpo's Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) and Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) have been named, respectively, the Mid-Continent Conference's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, the league announced today.


Crusaders Win Chicagoland Classic With Dramatic Five-Game Victory

For the seventh time in the last four years, the Valpo volleyball team has won an in-season tournament; capturing the Chicagoland Classic title Saturday night with an exciting 25-30, 30-25, 28-30, 30-23, 15-6 win over Loyola (Chicago) in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Marches Past DePaul at Chicagoland Classic

Freshman Angie Porch (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton-Fractional South) had a match-high 12 kills and all 13 Crusaders saw the court as Valpo rolled past DePaul 30-21, 30-21, 30-25 Saturday afternoon in their second match at the Chicagoland Classic in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Volleyball Opens 2006 with a Win

Four Crusaders totaled double-digit kills and two more chipped in double-digit digs as Valpo won a thrilling 30-28, 28-30, 35-33, 30-27 decision Friday night over UIC to win on opening night at the Chicagoland Classic in Chicago, Ill.


New-Look Crusaders Gunning for Fourth Straight Mid-Con Title in 2006

The 2005 Valparaiso volleyball season was a coronation. The final piece in a puzzle that saw four seniors, the first to complete four seasons under Carin Avery, go 103-31 and win three straight Mid-Continent Conference championships.


Valpo Volleyball Picked Second in Mid-Con Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University volleyball team, winner of three straight Mid-Continent Conference titles, was picked second a preseason poll of the league's seven head coaches.


Crusaders Announce 2006 Schedule

After three straight Mid-Continent Conference Championships, the 2006 Valparaiso University volleyball team will begin their quest for a fourth consecutive title August 25 with a schedule that includes four NCAA Tournament teams from 2005 and 10 home matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Schunzel Named Volleyball Assistant Coach

Valparaiso University Head Volleyball Coach Carin Avery today announced Keith Schunzel has been named Assistant Volleyball Coach.


Crusaders Conquer Cancer in 2005

Head Volleyball Coach Carin Avery today announced the team has made an $11,000 donation to the Northern Indiana Cancer Research Consortium (NICRC) after their season-long Crusaders Conquering Cancer program.


Avery Agrees to Four-Year Extension

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera today announced that Crusader Head Volleyball Coach Carin Avery has been signed to a four-year contract extension through the 2009 season.


2006 Summer Volleyball Camp Set for July 10-13

The Valparaiso volleyball team will host its 2006 overnight volleyball camp July 10-13 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Volleyball Welcomes Four in 2006

Head Coach Carin Avery today announced four incoming freshmen will be a part of the 2006 Valparaiso volleyball team. Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West), Angie Porche (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South), Valerie Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) will join a Crusader program that has won three consecutive Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles.


Valpo Falls to Golden Bears in NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso played point-for-point with #16 California in its NCAA first round matchup, but the Golden Bears prevailed over the Crusaders 30-26, 30-24, 30-21 Friday evening in Madison, Wis. The loss closes out the Crusaders' season at 27-8.


CRUSADERS IN SEARCH OF FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT WIN FRIDAY AT 5:00

Valparaiso heads to Madison, Wis. this weekend to participate in its third consecutive NCAA Tournament. Valpo will face off against Pac-10 foe California Friday at 5 p.m. in their first round matchup. The Crusaders are looking for their first tournament victory, having fallen to Nebraska in 2003 and Notre Dame in 2004.


Valpo to Take on Cal in First Round of NCAA Tournament

The Valparaiso University volleyball team will open the 2005 NCAA Tournament in the same spot they ended their 2004 season, Madison, Wis., this year taking on California, Friday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m.


Crusaders Close Regular Season With a Loss

The Valparaiso University volleyball closed out the regular season Saturday night, falling 3-0 to Marquette at the MU Battle for the Bird in Milwaukee, Wis. The Crusaders season is not over, however, and they will find out who their first round NCAA Tournament opponent will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m.


Seniors Lead Valpo to 3-0 Win Over Fairfield

The Valparaiso University volleyball team picked up their 27th win of the season Friday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., dropping Fairfield 30-23, 30-23, 31-29 in their first of two matches at the MU Battle for the Bird.


NCAA Pairings Party Set for Sunday at 1:00

The Valparaiso University volleyball team will celebrate a third-straight Mid-Continent Conference Championship and watch their NCAA Tournament opponent unveiled at a selection party Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Buffalouie's restaurant in Valparaiso.


Valpo Wins Another Mid-Con Championship

Thanks to another record-shattering defensive performance, the Valparaiso University volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament after downing Oral Roberts in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship Match, 30-26, 30-28, 28-30, 30-15 Sunday at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders on to Mid-Con Finals After 3-0 Win Over IUPUI

In a record-setting defensive display, the top-seeded Valparaiso University volleyball team rolled past fourth-seed IUPUI and into a third straight Mid-Continent Conference Championship game, winning 30-23, 30-22, 30-21 in Saturday night's semi-final match at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


VALPO BEGINS QUEST FOR THIRD STRAIGHT MID-CON TITLE SATURDAY


Valparaiso hosts the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference volleyball championship for the second time in the last three years this weekend. The Crusaders are looking for their third consecutive tournament title and third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.


Six Crusaders Honored at Mid-Con Awards Banquet

Six Valparaiso University volleyball players were named to various Mid-Con All-Conference teams, and seniors Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) and Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) were honored individually by the league at their annual awards banquet Friday night in Valparaiso, Ind.


Bova Named Mid-Con Player of the Week

Valparaiso University senior Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her performances in a pair of Crusader wins this weekend.


Valpo Wins Third-Straight Mid-Con Title

Senior Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) fueled a match-changing 9-0 run midway through the third game to lead Valparaiso to a 30-26, 22-30, 30-22, 30-13 win over Oral Roberts, clinching the Crusaders' third-straight Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season Championship.


Valpo Drops Centenary 3-0 Friday

A strong offensive attack paced the Valparaiso University volleyball team to a 30-20, 30-15, 30-17 win over Centenary Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The win was the Crusaders' 20th straight win in their home gym.


Mikos Named to All-Academic District V First Team

Valparaiso senior Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V First Team for her work on the volleyball court and inside the classroom.


Crusaders Down Oakland in Three

In front of 1,031 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso put together one of their best performances of the season, downing Oakland 30-13, 30-17, 30-27 Friday night.


Valpo Falls in Three at IPFW

Valparaiso suffered its first loss in seven matches Tuesday night, falling in three straight games to IPFW (30-26, 30-24, 30-21) in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Valpo Rolls Past Chicago State 3-0

Jessi Novak (Antigo, Wis./Antigo) had 11 kills on 18 attacks to lead Valpo to a sixth straight win, 30-17, 30-24, 30-18 over Chicago State Friday night in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Gets Defensive; Beats IUPUI

In a match that was close throughout, Valparaiso put together an 8-0 run to seize control of the fourth game and of the match, defeating IUPUI three games to one (29-31, 30-23, 30-28, 30-19) Friday night in Indianapolis, Ind.


Valparaiso Captures Mid-Week Battle

In a recurring theme this season, Valparaiso's defense led the way, as the Crusaders rebounded from a game one loss to defeat Loyola (Ill.) 27-30, 30-16, 30-23, 30-19 Tuesday evening in Chicago, Ill.


Mikos Earns Another Mid-Con Accolade

Valparaiso senior Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her role in a pair of Crusader wins, the league announced today.


Defense Leads Crusaders to Third Straight Win

Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) had nine blocks to lead a sterling defensive effort as the Crusaders beat UMKC 30-24, 30-21, 30-17 Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Avery Sets Wins Record as Valpo Gets Past WIU

Carin Avery became Valpo's all-time winningest volleyball coach in just her fourth season as the Crusaders won a critical conference match, 30-24, 30-20, 30-25, over Western Illinois at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Friday.


CRUSADERS BACK HOME FOR A BIG CONFERENCE MATCH FRIDAY

The Crusaders come back home with first place on the line Friday night against Western Illinois. Both teams sit atop the Mid-Con at 6-1, and the Westerwinds are looking to avenge a Valpo win last month in Macomb, Ill. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


Crusaders Bounce Back; Defeat Ladies

Valparaiso bounced back from its first conference loss in two seasons Saturday evening, defeating Centenary 30-13, 30-13, 30-27 in Shreveport, La. With the win, head coach Carin Avery ties Cindy Harris as the program's all-time winningest coach with 92 victories.


Oral Roberts Snaps Valpo Streak

Valpo lost a conference match for the first time since 2003, falling 16-30, 30-28, 30-21, 26-30, 15-7 to Oral Roberts Friday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


VALPO AND ORAL ROBERTS MEET IN MAJOR CONFERENCE CLASH FRIDAY

Valpo continues a four-match road trip Friday night, taking on longtime conference nemesis Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders and Golden Eagles have combined to win 11-straight Mid-Con Titles and meet with first place on line.


Marks Earns Mid-Con Player of the Week Honors

Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial H.S.) is the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after her strong performances last week.


Crusaders Sweep Grizzlies

Valparaiso fought off two game points late in the third game to complete a three-game sweep of Oakland 30-22, 30-15, 31-29 Friday night in Rochester, Mich.


CRUSADERS HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON #10 NOTRE DAME

Valparaiso hits the road tonight to take on #10 Notre Dame. The two teams met twice during the 2004 season, with each club coming out on top once.


Crusaders Come Up Short Against Notre Dame

The Crusaders dropped a tight game one and did not recover, falling 34-32, 30-21, 30-26 to tenth-ranked Notre Dame Wednesday night in Notre Dame, Ind.


Crusaders to be Featured on FOX 28 Tonight

FOX 28, the South Bend, Indiana, FOX affiliate will air a feature on the Crusader volleyball team tonight in anticipation of Valpo's match at Notre Dame Wednesday night.


Crusaders Crush IUPUI 3-0 Saturday

Valpo scored the first 12 points of game one and never looked back in a dominating 30-13, 30-26, 30-19 win over IUPUI Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders to 23rd Straight Mid-Con Win

Jessi Novak (Antigo, Wis./Antigo) paced a balanced Valpo attack as the Crusaders dismissed Chicago State 30-16, 30-19, 30-23 Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the 23rd straight Mid-Continent Conference win for Valpo.


Crusaders Conquering Cancer This Season

The Valparaiso University volleyball team has begun a season-long push to raise money for cancer research called Crusaders Conquering Cancer.


Crusaders Smother Flames 3-0

Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) became Valpo's all-time leader in solo blocks as the Crusaders cruised to a non-conference win Tuesday night against UIC, 30-24, 30-25, 30-25 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Palash Rakes In Another Mid-Con Honor

Amy Palash (Winfield, Ill./Saint Francis H.S.) earned Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after leading Valparaiso to two victories in the opening weekend of conference play.


Crusaders Dig Deep to Defeat Westerwinds

In a match dominated by the defense of both squads, Valparaiso defeated Western Illinois Saturday evening 3-1 (30-25, 28-30, 32-30, 30-17) at Macomb, Ill. in a Mid-Continent Conference battle.


Crusaders Sweep First Mid-Con Match

Valparaiso rode a season-high .392 hitting percentage to a 30-22, 30-22, 30-22 sweep of UMKC Friday night in Kansas City, Mo., the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams.


CRUSADERS OPEN MID-CON SLATE THIS WEEKEND

The Crusaders open conference play this weekend with a pair of road matches against UMKC and Western Illinois.


Crusaders Fall In Three at Wisconsin

Valparaiso hung tough with #13 Wisconsin, but the Badgers ultimately prevailed in three games (30-21, 30-21, 30-22) Saturday night at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wis.


Crusaders Rally For Victory Over Villanova

Valparaiso's defense continued their exceptional play Saturday afternoon, recording 17 blocks in a 3-1 (27-30, 30-24, 30-26, 30-25) victory over Villanova at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wis.


