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Crusaders Announce 2009 Schedule

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider released his schedule for the 2009 campaign today, featuring 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

The Crusaders will kick off the season with five games in a three-day span at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn.  Valpo will face Sacred Heart, Missouri State and Tennessee Tech in the first three games before taking on two opponents to be determined after preliminary play.  The Crusaders will then head down to Orlando for their annual set of games at the Rebel Spring Games.

“We were trying to get into another tournament that would have given us the opportunity to face some nationally-ranked opposition, but that opportunity fell through,” said Schneider.  “But it gives us the chance to spend some extra time at the Rebel Spring Games and play some extra games, and with a young team like ours, it’s important to get as many games in as possible before the start of league play.”

The non-conference slate is highlighted by an April 9 showdown at Notre Dame and a home twinbill against Purdue on April 16, against whom Valpo is 4-3-1 under Schneider.  Other action outside of league play includes a home doubleheader against IPFW and road twinbills against Ball State, IUPUI and Northern Illinois.

Horizon League play kicks off for Valpo at home on March 21 and 22 against Detroit.  The Crusaders will play each league team in a three-game series, with a doubleheader on the first day and a single game on the second day.  Wright State, UIC and Cleveland State will also be visiting the Valparaiso University Softball Field, while the Crusaders will hit the road to face Loyola, Youngstown State, Green Bay and Butler.  The Horizon League Championships will be held May 7-10 in Indianapolis, Ind., with the winner receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Valparaiso returns four starters and 13 letterwinners in all from its 2008 squad, which set a new school record with 30 victories and finished second in the league’s regular season standings.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler