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Porché Breaks Career Kills Mark as Crusaders Win at DePaul

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Junior outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) broke Valparaiso’s career kills record to give the Crusaders match point in the fourth set Tuesday evening at DePaul and then registered another kill on Valpo’s second attempt as the Crusaders downed the Blue Demons, 3-1 (25-18, 28-26, 20-25, 25-22) in Chicago, Ill.

Porché picked up a match-best 20 kills on the night on .304 hitting, including ten kills alone in the deciding fourth set.  The 20 kills give her 1,507 career terminations, passing former Crusader Lori Barton for the top spot on the chart with at least six matches remaining in her junior campaign.  She also moved up to a tie for eighth on Valpo’s single-season kills chart with 443 kills this year alone.

“Congratulations to Angie for breaking the school record for kills,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “To do so as a junior so early in her career shows how dominant she has been.  She has made a huge impact on our program, and is very deserving of this mark because of all the hard work she puts in to get better in every aspect of the game.”

Valpo jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the opening set, but DePaul quickly rallied to knot up the frame at six apiece.  The teams traded sideouts before the Crusaders went on a massive 9-1 run mid-set to go ahead 16-8, keyed by multiple kills from Val Bollenbacher (Bremen, Ind./Bremen) and Jill Meyer (Crystal Lake, Ill./South).  The Blue Demons would get no closer than six the rest of the way, and Allison Sears (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) eventually closed out the opener with her fifth kill of the frame.

The second set was much more tightly contested, featuring a season-high 21 tie scores to go along with seven lead changes.  Neither team led by more than two points during the set, but DePaul looked poised to take the set after getting a kill to go up 23-21.  Valpo answered immediately, however, as Meyer registered a kill followed by a block from Sears and Bollenbacher to tie it up at 23.

A kill by Sears on the next point gave Valpo its first set point opportunity at 24-23, but a Blue Demon kill followed by a block turned the tables and presented DePaul with a set point at 25-24.  Bollenbacher stepped up with another kill though, and after another Blue Demon termination gave them a second chance, it was Sears with a kill to keep the Crusaders in the set.  At 26-26, Porché rotated back into the front row and recorded a big kill to give Valpo its second opportunity, and a DePaul hitting error sent the Crusaders into the in-game break up two sets.

The Crusaders looked like they would complete the sweep with their play early on in the third set, going ahead 9-6.  But DePaul would not go down quietly, rolling off six straight points to move into the lead, 12-9.  Valpo got kills by Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) and Meyer out of a timeout to close back to within 12-11, but the Blue Demons reeled off four more consecutive tallies and rolled to the third-set victory.

The fourth set was back and forth early and was tied at eight points apiece before kills by Bollenbacher and Sears started a 7-2 Crusader run which featured two kills each from Porché and Tara Newton (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) to give Valpo a 15-10 advantage.  The Crusaders never let the Blue Demons any closer than two points the rest of the way as Porché led Valpo to 22 kills in the set to close out the match.

“DePaul’s record is really deceptive, because three of their wins have come in last seven matches,” said Avery.  “You can tell they’re playing some pretty good volleyball right now.  I thought we did a good job offensively, especially looking at our hitters’ hitting percentages.  I also thought we didn’t go a good job serving, we couldn’t take them out of system, and we struggled on defensive transition, which was the main reason we lost the third set.”

Porché was backed up offensively by seniors Meyer and Sears, who each posted 13 kills apiece.  Meyer put down those 13 kills on a scintillating .579 hitting percentage, while Sears swung at a .310 clip as the Crusader offense hit .286 for the match.  Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West) handed out 55 assists.  On the back row, Brittany Malicoat (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial) registered a match-best 14 digs while Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) added 13 digs of her own.

DePaul (4-21) was paced by 17 kills from Sarah Cullen, while Jacie Fiedler registered 14 kills on .560 hitting.  Molly Creek tallied a match-high five blocks.

Valparaiso (19-6) is now just one victory shy of winning 20 matches for the seventh straight season, and will return to Horizon League action with a weekend set in Chicago starting with a 7 p.m. match Friday at Loyola.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay