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Crusader Volleyball Tabbed Third in Horizon League
Amy Groesbeck is one of three seniors on the 2011 Crusader team which was picked to finish third. (Ray Acevedo)
Amy Groesbeck is one of three seniors on the 2011 Crusader team which was picked to finish third. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Valparaiso volleyball squad has been predicted to finish in a tie for third place in the Horizon League in 2011, as chosen by the league’s nine head coaches.  The Crusaders picked up one first-place vote and tallied 51 points, finishing just one point out of the second position.

Each of the coaches ranked the teams one through eight, omitting their own squad from the voting.  Teams received eight points for a first-place vote down to one point for an eighth-place vote.

Milwaukee led the polling with 60 points, including four of the nine first-place tallies.  Cleveland State (two first-place votes, 52 pts.) followed just ahead of the Crusaders, while Butler registered the other two first-place nods to finish with 51 points in a tie for third with Valpo.  Green Bay (33 pts.) was picked in the fifth position, with UIC (31 pts.), Loyola (21 pts.) and Wright State (17 pts.) following in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.  Youngstown State (8 pts.) rounded out the polling.

Valpo returns 11 letterwinners, including four starters, from a 2010 squad which won 27 matches and advanced to the Horizon League championship match, and also brings in a pair of freshmen to complement the returning nucleus.  The Crusaders’ season starts this weekend with four matches in a two-day stretch at the WVU Mountaineer Invitational, kicking off with a 9:30 a.m. CDT matchup Friday with preseason #21 Ohio State.

 

Team

Points (1st)

1.

Milwaukee

60 (4)

2.

Cleveland State

52 (2)

3.

Valparaiso

51 (1)

 

Butler

51 (2)

5.

Green Bay

33

6.

UIC

31

7.

Loyola

21

8.

Wright State

17

9.

Youngstown State

8

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