Crusaders Unable to Hold Off UCLA's Charge

A record-setting night from Valparaiso's defense propelled the Crusaders to an early two games to one edge, but #11 UCLA fought back to take the match from Valpo three games to two (28-30, 30-21, 30-24, 24-30, 9-15) Friday evening at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wis.


VALPO GEARS UP FOR NATION'S BEST THIS WEEKEND

The Valparaiso Crusader volleyball team (8-1) will take on a pair of top-15 teams this weekend as part of the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin.


Moulton Brings Home Player of the Week Honors

Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) has been named Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading Valparaiso to the Popcorn Classic title.


Crusaders Win Popcorn Classic in Dramatic Fashion

Senior Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) completed a triple-double with a match-ending setter dump to give the Valparaiso Crusaders a 30-26, 30-28, 26-30, 25-30, 15-12 win over Eastern Michigan and the 2005 Popcorn Classic title Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Survives Scare to Down Drake in Four Matches

The Valparaiso Crusader volleyball team got a tough test from winless Drake but held on defeat the Bulldogs 30-23, 28-30, 30-26, 30-17 Saturday afternoon in the fourth match of the 2005 Popcorn Classic at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Takes First Match at Popcorn Classic

The Crusader defense came up with 10 blocks and Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) led a balanced attack with nine kills Friday night as the Valparaiso University volleyball team swept St. Louis University, 30-24, 30-22, 30-23 in their first match of the 2005 Popcorn Classic at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Mikos, Palash Garner Mid-Con Accolades

Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) and Amy Palash (Winfield, Ill./Saint Francis H.S.) received Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week honors this week after helping Valparaiso capture the Blue Demon Invitational.


Mikos Becomes Career Blocks Leader; Crusaders Defeat Belmont

Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) registered a block late in the second game to become Valpo's career blocks leader, and Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) recorded her second triple-double of the season as the Crusaders defeated Belmont 3-1 Saturday morning at the Blue Demon Invitational.


Valpo Defeats DePaul; Captures Blue Demon Invitational

Valparaiso closed out the Blue Demon Invitational with a 3-1 (30-24, 28-30, 30-26, 30-18) victory over host DePaul Saturday night. The Crusaders placed three players on the All-Tournament Team on their way to capturing the tournament title.


Crusaders Take Two With Ease at Blue Demon Invitational; Mikos Closes In on Blocks Record

Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) acted as the catalyst on both offense and defense for Valparaiso Friday, leading the Crusaders to 3-game victories over Evansville and Chicago State at the Blue Demon Invitational.


Bova Receives Player of the Week Honors

Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts at the WMU Fall Kickoff Tournament.


Valpo Sweeps Central Michigan to Begin Season

Valparaiso kicked off their 2005 campaign in style, sweeping Central Michigan 30-25, 30-20, 30-28 Saturday morning in the opening match of the WMU Fall Kickoff Tournament.


Broncos Prove Too Much for Crusaders

Valparaiso fell to Western Michigan in three games Saturday evening in the final match of the WMU Fall Kickoff Tournament.


Crusaders Prepare to Extend Reign atop Mid-Con in 2005

Following the unprecedented success of the 2004 season, the Valparaiso University Crusaders look to continue their reign of dominance in the 2005 campaign.


Crusaders Picked for Three-peat

Valparaiso University's volleyball team has been unanimously selected as the preseason favorite to win its third consecutive Mid-Continent Conference title according to a vote of the league's head coaches.


WVUR to Broadcast 42 Live Soccer and Volleyball Matches this Fall

WVUR (95.1 FM-Valparaiso) has announced that the student-run radio station will broadcast 42 live soccer and volleyball matches this fall, including several road contests this upcoming season.


Valpo Volleyball Honored by AVCA for Academic Accomplishments

Valparaiso University's volleyball team was one of just 45 NCAA Division I programs to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2004-2005 school year.


Two-Time Defending Mid-Con Champs Announce 2005 Volleyball Schedule

Valparaiso University, the two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament champions, will play host to the 2005 Mid-Con Tournament along with participating in five other regular season tournaments as head coach Carin Avery announced her 2005 schedule on Thursday.


Valpo Volleyball to Hold Summer Camp

The Valparaiso University volleyball team has announced the dates for its 2005 summer camp. Head coach Carin Avery is the camp director, while assistant coach Sue Ushela and graduate assistant Heather Hynds serve as the assistant director.


Valpo Volleyball Adds Three for 2005 Campaign

Valparaiso University volleyball coach Carin Avery has announced that three players have signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball for the Crusaders during the early signing period.


Crusaders Season Ends with Hard Fought Four-Game Loss to Notre Dame in NCAA Tourney

Valparaiso looked for the upset on Friday evening in Madison, Wis., but in the end Notre Dame escaped with a 30-21, 20-30, 30-28, 30-20 victory over the Crusaders in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.


VALPO HEADS TO MADISON TO FACE NOTRE DAME IN FIRST ROUND NCAA TOURNEY ACTION

Valparaiso University will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Friday evening in the school's second straight NCAA Tournament appearance in volleyball. The Crusaders won the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament championships, and set a new school record for victories in a season with 29 this year.


Valpo to Face Notre Dame in Madison for Round One of NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso University's First Round NCAA Tournament opponent is a familiar one, as the Crusaders will battle Notre Dame on Friday evening at 5 p.m. in Madison, Wis.


Valpo Volleyball Team to Watch NCAA Announcement at Buffalouies on Sunday

Valparaiso University's volleyball team invites the public to join the Crusaders on Sunday evening as the team watches the NCAA Tournament selection announcements at BuffaLouies located at 3300 North Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso.


Valpo Volleyball Wins Mid-Con Tournament - Earns Second Straight NCAA Bid

Valparaiso's volleyball team defended its Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title on Saturday afternoon, sweeping Oral Roberts 30-24, 30-28, 30-20 in Tulsa, Okla. to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Valpo Advances to Title Match with 3-1 Win over IUPUI

Valparaiso moved within one victory of returning to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year as the Crusaders defeated IUPUI 30-18, 31-33, 30-22, 30-21 in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday evening in Tulsa, Okla.


