Entering its second season of play in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Valparaiso University volleyball team has been picked to finish in fifth place in the conference in 2018, according to preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches.
The Valparaiso University volleyball program received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2017-18 academic year, as announced by the AVCA today. It marks the 13th time in the last 15 seasons that Valpo has earned the award.
Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery and the Crusader volleyball program will host its annual summer camp from July 9-12, 2018 at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valpo campus. The camp is open to both girls and boys, grades 3-12.
The Valparaiso University volleyball program received its NCAA statistical champion plaque this week, recognizing the Crusaders for leading the country in digs/set during the 2017 season. Valpo’s average of 20.03 digs/set was the second-highest single-season average by a Division I team since the move to 25-point scoring prior to the 2008 campaign.
Valparaiso University volleyball head coach Carin Avery will be inducted as part of the 1994 Ball State University volleyball team into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend. As part of the ceremonies, Avery and the rest of the inductees will be recognized at halftime of the Valpo-Ball State men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon.
Following her standout rookie season for the Crusaders, Valparaiso University freshman libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) has been honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Midwest Region Freshman of the Year. Cookerly is one of just 10 freshmen nationwide to earn the regional Freshman of the Year accolade, and is now up for consideration for National Freshman of the Year.
Valparaiso University senior middle hitter Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) closed out her Crusader career with one final All-Tournament honor, as she was selected to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the conference’s postseason event.