#14 Val Bollenbacher
2009: Suffered season-ending injury in the first set of the season’s opening match ... granted a redshirt season ... earned Horizon League Academic Honor Roll mention during both the fall and spring semesters.
2008: Played in all 119 sets over the season’s 32 matches, one of just two Crusaders to appear in every set ... a threat all around the court for Valpo, finished season third on the team in both kills/set (2.57) and digs/set (2.66) ... reached double figures in kills 15 times, including each of the season’s last three matches ... posted at least 10 digs on 19 occasions, including eight straight matches Oct. 7-Oct. 31 ... combined double-figure efforts in kills and digs 11 times ... tallied a season-best 19 kills in win over ACC foe Wake Forest Sept. 6 ... also reached double figures in upsets over Notre Dame (13) and Louisville (14) ... earned All-Tournament Team honors at WKU’s Lady Topper Invitational after registering 37 kills on .302 hitting to go with 35 digs over the three matches ... posted a season-high 17 digs in win over Furman Sept. 12 at the aforementioned tournament ... hit .432 with 13 kills against WKU Sept. 13 ... recorded 16 and 17 kills in back-to-back Horizon League matches against UIC and Loyola, respectively, Oct. 11 and 12 ... led the Crusaders with 11 digs in sweep Nov. 7 at Loyola ... earned Horizon League Academic Honor Roll mention during both the fall and spring semesters.
2007: Appeared in 115 games over 32 matches as a sophomore at outside hitter for the Crusaders ... finished season seventh in the league in kills, averaging 3.39/game ... also posted 1.14 digs/game on the year ... reached double figures in kills on 22 occasions, including two streaks of eight straight matches ... put together most productive match of her career Sept. 1 against Binghamton, tallying a match-high 26 kills and also adding 18 digs ... hit an impressive .588 with 12 kills Sept. 14 versus Duquesne ... stepped up offensively for the Crusaders when called upon due to injury, recording at least 10 kills in 20 of the season's last 23 matches ... kicked off stretch of eight straight matches with double-digit kills at Bowling Green Sept. 15, tallying 15 terminations ... posted 17 kills in Valpo's Horizon League debut against UIC Sept. 21 ... hit at a .435 clip with 14 kills Sept. 25 versus Bradley ... called upon to play the middle for the first time in her collegiate career Oct. 12 at IUPUI ... tallied nine kills and three blocks against the Jaguars ... registered 22 kills against Wright State Oct. 20, the second-most kills in a three-game match all-time at Valpo ... also took 52 swings against the Raiders, fourth-most in a three-game match in Crusader history ... posted second double-double of season Oct. 26 against Milwaukee, going for 19 kills and 13 digs ... closed season with another stretch of eight matches with double-figure kills ... recorded 20 kills in regular-season finale at UIC Nov. 10 ... picked up 17 kills and four blocks in Horizon League Championship semifinal win over host Milwaukee ... added 18 kills the next night in the championship match against Cleveland State ... named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team ... earned spot on the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll for both the fall and spring semesters.
2006: Played in 27 matches and 65 games in debut campaign ... earned All-Freshman team honors from the Mid-Continent Conference ... posted at least 10 digs four times ... reached double figures in kills on four occasions ... made first real impact Sept. 15 against Kennesaw State, swinging at a .500 clip with 10 kills ... picked up 11 digs the next night against Western Carolina ... posted 10 digs, six kills and a career-best five blocks Sept. 19 versus DePaul ... tallied 11 digs Oct. 13 against IUPUI ... reached double digits in kills in three straight matches in mid-October ... hit .481 with 16 kills against Chicago State Oct. 14 ... set career high with 18 digs to go along with 11 kills Oct. 17 against Illinois State ... registered 14 kills on .310 hitting Oct. 20 at Oakland ... named to the Mid-Con All-Academic Team.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Lions ... helped lead Bremen to Sectional Championship as a sophomore and Northern States Conference titles in 2004 and 2005 ... a three-time All-Conference honoree ... named team's Most Valuable Player after both junior and senior seasons ... served as team captain in 2005 ... was a two-time All-Conference choice in softball, helping team to Semi-State finals in 2005 ... also lettered in basketball, earning team's Most Valuable Player award as junior and senior ... graduated as class salutatorian ... a member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Bollenbacher is the daughter of Ken and Debbie Bollenbacher ... earned undergraduate degree in nursing in spring of 2010 and is currently enrolled in nurse practitioner graduate program ... a member of the Nursing Honor Society ... has earned Presidential academic honors during her time at Valpo ... born Nov. 20, 1987.