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Crusaders Close Out Horizon League Slate with Win
Angie Porché led Valpo in kills for the 20th time this season.
Angie Porché led Valpo in kills for the 20th time this season.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Box Score

Faced with a one-game deficit Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill, the Valparaiso volleyball team regrouped and stormed back, handily winning the next three games to earn a 3-1 (30-32, 30-23, 30-24, 30-22) victory over UIC.  The win gives the Crusaders a share of third place in their first season of Horizon League play, and is also the 200th victory as a head coach for Carin Avery.

“After all the adversity we’ve been through this season, it was great to close out the year with two hard-fought wins on the road,” said Avery.  “We were excited to find out that we finished in third place.  I think it’s a testament to the willpower of this team that, with all our injuries, we were still able to finish where the coaches picked us in the preseason.”

The Crusaders looked poised to take the opening game Saturday, as a kill by Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) gave them four game points at 29-25.  But UIC responded with five straight points to take a 30-29 lead, and while a Tiffany Meikle (Cottage Grove, Wis./Monona Grove) kill staved off the Flames’ first game point, they would convert on the second to take the first game.

Valpo led early on in the second game, jumping out to an11-4 advantage.  The Flames would come back and take numerous small leads in the middle portion, the last of which came at 19-18.  From there, the Crusaders took over, scoring 12 of the game’s last 16 points to send the match into the break tied at a game apiece.

Games three and four were similar in nature for the Crusaders.  Both games were close in the early going before Valpo made runs in the middle of the game.  The Crusaders were never threatened late in either set, as their lead never fell below three points in either frame as they cruised to the victory.

Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) led the Crusaders in kills for the 20th time on the season, ending 24 rallies while hitting at a .345 clip for the match.  Porché also added 15 digs for her 13th double-double of the season.  The sophomore now has 517 kills on the season, second-most in a single campaign in Valpo history and just 19 terminations shy of the top spot.  She is also just three kills shy of reaching the 1,000 kill milestone.

Porché was far from Valpo’s only offensive threat, however, as Bollenbacher also posted 20 kills.  Meikle added season-best totals of 12 kills and 18 digs in tallying her second consecutive double-double.

“Angie had a brilliant night for us in every aspect of the game,” said Avery.  “Val did a great job, not only in getting kills, but in eliminating a lot of her errors, something we’ve been working with her on.  I am proud of the job Tiffany did this weekend, not just on the playing floor, but also in her leadership, something we needed this weekend.”

Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) paced Valpo on the back line with 27 digs, the tenth time this year that the junior has registered at least 25 digs.  Malicoat surpassed the 1,600-dig plateau late in the match and currently has 1,601 career digs, second-most in Crusader history.  She has also tallied 653 digs this year, just 22 shy of her own single-season record set last year.

“Brittany really took control of the court for us tonight,” said Avery.  “As our libero, we ask her to step up and be the leader on the back line with her ball control, and she did a superb job of doing that for us today.”

Valpo reached double figures in the blocks category for the third time in the last four matches, registering 10 rejections on Saturday.  Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) led the way with five blocks, while Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) and Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) added four apiece.  Newton also chipped in eight kills and three service aces on the night.

UIC (14-15, 6-10 Horizon) was paced by 14 kills apiece from Katerina Hanackova and Amanda Kenny.  Lana Lobdell added 12 kills on .385 hitting, while Taylor Szatkowski led the Flames’ defensive effort with 19 digs.

The Crusaders enjoyed a significant 74-54 edge in the kills category and also out-hit the Flames by a .225-.166 margin.  Valpo out-dug UIC, 82-76, and tallied eight service aces versus five for the Flames.

“It was wonderful to see a number of players step up for us this weekend,” said Avery.  “This was another weekend where we had to throw some people into different spots on the floor, and everybody responded so well with their play.  These two wins really give us the momentum we need heading into our first Horizon League Championship.”

Valparaiso (19-10, 9-7 Horizon) will look to earn its sixth consecutive 20-win season when it kicks off play in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Championship on Friday.  Pairings and match times will be announced on Monday.

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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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