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Valpo Kicks Off Season With Victory
Nicole Schulz swung at a .500 clip with 16 kills on Friday.
Nicole Schulz swung at a .500 clip with 16 kills on Friday.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Box Score 

Valparaiso kicked off the 2007 volleyball season the same way that it ended the 2006 season, with a 3-1 victory over Miami (Ohio), 30-28, 23-30, 30-27, 30-25.  The match was the first of two the Crusaders will play at the Redbird Classic in Normal, Ill.

The Crusaders trailed through most of game one, not taking the lead until an Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) service ace at 21-20.  The game remained tight the rest of the way, with Valpo eventually taking the win.  Game two went the way of the RedHawks despite Valpo hitting .303 as a team, and the two teams went into intermission tied at one game apiece.

“As a coach, you always hope your team comes out perfect,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We came out with some nerves, playing in a bigger arena in our first match of the year, but we pulled it together to win.”

Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) led the Crusaders out of the break, putting up seven kills on 11 attacks in game three to help Valpo gain the edge and take the game.  In the deciding game, the Crusaders never trailed behind six kills apiece from Sears and Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South).

Porché paced the Crusaders offensively with 18 kills, while Schulz added 17 and Sears chipped in 16 of her own.  Schulz, who set Valpo’s single-season hitting percentage record last season at .334, swung at a .500 clip on the night.  Sears also led the team with six blocks and set a career-high with four service aces, while Schulz and Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) added four blocks apiece.  Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) picked up 19 digs for the Brown and Gold, leading the team for the 43rd consecutive time.

Running a two-setter system, the Crusaders got good efforts from both their quarterbacks, as senior Sara Hughes (San Antonio, Texas/Perrysburg, Ohio H.S.) dished out 34 assists and sophomore Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) racked up 30 helpers.  Valpo also got a career-best effort off the bench from Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South), who set new career highs for kills (8) and attacks (18) while matching her previous high in blocks (4).

“Our three main attackers (Porché, Schulz, Sears) really stepped up and did their jobs,” said Avery.  “But we also got great performances off the bench from Tara, Jill, and Val (Bollenbacher), and our setters did a good job of mixing up the offense and keeping Miami off-balance.”

The RedHawks were led offensively by Emily Schroeder, who hit .357 with 18 kills.  Andrea Atteberry added a double-double for Miami (0-1) with 44 assists and 15 digs.

Valparaiso (1-0), which set a program record with three in-season tournament titles a year ago, will take aim at its first title of 2007 on Saturday.  The Crusaders face host Illinois State at 7 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso).

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