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Crusaders Release 2008 Volleyball Schedule
The 2008 Crusaders will be looking for a seventh straight 20-win campaign.
The 2008 Crusaders will be looking for a seventh straight 20-win campaign.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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

The Crusaders will open the 2008 season at the Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame, from August 29-31.  Valpo will kick off tournament action against Nevada on Friday the 29th before facing IPFW on the 30th and Notre Dame on the 31st.

From there, Valpo heads to the adidas Classic in Bloomington, Ind., hosted by Indiana, September 5-6.  Besides the host Hoosiers, the Crusaders will also face Louisville and Wake Forest at IU.  Valpo concludes the pre-league tournament slate the next weekend at Western Kentucky, taking on Tennessee Tech and Furman in addition to the hosts.

“This is by far the toughest pre-conference schedule we’ve played in my years here,” said Avery.  “Hopefully these matches will prepare us well for the rigors of Horizon League play.”

The Horizon League slate, a double round-robin schedule, opens up on Friday, September 19 at Butler.  Valpo’s first three league matches will be contested on the road before the Crusaders open up the home schedule at the Athletics-Recreation Center against Cleveland State on October 3.  Non-league matches interspersed through the league slate include hosting IUPUI and traveling to Bradley, DePaul and Chicago State.

The 16-game league schedule concludes Saturday, November 15 when the Crusaders host Wright State on Senior Day.  The Horizon League Championship will be held from November 20-23 and will be hosted this year by Cleveland State.  The league champion will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

“We are excited entering this year because we are more familiar with the Horizon League,” said Avery.  “Last year was a transition year for the program entering the new league, and we’re looking forward to take the knowledge we gained last year and challenge for a league championship this coming season.”

Valparaiso registered its sixth consecutive 20-win season last year, finishing the 2007 campaign with a 21-12 record, and advanced to the championship match of the Horizon League Championship.  The Crusaders return 11 letterwinners from last year’s squad and add three freshmen to the mix.
 

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler