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Crusaders Sweep Chicago State Tuesday Night
Amy Groesbeck posted seven kills, seven digs and four aces Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Amy Groesbeck posted seven kills, seven digs and four aces Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Valparaiso improved to 24-6 on the season as a number of reserves got a chance to shine Tuesday evening in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-6, 25-13) sweep of Chicago State in Chicago, Ill.

“It was nice to get a chance to relax tonight and take a step away from the grind of league play,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery.  “We got a chance to play some different players tonight and play some people in different positions, but now we have to focus as we prepare for our final regular season league game with the conference tournament right around the corner.”

Junior right side Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) played all the way around the rotation for the first time this season and had a stellar all-around match, setting a new career high with four service aces to go along with seven digs and seven kills on .583 hitting.  Freshman middle hitter Janelle Hobbs (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) also stood out Tuesday, racking up career highs with five blocks and seven kills while hitting at a .385 clip.

Freshman defensive specialist Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) donned the libero jersey for the first time in her career and matched her season-high with five service aces to increase her league-leading total to 41, while also picking up six digs.  Fellow freshman DSes Casey Phillips (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) and Sarah Chrabaszcz (Reedsburg, Wis./Reedsburg Area) tallied five and three digs, respectively, while the latter also registered her first career service ace.  Senior defensive specialist Andrea Balsis (Benton Harbor, Mich./Coloma) recorded seven digs while playing just the first two sets.

On the attack, freshman outside hitter Kelsey Victor (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) contributed six kills, while sophomore outside hitter Mary Dent (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) picked up four kills of her own.  Junior setter Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) again did a bit of everything for the Crusaders, hitting .600 with six kills while handing out 18 assists and picking up five digs and four blocks.

The first set was the closest of the evening, as the Cougars actually held the early lead.  A pair of aces by Cudney helped give Valpo a 9-6 advantage, but CSU responded with five straight points to take an 11-9 edge.  The Crusaders rolled off a 9-0 run, with kills by Hobbs and Pokorny, a block by the duo and an ace by Balsis, along with a number of CSU errors, to claim an 18-11 lead.  The Cougars scored the next three points to close within four, but that was as close as they would get, as Valpo eventually ended the opener on a kill by Groesbeck.

The Crusaders scored the first seven points of the second set on Balsis' serve, as Victor picked up three kills and a block during the opening run.  Another 5-0 spurt turned a 10-4 lead into a 15-4 advantage, and then later in the frame, leading 17-6, the Crusaders rolled off the final eight points of the set on the serve of Groesbeck.  The junior tallied two of her aces during the run, while Dent picked up a pair of kills, including the final point.

The third set outcome was never in doubt either, as a Groesbeck kill started the set and Cudney then served five straight points to give the Crusaders a 6-0 lead.  A kill by CSU briefly slowed Valpo's momentum, but after a Cougar attack error, Groesbeck served seven more points in a row as the advantage swelled to 14-1.  The Crusaders cruised from there, with an ace by Cudney and a kill by Groesbeck eventually ending the match.

Chicago State (0-31) tallied five blocks on the match, with Alexandra Mason in on three of the rejections.  The Cougars' Mazvita Maziveyi approached a double-double with 10 assists and nine digs as well.

Valparaiso (24-6) gets in its final tuneup for the 2010 Horizon League Championship with the finale of the league slate Saturday afternoon at Loyola.  First serve is set for 2 p.m., with live video for the match available through www.valpoathletics.com.  Live stats and live chat will also be available through the official Crusader website.

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 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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo