Volleyball vs. Men's Tennis Rounds Out Best of 2013-2014 Final Four

Yesterday, we announced the first semifinal contest (Alec Peters vs. Bowling) in Valpo's Best of 2013-2014 Tournament. Today, we reveal the other semifinal matchup. Voting is now open!

Crusaders Welcome Ketcham to Incoming Class

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Allison Ketcham, a product of Mishawaka Marian H.S., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2014 season.

Volleyball, Men’s Soccer Hosting Spring Action Saturday

With the Valparaiso men’s soccer program’s annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser upcoming this Saturday, April 12, supporters of the cause will also have the chance to cheer on both the Crusader men’s soccer and volleyball teams in spring action that day as well.

Valpo Volleyball to Host Pair of Summer Camps

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 8-11, 2014 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, entering grades 3-12. The Crusaders will also be hosting another camp as part of a combination Soccer/Volleyball camp from August 4-6, 2014 for youths entering grades K-8.

Crusaders Place Eight on Fall Academic All-League Squads

Valparaiso placed eight student-athletes across five sports on the Horizon League Fall Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this afternoon.

Volleyball Adds Three For 2014 Season

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Catherine Ament, Kayla Currier and Taylor Graboski have all signed with the Crusader volleyball program during the early signing period and will join the team as freshmen for the 2014 season.

Crusaders Fall in Horizon League Championship Match

Valparaiso and Milwaukee split the first two sets Sunday afternoon in the Horizon League championship match in Milwaukee, Wis., but the Panthers took sets three and four to earn a 3-1 victory over the Crusaders and the tournament title. Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.

Crusaders Advance to HL Championship Match

The Valparaiso volleyball team trailed just once over three sets in a sweep (25-19, 25-19, 25-16) of Youngstown State Saturday evening in Milwaukee, Wis. in the second semifinal of the Horizon League Championship. With the win, the Crusaders will face host and top-seeded Milwaukee Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for the league title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Crusaders to Face Youngstown State Saturday

The second-seeded Valparaiso volleyball team will face fifth-seeded Youngstown State in the second semifinal of the Horizon League Championship Saturday night in Milwaukee, Wis. at 7 p.m.

Valpo Volleyball Set For Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso enters the Horizon League Championship needing just two victories to claim the tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders, the second seed for the tournament, will open tournament play in Milwaukee Saturday evening in the second semifinal, facing the best remaining seed from Friday’s pair of quarterfinals.

Five Crusaders Honored With Horizon League Postseason Awards

Following a 24-win regular season and a second-place finish in the league standings, five Valparaiso volleyball players have received postseason accolades from the Horizon League. Seniors Ellen Vanden Berg and Sarah Dooms, as well as junior Morgan Beil, earned spots on the All-League Team, while Emily Campbell and Morganne Longoria were named to the All-Freshman Team.

Crusaders Fall at Oakland in Regular Season Finale

For the third straight Saturday, the Valparaiso volleyball team went five sets in Horizon League play, and for the third straight week, the Crusaders came out on the wrong end of the decision, dropping a 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 20-25, 15-12) contest at Oakland Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale.

Crusaders Earn Second Seed With Win Over Wright State

Valparaiso volleyball senior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was skipped during the introduction of starting lineups prior to Friday afternoon's match at Wright State, but Hobbs got the last laugh, putting together a career performance to lead the Crusaders as they downed the Raiders, 3-1 (27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18). With the win, Valpo secured outright second place in the Horizon League and the second seed in the upcoming league tournament.

Volleyball Heads to Final Weekend of Regular Season

Valparaiso looks to secure the #2 seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship this weekend as the Crusaders close out the regular season at Wright State and Oakland in 3 p.m. CT matchups Friday and Saturday. Valpo will clinch the second seed with one victory.

Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Crusader volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week as her team heads into the final weekend of regular season action before competing in the Horizon League Championship next weekend.

Schorsch, Vanden Berg Named Athletes of the Month for October

Valparaiso men's tennis freshman Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and volleyball senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of October.

Valpo Falls to Youngstown State Saturday

The Valparaiso volleyball program celebrated the careers of its five-player senior class as part of Senior Day ceremonies prior to its match against Youngstown State at the ARC Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders were unable to come out with the victory once the match got underway, falling to the Penguins 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 25-21, 16-25, 15-11).

