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Softball Tabbed First in HL Preseason Poll
Janelle Bouchard and the Crusaders are picked to win the Horizon League this season. (Steve Woltmann)
Janelle Bouchard and the Crusaders are picked to win the Horizon League this season. (Steve Woltmann)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

For the first time in program history, the two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball team has been selected to win the league in preseason polling of the league's head coaches.  The poll was released by the league office Thursday afternoon on the eve of the 2014 campaign.

The Crusaders picked up four of the eight first-place votes in the preseason poll and tallied a total of 46 points.  Valpo edged out UIC, which captured the regular season title last year, as the Flames earned the other four first-place votes and finished with 45 points.  Rounding out the polling, in order, were Wright State, Youngstown State, Cleveland State and Green Bay, with Detroit and Oakland sharing seventh position.

Valparaiso opens the 2014 campaign this weekend at the Hampton Inn of Dunn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C., hosted by Campbell.  The Crusaders kick off the season Friday against IPFW at 9 a.m.  CT before taking on the host Camels at 2 p.m.  Live stats for each of the tournament’s games will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

 

Team

Points (1st)

1.

Valparaiso

46 (4)

2.

UIC

45 (4)

3.

Wright State

32

4.

Youngstown State

30

5.

Cleveland State

29

6.

Green Bay

22

7.

Detroit

10

 

Oakland

10

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