Crusaders Announce 2007 Schedule

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.

Crusaders Announce Spring 2007 Schedule

The Valparaiso volleyball team will be traveling around the Midwest playing in tournaments each of the next four weekends as the Crusaders commence spring play.

Valpo Volleyball Camp to Be Held July 9-12

The Valparaiso University volleyball program will be holding a volleyball camp July 9-12 for girls and boys from grades 6-12 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

2006 Valpo Volleyball Season in Review

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.

Crusaders Close Season With Two Victories

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.

Crusaders Look For Fourth Straight Mid-Con Championship

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.

Crusaders Ink Three to National Letters of Intent

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.

Schulz Earns Mid-Con Accolades for Second Straight Week

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.

Valpo Sweeps IUPUI in Mid-Con Finale

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.

Crusaders Sweep Chicago State in Non-Conference Action

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.

Valpo Closes Out Conference Play This Weekend

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.

Valpo's Schulz Earns Mid-Con Accolades

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.

Crusaders Defeat Western Illinois in Four

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.

Valpo Uses Potent Offensive Attack to Beat UMKC

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.

Valpo to Close Out Home Campaign With Two Key Mid-Con Battles

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.

Crusaders Defeated by Missouri State

Valparaiso found itself on the wrong end of a 3-0 decision for the second consecutive day, as Missouri State downed the Crusaders 30-20, 30-26, 30-28 Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo.

Crusaders Fall to Golden Eagles

Valparaiso came up short Saturday evening in the second match of its three-match road trip, falling at the hands of Mid-Con rival Oral Roberts 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-22).

Crusaders Fight Off Feisty Centenary Squad

Valparaiso started off its three-match road swing with a victory Friday night, downing Centenary 3-1 (30-25, 30-24, 29-31, 30-16) in Mid-Con action.

IPFW Downs Valparaiso in Three

Valparaiso found itself on the wrong end of a sweep Friday night, as IPFW came into the ARC and defeated the Crusaders 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 30-22).

Crusaders Earn Sweep at Oakland

Valparaiso fought off a feisty Oakland squad Friday night in Rochester, Mich., earning a three-game sweep (30-24, 30-28, 30-21) over the Golden Grizzlies.

Crusaders Drop Tight Battle to Illinois State

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.

Valpo Set for Three Matches This Week

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.)

Crusaders Cruise Past Chicago State

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.

Valpo Sweeps IUPUI in Key Mid-Con Battle

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.

Valpo Back at Home for a Pair This Weekend

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.

Valpo Bounces Kangaroos in Kansas City

The Crusaders closed a brief two-match road trip Saturday night, racing past UMKC 30-26, 30-28, 30-27 at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Crusaders Drop Nail-Biter at Western Illinois

Angie Porch� (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 Back on the Road for a Pair of Mid-Con Battles

After four straight matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the Crusaders are back on the road this weekend for a pair of conference tilts against Western Illinois and UMKC.

Valpo Rebounds to Beat Centenary

One night after their first home loss in two years, the Crusaders bounced back with a 30-16, 30-16, 30-17 win over Centenary Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Crusaders Fall in Five to Oral Roberts

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.

Valpo-Oral Roberts Clash Highlights Another Weekend at Home

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.

Valpo Opens Mid-Con Season With Win

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.

Crusaders at Home for First Time All Season Tuesday and Friday Nights

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.

Crusaders Down DePaul in Home Opener

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.

Two Crusaders on Catamount Clash All-Tournament Team

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.

Valpo Volleyball Team Looking for Girls to Volunteer at Home Matches

The Valparaiso University volleyball team is looking for area fifth through eighth grade girls to help assist during warm-up activities and serve as assistants during all home matches this season.

Crusaders Win Catamount Clash With Three-Game Defeat of Western Carolina

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.

Valpo Perfect Through Day One at Catamount Clash

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.

Crusaders Claw Panthers at Catamount Clash

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.

Crusaders Off to Carolina for Catamount Clash This Weekend

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 Honored by AVCA for Academic Achievement

For the third consecutive season, the Valparaiso University volleyball team received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2005-06 school year.

Crusaders Back on Track After Win at Drake

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).

South Dakota State Sends Valpo to 3-0 Loss

For the second straight match at the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa, the Crusaders were on the wrong end of a three-game decision, losing 30-27, 31-29, 30-28 to South Dakota State Saturday afternoon.

Valpo Comes Up Short at Cyclone Classic

Valpo opened the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa Friday night, falling to host Iowa State 30-17, 30-26, 30-23.

Crusaders Back in Action This Weekend at Iowa State's Cyclone Classic

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.

Brittany Marks Named to Shamrock Invitational All-Tournament Team

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.

Valpo Provides Tough Test for Another Top Opponent

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.

Crusaders Back in Win Column After Five-Game Thriller Against Idaho

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.

Crusaders Fall Just Short at #21 Notre Dame

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.

Sixth-Ranked Santa Clara Too Much for Valpo Friday Afternoon

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.

Valpo Volleyball Faces Stern Test This Weekend at Notre Dame

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.

Four Crusaders Named to Chicagoland Classic All-Tournament Team

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.

Two Crusaders Honored by Mid-Con After Opening Weekend

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.

Crusaders Win Chicagoland Classic With Dramatic Five-Game Victory

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.

Valpo Marches Past DePaul at Chicagoland Classic

Freshman Angie Porch� (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.

Valpo Volleyball Opens 2006 with a Win

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.

New-Look Crusaders Gunning for Fourth Straight Mid-Con Title in 2006

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.

Valpo Volleyball Picked Second in Mid-Con Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University volleyball team, winner of three straight Mid-Continent Conference titles, was picked second a preseason poll of the league's seven head coaches.

Crusaders Announce 2006 Schedule

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.