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Crusaders Extend Win Streak to Nine With Win at Loyola

Friday, November 07, 2008

Valparaiso utilized a strong balanced offensive attack to sweep Loyola, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-16), Friday evening in Chicago, Ill.  The win gives the Crusaders 20 on the season, the seventh consecutive year that Valpo has reached the 20-win milestone.

“A streak like this is really a culmination of all the teams that have come before you that have helped built the program up to this level,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “It is a real testament to the work ethic of this team to want to continue that success and to play at a level to continue it.  I’m especially proud of our senior class, not a lot of college players can say they won 20 games four times in their career.”

The Crusaders took control of the opener midway through the set.  Trailing 8-5, Valpo rattled off four straight points to take a 9-8 advantage.  After the Ramblers tied the frame back up briefly at nine, the Crusaders went on an 11-4 run with kills from five different players and capped by back-to-back service aces by Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) to go ahead 20-13.  Valpo and Loyola traded sideouts the rest of the way as the Crusaders eventually closed out the opener on a Rambler service error.

The second set stayed tight for a bit longer, as Loyola led at 11-10.  But an attack error followed by an Angie Porché  (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) kill put the Crusaders ahead 12-11.  A service error by Valpo briefly tied the frame again at 12 apiece, but following a Rambler service error of their own, Sears stepped back to the service line and served eight straight points, as her tough serving kept Loyola out of system.  By the time the senior middle was finally knocked off the service line, Valpo led 21-12 and cruised to the win to go up two sets to none.

Valpo took advantage of a multitude of Rambler errors early in the third set, along with a pair of kills by Sears, to go up 7-1 quickly in the decisive set.  Loyola reeled off four straight points to close back to within 7-5, but that was as close as it would get, as Porché tallied a kill to get Sears back on the service line.  The senior delivered four more consecutive points, including a pair of aces, to push Valpo’s edge to 12-5, and the Crusaders would cruise from there, closing the match on a kill by Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central).

“Our goal tonight was to win the serve and pass game, as we felt if we did that, we would be in a good spot to win the match,” said Avery.  “We really did a good job of that tonight.  We served extremely aggressively and took Loyola out of tempo more often than not.”

The Crusaders hit a season-best .395 for the match, as all five primary hitters registered at least six kills on the night.  Porché led the way with ten kills, while Sears chipped in nine terminations to go with her four aces.  Newton hit at a .538 clip with eight kills, while senior right side Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South) tallied seven kills on .636 hitting.  Junior outside hitter Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) added six kills on .600 hitting and also registered a team-best 11 digs.

Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) kept the Ramblers off-balance with her setting all night, dishing out 34 assists while also recording two aces.  Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) added ten digs on the back line, extending her streak of matches with double digits in digs to 77.

“Our offensive production tonight was amazing,” said Avery.  “I thought we did a fantastic job distributing the ball around and every attacker took care of business tonight, eliminating many of our errors.  We did struggle a little bit with our blocking, but all the rest of our game was at such a high level that it did not affect the outcome.”

Katie Johnson led Loyola (17-9, 6-7 Horizon) with ten kills, but was the only Rambler to tally more than five kills on the night.  The Crusaders held the Ramblers to just a .124 hitting percentage for the evening.

Valparaiso (20-6, 10-4 Horizon) won its seventh straight Horizon League match and ninth consecutive match overall.  The Crusaders, who have also won 13 of their last 14 times out, have captured 15 straight sets in league play dating back to Oct. 24.  Valpo will hit the court again tomorrow afternoon at UIC at 4 p.m. to take on the Flames, who was the last opponent to defeat the Crusaders.

M Track DePauw Invitational Greencastle, Ind.
Apr 5 9th/11 (28.33)
W Track DePauw Invitational Greencastle, Ind.
Apr 5 8th/10 (29)
W Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
M Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
Baseball Wright State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 3
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 6
Baseball Wright State 0 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 2
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 9
W Tennis Valpo 5 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
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
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
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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 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