Crusaders Sweep Cleveland State on Friday

Sharp execution on both sides of the ball led to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-17) victory for the Valparaiso volleyball team over Cleveland State in Horizon League action at the ARC Friday afternoon.

Volleyball Home Schedule Comes to a Close This Weekend

Valparaiso returns home for the final time this season as it hosts a pair of Horizon League matches. Friday afternoon, Cleveland State comes to town for a 4 p.m. first serve - all men's basketball season ticket holders will receive free admission to the volleyball match. Then, the Crusaders will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday afternoon, again slated for a 4 p.m. start against Youngstown State.

Crusaders Drop Five-Set Battle at Green Bay

In a near-replica of their first matchup, this time it was Valparaiso twice gaining one-set leads on Green Bay before the Phoenix rallied for a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13) victory over the Crusaders Saturday evening in Green Bay, Wis.

Crusaders Take Down Milwaukee Friday Evening

The Valparaiso volleyball team avenged its lone Horizon League loss Friday night, taking down Milwaukee on the road 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 30-28) to move into a tie in the loss column atop the league standings with the Panthers. The win also marked the ninth consecutive victory for the Crusaders.

Key Road Swing Awaits Crusader Volleyball

A battle for the top of the Horizon League standings awaits Valparaiso on Friday night, as the Crusaders travel to take on current league leader Milwaukee. The Wisconsin road swing concludes Saturday evening when Valpo plays at Green Bay.

Crusaders Win Eighth Straight With Sweep of Chicago State

On a night where all 14 active players saw playing time, the Valparaiso volleyball team extended its winning streak to eight matches with a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-23, 25-18) of Chicago State Monday evening in Chicago, Ill.

Volleyball Wins 20 For 12th Straight Season

The Valparaiso volleyball team put together one of its most dominant performances of the season Saturday afternoon to sweep UIC, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-22) at the ARC to kick off the second half of Horizon League play. The win was the 20th of the season for the Crusaders, extending their streak of consecutive 20-win campaigns to 12 straight years.

Crusaders to Honor Angie (Porché) Rundh Saturday Afternoon

The Valparaiso volleyball program will honor one of its all-time greatest players in Angie (Porché) Rundh at its match against UIC at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the ARC.

Volleyball Looks for Win #20 This Weekend

Valparaiso puts its six-match winning streak on the line as the second half of Horizon League play starts with a home match Saturday afternoon against UIC. The Crusaders then step out of league play for the final time Monday evening at Chicago State. Valpo is one win shy of reaching the 20-win milestone for a 12th straight season.

Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week as her team approaches the 20-win milestone and prepares for the second half of Horizon League play.

Crusaders to Host Annual TOCO Benefit Match

Men's soccer will host its fifth annual benefit match for They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Brown Field against UIC, raising money for TOCO's annual Holiday Toy Drive. In addition, volleyball's Saturday afternoon match at 2 p.m. against UIC will serve as a TOCO benefit match as well.

Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight by Downing Illinois State

The Valparaiso volleyball team stepped out of Horizon League on Tuesday evening, but the result was the same, as the Crusaders defeated Illinois State by a 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 30-28, 25-22) final in Normal, Ill. The win was the sixth straight for Valpo, which now sits just one win shy of reaching the 20-win milestone for a 12th consecutive season.

Vanden Berg Tabbed HL Defensive Player of the Week

Senior middle hitter Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after a trio of stellar blocking efforts last week in three Valparaiso victories.

Volleyball Closes Out First Half of League Play Victorious

The Valparaiso volleyball team ended the first half of Horizon League play on a winning note Saturday afternoon, sweeping Wright State 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-22) on Breast Cancer Awareness night at the ARC.

Dooms Hits 1,000 Kills as Crusaders Down Oakland Friday

On the back of another monster effort from senior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), who surpassed the 1,000 kill milestone for her career Friday evening, Valparaiso improved to 17-4 and 5-1 in Horizon League play with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-13) victory over Oakland at the ARC.

Volleyball Returns to ARC This Weekend

Winners of six of its last seven matches, the Valparaiso volleyball team returns to the ARC this weekend. The Crusaders host Oakland on Student Appreciation Night at 7 p.m. Friday, with the first 200 students receiving free t-shirts and pizza, while Saturday (Wright State, 4 p.m.) will be volleyball's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

Cardiac Crusaders Do It Again

The term Cardiac Crusaders could easily apply to the Valparaiso volleyball team these last three weeks, as on Tuesday evening, for the third time in the last five matches, Valpo twice fought back from one-set deficits to rally for a 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 16-14) victory in non-league action at IUPUI.