Crusaders Earn Three Major Awards as Mid-Con Honors are Handed Out

Valparaiso, the top team in the Mid-Continent Conference, received three major awards, while a total of six Crusaders were recognized on Thursday evening, at the league's annual awards banquet.


VALPO HEADS TO MID-CON TOURNEY LOOKING TO DEFEND TITLE AND EARN NCAA BERTH

Valparaiso will travel to Tulsa, Okla. this weekend for the Mid-Continent Conference Volleyball Tournament. The Crusaders, the Mid-Con regular season champion and the tournament's top seed, will battle fourth-seeded IUPUI on Friday evening.


Valpo to Face IUPUI in Mid-Con Tournament Semifinals

Valparaiso University's volleyball team will begin defense of its Mid-Continent Conference Tournament championship on Friday evening as the Crusaders face IUPUI at 5 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla.


Crusaders Head to Mid-Con Tourney 27-4 after Downing Central Michigan

Valparaiso wrapped up its regular season on Saturday evening with a 30-24, 30-22, 30-22 victory over Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Not Even Fire Can Prevent Valpo from Perfect Mid-Con Mark

Even a fire to the team's bus prior to the match was unable to prevent Valparaiso from finishing of the Mid-Continent Conference season perfect as the Crusaders defeated Oakland 30-23, 30-17, 32-30 on Friday evening in Rochester, Mich.


Fox Named Mid-Con Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to three victories last week.


Lucky 13 for Valpo in Mid-Con Play

Valparaiso ran its record to 13-0 in the Mid-Continent Conference with a 26-30, 30-25, 30-27, 30-24 win over IUPUI on Saturday evening in Indianapolis, Ind.


Crusaders Clinch Second Straight Mid-Con Title

Valparaiso clinched the Mid-Continent Conference title outright for the second straight season on Friday evening, as the Crusaders defeated Chicago State 30-22, 30-24, 30-14 on the road.


Valpo Wraps up Home Campaign with Tenth Straight Win at the ARC

Valparaiso saw its 2004 home season come to a close on Wednesday night as the Crusaders swept IPFW 30-22, 30-27, 30-16 at the Athletics-Recreation Center to improve their record to 23-4.


Valpo Makes Quick Work of Western Illinois

Valparaiso won its ninth straight home match on Saturday evening, defeating Western Illinois 30-16, 30-14, 30-20 in just 58 minutes at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Struggle, Still Defeat UMKC in Four

Despite struggling early, Valparaiso rebounded from a one-game deficit to defeat UMKC 24-30, 30-23, 30-16, 30-23 on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Arkansas Ends Valpo's Win Streak at 14

For the first time since September 14, Valparaiso's volleyball team suffered a defeat on Sunday afternoon, falling in five games 30-19, 26-30, 25-30, 32-30, 15-10 to Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.


Valpo Wins 20th Downing Oral Roberts in Five

Valparaiso's 14th straight victory was a thrilling one on Saturday evening as the Crusaders defeated Oral Roberts in five games 25-30, 30-20, 30-21, 29-31, 15-9 in Tulsa, Okla.


Lucky 13 for Valpo

Valparaiso ran its school record winning streak to 13 on Friday evening as the Crusaders defeated Centenary 30-16, 30-19, 30-16 in Shreveport, La.


Valpo Finishes First Half of Mid-Con Play Unbeaten

Valparaiso finished the first half of Mid-Continent Conference action unbeaten as the Crusaders swept Oakland 30-18, 30-23, 33-31 on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center to improve to 18-3 overall and 7-0 in Mid-Con action.


Moulton Named Mid-Con Student-Athlete of the Month in September

Valparaiso University's Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) has been named the Co-Women's Student Athlete of the Month by the Mid-Continent Conference for the month of September.


Valpo Shoots Down Rockets for School Record 11th Straight Win

Valparaiso jumped out to a fast start on Tuesday evening and quickly defeated Toledo 30-17, 30-20, 30-28 in front of the home fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center, on their way to winning a school record 11th straight match.


Mikos Named Scholar Athlete of the Month by Volleyball Magazine

Valparaiso University's Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) has been named the Scholar Athlete of the Month by Volleyball Magazine in its October, 2004 issue.


Palash Named Mid-Con's Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Amy Palash (Winfield, Ill./Saint Francis H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of victories last week.


Valpo Ties School Mark with 10th Consecutive Win

Valparaiso tied a school record on Saturday evening, winning its tenth consecutive match by defeating Chicago State at home in the Athletics-Recreation Center 30-16, 30-25, 30-28.


Valpo Routs IUPUI for Ninth Straight Win

Valparaiso's volleyball team ran its winning streak to nine in decisive fashion on Friday evening, defeating IUPUI 30-19, 30-17, 30-15 in a match that lasted just 1:18 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Moulton Named Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Week for Second Time

For the second time in as many weeks, Valparaiso University's Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) has been recognized by the Mid-Continent Conference for her play last week.


Valpo Wins Eighth Straight Defeating UMKC in Four

Valparaiso won its eighth straight victory on Saturday evening as the Crusaders rallied from a game one loss to defeat UMKC 25-30, 30-19, 30-19, 30-17 in Kansas City, Mo.


Valpo Lone Unbeaten in Mid-Con Play after Win at Western Ililinois

Valparaiso became the lone remaining undefeated team in Mid-Continent Conference action on Friday evening as the Crusaders recorded a 30-22, 30-27, 30-20 win over Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill.


Valpo Rallies to Down DePaul in Five

Valparaiso rallied from a two game to one deficit to defeat DePaul 27-30, 30-19, 21-30, 30-20, 15-3 on Wednesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, extending the Crusaders winning streak to six straight matches.


Moulton Named Mid-Con Offensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Crusaders to victories over Oral Roberts and Centenary last week.


