Valpo Crusaders Womens Volleyball

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    Carin and the girls show their support in Detroit for the men's basketball team in the first round of the NCAA tournament. GO VALPO!!

    Posted March 24, 2013

  • The Valpo Coaches Show 10|16|12

    Posted October 28, 2012

  • Crusaders Sweep Wright State for Third Straight Win
    Friday, October 26, 2012

    The Valparaiso volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches on Friday evening, sweeping Wright State 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

    Kelsey Victor led the balanced Valpo offense with 11 kills on .556 hitting, while Sarah Dooms and Ellen Vanden Berg added eight kills apiece. Mary Dent, Janelle Hobbs and sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) each chipped in seven kills as well as the Crusaders hit .271 as a team, posting 50 kills against just 14 attack errors. Freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) handed out 24 assists to go along with 18 from Cudney.

    “It was nice to see us have such a high hitting percentage in a league match, because that's something we've struggled with this year,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. “Tonight, it had a lot to do with our passing being so good, and then our setters are really maturing in their decision-making process in choosing where to set.”

    Senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) registered a tremendous 31 digs in just three sets, trailing only her own mark of 34 for most digs in a three-set match in the nation this season.

    Posted October 28, 2012

  • Crusaders Take Down IUPUI Behind Hobbs’ Career Night

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Valparaiso junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) had a career-high 17 kills to lead a balanced Crusader offense, and Valpo hit .359 over the final two sets to rally from down 2-1 to defeat IUPUI, 3-2 (25-21, 25-27, 18-25, 25-16, 15-7), Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

    Hobbs shattered her previous career high of 11 kills after just three sets, and was nearly flawless on the attack, committing just two hitting errors while posting 17 kills on 28 swings. Her .536 hitting percentage ranks third-highest in Crusader history by a single player in a five-set match.

    Hobbs led a Crusader offense Tuesday which placed five players in double figures in kills, with a sixth ending the night with nine terminations. Junior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) tallied 13 kills, while junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) posted 12 kills on .345 hitting. Redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) and senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) each registered 11 kills as well, the latter doing it while swinging at a .333 clip. As a team, Valpo hit .267 and matched its season-high with 77 kills.

    “I’m very excited that we were able to get a mid-week win against a very good IUPUI team,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. “I thought that our serve receive did a very nice job, as did our setters, in keeping a very good tempo for us offensively tonight, and I think that was a big reason we were able to get five hitters with more than ten kills.”

    Posted October 28, 2012

  • Valpo Earns League Win Over UIC
    Saturday, October 20, 2012

    Valparaiso bounced back from a loss Friday night to defeat UIC in Horizon League play Saturday evening at the ARC, 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22).

    "This was a very good win for us tonight, because it keeps us in the hunt near the top of the league standings," said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. "It was a very important match after last night's loss, and I thought we did a really good job of coming back today ready to play. We did a much better job tonight offensively, and defensively it was one of our best blocking nights of the year."

    For the second straight night, the Crusaders had a stellar blocking performance at the net. Saturday night saw Valpo tally 15 total team blocks, following a 20-block performance on Friday evening. Junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) led the way again with 11 blocks, matching her Friday total. Vanden Berg's 11 blocks are tied for fifth-most in a four-set match all-time at Valpo, while she has posted two of the top-15 blocking matches in program history over the last two nights. She is also the only player to reach the mark since the move to 25-point rally scoring.

    Posted October 28, 2012

  • Crusaders Fall in Five-Setter to Loyola
    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Despite one of the best blocking performances in program history, the Valparaiso volleyball team dropped a five-set decision Friday evening at the ARC to Loyola, 3-2 (26-24, 24-26, 16-25, 25-21, 15-13).

    The Crusaders totaled 20 team blocks on Friday against the Ramblers, posting five apiece in sets one, two and five, three blocks in set three and a pair in set four. The 20 blocks was one shy of the program record for blocks in a single match and was the most by a Valpo team in over seven years.

    “I’m extremely disappointed in this loss tonight,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. “When you’re ahead 21-18 in the fourth set at home with the chance to win the match, you have to be able to close out. Then the way we ended the fifth game, by committing errors on Loyola’s last four points, was extremely disappointing as well.”

    Posted October 28, 2012

  • Crusaders Down Milwaukee in Five-Set Thriller

    The Valparaiso volleyball team earned its first win at Milwaukee in regular season play since joining the Horizon League on Saturday, downing the Panthers 3-2 (25-15, 25-23, 24-26, 21-25, 18-16). The Crusaders conclude the first half of league play at 5-2 and in a tie for second place in the league standings.

    "It was a classic Milwaukee and Valpo matchup today," said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. "Both teams played extremely hard, and it came down to the last possible play to win the match. We had our ups and downs all night, but the important thing is that we found a way to claw back and win.

    Posted October 15, 2012

  • Sept 28 Match at Dayton, Ohio
    Valpo Rallies from 0-2 Deficit to Beat Wright State

    Posted October 15, 2012