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Crusaders Fall to Host Saint Louis Friday Night
Sarah Dooms led the Crusaders in both kills and digs against the Billikens. (Ray Acevedo)
Sarah Dooms led the Crusaders in both kills and digs against the Billikens. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (2-3)
at
Saint Louis (1-3)
8/31/2012 | St. Louis, MO | Attendance: 260
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso25192523 --
Saint Louis27252025 --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOSLU
Hitting Pct..140.180
Kills4858
Errors2627
Total Attacks157172
Assists4652
Aces16
Digs7566
Blocks8.010.5
Statistical LeadersVALPOSLU
KillsDOOMS - 9
BAUMET - 14
DINKELACKER - 14
AssistsCUDNEY - 18
CLARKE - 42
AcesROOT - 1
CHURCH - 3
DigsDOOMS - 24
BONOMA - 21
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 4
GILBERT - 5
SCHUMACHER - 5

Friday, August 31, 2012

In a back-and-forth match which featured 24 ties and 12 lead changes over its four sets, Valparaiso came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 (27-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-23) decision Friday evening against host Saint Louis in both teams' opener at the Active Ankle Challenge in St. Louis, Mo.

"We know that volleyball is a game of mistakes," said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. "Right now, the silly mistakes that we are making at crucial times is holding us back from being a great team. We hope we learn from our mistakes tonight and move forward, because once we figure that out, we will be a tough team to handle."

An early 7-0 run featuring three blocks gave the Crusaders control of the opening frame, and while Saint Louis eventually rallied to tie the set at points 17-20, Valpo used a pair of Billiken errors and a block by sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) and junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) to lead 23-20. Even after back-to-back SLU points, a kill by Beil gave Valpo a pair of set points to work with.

But Saint Louis picked up a block and a kill to force extra points. The Crusaders' Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) presented Valpo with a chance at a third set point with a kill to make it 25-24, but a kill, a Crusader error and a service ace ended the opening set in the Billikens' favor.

The middle two sets were much more straightforward, with Saint Louis going on to win the second set after taking a 7-6 lead. SLU led that frame by as much as 22-12, but a belated 7-1 run, featuring three kills and a block by junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute), brought the Crusaders within 23-19 before back-to-back points sent SLU into the in-game break up two sets.

The third set was back-and-forth early on, with neither side having seized control at the halfway mark. Tied at 14, the Crusaders rattled off three straight points, only to see the Billikens score three in a row to tie things up again at 17. But Valpo used its offensive attack to keep the match alive, posting six kills in its final eight points, including two apiece from redshirt sophomores Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) and Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma), to go on an 8-3 spurt to claim the third frame.

Saint Louis led throughout the first half of the fourth set and owned a 16-13 lead before a 5-1 Crusader run gave Valpo an 18-17 edge. The lead remained one point at 20-19 before SLU scored three in a row to go ahead 22-20, but a service error gave the serve back to the Crusaders, and kills from junior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) and Beil put Valpo two points away from forcing a decisive fifth set. But a Crusader error on serve tied the frame at 23-all, and SLU closed the match with a kill and a service ace.

The balanced Crusader offense saw no player reach double figures in kills, as Dooms led the way with nine while Beil and Vanden Berg picked up eight apiece. Junior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) handed out 18 assists, while freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) posted 16 helpers. Defensively, Vanden Berg was in on four of Valpo's eight team blocks, and Dooms also paced the Crusaders with 24 digs.

Valparaiso (2-3) closes out play at Saint Louis with two more matches on Saturday, facing South Alabama at 10 a.m. and Southern Illinois at 4:30 p.m. Live stats for both matches will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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)
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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
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay