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April 20, 2006
Valparaiso University Head Volleyball Coach Carin Avery today announced Keith Schunzel has been named Assistant Volleyball Coach.
April 17, 2006
Head Volleyball Coach Carin Avery today announced the team has made an $11,000 donation to the Northern Indiana Cancer Research Consortium (NICRC) after their season-long Crusaders Conquering Cancer program.
April 11, 2006
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera today announced that Crusader Head Volleyball Coach Carin Avery has been signed to a four-year contract extension through the 2009 season.
January 30, 2006
The Valparaiso volleyball team will host its 2006 overnight volleyball camp July 10-13 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 30, 2006
Head Coach Carin Avery today announced four incoming freshmen will be a part of the 2006 Valparaiso volleyball team. Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West), Angie Porche (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South), Valerie Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) will join a Crusader program that has won three consecutive Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles.
December 02, 2005
Valparaiso played point-for-point with #16 California in its NCAA first round matchup, but the Golden Bears prevailed over the Crusaders 30-26, 30-24, 30-21 Friday evening in Madison, Wis. The loss closes out the Crusaders' season at 27-8.
November 30, 2005
Valparaiso heads to Madison, Wis. this weekend to participate in its third consecutive NCAA Tournament. Valpo will face off against Pac-10 foe California Friday at 5 p.m. in their first round matchup. The Crusaders are looking for their first tournament victory, having fallen to Nebraska in 2003 and Notre Dame in 2004.
November 27, 2005
The Valparaiso University volleyball team will open the 2005 NCAA Tournament in the same spot they ended their 2004 season, Madison, Wis., this year taking on California, Friday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m.
November 26, 2005
The Valparaiso University volleyball closed out the regular season Saturday night, falling 3-0 to Marquette at the MU Battle for the Bird in Milwaukee, Wis. The Crusaders season is not over, however, and they will find out who their first round NCAA Tournament opponent will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
November 25, 2005
The Valparaiso University volleyball team picked up their 27th win of the season Friday evening in Milwaukee, Wis., dropping Fairfield 30-23, 30-23, 31-29 in their first of two matches at the MU Battle for the Bird.
November 24, 2005
The Valparaiso University volleyball team will celebrate a third-straight Mid-Continent Conference Championship and watch their NCAA Tournament opponent unveiled at a selection party Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Buffalouie's restaurant in Valparaiso.
November 20, 2005
Thanks to another record-shattering defensive performance, the Valparaiso University volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA Tournament after downing Oral Roberts in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship Match, 30-26, 30-28, 28-30, 30-15 Sunday at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
November 19, 2005
In a record-setting defensive display, the top-seeded Valparaiso University volleyball team rolled past fourth-seed IUPUI and into a third straight Mid-Continent Conference Championship game, winning 30-23, 30-22, 30-21 in Saturday night's semi-final match at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
November 18, 2005

Valparaiso hosts the 2005 Mid-Continent Conference volleyball championship for the second time in the last three years this weekend. The Crusaders are looking for their third consecutive tournament title and third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
November 18, 2005
Six Valparaiso University volleyball players were named to various Mid-Con All-Conference teams, and seniors Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) and Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) were honored individually by the league at their annual awards banquet Friday night in Valparaiso, Ind.
November 14, 2005
Valparaiso University senior Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her performances in a pair of Crusader wins this weekend.
November 13, 2005
Senior Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) fueled a match-changing 9-0 run midway through the third game to lead Valparaiso to a 30-26, 22-30, 30-22, 30-13 win over Oral Roberts, clinching the Crusaders' third-straight Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season Championship.
November 11, 2005
A strong offensive attack paced the Valparaiso University volleyball team to a 30-20, 30-15, 30-17 win over Centenary Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The win was the Crusaders' 20th straight win in their home gym.
November 10, 2005
Valparaiso senior Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V First Team for her work on the volleyball court and inside the classroom.
November 04, 2005
In front of 1,031 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso put together one of their best performances of the season, downing Oakland 30-13, 30-17, 30-27 Friday night.
November 01, 2005
Valparaiso suffered its first loss in seven matches Tuesday night, falling in three straight games to IPFW (30-26, 30-24, 30-21) in Fort Wayne, Ind.
October 29, 2005
Jessi Novak (Antigo, Wis./Antigo) had 11 kills on 18 attacks to lead Valpo to a sixth straight win, 30-17, 30-24, 30-18 over Chicago State Friday night in Chicago, Ill.
October 28, 2005
In a match that was close throughout, Valparaiso put together an 8-0 run to seize control of the fourth game and of the match, defeating IUPUI three games to one (29-31, 30-23, 30-28, 30-19) Friday night in Indianapolis, Ind.
October 25, 2005
In a recurring theme this season, Valparaiso's defense led the way, as the Crusaders rebounded from a game one loss to defeat Loyola (Ill.) 27-30, 30-16, 30-23, 30-19 Tuesday evening in Chicago, Ill.
October 24, 2005
Valparaiso senior Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week for her role in a pair of Crusader wins, the league announced today.
October 22, 2005
Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) had nine blocks to lead a sterling defensive effort as the Crusaders beat UMKC 30-24, 30-21, 30-17 Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
October 21, 2005
Carin Avery became Valpo's all-time winningest volleyball coach in just her fourth season as the Crusaders won a critical conference match, 30-24, 30-20, 30-25, over Western Illinois at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Friday.
October 20, 2005
The Crusaders come back home with first place on the line Friday night against Western Illinois. Both teams sit atop the Mid-Con at 6-1, and the Westerwinds are looking to avenge a Valpo win last month in Macomb, Ill. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
October 15, 2005
Valparaiso bounced back from its first conference loss in two seasons Saturday evening, defeating Centenary 30-13, 30-13, 30-27 in Shreveport, La. With the win, head coach Carin Avery ties Cindy Harris as the program's all-time winningest coach with 92 victories.
October 14, 2005
Valpo lost a conference match for the first time since 2003, falling 16-30, 30-28, 30-21, 26-30, 15-7 to Oral Roberts Friday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
October 13, 2005
Valpo continues a four-match road trip Friday night, taking on longtime conference nemesis Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders and Golden Eagles have combined to win 11-straight Mid-Con Titles and meet with first place on line.
October 10, 2005
Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial H.S.) is the Mid-Continent Conference Defensive Player of the Week after her strong performances last week.
October 07, 2005
Valparaiso fought off two game points late in the third game to complete a three-game sweep of Oakland 30-22, 30-15, 31-29 Friday night in Rochester, Mich.
October 05, 2005
Valparaiso hits the road tonight to take on #10 Notre Dame. The two teams met twice during the 2004 season, with each club coming out on top once.
October 05, 2005
The Crusaders dropped a tight game one and did not recover, falling 34-32, 30-21, 30-26 to tenth-ranked Notre Dame Wednesday night in Notre Dame, Ind.
October 04, 2005
FOX 28, the South Bend, Indiana, FOX affiliate will air a feature on the Crusader volleyball team tonight in anticipation of Valpo's match at Notre Dame Wednesday night.
October 01, 2005
Valpo scored the first 12 points of game one and never looked back in a dominating 30-13, 30-26, 30-19 win over IUPUI Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
September 30, 2005
Jessi Novak (Antigo, Wis./Antigo) paced a balanced Valpo attack as the Crusaders dismissed Chicago State 30-16, 30-19, 30-23 Friday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, the 23rd straight Mid-Continent Conference win for Valpo.
September 29, 2005
The Valparaiso University volleyball team has begun a season-long push to raise money for cancer research called Crusaders Conquering Cancer.
September 27, 2005
Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs) became Valpo's all-time leader in solo blocks as the Crusaders cruised to a non-conference win Tuesday night against UIC, 30-24, 30-25, 30-25 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
September 26, 2005
Amy Palash (Winfield, Ill./Saint Francis H.S.) earned Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after leading Valparaiso to two victories in the opening weekend of conference play.
September 24, 2005
In a match dominated by the defense of both squads, Valparaiso defeated Western Illinois Saturday evening 3-1 (30-25, 28-30, 32-30, 30-17) at Macomb, Ill. in a Mid-Continent Conference battle.
