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Valpo Rebounds With Sweep at Wright State
Angie Porché led all players with 16 kills Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Angie Porché led all players with 16 kills Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Valparaiso volleyball team returned to its winning ways Saturday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, sweeping Wright State (25-16, 25-23, 25-22) in Horizon League action.

“It was very nice to get back onto the winning track today,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “I thought Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) did a very good job running our offense today, putting our hitters into position for a number of kills.  I love the fact that our team always plays hard at all times, an attitude that allows us to come back late in sets when we’re behind, like we did twice tonight.”

The Raiders held the lead through the midway point of the opening set, but a four-point spurt, including kills by Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie), gave Valpo a 17-14 advantage.  Wright State would score the next two points to cut the lead to one, but another Layman kill gave the Crusaders the serve back and Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) would serve the final seven points of the set, as Tara Diebler (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) led the way with a pair of kills in the set-ending run.

Wright State again led most of the way during the early going of the second set before the Crusaders gained a small advantage approaching the frame’s end stages.  Leading 20-18, Valpo would give up four of the next five points to fall behind 22-21.  After a kill by Porché, a service error brought the Raiders within two points of winning the set.  But back-to-back terminations by Porché turned the tide in favor of the Crusaders, and Valpo would convert on its first set point opportunity, getting a block by Layman and Porché to go into intermission up two sets.

Trailing 6-4 early in the third frame, the Crusaders put together a big early-set run for the first time in the match, going on an 8-1 spurt to take a five-point advantage at 12-7.  Wright State rallied back to tie the set at 14, and held a lead as late as 21-20.  But as has occurred so often this season, Valpo put together a big late-set rally.  In this instance, the Crusaders scored the next four points on a kill by Diebler, two kills from Porché and a WSU attack error to earn match point.  On its second opportunity, Valpo got a kill from Diebler to close out the sweep.

Valparaiso was led by 16 kills on .306 hitting by Porché, while Diebler also added 13 kills on the afternoon.  Layman chipped in nine kills without an attack error, swinging at a .643 clip, while Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) also posted nine kills while hitting .389.  Bukowski handed out 34 assists in the sweep, while Root led all players on the back line with 16 digs.

“Angie and Tara both did good jobs of leading us by picking up kills when we needed them most today,” said Avery.  “Both Katie B. and Katie L. also did well offensively today as well, hitting at high percentages which helped our other hitters to be freed up a little bit more.”

Wright State (10-15, 2-9 Horizon) was paced by 12 kills from Shaunda Sandifer, but she was the only Raider to reach double figures in the category as Valpo out-killed WSU by a 49-33 count.  Ashley Heyman led all players with four rejections.

Valparaiso (17-7, 9-2 Horizon) maintained its hold on second place in the league standings with the victory, and concludes its four-match road trip with another key Horizon League showdown next Friday, traveling to Indianapolis to take on Butler.  First serve is set for 6 p.m. CDT, and all the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and seen online on the Horizon League Network.  Links for both the audio and video will be available through www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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