Valpo Sweeps Centenary in Mid-Con Play

All 14 Crusaders saw action on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center as Valparaiso defeated Centenary 30-11, 30-13, 30-19.


Valpo Throws Block Party in Win over Oral Roberts

Valparaiso registered 20 blocks, one shy of the school record for blocks in a four-game match, as the Crusaders defeated the Mid-Continent Conference preseason favorite, Oral Roberts, 30-23, 30-22, 29-31, 30-26 on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Bova Named MVP, Chism Earns All-Tourney Honors at Billiken Invitational

Valparaiso University's Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) was named the Most Valuable Player at this past weekend's Billiken Invitational in Saint Louis, Mo. while Alex Chism (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central H.S.) also earned All-Tournament Team accolades.


Valpo Defeats Saint Louis for Second Straight Day

Paced by five players that reached double-figures in kills, Valparaiso defeated Saint Louis 30-24, 19-30, 30-22, 30-24 on Saturday morning at the Billiken Invitational.


Crusaders Complete Sweep at Billiken Invitational

Valparaiso pulled out a tight victory in five games against North Texas on Saturday afternoon to win all three matches of the Billiken Invitational held in Saint Louis, Mo.


Valpo Downs Saint Louis in Three

Jessi Novak's 13 kills paced Valparaiso as the Crusaders defeated the host Saint Louis Billikens 3-0 at the Billiken Invitational. Valpo won the match 30-23, 30-20, 32-30.


Valpo Falls in Four at Purdue

Valparaiso saw its perfect record against Indiana schools come to an end on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders dropped a 30-16, 30-17, 28-30, 30-26 match to Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.


Mikos Earns Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso University's Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to three victories last week.


Mikos Sets Single Match Block Record in Win

Valparaiso hit an impressive .313 for the match on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Indiana State easily by scores of 30-18, 30-27, and 30-19 at the Kentucky Conference Challenge in Lexington, Ky.


Valpo Defeats Hofstra in Four

Three players recorded double-doubles Saturday morning as Valparaiso defeated Hofstra 31-29, 30-24, 29-31, 30-24 at the Kentucky Conference Challenge held in Lexington, Ky.


Valpo Falls at Kentucky on Friday Night

Valparaiso dropped a 3-1 (30-27, 26-30, 30-27, 30-28) decision to Kentucky on Friday evening in a tight match at the Kentucky Conference Challenge held in Lexington, Ky.


Valpo Volleyball Upsets Notre Dame

Valparaiso pulled off one of its biggest upsets in school history on Tuesday evening, defeating Notre Dame 26-30, 30-24, 30-26, 24-30, 15-12 at the Joyce Center.


Valpo Sweeps Albany Saturday Morning

The Valparaiso volleyball team won its second straight match at the Ball State Classic on Saturday morning as the Crusaders defeated Albany in three games 30-21, 30-22, 33-31 in Muncie, Ind.


Valpo Wins Ball State Classic

Valparaiso won the 2004 Ball State Classic on Saturday evening, defeating the host Cardinals 30-27, 30-20, 30-24 to win all three matches in Muncie, Ind.


Valpo Downs Southeast Missouri State in Three

Valparaiso University recorded its first victory of the season on Friday afternoon, defeating Southeast Missouri State 33-31, 30-21, 30-22 in the first match of the Ball State Classic in Muncie, Ind.


Michigan Tops Valpo in Three in Season Opener

Valparaiso fought off three match points late in game three, but it was not enough as Michigan defeated the Crusaders 30-24, 30-20, 35-33 before 1,029 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday evenings.


Crusaders Look to Continue Success and Defend Mid-Con Title in 2004

Coming off of a magical 2003 volleyball season, the Valparaiso University Crusaders head into 2004 looking to repeat the success of a year ago. The defending Mid-Continent Conference champions are coming off of their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and look to remain at the top of the league's standings.


Valpo Volleyball Picked Second in Mid-Con

Valparaiso University's volleyball team has been picked to finish second in the Mid-Continent Conference this season according to the preseason poll conducted of the league's head coaches.


Valpo Volleyball Recognized by AVCA

Valparaiso University's volleyball team was one of just 46 NCAA Division I programs to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2003-2004 season.


Valpo Volleyball Announces 2004 Schedule

Valparaiso University's volleyball team, fresh off of the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, will take to the court 31 times during the 2004 season as the Crusaders have announced their fall schedule.


Valpo Volleyball to Hold Summer Camp

The Valparaiso University volleyball team has announced the date for its 2004 summer camp. Coach Carin Avery is the camp director, while assistant coach Sue Ushela serves as the assistant director.


Hynds Joins Volleyball Staff as Graduate Assistant

Valparaiso University has announced that Heather Hynds will join the volleyball staff as a graduate assistant coach beginning this fall.


Crusaders add Four Volleyball Players for 2004

Valparaiso University head volleyball coach Carin Avery has announced four players that signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to play for the Crusaders beginning in 2004.


Valpo Falls in Three Games to Nebraska in NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso saw its 2003 volleyball season come to a close on Friday evening, dropping a 30-19, 30-22, 30-21 contest to #9 Nebraska in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in East Lansing, Mich.


VALPO HEADS TO EAST LANSING TO FACE NEBRASKA IN FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE

Valparaiso University will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday afternoon in the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in volleyball. The Crusaders won the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament championships, and set a new school record for victories in a season with 27 this year.


Moulton Named Mid-Con Athlete of the Month in October

Valparaiso University volleyball player Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) was named the Mid-Continent Conference Female Athlete of the Month in October.


Valpo's NCAA Volleyball Match Set for 4 p.m. CST

Valparaiso will face Nebraska at 4 p.m. CST in the First Round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament on Friday evening in East Lansing, Mich.


Valpo to Face Nebraska in NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso University's volleyball team will face ninth-seeded Nebraska on Friday evening in the First Round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Crusaders and Cornhuskers will meet in East Lansing, Mich. on the campus of Michigan State University.


