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Valpo Falls in Three Games to Nebraska in NCAA Tournament

Friday, December 05, 2003

Valparaiso saw its 2003 volleyball season come to a close on Friday evening, dropping a 30-19, 30-22, 30-21 contest to #9 Nebraska in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in East Lansing, Mich.

The Crusaders appeared unintimidated by the Cornhuskers from the beginning of the match, and after a Lindsey Moore (Wakarusa, Ind./Penn H.S.) ace, Valpo tied the game one at four points a piece. Nebraska spread its offense around in game one, and after a 9-4 run, took an 18-11 advantage. The teams traded sideouts several times, and a Michelle Robinson (Bloomington, Ill./Normal H.S.) kill closed the gap to five, 20-15. Five straight points pushed Nebraska's advantage up to ten, and the Cornhuskers closed out the game with a 30-19 victory. The Cornhuskers hit .487 with 21 kills, led by six by Dani Mancuso in eight attempts. Valpo hit .194 with 11 kills. Marion Hansen (Huntley, Ill./Huntley H.S.) had five digs for the Brown and Gold, which had 12 total for the game.

The Crusaders had a chance to pull out game two. With Nebraska leading 16-12, the Crusaders went on an 8-2 run and after Sarah Schmalz (Corona, Calif./Riverside Christian H.S.) and Robinson recorded a block, Valpo had a 20-18 advantage. The Crusaders still held a two-point advantage, 22-20, before Nebraska earned a sideout and Mancuso served nine straight points to run out the game 30-22. Valpo hit .000 with nine errors, while the Cornhuskers hit .302 with 19 kills. Both teams tallied 16 digs in the game, and Valpo took advantage of five Nebraska service errors.

Game three started with Valpo taking a quick 4-2 lead after Lauren Moulton (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.), Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) and Robinson combined on a block. Nebraska rallied and utilized a 5-0 burst to build an 18-10 lead. Four quick points from the Brown and Gold, keyed by a pair of blocks by Mikos and Moulton, along with a Moulton kill brough Valpo back to within 18-14. The Cornhuskers scored four of the next five points, and ran off five straight late in the game to post a 30-21 win. Nebraska hit .212 in the final game, while Valpo hit .049. Anna Schrad tallied nine of the Cornhuskers 20 kills in the game.

Robinson led the Crusaders offensively with ten kills, while Moulton added eight kills, and a team-high four blocks defensively. Sara Silcox (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City H.S.) and Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) each tallied 11 digs for the Brown and Gold and Cyndi Norman (Minooka, Ill./Minooka H.S.) dished out 26 assists.

Schrad led Nebraska with 15 kills while hitting .483, and Mancuso added 14 kills hitting .571 on the evening. Jennifer Saleaumua led the Cornhuskers with 15 digs, while Dani Busboon dished out 25 assists.

For the match Nebraska hit .321 with 60 kills compared with Valpo's .073 hitting night posting 29 kills. Valpo outdug the Cornhuskers 50-49, but Nebraska held an 11-7 blocking advantage. Nebraska (27-4) also recorded seven service aces, but committed 12 service errors, while the Crusaders put every serve in play on the evening, tallying two aces.

Valparaiso's best season in school history comes to a close with a 27-8 record.
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