Valpo Rallies For Five-Set Win at Cleveland State

For the second time in as many weekends, the Valparaiso volleyball team rallied twice from one-set deficits to earn a league win, closing out a perfect weekend with a 3-2 (14-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 15-3) victory at Cleveland State Saturday afternoon.

Crusaders Take Down Penguins in Three Friday

The Valparaiso volleyball team started on fire offensively and got huge performances from both of its middle hitters Friday evening in Horizon League action at Youngstown State, riding the momentum all the way to a 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 27-25) sweep of the Penguins in Youngstown, Ohio.

Valpo Volleyball Hits the Road Again

The Valparaiso volleyball team returns to the road this weekend, taking on the pair of northeast Ohio Horizon League schools. The Crusaders play at Youngstown State on Friday night before taking on Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.

Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets to Milwaukee

The Valparaiso volleyball team was unable to overcome a sluggish start to the match for a second straight night, dropping a 3-0 (25-5, 25-22, 25-19) decision to Milwaukee Saturday afternoon at the ARC in a matchup of the Horizon League’s last two unbeaten teams in league play.

Crusaders Earn Hard-Fought Win Over Green Bay

Whether it was being down one set twice, being down 23-21 in the fourth set, or facing match point in the decisive fifth set, Valparaiso never folded on Friday evening, earning a come-from-behind 3-2 (9-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 18-16) victory over Green Bay in its Horizon League home opener Friday night at the ARC.

Volleyball Set to Return Home This Weekend

The Valparaiso volleyball team returns home for the first time in nearly a month, hosting Horizon League matches against fellow league unbeatens Green Bay and Milwaukee on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, respectively.

Volleyball Opens Horizon League Play With Win at UIC

A balanced team effort was more than enough for Valparaiso to earn a win in its Horizon League opener on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders captured a 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 25-16) victory over UIC in Chicago.

Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week on the eve of Horizon League play for the Crusaders.

Volleyball Set for Start of Horizon League Play

The Valparaiso volleyball team kicks off Horizon League play this weekend as the Crusaders make the short trip to Chicago to take on UIC Saturday afternoon. Valpo closes out pre-league play with a pair of tournament championships and an 11-3 record.

Vanden Berg Earns All-Tournament Honor

Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) represented Valparaiso on the Blue & White Classic All-Tournament Team last weekend.

Crusaders Split Pair of Saturday Matches

The Valparaiso volleyball team closed out pre-league play Saturday at the Blue & White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y., falling to #13 Ohio State 3-0 (29-27, 25-20, 25-17) before defeating Maryland Eastern Shore 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-14) to finish tournament play.

Crusaders Fall to Host Buffalo Friday Night

Valparaiso claimed the first set from host Buffalo in its opener at the Blue & White Classic Friday evening, but the Bulls remained undefeated in sending the Crusaders to a 3-1 (11-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19) defeat.

Volleyball Heads to Buffalo This Weekend

The Valparaiso volleyball team is part of a loaded tournament field this weekend at the Blue & White Classic in Buffalo, N.Y. The Crusaders, who enter their final tune-up for Horizon League play at 10-1, will take on a pair of undefeated teams in #13 Ohio State and host Buffalo, as well as Maryland Eastern Shore.

Beil, Campbell Represent Crusaders on All-Tournament Team

Junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and freshman Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) represented the Valparaiso volleyball team as selections to the All-Tournament Team from Evansville's tournament this past weekend.

Volleyball Earns Pair of Wins Saturday

The Valparaiso volleyball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a pair of solid outings on Saturday, defeating both SIU Edwardsville (25-16, 25-14, 24-26, 25-20) and Evansville (25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18) by identical 3-1 counts to close out play at this weekend’s tournament in Evansville, Ind.

Crusaders Suffer First Defeat of Season

Valparaiso’s eight-match winning streak to open the 2013 campaign came to an end Friday afternoon in Evansville, Ind., as the Crusaders fell 3-0 (25-21, 30-28, 25-18) to Memphis in the opening match of Evansville’s tournament.