Valpo Wins Mid-Con Tournament; Heads to First NCAA Tournament

VOLLEYBALL WINS MID-CON TOURNAMENT TITLE: Valparaiso earned its first trip ever to the NCAA Tournament after posting a heartstopping five-game victory (30-27, 30-25, 19-30, 22-30, 15-13) over the second-seeded Golden Eagles, who had won the last six Mid-Con Tourney titles. The victory, which was the school-record 27th of the year for the Crusaders, gave them their first Mid-Con Volleyball Tourney title since 1996.


Valpo Cruises by UMKC, Set for Title Showdown with Oral Roberts Saturday

Even without head coach Carin Avery on the sidelines, Valparaiso cruised to a 30-15, 30-19, 30-17 sweep of UMKC on Friday evening in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament semifinals at the Athletics-Recreation Center, setting up a title showdown with Oral Roberts on Saturday night.


VALPO SET TO HOST 2003 MID-CONTINENT CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Valparaiso will play host to the 2003 Mid-Continent Conference volleyball championships this weekend for the first time since the Crusaders hosted the event in 1996.


Four Crusaders Named to Mid-Con First Team; Norman, Silcox, and Avery Earn League's Major Awards

Valparaiso University placed four student-athletes on the Mid-Continent Conference First Team, while Cyndi Norman (Minooka, Ill./Minooka H.S.), Sara Silcox (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.), and head coach Carin Avery all earned top individual awards at the league's annual banquet held on Thursday evening.


Crusaders to Face UMKC as Valparaiso Hosts 2003 Mid-Con Volleyball Championships

Valparaiso University will battle UMKC on Friday evening in the semifinals of the 2003 Mid-Continent Conference Volleyball Championships, held at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Crusaders campus.


Valpo Wins Mid-Con Title after Sweeping Oakland

The Valparaiso University volleyball team won its first outright Mid-Continent Conference title on Friday evening after the Crusaders swept Oakland 30-14, 30-10, 30-14 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Mikos Leads Nation in Blocks

Valparaiso University sophomore Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) currently leads the nation in blocks per game.


Norman Named to Academic All-District V Second Team

Valparaiso University's Cyndi Norman (Minooka, Ill./Minooka H.S.) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District V Volleyball Second Team.


Crusaders Sweep Mid-Con's Weekly Awards

Valparaiso University's Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) and Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) swept the Mid-Continent Conference weekly volleyball honors as they were named the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.


Crusaders Clinch Share of Mid-Con Title

Valparaiso University guaranteed its at least a share of the Mid-Continent Conference volleyball title on Saturday evening as the Crusaders swept Chicago State in three games, 30-22, 30-12, 30-27 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


IUPUI Ends Valpo's Perfect Mid-Con Season

Valparaiso University saw its perfect Mid-Continent Conference record end on Friday evening as IUPUI posted a 17-30, 30-26, 30-27, 20-30, 15-10 victory over the Crusaders at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Silcox Named Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Sara Silcox (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week following a pair of Crusader victories last week.


Valpo Needs Five to Defeat UMKC

Valparaiso needed five games to extend its Mid-Continent Conference win streak, but in the end the Crusaders pulled out a 30-28, 29-31, 30-21, 29-31, 15-9 victory over UMKC on Saturday evening in Kansas City, Mo.


Valpo Remains Perfect in Mid-Con with Win at Western Illinois

Valparaiso continued its dominance in the Mid-Continent Conference on Friday evening with a convincing 30-23, 30-24, 30-16 victory over Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. to improve to 10-0 in conference play.


Valpo's Home Win Streak Ends in Hands of Loyola

Valparaiso saw its 17-match homecourt win streak come to an end on Tuesday evening as the Loyola (Ill.) Ramblers defeated the Crusaders in three games 30-20, 30-24, 30-27 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Increase Lead in Mid-Con with 16th Straight Home Victory

Valparaiso rallied from a two games to one deficit to defeat Oral Roberts 22-30, 30-23, 29-31, 30-16, 15-11 on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center for the Crusaders 16th straight home victory, increasing the Brown and Gold's lead to two games in the Mid-Continent Conference standings.


Valpo's Win Streak Ends at Eight after Loss at IPFW

Valparaiso saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders dropped a four-game match, 22-30, 30-25, 30-27, 30-27, to IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Valpo Cruises Past Oakland to Finish Round One of Mid-Con Play Perfect

Valparaiso breezed to a 30-22, 30-11, 30-19 victory over Oakland in just one hour and ten minutes on Friday evening in Rochester, Mich., as the Crusaders finished the first half of the Mid-Continent Conference schedule a perfect 7-0.


Norman Named Mid-Con Player of the Week for Second Time

Valparaiso University's Cyndi Norman (Minooka, Ill./Minooka H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.


Crusaders Win Thrilling Five-Game Match at IUPUI

Valparaiso remained perfect in the Mid-Continent Conference after winning a thrilling five-game match over IUPUI 19-30, 30-26, 30-24, 23-30, 15-13 on Saturday evening in Indianapolis.


Crusaders Improve to 5-0 in Mid-Con Action

Valparaiso registered its fifth straight three-game sweep on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders downed Chicago State 31-29, 30-20, 30-17 in the Windy City to improve to 17-4 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-Continent Conference.


Hynds Named Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso University senior Heather Hynds (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) was named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of victories last weekend.


Crusaders Improve to 4-0 in Mid-Con

Valparaiso's volleyball team continued its winning ways on Saturday evening, capturing its 15th straight home victory as the Crusaders defeated Western Illinois in three straight games, 30-21, 30-15, 30-25 on Homecoming evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Extends Home Court Win Streak to 14, Downs UMKC in Three

Valparaiso extended its home court winning streak to 14 straight on Friday evening as the Crusaders defeated UMKC in three games (30-25, 30-27, 30-26) at the Athletics-Recreation Center and in the process moved into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Continent Conference standings.


