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Crusaders Announce 2007 Schedule
Carin Avery
Carin Avery

Thursday, May 10, 2007

12 home matches at the Athletics-Recreation Center, including a stellar field for the Popcorn Classic, highlight the 2007 Valparaiso volleyball schedule as announced today by Crusader head coach Carin Avery. The Crusaders will be looking for their fifth consecutive 20-win season as they move into the Horizon League.

The Popcorn Classic, to be held September 6-8, boasts two 20-win teams from last year in Marshall and Western Michigan, as well as Big Ten member Indiana. The Crusaders will kick off the home schedule with Marshall on the 6th, and will follow with Indiana on the 7th and Western Michigan on the 8th. All three of the Crusader matches in the tournament will begin at 7 p.m. Valpo has won the last three incarnations of the tournament, in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

The 30-match season begins Friday, August 24 when the Crusaders face off against Miami University at Illinois State, with a match against the host Redbirds scheduled for the next night. The next weekend, Valpo will be in action in western New York, taking on Buffalo, Binghamton and St. Francis.

The pre-conference slate closes on the weekend of September 14-15, as the Crusaders play in a tournament at Bowling Green in a field that also includes DePaul and Duquesne. Other non-conference matches in 2007 include Bradley at the ARC and road tests against IUPUI and IPFW.

The initial season of Horizon League action kicks off on Friday, September 21, as the Crusaders host UIC at the ARC. Valpo will play 16 league matches, playing each of the other eight squads in the league twice. The Crusaders' senior day and final home match of the season will be Saturday, October 27, as Valpo plays host to UW-Green Bay. League play will conclude on Saturday, November 10 at UIC.

UW-Milwaukee will host the 2007 Horizon League Championships from November 15-18. All nine league teams make the tournament, and the winner receives an automatic bid to the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Championship.

The 2007 Crusaders return 11 players, including five starters plus the libero, from a squad that won 23 games last season.

2007 Valparaiso University Volleyball

Date Opponent Time
Aug. 24 vs. Miami Univ. ! 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 25 at Illinois State ! 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 at Buffalo # 6 p.m.
Sept. 1 vs. Binghamton # 9 a.m.
Sept. 1 vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) # 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 Marshall $ 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 Marshall vs. Indiana $ 11 a.m.
Sept. 7 Western Michigan vs. Marshall $ 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 Indiana $ 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 Western Michigan vs. Indiana $ 12 p.m.
Sept. 8 Western Michigan $ 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Duquesne % 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. DePaul % 9 a.m.
Sept. 15 at Bowling Green % 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 UIC * 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 Loyola (Chicago) * 4 p.m.
Sept. 25 Bradley 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Wright State * 6 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Butler * 3 p.m.
Oct. 2 Cleveland State * 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 Youngstown State * 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 at UW-Green Bay * 4 p.m.
Oct. 7 at UW-Milwaukee * 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 at IUPUI 6 p.m.
Oct. 19 Butler * 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 Wright State * 5 p.m.
Oct. 26 UW-Milwaukee * 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 UW-Green Bay * 7 p.m.

Nov. 2 at Youngstown State * 6 p.m.
Nov. 3 at Cleveland State * 3 p.m.
Nov. 9 at Loyola (Chicago) * 7 p.m.
Nov. 10 at UIC * 4 p.m.
Nov. 15-18 at Horizon League Championships (Milwaukee, Wis.) TBA
Nov. 24 at IPFW 6 p.m.

All times Central.
Home games in bold and played at Athletics-Recreation Center.
! – at Illinois State Tournament (Normal, Ill.)
# - at Western New York Invitational (Buffalo, N.Y.)
$ - Popcorn Classic (Valparaiso, Ind.)
% - at Bowling Green Tournament (Bowling Green, Ohio)
* - indicates Horizon League game
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