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Crusaders Drop Five-Set Battle at Green Bay
Morganne Longoria posted a career-best 30 digs.
Morganne Longoria posted a career-best 30 digs.
Valparaiso (22-5 (8-2 HL))
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Green Bay (12-12 (7-4 HL))
11/2/2013 | Green Bay, Wis. | Attendance: 540
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso2523251913
Green Bay2225202515
Stats at a GlanceVALPOGB
Hitting Pct..190.194
Kills5964
Errors2526
Total Attacks179196
Assists5763
Aces42
Digs8785
Blocks10.015.0
Statistical LeadersVALPOGB
KillsVANDEN BERG - 13
KASAL - 21
AssistsBERRINGTON - 28
RIESE - 58
AcesBERRINGTON - 1
DOOMS - 1
BRUINSMA - 1
LONGORIA - 1
MASTEY - 1
BAUER - 1
DigsLONGORIA - 30
BAUER - 32
BlocksVANDEN BERG - 6
GUNDERSON - 9

Saturday, November 02, 2013

In a near-replica of their first matchup, this time it was Valparaiso twice gaining one-set leads on Green Bay before the Phoenix rallied for a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13) victory over the Crusaders Saturday evening in Green Bay, Wis.

Four weeks ago, it was the Crusaders who rallied twice from one-set deficits at the ARC to defeat Green Bay, but Valpo was unable to prevent the Phoenix from turning the tables on their home court. The loss snapped Valpo's nine-match winning streak and dropped the Crusaders out of a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings.

The Crusaders used .441 hitting in the opening set to gain a 1-0 advantage on the Phoenix. Despite the gaudy hitting percentage, Green Bay hung around, although Valpo never relinquished the lead following a 4-0 spurt to break a 7-7 tie. A kill by senior Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) gave Valpo set point at 24-20, and while Green Bay fought off two set points, a termination by senior Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) eventually ended the opener in the Crusaders' favor.

Valpo trailed by seven points, 14-7, at the midway point of set two, and was still down by six points at 20-14. The Crusaders rallied with an 8-2 run, capped by a kill from sophomore Kelsey Berrington (Britton, Mich./Tecumseh), to tie the set at 22 apiece, the only tie score of the frame. But Green Bay scored the next two points to go ahead 24-22, and following a service error, the Phoenix got a kill from Mikaela Gunderson to send the match into the in-game break tied at one set apiece.

It looked like the third set would be all Valpo, as the Crusaders posted an early six-point spurt and led by seven points at 14-7. Much like in the previous set, however, the trailing team came all the way back, as the Phoenix went on a 10-2 run to claim a 17-16 lead. But with Green Bay still leading by one at 19-18, Valpo reeled off six straight points, including a pair of kills from junior Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette), to earn a number of set point chances, and Beil came through with yet another kill on Valpo's second opportunity to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead.

That lead at the end of set three would be Valpo's final lead of the match, however. The Phoenix never trailed in the fourth frame, and while Valpo used a late three-point spurt to close within 20-18, Green Bay scored five of the final six points to force a decisive fifth set. Then, the fifth set saw the Phoenix go on a 6-1 run to open the set and take the lead for good. Trailing 14-10, Valpo sided out on a Green Bay service error, got a kill from Vanden Berg and then a block from Vanden Berg and Hobbs to fight off three match points, but a service error - Valpo's 14th of the match - kept the Crusaders from completing the furious comeback.

Vanden Berg led the Crusader offense with 13 kills, while Beil hit .360 with 12 kills and senior Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) added 10 kills. Berrington handed out 28 assists, while senior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) tallied 19 assists. Freshman Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) posted a career-best 30 digs, while Dooms chipped in with 14 digs for another double-double. Vanden Berg led the Crusader effort at the net with six blocks as Valpo totaled 10 team blocks.

Taylor Kasal led Green Bay (12-12, 7-4 Horizon) with a match-best 21 kills. Emily Riese dished out 58 assists and totaled 11 digs, while Jillian Bauer led all players with 32 digs. Gunderson was part of nine blocks as the Phoenix finished the match with 15 rejections.

Valparaiso (22-5, 8-2 Horizon) looks to get back on the winning track in its final home weekend of the regular season. The weekend starts Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Cleveland State, with live stats, audio and video 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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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