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Five Crusaders Earn Postseason Horizon League Accolades
Joylyn Ichiyama repeated on the All-League First Team. (Jon Hendricks)
Joylyn Ichiyama repeated on the All-League First Team. (Jon Hendricks)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) earned a spot on the All-Horizon League First Team for the second consecutive season, highlighting a group of five Crusaders honored as the league's postseason awards were announced today. Four players received Second Team All-League accolades, while two of those players also earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.

Sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) and freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) both were named to the All-League Second Team. In addition, freshmen Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) each claimed a spot on both the All-League Second Team and the All-Newcomer Team.

Ichiyama repeated as a First Team All-League honoree after locking down the hot corner for the Crusaders in her final season. The fifth-year senior hit .311 in the regular season for Valpo, tallying 31 runs scored and 35 RBIs, both of which rank fifth in the league. Ichiyama tallied 16 extra-base hits - 10 doubles and six home runs - and also was strong defensively, registering 102 assists, fourth-most among league players.

Duncan earned Second Team honors despite missing 14 of Valpo's last 15 games. In her 39 games, the sophomore hit a team-high .352 with 20 runs scored and 20 RBIs. Duncan also drew 24 walks and posted an on-base percentage of .481, second-best in the league. She ranked sixth in the league in walks and was also among the top-ten in batting average and slugging percentage. This is Duncan's second career postseason league honor, as she was a First Team selection in 2012.

Ranieri secured a spot on the All-League Second Team with her performance filling the leadoff spot in the batting order for the Crusaders. The freshman hit .325 during the regular season with 28 runs scored, totaling 53 hits, fourth-most in the league. She also drew 29 walks to rank second overall among league players. During league-only play, Ranieri hit at a .350 clip and also took a league-high 18 walks, good for a .513 on-base percenrage in Horizon League action.

Bouchard nabbed a position to the All-League Second Team and All-Newcomer Team after pacing the circuit in RBIs during the regular season. The freshman catcher drove in a league-high 41 runs over 52 games, which already ranks sixth in a single season in Crusader history. On the year, Bouchard hit .313 with 11 doubles, fifth-most in the league, and six homers. She also did not commit an error in 265 chances behind home plate and threw out 13 would-be base stealers.

Weissenhofer rounds out Valpo's All-League honorees, picking up Second Team and All-Newcomer accolades after winning two-thirds of the pitcher's Triple Crown during the regular season. The freshman led the Horizon League overall in both earned run average (2.13) and strikeouts (202), already setting a new Valpo single-season record in the latter category. She also finished second in the league with 17 wins. Within league-only play, Weissenhofer lowered her ERA to 1.83 and earned eight victories, tallying 81 strikeouts in just 68.2 innings of work.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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