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Crusader Volleyball Heads to Wisconsin This Weekend
The Crusaders play a pair of matches in Wisconsin this weekend. (Hayden O'Shaughnessy)
The Crusaders play a pair of matches in Wisconsin this weekend. (Hayden O'Shaughnessy)
Valparaiso (12-9 (4-2))
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Green Bay (10-10 (1-5))
10/12/2012 | Green Bay, Wis. | Attendance: 388
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Valparaiso252525 -- --
Green Bay191519 -- --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOGB
Hitting Pct..217.115
Kills5131
Errors1815
Total Attacks152139
Assists4629
Aces32
Digs8671
Blocks8.010.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOGB
KillsVANDEN BERG - 16
ZABKOWICZ - 9
AssistsBERRINGTON - 23
POEL - 22
AcesBERRINGTON - 1
DOOMS - 1
HAUCH - 1
ZABKOWICZ - 1
GROTH - 1
DigsROOT - 34
GROTH - 24
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 6
MROCZENSKI - 5
LEITERMANN - 5

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Valparaiso (11-9, 3-2 Horizon)
Friday, Oct. 12 - 7 p.m. - at Green Bay (10-9, 1-4 Horizon)
Saturday, Oct. 13 - 4 p.m. - at Milwaukee (7-11, 2-3 Horizon)

This Week in Crusader Volleyball: Valparaiso makes its annual swing through the state of Wisconsin in Horizon League play this weekend, as the Crusaders take on Green Bay Friday night and Milwaukee Saturday afternoon.

Previously: Valparaiso split a pair of Horizon League matches last weekend at the ARC. The Crusaders dropped the first two sets to Cleveland State before rallying to force a fifth set, but eventually lost, 3-2. Valpo then bounced back with a 3-1 win over Youngstown State Saturday evening.

Next Up: The Crusaders return home for a four-match homestand starting next weekend with matches against Loyola and UIC. Valpo will then host IUPUI in mid-week action on Tuesday, Oct. 23 before closing the homestand against Wright State on Friday, Oct. 26.

Following the Crusaders: Live video for the Milwaukee match will be available through the Horizon League Network. A link to the video, as well as to live stats for both matches, can be found at www.valpoathletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: Over her 10-plus years as head coach, Carin Avery has won 252 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 42 All-League recipients over her tenure as Crusader head coach. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and now owns 307 career victories overall.

Series Notes: Valpo leads the all-time series with Green Bay, 18-9, but the Phoenix won both meetings last season: 3-0 in Green Bay and 3-2 in Valparaiso. Prior to that, the Crusaders had won seven straight matchups between the two squads. The Crusaders trail the all-time series with Milwaukee, 18-13, and have won just one of the last eight matches against the Panthers.

Scouting the Opposition: Green Bay enters the weekend at 10-9 overall, most recently sweeping Chicago State in mid-week action, but just 1-4 in Horizon League play. Carmen Leitermann paces the Phoenix offense, hitting .320 with 2.80 kills/set, while Brittany Groth leads the Horizon League with 6.09 digs/set. Milwaukee enters the weekend with a 7-11 record, including a 2-3 mark in league action. Julie Kolinske paces a trio of Panther attackers with 3.99 kills/set, while Rachel Neuberger hits .321 and averages 3.03 kills/set.

Looking Back at 2011: The 2011 season saw Valparaiso again reach the 20-win plateau, as it finished the year with a 20-15 record, including a 9-7 mark to finish in fourth place in the Horizon League standings. Junior Taylor Root repeated as the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and was joined on the All-League team by senior Jenny Pokorny and freshman Morgan Beil, who also earned All-Newcomer Team accolades.

Alternating Results: Over its last seven matches, Valpo has alternated wins and losses, dating back to a Sept. 15 win over UT-Chattanooga. This is the second long stretch of alternating results for the 11-9 Crusaders this year, who have lost back-to-back matches just once and have won consecutive matches just twice, including a season-long three-match winning streak at the Hoosier Classic.

Root Sets Another Record: There aren’t many Valpo records that senior Taylor Root doesn’t already hold when it comes to digs, but she found another one to set last week against Cleveland State. Root tallied a career-high 39 digs against the Vikings, a new Crusader record for a five-set match and tying the second-most in any length match in program history. The senior, who broke Valpo’s career digs record the previous week, also tallied 25 digs against YSU and now has 2,426 career digs, 14th in NCAA history and just 30 away from the top-10.

Big Offense From the Middles: Valpo’s middle duo of Morgan Beil and Ellen Vanden Berg both had great weekends offensively in last week’s pair of matches. The duo both hit above .350 and combined for 31 kills against Cleveland State, with Beil matching her career high with 18 terminations. Then, against Youngstown State, both players hit at least .385 and totaled 33 kills, with a Valpo season-best and a career-high 19 of those coming from Vanden Berg on .441 hitting. Both players are hitting .279 on the season and rank 1-2 on the team in kills/set.

Earning League Awards: Root was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for a league-record ninth time on Oct. 1, following her record-breaking performance the previous weekend. The senior tallied 58 digs over the Crusaders’ two matches, averaging 6.44 digs/set. Root was the second Crusader to earn weekly honors from the league office this year, joining junior Ellen Vanden Berg, who was named Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17.

Tournament Title: Valpo captured the Hoosier Classic crown in mid-September after defeating host Indiana, Miami (Ohio) and UT-Chattanooga in its final weekend of pre-league tournament play. The championship was the Crusaders’ first in an in-season tournament since capturing the Bradley Invitational in 2010, the last of three straight titles. It marks the 15th in-season tournament title for Valparaiso in Coach Avery’s 11th season at the helm.

Honorees: Six Crusaders in all earned All-Tournament honors in 2012. Sarah Dooms, Ellen Vanden Berg and Kelsey Victor all were named to the All-Tournament squad at the Hoosier Classic, with Victor being tabbed tournament MVP. Morgan Beil earned All-Tournament accolades at the MSU Eagle Challenge, Janelle Hobbs was honored for the first time in her career at Saint Louis’ Active Ankle Challenge, and Vanden Berg and Taylor Root both received All-Tournament honors at Iowa’s Hawkeye Challenge.

Ten Straight 20-Win Seasons: The Crusaders’ 20 victories last year 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 12 programs nationwide to have won at least 20 matches in each of the last ten years, a group which also includes Colorado State, Dayton, Florida, Hawai’i, Missouri State, Nebraska, Ohio, Penn State, Stanford, UNI and Western Kentucky.

Crusaders Picked Third in Preseason Poll: The Horizon League head coaches have selected Valparaiso to finish in third place in the league this season according to the preseason poll. The Crusaders trailed only Milwaukee and Cleveland State in the polling.


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 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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo