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Valpo Downs Saint Louis in Three

Friday, September 17, 2004

Courtesy of Saint Louis athletics.

St. Louis - Jessi Novak's 13 kills paced Valparaiso as the Crusaders defeated the host Saint Louis Billikens 3-0 at the Billiken Invitational. Valpo won the match 30-23, 30-20, 32-30.

Game one was tied at 13-13 before the Crusaders edged ahead by two. A Valparaiso hitting error pulled the Billikens to just one at 17-16, but the Crusaders answered with four straight points. A VU error ended the run, but the Crusaders scored three more and took a 23-18 advantage. An Aida Antanaviciute kill halted the VU streak, but Valparaiso's Jessie Fox had three straight kills and the Billikens could not get any closer.

Valparaiso used an early 6-0 to take control of game two. The Crusaders had two straight hitting errors as the Billikens inched back. A kill by Sutton Lasater brought the Billikens to 11-7, but Valpo tallied the next four points to push back out to a comfortable margin. Down, 24-16, consecutive kills by Lasater and Lauren Boissevain gave the Billikens hope, but the Crusaders did not let SLU get any closer and held on for the win.

Game three was close the entire way and needed extra points to decide the outcome. Valparaio held the biggest lead of the game at 10-7, but Poorbaugh had a kill, and Chrissy King dove to dig a ball that eventually landed in for a point. Antanaviciute's kill tied the game at 11-11. The Crusaders would not give up the lead and reclaimed a 22-20 lead. Boissevain had two kills, and another Antanaviciute kill tied the affair at 24-24. Valpo took another lead at 29-27 for match point, but the Bills tallied two in a row. A Valpo had two swings to end the match but was forced into an error as the Billikens forged a 29-29 tie. Liz Mikos put VU up by one, but Boissevain equalized for SLU. However, Amy Palash had two kills in a row as the Crusaders claimed a 32-30 win.

Antanaviciute paced the Billiken effort with 14 kills, while Lauren Boissevain added 11. Chrissy King and Erin McClanahan had 10 digs each, while McClanahan had 39 assists. The Billikens fall to 4-6, and Valparaiso improves to 7-3.

Day two of the Billiken invitational sees three matches. The Billikens play Valparaiso at 10 a.m., and North Texas and Valpo square off at 2 p.m. The Billikens close out the invitational with a 7 p.m. match against North Texas.
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Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
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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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
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Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
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Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
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M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
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May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
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Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
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
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
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