A deep postseason run in a successful 2018 campaign led to the Valparaiso University volleyball team finishing the season as national statistical champions in a pair of categories. Sophomore setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) led the country in total assists, while as a team, Valpo paced all Division I programs in total digs.
Anderson finished her sophomore season with 1,539 total assists, finishing 18 assists ahead of a pair of senior setters in Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter and the College of Charleston’s Allison Beckman. Anderson, who has played every point of every match in each of her first two years at Valpo, moved into second position on Valpo’s single-season chart in the category, while her 1,539 assists also rank eighth in the NCAA record books since volleyball moved to 25-point rally scoring prior to the 2008 season.
Meanwhile, Valpo consistently kept rallies alive to give Anderson opportunities to dish out assists, and it led to the team finishing atop the total digs category as well. As a team, Valpo combined for 2,613 digs in the 2018 season, 104 more than second-place Bradley. In fact, only two other schools even finished within 300 digs of the Crusaders. The total not only set a new Valpo single-season record, it also set a new standard for the most digs by any Division I team in the 25-point era.