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Crusaders Sweep Cleveland State on Friday
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Kelsey Victor and the Crusaders swept Cleveland State on Friday.
Cleveland State (13-11 (3-8))
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Valparaiso (23-5 (9-2))
11/8/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 712
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Cleveland State262117 -- --
Valparaiso282525 -- --
Stats at a GlanceCSUVALPO
Hitting Pct..120.297
Kills4247
Errors2612
Total Attacks133118
Assists4145
Aces43
Digs5357
Blocks5.012.5
Statistical LeadersCSUVALPO
KillsHANNON - 11
VANDEN BERG - 14
AssistsDJUKIC - 18
CUDNEY - 20
AcesKAUTH - 2
ROBERTS - 2
DOOMS - 1
VANDEN BERG - 1
CUDNEY - 1
DigsHOLMES - 17
LONGORIA - 25
BlocksKAUTH - 3
SLAPPY - 3
VANDEN BERG - 6

Friday, November 08, 2013

Sharp execution on both sides of the ball led to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-17) victory for the Valparaiso volleyball team over Cleveland State in Horizon League action at the ARC Friday afternoon.

The Crusaders limited errors offensively, committing just 12 attack errors against 47 kills to swing at a .297 clip for the match. Senior middle Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) led the way with 14 kills on .464 hitting, while senior outside Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) picked up 12 kills on .290 hitting. Junior middle Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) added six kills on just 14 swings as well.

Then defensively, Valpo continued its strong play at the net, registering 12.5 total team blocks in the sweep of the Vikings. As she has over the last few weeks, Vanden Berg was the leader on the block, tallying six rejections, while senior right side Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) and redshirt junior right side Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) each recorded five blocks.

When the ball did get through the block, the Crusader back line, led by the play of freshman Morganne Longoria (Burlington, Wis./Burlington) was there to pick it up. Longoria tallied 25 digs in the three-set win as the Crusaders totaled 57 digs on the match, limiting Cleveland State to just a .120 attack percentage.

"We worked a lot this week on our offense, so it was nice to see us hit at such a high percentage for the match," said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. "Then defensively, we talked this week about how improving both our blocking and our digging correlate to winning. Even though we started out a bit slow today, I felt we did a great all-around job from the late stages of the first set all the way through the end of the match."

Valpo took a while to get started on Friday, as the Vikings led most of the first set and were actually up 21-16 late. An 8-2 run gave the Crusaders set point at 24-23, but CSU saved that chance, and following a kill by freshman Rachel Bruinsma (New Era, Mich./Western Michigan Christian), the Vikings staved off another set point, and then claimed the lead at 26-25.

Vanden Berg stepped up with a big kill out of the middle to make it 26-all and keep the opening frame going, and then the Crusader block made its presence felt to close out the set. First it was Vanden Berg and Bruinsma combining on a rejection to give Valpo its third set point chance, and the senior from Little Chute then paired with Hobbs on a big block to make it 1-0 Crusaders.

The second set saw the Crusaders maintain a slim lead entering the late stages, as Valpo led just 19-18 before a four-point spurt put it out of reach. Victor and freshman Emily Campbell (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) each had kills during the run, while Victor and Vanden Berg were both in on blocks for the other two points as well. A termination by Vanden Berg eventually ended the set, sending Valpo into the in-game break up 2-0.

Cleveland State led early in set three, but that didn't last long, as senior Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) stepped back and served during a 7-0 Crusader run that gave Valpo the lead for good at 11-5. Fittingly enough, the match would end on one last block from Vanden Berg and Victor.

Maggie Hannon totaled 11 kills in the losing effort for Cleveland State (13-11, 3-8 Horizon). Nikki Holmes led the Vikings with 17 digs.

Valparaiso (23-5, 9-2 Horizon) will honor its five-player senior class on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at the ARC. First serve is slated for 4 p.m. against Youngstown State, and all the action can be seen live on the Horizon League Network. Links for the live video, as well as live stats, will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

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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 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
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Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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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
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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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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Apr 27
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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
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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
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May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
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May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
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May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
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May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
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