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Crusaders Sweep Grizzlies

Friday, October 07, 2005

Valparaiso fought off two game points late in the third game to complete a three-game sweep of Oakland 30-22, 30-15, 31-29 Friday night in Rochester, Mich.

The win was Valpo's 21st straight in Mid-Continent Conference regular season play and the 26th straight against Mid-Con opponents. In addition, Valpo has a streak of 19 consecutive Mid-Con road victories.

The first game went back and forth, as the Golden Grizzlies were within one point at 21-20 before the Crusaders put together an 8-1 run to wrap up the game. Valpo did not wait as long to attack in the second game, using an early six-point run to take the lead and closing the game on another six-point run. Oakland led almost the entire third game, including two game points at 29-27, but a kill by Jessi Novak (Antigo, Wis./Antigo H.S.) and a trio of attack errors by the Grizzlies clinched the match for the Crusaders.

Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) paced Valpo's offense, hitting at a .320 pace with 12 kills, while Amy Palash (Winfield, Ill./Saint Francis H.S.) chipped in 11 kills. Palash also recorded 13 digs, one of four Crusaders in double-digits, for her tenth double-double of the season, and three blocks.

Katie Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S.) had a solid all-around match for the Brown and Gold, registering a match-high 32 assists to go along with ten digs and six kills, as well as hitting .400. Libero Brittany Marks (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial H.S.) led the Valpo defense with 15 digs, as the Crusaders held Oakland (3-17, 2-3 Mid-Con) to a .073 hitting percentage for the match.

Adrienne Leone put together a double-double for the Golden Grizzlies in the losing effort, notching a team-high 11 kills and also recording 16 digs.

The Crusaders won despite only registering three total blocks for the match, a season-low for the team. Liz Mikos (Dundee, Ill./Jacobs H.S.) finished a match without a block for the first time since Nov. 14, 2003 against Oakland, breaking a string of 55 consecutive matches with at least one block.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-0 Mid-Con) returns to the court next Friday, traveling to Tulsa, Okla. to take on Oral Roberts. First serve in the Mid-Con battle is slated for 7 p.m.
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M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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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
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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)
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Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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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
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Apr 25
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Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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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
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Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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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
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Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
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Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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May 3
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May 3
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
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May 4
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