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Sixth-Ranked Santa Clara Too Much for Valpo Friday Afternoon

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Santa Clara Broncos flexed their muscles and proved why they're ranked #6 in the nation on Friday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind., defeating the Valpo Crusaders 30-20, 30-13, 30-21 at the Joyce Center.

The Brown and Gold hung tough in the early going in game one, trailing Santa Clara 21-17 before a 9-3 game-ending Bronco run. Then Santa Clara, a Final Four team from a season ago, roared out of the gates in game two and overpowered Valpo before hanging on late in game three to close it out.

In the match, all 13 Crusaders saw the court, including standout freshman Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton-Fractional South) who led the team with seven kills. The 2005 Northwest Indiana Times Player of the Year has now taken the team lead in kills with 48 through her first four matches.

Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) had five kills, but also lead a strong Valpo block with three total, including a pair of solos. Nicole Schulz (Kewaskum, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) and Jessie Fox (Granger, Ind./Penn) added two blocks each for the Crusaders, who had eight team blocks to only seven for Santa Clara.

Freshman Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) had the best match of her young Valpo career and was an offensive bright spot with four kills on 10 attacks. Fox and Schulz each also had four kills.

The Broncos (4-0) hit a sizzling .423 for the match, while the Crusaders hit only .051. Kim McGiven and Anna Cmaylo led the Santa Clara offense with 10 kills each.

Valpo (3-1) will be back in action later Friday night to kick off the Shamrock Invitational against host Notre Dame, ranked 21st in the nation. That match along with both of Saturday's Crusader contests will be carried live on 95.1 FM, WVUR, and online at

box score
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler