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Valpo Rallies For Five-Set Win at Cleveland State
Ellen Vanden Berg posted 10 blocks on Saturday.
Ellen Vanden Berg posted 10 blocks on Saturday.
Valparaiso (15-4, 4-1)
at
Cleveland State (12-6, 2-3)
10/12/2013 | Cleveland, Ohio | Attendance: 235
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso1425202515
Cleveland State251925183
Stats at a GlanceVALPOCSU
Hitting Pct..119.126
Kills4756
Errors2835
Total Attacks159167
Assists4253
Aces82
Digs6276
Blocks12.09.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOCSU
KillsCAMPBELL - 12
HANNON - 18
AssistsBERRINGTON - 20
ROBERTS - 33
AcesLONGORIA - 4
HOLTHAUS - 1
LINGENFELTER - 1
DigsLONGORIA - 21
ROBERTS - 21
HOLMES - 21
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 10
KIGER - 6

Saturday, October 12, 2013

For the second time in as many weekends, the Valparaiso volleyball team rallied twice from one-set deficits to earn a league win, closing out a perfect weekend with a 3-2 (14-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 15-3) victory at Cleveland State Saturday afternoon.

While it was the offensive effort that delivered the victory for Valpo on Friday, the Crusaders got the job done defensively on Saturday.  Senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) reached double figures in blocks for the second time in her career, as she was part of 10 of the Crusaders’ 12 total team blocks.  The Valpo defense helped to force 35 total attack errors by the Vikings as well.

“It was a great come-from-behind win for us today,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We had not won here for years, so this win was a long time coming.  Though we didn’t play great tonight, we did enough to win, and I thought we did a nice job defending their outside attackers in set four and five.  I was proud of the way we never lost our composure in the fourth set after we lost the lead as well.”

The Crusaders closed out their first win over the Vikings since 2010 with a dominant performance in the fifth set, surrendering just three points in the final frame.  CSU actually scored the first point and was tied with Valpo at 2-2, but the Crusaders ran off a 13-1 run to close out the match. 

Senior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) had kills on three of the first seven points of the run, while Vanden Berg and redshirt junior Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) combined on a pair of blocks in the first part of the run as well.  The Vikings scored a point to make it 11-3, but a Victor kill returned the serve to Valpo, and an ace from senior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) and back-to-back Viking attack errors closed out the match.

The going was tough early on for the Crusaders, as Cleveland State jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first set and never looked back in claiming the opener.  Valpo took advantage of four straight CSU errors early in the second set to take control, and then after the Vikings closed back to within 12-11, went on the first of two 5-0 runs to keep them at bay.  CSU closed to within 22-19 with a 5-0 run of its own, but senior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) came up with a kill and then combined with Vanden Berg on back-to-back blocks to send the match into the in-game break tied at one set apiece.

Valpo claimed a pair of small leads past the midway point of the third set, but a four-point run by the Vikings gave them the lead at 18-16, and while the Crusaders rallied to tie the set at 18, 19 and 20-all, CSU scored the final five points to take the 2-1 lead in the match.  It was Valpo which jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth set and then withstood a 9-1 run from the Vikings, reclaiming the lead at 14-13 and never trailing again, scoring six of the last seven points of the frame to force a decisive fifth set.

Offensively, the Crusaders were led Saturday by freshman Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who totaled 12 kills.  Dooms added 10 terminations as well.  Sophomore Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh) handed out 20 assists, while Cudney dished out 13 assists.

Freshman Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) led the way in the service game for Valpo, registering four of the Crusaders’ eight aces, while the team totaled just three service errors.  Longoria also tied for match-high honors with 21 digs, while Campbell added 10 digs to post a double-double.  Vanden Berg was aided on the block by five rejections from Hobbs and four blocks by Victor.

Cleveland State (12-6, 2-3 Horizon) received a match-high 18 kills on .378 hitting from Maggie Hannon, but the Vikings’ two other primary attackers both hit negative for the match.  Dayna Roberts tallied 33 assists and 21 digs, and Nikki Holmes added 21 digs as well.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1 Horizon) closes out a stretch of three matches away from home with a non-league contest at IUPUI Tuesday night.  First serve is slated for 6 p.m. CT, with live stats available through 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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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