Valpo Ends Oral Roberts 46-Match Home Conference Win Streak

Valparaiso went down to Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday evening and did what no Mid-Continent Conference team has ever done since Oral Roberts joined the Mid-Con. The Crusaders defeated the Golden Eagles, and did so soundly, 30-23, 30-27, 30-27.


Valpo Opens Mid-Con Play with Win at Centenary

Valparaiso's volleyball team welcomed Centenary to the Mid-Continent Conference on Friday evening with a 30-23, 30-23, 30-23 victory over the Ladies in Shreveport, La.


Valpo Improves to 12-4 after Defeating DePaul in Four

Led by sophomores Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) and Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.), Valparaiso defeated DePaul for the first time since 1995 by the score of 27-30, 30-21, 39-37, 30-16 in Chicago, Ill.


Michigan Topples Valpo at Nike Challenge

The Michigan Wolverines used .237 hitting to defeat Valparaiso 30-25, 30-18, 28-30, 33-31 in the final game of the Michigan/Nike Challenge on Saturday evening in Ann Arbor, Mich.


Crusaders Down Central Michigan

The Valparaiso University volleyball team rebounded after two straight five-game defeats to defeat Central Michigan 30-18, 30-25, 16-30, 30-24 on Saturday afternoon in the Michigan/Nike Challenge held in Ann Arbor, Mich.


Crusader Rally Comes Up Short as Valpo Falls to Bowling Green

Bowling Green rallied from a two game to none deficit to force a deciding game, but for the second straight match dropped a five-game match to a Mid-American Conference opponent as the Crusaders fell to Bowling Green 30-23, 30-27, 21-30, 28-30, 15-12 at the Falcons' Anderson Arena on Wednesday evening.


Silcox Earns Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso University junior Sara Silcox (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.) has become the third straight Crusaders to earn Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week honors after gaining the Defensive Award this week.


Mikos and Silcox Named to NIU Comfort Inn & Suites All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso University's Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) and Sara Silcox (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.) have each been named to the NIU Comfort Inn & Suites All-Tournament following the completion of the event that took place on Friday and Saturday.


Valpo Defeats UIC, Plays Northern Illinois Saturday Night for Third Tourney Title in Three Weeks

The Valparaiso University volleyball team defeated Illinois-Chicago for the first time since 1996 on Saturday morning, downing the Flames 30-26, 30-22, 30-23 in match two of the NIU Comfort Inn & Suites Invitational held in DeKalb, Ill.


Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Northern Illinois

Valparaiso came within one game of winning its third straight tournament on Saturday evening, before the Crusaders dropped an exciting 30-27, 25-30, 28-30, 30-18, 19-17 decision at Northern Illinois in the championship match of the NIU Comfort Inn & Suites Invitational.


Valpo Returns to Winning Ways after Downing Stony Brook

Valparaiso bounced back from its first loss of the season Friday evening with a 30-24, 23-30, 30-21, 30-26 victory over Stony Brook in DeKalb, Ill. in the first round of the NIU Comfort Inn & Suites Invitational.


Valpo Suffers Season's First Loss at #15 Notre Dame

Valparaiso went into 15th-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday evening and turned in a valient effort before falling to the Fighting Irish 30-21, 30-17, 32-30.


Norman Earns Offensive Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso University's Cyndi Norman (Minooka, Ill./Minooka H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to the Popcorn Classic championship over the weekend.


Crusaders Remain Perfect after Downing ETSU

The Valparaiso volleyball team ran its record to 7-0 on the season Saturday afternoon, defeating East Tennessee State 30-14, 30-24, 30-19 in their second game of the Popcorn Classic at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Schmalz Named MVP of Popcorn Classic

Valparaiso University's Sarah Schmalz (Corona, Calif./Riverside Christian H.S.) has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 Popcorn Classic after leading the Crusaders to the tournament title and the best start in Mid-Continent Conference history at 8-0.


Crusaders Defeat Indiana State to Win Popcorn Classic

The Valparaiso volleyball team defended its Popcorn Classic title and extended its winning streak to eight as the Crusaders defeated Indiana State 32-30, 30-26, 27-30, 30-21 on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Sweeps Cleveland State for Best Start in Mid-Con History

The Valparaiso University volleyball team continued its dominance on the court in the early portion of the season Friday evening, defeating Cleveland State 30-18, 30-26, 30-22 in front of more than 600 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the victory in the first match of their Popcorn Classic, Valpo moves to 6-0 on the season, the best start in Mid-Continent Conference volleyball history.


Mikos Earns Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso University's Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a 5-0 start, the best in school history.


Crusaders End Season-Opening Road Trip Perfect

The Valparaiso volleyball team remained perfect on the season as the Crusaders defeated UC Riverside 27-30, 30-27, 30-22, 30-26 late Monday evening in Riverside, Calif. to continue the best start in school history.


Mikos Named Titan Classic MVP, Norman also Named to All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso University's Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) was named Most Valuable Player of the Titan Classic and Cyndi Norman (Minooka, Ill./Minooka H.S.) also earned All-Tournament Team honors as the Crusaders won the event hosted by Cal State Fullerton.


Crusaders Win Third Straight, Down Nevada in Three

The Valparaiso University volleyball team won its third straight match to begin the season for the first time since 1990 on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Nevada 30-21, 30-28, 30-22 in the Titan Classic held in Fullerton, Calif.


Crusaders Win Titan Classic, Defeat Fordham in Three

For the first time in school history the Valparaiso volleyball team is off to a 4-0 start after defeating Fordham 30-25, 30-22, 30-28 late Saturday evening in Fullerton, Calif. to win the Titan Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton.


Valpo Cruises past Bucknell in Season Opener

The Valparaiso University volleyball team opened its 2003 season in style with a 30-21, 30-11, 30-12 victory over Bucknell on Friday afternoon in the Titan Classic held in Fullerton, Calif.


Valpo's Wins Second on Opening Day

The Valparaiso University volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season as the Crusaders defeated Cal State Fullerton in four games, 30-24, 23-30, 31-29, 30-24 late on Friday evening at the Titan Classic in Fullerton, Calif.


