Volleyball Receives NCAA Statistical Champion Plaque For Digs
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Volleyball Receives NCAA Statistical Champion Plaque For Digs

The Valparaiso University volleyball program received its NCAA statistical champion plaque this week, recognizing the Crusaders for leading the country in digs/set during the 2017 season. Valpo’s average of 20.03 digs/set was the second-highest single-season average by a Division I team since the move to 25-point scoring prior to the 2008 campaign.

Valpo out-paced fellow Missouri Valley Conference program UNI by 0.33 digs/set to claim the statistical championship, while three other MVC teams – Missouri State, Illinois State and Drake – were the only other teams within one dig/set of the Crusaders. Freshman libero Rylee Cookerly led the way for Valpo with 5.86 digs/set, good for ninth nationally, while junior outsides Allison Ketcham and Katherine Carlson added 4.26 and 3.70 digs/set, respectively, and freshman setter Brittany Anderson chipped in 2.80 digs/set.

The Crusaders’ 2017 campaign was only the second since the move to 25-point rally scoring in 2008 where a team averaged at least 20 digs/set, coming in behind only Penn’s 2012 season (21.53 digs/set).

Valpo last claimed a national statistical title when men’s basketball player Vashil Fernandez led Division I in blocks/game for the 2015-16 season. The last national statistical championship for the volleyball program came in 2010, as Taylor Root led all players nationally in digs/set.