Valparaiso volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that Alana Brown, a defensive specialist out of Vintage H.S. in Napa, Calif., has signed with the Crusader volleyball program and will join the team as a freshman for the 2016 season.
Freshman Hannah Schaub nailed five of her seven attempts from beyond the arc to lead Valpo in scoring with 15 points, but a 13-0 run to end the first quarter allowed Northern Colorado to hang on for a 77-63 win Saturday in San Diego. Jasmyn Walker produced her first double-double of the season thanks to her 13-point, 13-rebound afternoon.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team, behind a combined 31 second-half points from junior Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and senior E. Victor Nickerson (Atlanta, Ga./Norcross [Charlotte]), nearly erased the entirety of an 11-point second-half deficit at Ball State Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders would come up one shot short, as a last-second 3-point attempt was off the mark to give the Cardinals a 69-66 win.
Valpo enjoyed a balanced scoring attack in its opening game of the USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic, but San Diego parlayed a 49-24 rebounding margin into a 76-60 win over the Crusaders Friday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Brown and Gold return to the court Saturday afternoon at 4 pm CT/2 pm PT versus Northern Colorado.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team looks to improve to 7-1 on the season as the Crusaders face their third consecutive road game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT, playing at in-state foe Ball State. With a win, Valpo would start 7-1 through eight games for the second straight season.
The Crusader women’s basketball team makes their first trip to the Golden State in six years this weekend. Valpo will square off against a pair of 2015 WNIT teams in San Diego and Northern Colorado at the USD-Courtyard San Diego Central Classic. The Toreros represent the third consecutive undefeated opponent to face the Brown and Gold.
Valparaiso University women’s golf head coach Mat Blair announced today that Tiffany Curtis, a senior at Crown Point H.S., signed a National Letter of Intent during the signing period and will be joining the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team earned yet another statement victory in its early-season schedule, capping a stretch of seven games over the season’s first 12 days by leading nearly start-to-finish in handling Oregon State on the road in Corvallis Tuesday night, 63-57. Head coach Bryce Drew earned his 100th career victory at the helm of the Crusader program with Tuesday’s win.
For the first time in Valparaiso University athletics history, the Crusaders had a pair of teammates both honored as CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans, as women’s soccer seniors Rita Craven (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) and Jenny Fassbinder (Hudson, Wis./Hudson) both were named First Team Academic All-Americans on Tuesday.
Valpo's freshman class combined for 24 points, nine rebounds, and four steals, but freshman Marina Mabrey single-handedly led Notre Dame to a 110-54 victory Monday evening at the ARC. Mabrey posted 18 points, 12 steals, and 10 assists to notch the fifth triple-double in Irish history. The Crusaders resume play Friday evening in San Diego.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team concludes its two-game road swing through the Oregon contingent of the Pac-12 with a Tuesday evening matchup at Oregon State. The game, which concludes a stretch of seven games in 12 days to open the 2015-16 campaign for the Crusaders, can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led at halftime Sunday evening against #25/rv Oregon in Eugene, Ore. and still led with 10 minutes, but a six-minute scoring drought doomed the Crusaders as the Ducks pulled ahead by double figures and held off Valpo down the stretch, 73-67.
The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team earned its fourth event victory in program history, closing out a perfect weekend with a pair of victories in bracket play Sunday to capture the team championship at the Virginia Union Invitational in Midlothian, Va. Katherine Sulaitis was named Tournament MVP, and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Aubree Trexler and Kendra Tryniski.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team came up one step shy of claiming the Horizon League tournament championship, as the Crusaders fell in the title match to top-seeded Cleveland State 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-18) Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. Senior setter Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) and sophomore outside hitter Allison Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team.
The highly-heralded Fighting Irish of Notre Dame visit the Athletics-Recreation Center Monday evening for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Irish occupy the No. 3 spot on both the Associated Press and USA Today polls and early returns show they’re equipped to make a sixth consecutive Final Four appearance. Meanwhile, Monday represents the home debut for five Crusader newcomers.
The Valparaiso University volleyball team moved one step away from capturing the Horizon League title and the corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, as the third-seeded Crusaders defeated second-seeded Oakland Saturday evening, 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 32-30, 25-21), in semifinal action at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. With the win, the Crusaders will face top-seeded Cleveland State for the title Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT.
The #17 Valparaiso University bowling team remained perfect at the Virginia Union Invitational on Saturday from Midlothian, Va., winning all six of its matches as it retained first place in the team standings.
The 2015 football season came to a close Saturday with Valpo falling to Jacksonville, 58-13 at D.B. Milne Field in Florida. Scott Staal connected with Ryan Dugan for an 11-yard score for a Crusader touchdown. Jacob Newman was 2-for-2 on field goals, splitting the uprights on attempts from 33 and 39 yards.
The first team to five wins in the nation, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team comes off of two day’s rest for the first time this year on Sunday evening, as the Crusaders take aim at their biggest win of the season when they meet up with #25/rv Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks. Bryce Drew will be looking for his 100th win as Crusader head coach on Sunday as well.
It was a gutsy performance by the Valparaiso University volleyball team on Friday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, as Valpo rallied from down two sets to one to take down Milwaukee, 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11) in the opening round of the Horizon League Championship. With the win, the third-seeded Crusaders will take on second-seeded Oakland in the semifinals Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT.