#12 - Ellen Vanden Berg
Little Chute, Wis.
|HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
2011: Played in all 35 matches for the Crusaders as a sophomore, taking the court in 115 sets ... posted 1.90 kills/set and 0.96 blocks/set ... led Valpo in blocks (110 total) and ranked eighth in the Horizon League in blocks/set ... picked up a career-best nine blocks in sweep at Loyola Sept. 24 ... nine blocks matched the most in any three-set match in the Horizon League in 2011 and also tied for fifth-most in a sweep in Crusader history ... totaled five matches with at least six blocks, including a stretch of three consecutive matches Oct. 9-Oct. 21 ... reached double digits in kills eight times, including a career-high 13 at Milwaukee Oct. 5 ... tallied 12 kills on .550 hitting versus Texas A&M-CC and 11 kills on .435 hitting against Evansville to close out home tournament Sept. 3 ... hit at least .400 in four consecutive matches Sept. 3-10 ... hit .600 with 10 kills in win over Loyola Oct. 21 ... reached double digits in kills three straight contests Oct. 21-25 ... put down 10 kills on just 12 swings for .833 hitting percentage in win over UIC in Horizon League quarterfinal Nov. 18.
2010: Appeared in 19 sets over 12 matches during her first year at Valpo ... averaged 0.79 kills and 0.79 blocks per set in limited action ... debuted Aug. 27 at La Salle with three blocks and two kills ... also picked up a pair of kills Sept. 11 against Hofstra while also tallying a season-best four blocks ... came off bench to have stellar performance Nov. 5 at Youngstown State ... contributed season-high seven kills on .300 hitting to go with three blocks to help Crusaders to key Horizon League victory.
Prep: A three-year letterwinner for the Mustangs ... earned Third Team All-State accolades as a senior ... received Honorable Mention recognition on the state level as a junior ... awarded First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Area honors her final two seasons ... a Second Team All-Conference honoree as a sophomore ... played club volleyball for Fox Cities Elite (2008-2010) and Nightmares VBC (2006-2008) ... traveled to nationals both years with Fox Cities Elite ... also earned three letters apiece in basketball and track and field ... a First Team All-Area selection on the hardwood as a senior ... earned First Team All-Conference honors in basketball as a senior and Second Team honors as a junior ... member of state runner-up 4x200m relay squad on the track as a freshman.
Personal: Ellen is the daughter of Mike and Barb Vanden Berg ... major is physical education with a special education minor ... born Jan. 21, 1992.
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