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Offensive Production Gives Crusaders Another Sweep
Allison Sears hit .571 with 17 kills Tuesday.
Allison Sears hit .571 with 17 kills Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

IUPUI box score

Reigning Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) hit at a sizzling .571 clip with 17 kills, leading the Crusader offense as Valparaiso cruised to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) sweep of IUPUI on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“It is awesome to see Allison have back-to-back outstanding matches like her last two efforts,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “She is really rounding into peak form now after struggling a little bit earlier in the year.”

Valpo, which entered the week atop the nation in kills/set and tied for first nationally in assists/set, continued its torrid offensive production Tuesday night, registering 49 kills on a season-best .342 hitting percentage.  The Crusaders outkilled the Jaguars by 18 terminations, the eighth straight time Valpo has held an advantage of at least ten kills over its opposition.

Valpo took control of the first set early on, as after a tie at 5-5, the Crusaders scored 13 of the next 20 points to go ahead 18-12 and would not let the Jaguars get any closer than five points the rest of the way.  Sears put away seven of her kills in the opener, while Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) tallied 11 digs in the first set to lead the Crusaders defensively.

The second set looked like it was going to be IUPUI’s to win, as the Jaguars were up 11-9 before reeling off a 6-1 run to take a 17-10 advantage and force the Crusaders to use both of their timeouts.  But out of the second stoppage, an IUPUI service error gave Valpo the serve back, and the Crusaders took full advantage.  A Jaguar attack error brought Valpo back to within five, and then Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) registered three consecutive kills to cut the deficit to two at 17-15.

Sears then took over offensively out of the middle, tallying back-to-back terminations to tie up the set, and after a service ace by Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen), Sears notched another kill to conclude the 9-0 Crusader run and put Valpo ahead by two.  The Crusaders never relinquished the lead from that point, closing the set with three consecutive points to go into the in-game break up two sets.

The finale was tight midway through, with the Crusaders holding just a 13-11 lead after a service error.  But it was all Valpo in the second half of the frame, as it scored 12 of the match’s final 14 points to close out the sweep.  The Crusaders were able to play all 13 players in the sweep, with freshmen Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) seeing the first playing time of their career at the ARC in the victory.

“I loved the fact we were able to get everybody into the match and let our home crowd see some of our future talent,” said Avery.  “This was the first time Amy and Katie have gotten to play at home, and it was great to see both of them produce (Amy two kills, Katie one kill), as they both have bright futures ahead of them, and hopefully our fans saw that tonight.”

Sears was backed up offensively by Porché, who closed the match with 14 kills on .343 hitting and moved into second place in Crusader history in kills with 1,432 terminations.  Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) dished out 39 assists in the victory.  On the defensive side of the ball, Malicoat finished with a match-best 19 digs, while Bollenbacher chipped in 11, as the Crusaders out-dug IUPUI, which entered the match as the NCAA’s leader in digs/set, by a 58-45 margin.

“I loved the fact we were able to out-dig one of the top digging teams in the nation,” said Avery.  “We really put together a good match on the back line and our passing was on target today.  I was also happy to see us out-block an opponent (six to four) for the first time in a while.  When our block is working well, it takes some pressure off of our offense to score points.”

IUPUI (11-11) was led offensively by Kalyse Reimbold, who picked up 12 kills on .267 hitting, but she was the only Jaguar in double figures in the kills category.  Chelsea Bastin picked up ten digs in the back row.

Valparaiso (14-6) returns to Horizon League play on Friday, Oct. 24 at the ARC when the Crusaders host Milwaukee, which comes into the match atop the league standings.  First serve is set for 7 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live statistics and video.

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 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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