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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Angie Porché (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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freshman Angie Porché (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.
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.
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.
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.