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Two Record-Breaking Nights Lead Valpo to Victory; Porché, Malicoat Break Single-Season Marks
Angie Porché broke Valpo's single-season kills record with her kill to end the match.
Angie Porché broke Valpo's single-season kills record with her kill to end the match.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Box Score

Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) ended the match with her 537th kill of the season, setting a new Valpo single-season record, while Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) broke her own single-season record for digs late in game three as Valparaiso swept Butler (30-28, 30-25, 30-25) in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship in Milwaukee, Wis. Friday afternoon.  The win was Valpo’s 20th of the season, marking the sixth consecutive year that the Crusaders have reached the milestone.

“I was so excited for us to get our first tournament victory in the Horizon League tonight,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We’ve really enjoyed being in the league this year, and it was nice to get the first tournament win under our belt.  I’m also really proud of the fact that we reached the 20-win plateau again and were able to reach the semifinals of our league tournament for the eighth straight year.  It really speaks volumes about the sustained success of the program to be that successful for that long.”

The Bulldogs took the early advantage in game one, jumping out to a 10-5 lead and forcing Avery to use a timeout.  The Crusaders fought back, tying the game at 12 and extended the lead to as many as five points.  With the lead at four at 27-23, Butler scored four straight points to tie the set at 27, but Porché sandwiched a Bulldog error with two terminations to give Valpo the opener.

Valpo sustained a small lead throughout much of the second game, taking its first edge at 10-9.  The lead never got above three points until the Crusaders put together three straight points at 22-20 to extend the lead to five.  Butler scored three of the next four points to cut the deficit to 26-23, but Tiffany Meikle (Cottage Grove, Wis./Monona Grove) stopped the mini-run with a kill and eventually ended the game with a service ace to send Valpo into the break up two games.

Butler led early in the final game by as many as three points, but Valpo came back to take the lead at 10-9 and held as much as a seven-point lead on its way to the sweep.  Porché led the way in the finale with nine kills on just 18 swings, including her record-breaking swing on the match’s final play.

The sophomore ended the match with 20 kills on .304 hitting, the 14th time this season that she has reached at least 20 terminations.  With her third kill of the match, Porché became just the 11th player in Crusader history to reach 1,000 kills.  She also tallied 15 digs for her 14th double-double of the campaign.  She was not alone on the attack, however, as three other Crusaders reached double figures in kills.  Freshman Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) enjoyed one of the best hitting nights of her career, putting down 12 kills on a career-best .556 hitting percentage.

“What a great accomplishment it is for Angie to get 1,000 kills already as a sophomore,” said Avery.  “She’s had a lot of pressure this year, as she has been our main attacker, and every team we play know that she’s our main attacker.  To overcome that and break the single-season kills record is a tremendous feat.  It was also great to see Tara have a good night offensively; she was just on fire swinging, which really helped our attack.”

Malicoat tallied a dig on one of the match’s final points to reach 23 digs for the match, giving her 676 on the season and surpassing her previous single-season record set last year.  The Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year reached 20 digs for the 13th time in the last 14 matches and has now picked up double figures in digs in each of Valpo’s last 48 matches.  Meikle also tallied 15 digs for the Crusaders, her third straight match recording at least ten picks.

“Brittany has elevated her game this year in a huge way,” said Avery.  “Not only has her number of digs increased, but she has become a lot more consistent in passing the ball.  She has also really stepped up into a leadership role as well, which was something we needed after some of the injuries we’ve had.”

The Crusaders enjoyed a significant 66-47 edge over Butler (14-15) in kills and also out-dug the Bulldogs by a 74-57 margin.  Valpo registered four service aces to Butler’s two, while the Bulldogs outblocked Valpo, 11-3.  Butler was paced by 14 kills and 11 kills from Porshia Allen, while Michelle DeGeeter contributed 10 kills and seven blocks.

“I just can’t say enough about everyone’s performance today,” said Avery.  “Everybody who played for us did what they had to do in order for us to win.”

Valparaiso (20-10) returns to the court Saturday afternoon for the semifinals of the Horizon League Championships in Milwaukee, Wis.  First serve is slated for 4 p.m. against either the host Panthers or the eighth-seeded Ramblers of Loyola.

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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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