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Nationally Ranked Western Michigan Too Strong for Valpo
Jay Adams' squad  faced a ranked foe for the first time since 2006. (Ray Acevedo)
Jay Adams' squad faced a ranked foe for the first time since 2006. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Playing a nationally ranked team for the first time since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, Valparaiso was unable to stay with 61st-ranked Western Michigan on Sunday evening, falling 7-0 to the Broncos in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Broncos came out strong in doubles, allowing the Crusaders to win just one game.  Emily Dudzik and Yumi Matsuto posted an 8-0 win over Jenny Schwartz (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora H.S.) and Molly Keifer  (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) at number one doubles while Jenny Nalepa and Kerstin Pahl topped Katie Bilyeu (Terre Haute, Ind./South Vigo H.S.) and Stephanie York (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown H.S.) by the same score at the second spot.  Third doubles saw Western Michigan’s Rachel Denny and Maria Nivia defeat Camill Burden (Richmond, Ind./Richmond H.S.) and Jackie O’Reilly (DePere, Wis./DePere H.S.) 8-1.

Western Michigan (11-4) was just as solid in singles play, surrendering just three total games.  Pahl was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Schwartz at the top while Keifer fell to Dudzik by the same score at number two doubles.  Bilyeu battled Nalepa to a 6-0, 6-1 defeat at third singles while York fell to Nivia 6-0, 6-0 in the fourth spot.  Ashley Moccia downed Christine Antrobus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead H.S.) 6-0, 6-0 at fifth singles while Matsuto beat O’Reilly by the same margin at the bottom of the lineup.

“It’s not often that we get to face a ranked opponent so it was a good experience for us,” head coach Jay Adams said.  “Most of the girls played really hard for us today.”

Valparaiso (1-5) will now head to Florida for its annual spring trip.  The Crusaders will return to action next Sunday, March 8, in Orlando against Creighton, beginning at 10 a.m. CST.

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Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
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W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
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M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
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M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
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