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Valpo Cruises to Sweep Over Chicago State
Katie Britton led all players with eight kills Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Britton led all players with eight kills Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Each of the 13 available Crusader volleyball players saw action Tuesday night at the ARC, as Valparaiso swept Chicago State (25-12, 25-10, 25-19) in its final home match of the regular season.

“It was a bittersweet match for me, as more than likely it was the last time our three seniors will be on our home floor in a game situation,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it just can't be overemphasized how important they have been to our program.  They were able to have some fun tonight because I had the chance to play them in a few different positions.”

All three Crusader seniors had solid performances Tuesday evening.  Setter Kim Bukowski (Waukesha, Wis./West), fresh off being named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week, played her normal setter position the first two frames before moving to libero the third set.  Bukowski approached a triple-double on the night, going for team-highs of 22 assists and 12 digs to go with seven kills on .583 hitting.

Outside hitter Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) hit .545 with seven kills while also chipping in five digs, three service aces and two blocks.  Porché now sits just six kills shy of 2,000 for her career.  Defensive specialist Haley Wise (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) played her normal back row spot for the most part, taking over some of the setting duties in the third set as well, and finished with seven digs and five assists.  Wise even stepped into the front row near the end of the second set and registered a kill.

The seniors weren’t the only Crusaders putting together stellar outings on Tuesday.  Sophomore outside hitter Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) went for a match-high eight kills on .583 hitting and saw some action in the middle in the final set.  Sophomore right side Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) picked up five kills and five digs while also tallying two blocks and two aces as well on the night.

“Kim really had a good night in every aspect of the game,” said Avery.  “Ending up just a few kills away from a triple-double is always an impressive night for a setter.  I thought Katie Britton did a good job stepping into the middle spot, where she hasn't played all year long.  It’s important to get her some experience in there just as insurance if we would ever need a backup there.”

The first two sets were both easy victories for the Crusaders, as Valpo gained the lead early and pulled away in the middle portions of each set.  The third set saw the Cougars threaten the Crusaders and actually earn a two-point lead at 18-16, quickly erased by a kill from Tara Diebler (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and a CSU attack error.  A Valpo service error put the Cougars back on top 19-18, but the Crusaders ended the match on a 7-0 run, including two kills apiece by Britton and Andrea Balsis (Benton Harbor, Mich./Coloma) and an ace by Wise.

Chicago State (0-24) was paced by six kills on .417 hitting by Niena Posey.  Hanya Minta recorded a double-double for the Cougars, handing out 14 assists to go with a match-best 13 digs.

Valparaiso (21-8) returns to Horizon League action this week in the final weekend of regular season play, looking to earn at least a share of the regular season championship.  The Crusaders kick off the weekend Friday at 7 p.m. against Milwaukee.  All the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso.  A link for the audio will also be available online through www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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