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Crusader Volleyball Opens Home Slate With Win
Play Video Kelsey Berrington picked up a double-double Tuesday in her first career match at the ARC. (Ray Acevedo)
Kelsey Berrington picked up a double-double Tuesday in her first career match at the ARC. (Ray Acevedo)
Illinois State (3-4)
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Valparaiso (4-4)
9/4/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 378
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Illinois State25112220 --
Valparaiso13252525 --
Stats at a GlanceILSVALPO
Hitting Pct..149.220
Kills4857
Errors2421
Total Attacks161164
Assists4555
Aces33
Digs7381
Blocks9.010.0
Statistical LeadersILSVALPO
KillsMcGlaughlin - 13
DOOMS - 12
AssistsEarly - 42
BERRINGTON - 24
AcesRosch - 1
Burris - 1
Menendez - 1
BERRINGTON - 1
HAUCH - 1
VANDEN BERG - 1
DigsMenendez - 20
ROOT - 25
BlocksHranka - 5
Hlafka - 5
BEIL - 6

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Valparaiso volleyball team opened the 2012 home season on Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, rallying from a first-set loss to defeat Illinois State, 3-1 (13-25, 25-11, 25-22, 25-20).

The Crusaders never led in the opening set, as Illinois State hit .326 with 18 kills to take a one-set advantage. But Valpo turned the tables in the second frame, hitting .400 with 14 kills to send the match into the in-game break tied at one set apiece.

Illinois State actually led 6-1 early on the second set, and after five straight Crusader points, picked up another point to lead Valpo, 7-6. But the Crusaders rattled off four more points in a row to cap a 9-1 run, taking a 10-7 advantage and forcing a timeout from the Redbirds.

Following the stoppage, the teams traded sideouts for the next six points as Valpo maintained a three-point lead at 13-10. But the Crusaders then started to pull away, scoring four more in a row, three of which came on kills from redshirt sophomore Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport), to pull out to a 17-10 advantage.

Illinois State scored a point on a kill to briefly quell the Crusader momentum, but that didn't deter Valpo, which scored the final eight points of the set to run away. Four different Crusaders had kills during the final run, while Victor and sophomore Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) combined for a pair of blocks to close out the 25-11 set win.

"We had a very slow start to the match, but quickly turned that around in set two," said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. "We struggled early with making too many hitting errors and not being able to find the floor for kills, and also weren't able to slow them down defensively. Then finally in the second set, our attacking really came around and we were able to sustain our attack throughout the rest of the match."

Valpo led throughout the first half of the third set, putting some distance between itself and the Redbird with a 5-0 run at 7-7. With a 14-9 Crusader lead, however, Illinois State rattled off 10 points out of the next 11 to go ahead 19-15.

After five straight sideouts left the Crusaders still trailing 21-18, senior Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) tallied a kill, followed by a service ace by junior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) to bring Valpo within 21-20. After an ISU kill, Beil and Victor recorded back-to-back kills to tie the frame at 22, and following a timeout, redshirt sophomore Lindsey Hauch (Coloma, Mich./Coloma) posted two kills in a row to give Valpo set point. Once again, it was Beil and Victor combining on a rejection at the net to close the 25-22 win for the Crusaders and give them a 2-1 lead.

After a back-and-forth first half of the fourth set, Valpo rolled off seven straight points at a critical juncture, turning a 16-15 deficit into a 22-16 lead. Vanden Berg tallied three kills during the streak to go along with a pair from junior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead). Illinois State would rally back to within 23-20, but Beil and Hobbs teamed up for a block to give Valpo match point and Beil converted the first opportunity with a kill to close the match.

Dooms paced the Crusaders on offense Tuesday, tallying 12 kills on .250 hitting, while Victor added 11 kills. The balanced Crusader offense saw six different players register at least six terminations. Freshman Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) handed out 24 assists, while junior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) dished out 16 as Valpo hit .220 for the match.

Senior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) led the effort on the back line with 25 digs, one of four Crusaders to hit double figures. Dooms registered 16, Cudney 15 and Berrington 12 as the trio all finished the night with double-doubles. At the net, Beil tallied six blocks to go with four apiece from Hobbs, Vanden Berg and Victor.

"I thought we did a great job distributing the ball evenly tonight, which resulted in one of our better hitting matches of the year so far," said Avery. "I also thought we did a good job staying disciplined in ball handing, whether on serve receive or defensive transition. I really think that was the key to the match, that as it progressed, we maintained our discipline in ball handling, and that's why we won."

Valparaiso (4-4) competes in the third of its four early-season tournaments this weekend, traveling to Morehead State for the MSU Eagle Challenge. The Crusaders take on Missouri at noon on Friday before facing Savannah State at 3:30 p.m., with live stats for the entire weekend available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 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
W 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
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