September 23, 2005
Valparaiso rode a season-high .392 hitting percentage to a 30-22, 30-22, 30-22 sweep of UMKC Friday night in Kansas City, Mo., the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams.
September 22, 2005
The Crusaders open conference play this weekend with a pair of road matches against UMKC and Western Illinois.
September 17, 2005
Valparaiso hung tough with #13 Wisconsin, but the Badgers ultimately prevailed in three games (30-21, 30-21, 30-22) Saturday night at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wis.
September 17, 2005
Valparaiso's defense continued their exceptional play Saturday afternoon, recording 17 blocks in a 3-1 (27-30, 30-24, 30-26, 30-25) victory over Villanova at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wis.
September 16, 2005
A record-setting night from Valparaiso's defense propelled the Crusaders to an early two games to one edge, but #11 UCLA fought back to take the match from Valpo three games to two (28-30, 30-21, 30-24, 24-30, 9-15) Friday evening at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wis.
September 14, 2005
The Valparaiso Crusader volleyball team (8-1) will take on a pair of top-15 teams this weekend as part of the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin.
September 12, 2005
Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) has been named Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading Valparaiso to the Popcorn Classic title.
September 10, 2005
Senior Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) completed a triple-double with a match-ending setter dump to give the Valparaiso Crusaders a 30-26, 30-28, 26-30, 25-30, 15-12 win over Eastern Michigan and the 2005 Popcorn Classic title Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
September 10, 2005
The Valparaiso Crusader volleyball team got a tough test from winless Drake but held on defeat the Bulldogs 30-23, 28-30, 30-26, 30-17 Saturday afternoon in the fourth match of the 2005 Popcorn Classic at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
September 09, 2005
The Crusader defense came up with 10 blocks and Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) led a balanced attack with nine kills Friday night as the Valparaiso University volleyball team swept St. Louis University, 30-24, 30-22, 30-23 in their first match of the 2005 Popcorn Classic at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
September 07, 2005
Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) and Amy Palash (Winfield, Ill./Saint Francis H.S.) received Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week honors this week after helping Valparaiso capture the Blue Demon Invitational.
September 03, 2005
Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) registered a block late in the second game to become Valpo's career blocks leader, and Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) recorded her second triple-double of the season as the Crusaders defeated Belmont 3-1 Saturday morning at the Blue Demon Invitational.
September 03, 2005
Valparaiso closed out the Blue Demon Invitational with a 3-1 (30-24, 28-30, 30-26, 30-18) victory over host DePaul Saturday night. The Crusaders placed three players on the All-Tournament Team on their way to capturing the tournament title.
September 02, 2005
Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) acted as the catalyst on both offense and defense for Valparaiso Friday, leading the Crusaders to 3-game victories over Evansville and Chicago State at the Blue Demon Invitational.
August 29, 2005
Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts at the WMU Fall Kickoff Tournament.
August 27, 2005
Valparaiso kicked off their 2005 campaign in style, sweeping Central Michigan 30-25, 30-20, 30-28 Saturday morning in the opening match of the WMU Fall Kickoff Tournament.
August 27, 2005
Valparaiso fell to Western Michigan in three games Saturday evening in the final match of the WMU Fall Kickoff Tournament.
August 24, 2005
Following the unprecedented success of the 2004 season, the Valparaiso University Crusaders look to continue their reign of dominance in the 2005 campaign.
August 16, 2005
Valparaiso University's volleyball team has been unanimously selected as the preseason favorite to win its third consecutive Mid-Continent Conference title according to a vote of the league's head coaches.
August 10, 2005
WVUR (95.1 FM-Valparaiso) has announced that the student-run radio station will broadcast 42 live soccer and volleyball matches this fall, including several road contests this upcoming season.
August 08, 2005
Valparaiso University's volleyball team was one of just 45 NCAA Division I programs to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2004-2005 school year.
June 09, 2005
Valparaiso University, the two-time defending Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament champions, will play host to the 2005 Mid-Con Tournament along with participating in five other regular season tournaments as head coach Carin Avery announced her 2005 schedule on Thursday.
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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