Valpo Volleyball Tabbed Second in Mid-Con by League Coaches

The Valparaiso University volleyball team has been selected to finish in second place in the Mid-Continent Conference for the 2003 season by the league's head coaches.


Valpo Announces 2003 Volleyball Schedule

Valparaiso University volleyball coach Carin Avery has announced the Crusaders 2003 volleyball schedule, which contains five matches against schools that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.


Valpo Volleyball to Hold Two Camps this Summer

The Valparaiso University volleyball team has announced its dates for its 2003 summer camps. The Crusaders will hold two different camps this year, with head coach Carin Avery as the camp director, while assistant coach Sue Ushela serving as the assistant director.


Silcox Named to Mid-Con All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso University's Sara Silcox (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.) was named to the Mid-Continent Conference All-Tournament Team following the completion of the conference championships this weekend.


Crusaders Fall to IUPUI in Mid-Con Tourney

The Crusaders volleyball team came to a close on Friday evening as Valparaiso dropped a five-game match against IUPUI three games to two in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament semifinals held in Tulsa, Okla.


Four Crusaders Earn Mid-Con Postseason Honors

The Valparaiso volleyball team placed three Crusaders on the All Mid-Continent Conference Teams and another on the All-Freshman Team which was released on Thursday evening.


Valpo Volleyball Seeks First Mid-Con Tournament Title Since 1996

Valparaiso enters the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament after securing its first 20 win season since the 1996 campaign.


Valpo to Face IUPUI in Mid-Con Semis

The Valparaiso University volleyball team will take on IUPUI Friday evening in the Mid-Continent Conference semifinals.


Crusaders Down Western Illinois for 20th Win

Valparaiso picked up its 20th victory of the season for the first time since the 1996 season as the Crusaders closed out the regular season with a 30-18, 30-22, 30-23 sweep of Western Illinois on Saturday afternoon in Macomb, Ill.


Crusaders Win 19th Downing Chicago State

The Valparaiso University volleyball team moved within one win of 20 on the season as the Crusaders defeated Chicago State 26-30, 30-19, 30-20, 30-18 on Friday evening in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Volleyball Signs One for 2003

Valparaiso University head volleyball coach Carin Avery has announced the signing of Jessie Fox to a National Letter of Intent for the 2003 season.


Crusaders Post Five-Game Win over Sycamores

The Valparaiso volleyball team defeated Indiana State 30-24, 26-30, 30-23, 28-30, 20-18 on Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind.


IUPUI Sweeps Valpo

The Valparaiso University volleyball team fell to IUPUI in three straight games on Saturday evening in Indianapolis by the scores of 30-21, 30-24, 30-21.


Hansen Earns Mid-Con's Weekly Honor

Valparaiso University's Marion Hansen (Huntley, Ill./Huntley H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to three victories last week.


Valpo Volleyball Tops First Place Oral Roberts

The Valparaiso volleyball team defeated first place Oral Roberts 30-22, 25-30, 30-25, 35-33 in front of more than 800 fans at a loud Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday night.


Valpo Sweeps Kangaroos

Valparaiso revenged an earlier loss to UMKC by sweeping the Kangaroos 30-23, 31-29, 30-17 on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Outlast IPFW in Five

Valparaiso needed five grueling games to defeat IPFW 30-18, 28-30, 30-24, 22-30, 15-10 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday evening.


Valpo Falls to Eastern Michigan

The Valparaiso volleyball team dropped a four game match to Eastern Michigan on Sunday afternoon 30-24, 22-30, 30-17, 30-25 in Ypsilanti, Mich.


Crusaders Rally for Five-Game Win at Oakland

After digging themselves in a hole trailing by two games, the Valparaiso volleyball team rebounded to post a 3-2 victory over Oakland on Saturday evening in Rochester, Mich.


Malthaner Earn's Mid-Con Co-Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso University's Elisa Malthaner (Brighton, Mich./Brighton H.S.) was named Mid-Continent Conference Co-Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a pair of victories last week.


Malthaner, Norman lead Valpo Past Oakland

Elissa Malthaner (Brighton, Mich./Brighton H.S.) and Cyndi Norman (Minooka, Ill./Minooka H.S.) each had career evenings as Valparaiso defeated Oakland 29-31, 30-18, 30-14, 30-18 on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Volleyball Downs Butler for First Time Since 1984

The Valparaiso University volleyball team snapped a 17-match losing skid against Butler, defeating the Bulldogs 30-26, 30-22, 30-25 on Tuesday evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


Valpo Wins 23rd Straight against Chicago State

Valparaiso hit .361 for the match on its way to a three game victory over Chicago State on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Homecoming weekend.


Crusaders Defeat Western Illinois in Four

After dominating the opening game of the match, Valparaiso's hitting struggled the rest of the way, but the Crusaders pulled out a 3-1 victory over Western Illinois on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Valpo Falls to Loyola 3-0

Missing two starters due to illness, Valparaiso dropped a three-game match to Loyola 30-22, 32-30, 30-21 on Tuesday evening in Chicago, Ill.


Kangaroos Down Valpo in Three

Valparaiso dropped its second straight Mid-Continent Conference match on Saturday evening, falling to UMKC 3-0 in Kansas City, Mo.


Volleyball Falls to Oral Roberts

The Valparaiso volleyball team dropped a four-game match to Oral Roberts Friday evening 32-30, 26-30, 30-27, 30-17 in Tulsa, Okla.


Crusaders Win Thriller in Mid-Con Opener

Valparaiso rallied from a two games to one deficit, and trailed 22-16 in game four before coming back to defeat IUPUI 30-18, 24-30, 31-33, 32-30, 15-13 in the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams on Saturday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


UIC Ends Valpo's Five-Match Win Streak

Valparaiso saw its five-match winning streak come to an end on Tuesday evening, falling to Illinois-Chicago three games to one (23-30, 30-20, 30-27, 30-27) in the Windy City.