#2 Ariel Cudney
2012: Appeared in all 33 matches as a junior with the Crusaders, playing 130 sets ... finished second on the team with 595 assists (4.58 assists/set) while splitting time at setter ... also registered 1.83 digs/set and tallied 24 service aces ... enters senior season just nine aces shy of Valpo's career top-10 in the category ... handed out double figures in assists in 31 of her 33 matches, including 20 or more on 11 occasions ... Crusaders went 8-3 in matches where she tallied at least 20 assists ... finished in double figures in digs seven times, posting seven double-doubles on the season ... kicked off season Aug. 24 against Southeast Missouri State with a 23-assist, 13-dig double-double ... tallied 15 digs against Illinois State Sept. 4 ... also picked up 15 digs Oct. 19 against Loyola ... posted season-high 16 digs to go with 26 assists in win over Youngstown State Oct. 6 ... dished out 31 assists in five-set win Oct. 13 at Milwaukee ... set new career high with 36 assists in victory versus IUPUI Oct. 23 ... totaled season-best four service aces on just 13 serves in sweep of Milwaukee Nov. 11 ... four aces matched the second most by a Horizon League player in 2012.
2011: Saw action in all 35 matches as a sophomore at Valpo, appearing in 116 sets ... led the Crusaders with 33 service aces, while her average of 0.28 aces/set ranked seventh in the league ... also picked up 2.21 digs/set ... reached double figures in digs on 12 occasions ... set new career high with 17 digs on first day of season in five-set win at West Virginia ... picked up 10 digs four times in a five-match stretch Sept. 3-14 ... racked up four service aces to go with 10 digs in sweep of Portland Sept. 9 ... tallied four aces Sept. 16 in win at DePaul ... totaled 12 digs in three-set win over San Diego State Sept. 17 ... picked up three aces in Sept. 30 win over Wright State ... registered 12 digs Oct. 5 at Milwaukee ... tallied 10 digs in back-to-back matches Oct. 22 against Green Bay and Oct. 25 at IUPUI ... also totaled season-high four assists against the Phoenix ... had most dominant serving match of the season Oct. 29 at Wright State, serving a season-high 24 times in just three sets ... registered five aces against the Raiders, tied for the fifth-most aces in a three-set match in Crusader history ... also picked up 12 digs against WSU.
2010: Appeared in 31 matches in her first season as a Crusader, seeing action in 100 sets ... led the team and Horizon League with an average of 0.54 service aces/set, a mark which ranked ninth nationally ... 54 total aces were the fifth-most in a single season in Valpo volleyball history ... made instant impact in first weekend of season, registering three aces in just five serves in a win over Hartford ... picked up five aces in win over Eastern Kentucky Sept. 4, tied for fourth-most in a five-set match in Crusader history ... registered four aces in back-to-back contests Sept. 11 at Bradley and Sept. 17 against Wright State, as well as Oct. 1 at Milwaukee ... stood out over last seven matches she played in (Nov. 6-27), delivering aces on 20% of her serves over that span ... tied career high with five aces in a sweep at Chicago State Nov. 9, tied for fifth-most in a three-set match in Valpo history ... had most dominant serving stretch of season in Horizon League quarterfinal against Green Bay Nov. 19 ... stepped back to service line in the opening set against the Phoenix with Valpo trailing 14-17 and served 11 straight points, giving the Crusaders the opener and propelling them to the sweep ... recorded five aces during the 11-point stretch, again matching her career high ... added four aces the next day at top-seeded Milwaukee in the Crusaders’ sweep of the Panthers ... also contributed 1.63 digs/set on the season ... finished in double figures in digs seven times, including season-best effort of 15 digs twice (Sept. 11 at Bradley; Sept. 18 vs. Butler).
Prep: A three-year letterwinner for the Slicers ... a First Team All-State honoree as a senior after earning Second Team accolades as a junior ... named conference MVP and received First Team All-Conference accolades each of her final two seasons ... a three-time All-Area selection ... helped lead Slicers to three straight conference and sectional titles ... LaPorte was regional runner-up in her sophomore and senior seasons ... played club volleyball for Dunes Volleyball Club ... helped 16-1 squad to runner-up finish at Best of America tournament.
Personal: Ariel is the daughter of John and Diane Cudney ... major is elementary education with a minor in physical education ... born June 8, 1991.