Volleyball Looks For Third Straight Tourney Title This Weekend

Already having matched the best start in program history, Valparaiso looks to extend its season-opening win streak this weekend at Evansville’s tournament. The Crusaders are scheduled to face Memphis and SIU Edwardsville before closing the tournament against the host Purple Aces.

B1G Wins for Valpo Athletics

Trio of matchups against Big Ten teams last weekend for men's and women's soccer and volleyball result in historic victories; provide confidence for Crusaders moving forward

Victor Earns League Weekly Honor

Following her All-Tournament performance last weekend in helping Valparaiso claim the Popcorn Classic title, Crusader redshirt junior Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) has been named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.

Crusaders Claim Popcorn Classic Title; Match Best Start in School History

Valparaiso captured the 2013 Valpo Popcorn Classic on its home floor at the ARC on Saturday, downing Rhode Island 3-0 and Iowa 3-1 to claim the tournament title. With the pair of wins, the Crusaders have matched the best start in program history at 8-0.

Crusaders Earn Two Wins on Opening Day of Popcorn Classic

The Valparaiso volleyball team extended its season-opening winning streak to six matches on Friday on the opening day of the Valpo Popcorn Classic, earning a 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19) victory over Army to open tournament play before downing Eastern Michigan 3-2 (26-24, 24-26, 25-20, 20-25, 15-5) in front of a boisterous crowd to close out the night at the ARC.

A Family Affair at the Valpo Popcorn Classic

Come Friday evening at the Valpo Popcorn Classic, Crusader sophomore setter Kelsey Berrington will see a very familiar face on the other bench as the team breaks their pre-match huddle.

Crusader Volleyball Hosts Popcorn Classic This Weekend

Valparaiso hosts the 2013 Valpo Popcorn Classic this weekend at the ARC, as the five-team, eight-match event will take place over Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. The Crusaders will welcome Army, Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island and Iowa, playing the first two teams on Friday and the latter two on Saturday.

Dooms Claims Weekly League Honor

Valparaiso senior outside hitter Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) has been named the Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week after earning Tournament MVP honors at the UCF Invitational over the season's opening weekend.

Crusaders Claim UCF Invitational Title With Pair of Sweeps

Valparaiso made it four straight wins to open the 2013 campaign, earning the championship at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. with 3-0 sweeps of Alabama State (25-16, 25-18, 25-22) and North Florida (25-15, 25-19, 25-13). Senior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) was named tournament MVP, while senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and freshman Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) joined Dooms on the All-Tournament Team.

Crusaders Open Season With Pair of Wins

The Valparaiso volleyball team got the 2013 campaign off to a strong start on Friday at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla., earning wins over the host Knights, 3-2 (25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 21-25, 15-10), and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-15).

What You Need to Know - Valpo Volleyball

With the Valparaiso volleyball team kicking off the 2013 season this weekend in Orlando, Fla. at UCF's tournament, read more about what you might be able to expect from the Crusaders over the next few months.

Carin Avery Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week on the eve of the Crusaders' season-opening tournament this weekend.

Pair of Crusaders Earn Preseason All-League Honors

Valparaiso placed a pair of players on the seven-member preseason All-Horizon League squad, as voted on by the league's head coaches and announced by the league today. Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) and junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) represented the preseason league favorites on the All-League team.

Crusader Volleyball Tabbed Atop Horizon League

One of the nation's most consistent winningest programs over the last decade-plus, the Valparaiso volleyball team has been selected to win the Horizon League in 2013 in polling of the league's head coaches.

Crusaders to Host Alumni Match

Valparaiso volleyball fans will get their first chance to catch a glimpse of the 2013 Crusaders in action, while at the same time welcoming back some of the players who have helped build the program into what it is today, as Valpo hosts an Alumni Match at the Athletics-Recreation Center this Saturday, August 17 at 4 p.m. The match is open to the public and is free of charge.

Crusader Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2012-2013 academic year, as announced by the AVCA this week. It marks the eighth time in the last ten seasons that the Crusaders have earned the award.

Volleyball Adds Lambert to Roster

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Nicole Lambert has transferred into the Crusader volleyball program. Lambert will be eligible immediately for the 2013 season and has three years of eligibility remaining.

Rykse, Polite Join Volleyball Coaching Staff

Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Adam Rykse and Nick Polite will join the Crusader coaching staff for the upcoming 2013 season.