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Crusaders Fall Friday Night at Butler
Amy Groesbeck tied for team-high honors with seven kills. (Ray Acevedo)
Amy Groesbeck tied for team-high honors with seven kills. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Valparaiso volleyball team suffered its first sweep of the 2010 season Friday night, falling in straight sets (25-14, 25-20, 25-19) to Butler in Indianapolis, Ind.

A pair of Bulldog errors tied up the first set at six apiece, but Butler then ran off six straight points to earn a 12-6 advantage.  Sophomore Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) briefly slowed the Bulldogs' momentum with a kill, but they responded with four more points in a row to cap a 10-1 run with Butler leading 16-7.  Valpo couldn't close to any closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Bulldogs claimed the opener.

The second set was tied at six apiece as well, but again it was Butler putting together a 5-0 run to claim an 11-6 advantage.  The Bulldogs extended their lead to as much as 21-13, but Valpo responded with a 5-1 spurt, including kills by junior Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) and freshman Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport), to close within 22-18.  Valpo remained within four points and fought off Butler's first set point chance on another Victor kill to make it 24-20, but the Bulldogs converted on their second opportunity to go into the in-game break up two sets.

Butler started the third set with its momentum from the first two sets, jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead.  Valpo wouldn't let the Bulldogs run away with the frame, though, as with the score 13-8, Victor tallied two kills and seniors Tara Diebler (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and Katie Layman (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) added kills in a 5-1 run that closed the Crusaders within 14-13.  But Valpo could not knot up the set, as the Bulldogs tallied the next two points before the two squads sided out the next 11 points.  Victor registered another kill to make it 23-19, but Butler tallied kills on each of the match's final two points to close out the sweep.

Valpo hit just .157 with 35 kills on Friday, with no Crusader racking up more than seven kills, a total shared by Groesbeck and freshman Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove).  Victor tied her career best with five kills as well.  Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) paced Valpo on the back line with 11 digs.

Butler (13-7, 8-1 Horizon) was led by 14 kills on .500 hitting by Maureen Bamiro, while Jessica Wolfe added 12 kills on .458 hitting.  Gina Vera dished out 41 assists as the Bulldogs hit .307 with 47 kills for the match.  Maggie Harbison tallied a match-best 19 kills, while Bamiro also led all players with four blocks.

Valparaiso (16-5, 5-4 Horizon) looks to rebound on Saturday afternoon with a short trip over to Dayton, Ohio to take on Wright State.  First serve against the Raiders is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT, and all the action can be seen and heard live at www.valpoathletics.com, with the audio also available locally on WVUR, 95.1 FM.  Links for live stats and live chat will also be available through the official Crusader website.

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. #21/21 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