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Crusader Volleyball Hosts Popcorn Classic This Weekend
The Crusaders celebrate following a point last weekend.
The Crusaders celebrate following a point last weekend.
Army (1-4)
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Valparaiso (5-0)
9/6/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 277
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Army20252019 --
Valparaiso25222525 --
Stats at a GlanceARMYVALPO
Hitting Pct..135.153
Kills4654
Errors2327
Total Attacks171176
Assists4549
Aces46
Digs7985
Blocks10.010.0
Statistical LeadersARMYVALPO
KillsJarka - 18
BEIL - 14
AssistsVaccaro - 37
BERRINGTON - 24
AcesPerri - 1
Vaccaro - 1
Fairfield - 1
Edwards - 1
DOOMS - 2
LONGORIA - 2
DigsPhee - 24
LONGORIA - 22
BlocksWilton - 5
VICTOR - 5

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Valparaiso (4-0, 0-0 Horizon)
Valpo Popcorn Classic (Athletics-Recreation Center)
Friday, Sept. 6 - Army (0-3) - 11:30 a.m.
Eastern Michigan (2-1) - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 - Rhode Island (2-1) - 11:30 a.m.
Iowa (3-0) - 7 p.m

This Week in Crusader Volleyball: Valparaiso hosts the 2013 Valpo Popcorn Classic this weekend at the ARC, as the five-team, eight-match event will take place over Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7. The Crusaders will welcome Army, Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island and Iowa, playing the first two teams on Friday and the latter two on Saturday.

Previously: Valpo earned a tournament title in its first weekend of action in 2013, going 4-0 to capture the crown at the UCF Invitational. The Crusaders took down the host Golden Knights in five sets before sweeping Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Alabama State and UNF in their undefeated weekend. Sarah Dooms earned Tournament MVP honors, while Morganne Longoria and Ellen Vanden Berg joined her on the All-Tournament Team.

Following the Crusaders: Live stats for every match of the Valpo Popcorn Classic will be available at ValpoAthletics.com, along with links for free live streaming video of all four of the Crusaders’ matches, available through the Horizon League Network.

Head Coach Carin Avery: Over her 11-plus years as head coach, Carin Avery has won 266 matches and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 37 All-League recipients over her tenure as Crusader head coach. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns 321 total career victories in 13-plus seasons overall as a head coach.

Series Notes: Valpo has never faced Army or Rhode Island on the volleyball court. The Crusaders are 0-2 all-time against Iowa, including a 3-1 loss last season at the Hawkeyes’ home tournament. Eastern Michigan holds a 4-2 edge in the series with Valpo, but the Crusaders claimed a 3-2 win in the last matchup, which occurred in the 2005 Popcorn Classic.

Crusaders Picked Atop Preseason Poll: For the first time since joining the Horizon League, Valparaiso has been selected to win the league in preseason polling of the league’s head coaches. The Crusaders received four of the eight first-place votes and edged out Cleveland State by two points and Milwaukee by three points, with the other two squads splitting the remaining four first-place votes.

Looking Back at 2012: The 2012 season saw Valparaiso again reach the 20-win plateau, as it finished the year with a 21-12 record, including a 10-4 mark in league play to finish in second place in the Horizon League standings. Included among the 21 wins was a win over Indiana, the Crusaders’ first-ever victory over a Big Ten opponent. Taylor Root earned her third straight HL Defensive Player of the Year nod and was joined by Ellen Vanden Berg and Morgan Beil on the All-League squad, while Kelsey Berrington earned All-Newcomer Team honors.

11 Straight 20-Win Seasons: The Crusaders’ 21 victories last season helped the program continue a tremendous streak of success. Valparaiso has won 20 or more matches every year since 2002, Avery’s first at the helm of the Crusader program. Valpo is one of just 11 programs nationwide to have won at least 20 matches in each of the last 11 years, a group which also includes Colorado State, Dayton, Florida, Hawai’i, Nebraska, Ohio, Penn State, Stanford, UNI and Western Kentucky.

Tournament Champs: Another piece of hardware was added to Valpo’s trophy case with the Crusaders’ title at the UCF Invitational, continuing their tradition of earning championships. It was Valpo’s 16th in-season tournament title under Carin Avery, and the Crusaders have now brought home at least one tournament crown in nine of her 12 seasons at the helm.

Popcorn Classic: This season is the sixth time since Avery’s arrival that Valpo has hosted an early-season tournament, previously doing so in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2011. Last time the Crusaders hosted, they finished in second place, going 3-1 and losing only to tournament champ Ball State. Valpo has won its own tournament on three occasions under Avery.

A Family Affair: One of the matches this weekend will have a bit more meaning for one of the Crusaders. Valpo sophomore setter Kelsey Berrington will face off Friday evening against her mother, Kim, who is the head coach of the Eastern Michigan volleyball program.

Dooms Day: Senior outside hitter Sarah Dooms picked up the first career tournament MVP honor of her Crusader career last weekend at UCF, pacing Valpo in both kills (31) and digs (34) while hitting at a .320 clip. Dooms, who also earned Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week accolades, matched her career high with 18 kills in the five-set win over UCF, and had a Valpo weekend-best 16 digs in the finale versus UNF.

All-Tournament Honorees: Senior Ellen Vanden Berg joined Dooms on the All-Tournament Team after totaling 22 kills and 11 blocks over the four matches. Meanwhile, freshman Morganne Longoria earned the honor in her first collegiate tournament for posting 3.17 digs/set as the Crusaders' libero. Longoria also tallied five aces in the sweep of Alabama State, tied for fifth-most in a three-set match in Crusader history.

Plenty of Options: Head coach Carin Avery got a chance to see everybody take the court in the opening weekend, as all 15 healthy active Crusaders appeared in at least two sets. In fact, in going 4-0, only three players - Berrington, Ariel Cudney and Janelle Hobbs - played in all 14 sets.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay