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Crusaders Open Golden Dome Invite With Sweep of Portland
Katie Britton paced all players with 12 kills Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Katie Britton paced all players with 12 kills Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (7-2)
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Portland (3-6)
9/9/2011 | Notre Dame, Ind. | Attendance: 646
1st2nd3rd4th5th
Valparaiso252525 -- --
Portland212321 -- --
Stats at a GlanceVALPOPOR
Hitting Pct..297.274
Kills4543
Errors1214
Total Attacks111106
Assists4338
Aces71
Digs4242
Blocks6.08.5
Statistical LeadersVALPOPOR
KillsBRITTON - 12
HRONEK - 9
AssistsPOKORNY - 37
JORDAN - 30
AcesCUDNEY - 4
PLUMMER - 1
DigsROOT - 16
RODRIGUEZ - 13
BlocksBEIL - 3
VANDEN BERG - 3
GROESBECK - 3
PLUMMER - 4

Friday, September 09, 2011

Valparaiso put together a solid offensive team effort, hitting .297 for the match, and came up with key points at the end of all three sets as the Crusaders earned a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21) sweep of Portland Friday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind. “That was probably one of our best matches all year so far, I thought,” said Crusader head coach Carin Avery. “The difference tonight for us was that when we got into close situations late in sets we didn’t make unforced errors, unlike last weekend.” A number of standout offensive performances helped Valpo hit at nearly a .300 clip on Friday. Leading the way was senior Katie Britton (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), who in a return to her home region led all players with 12 kills while hitting at a .474 clip. Sophomore Sarah Dooms (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) also reached double figures, chipping in 10 kills. Sophomore Ellen Vanden Berg (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute) had a stellar match on the attack for the third straight outing out of the middle, posting seven kills while hitting .462. Senior Jenny Pokorny (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) dished out 37 assists on Friday, surpassing the 2,000 assist mark for her career in the process. Pokorny also added four kills on just seven attacks and tallied seven digs as well. Junior Taylor Root (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) led all players on the back line with 16 digs, and was helped in the back by sophomore Ariel Cudney (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), who registered 10 digs as well as a season-best four service aces. Vanden Berg, senior Amy Groesbeck (Wheaton, Ill./North) and freshman Morgan Beil (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette) each were in on three of Valpo’s six total team blocks. The first set would be the tightest of the three frames, featuring 14 ties and seven lead changes just by itself. Neither side was able to gain more than a two-point advantage through the early and middle stages of the set, and the 14th tie of the set came at 20 apiece. Groesbeck picked up a kill to give Valpo the lead back at 21-20, followed by Cudney’s second ace of the set to push the lead to two points. Vanden Berg followed with a kill of her own to force a Portland timeout. After the Pilots sided out post-stoppage, Vanden Berg came up big with a solo block to give the Crusaders set point, and a Pokorny kill gave Valpo the one-set advantage. The second frame looked like it would be easier to close out for the Crusaders, as a mid-set four-point spurt capped by a Root service ace pushed Valpo’s lead to 15-10. Later in the set, Cudney picked up yet another ace as the Crusaders led 21-15. Following a pair of Portland points, Dooms and Beil registered back-to-back kills to move Valpo within two points of the set win. But a 4-0 Portland run closed the gap to one point and forced the Crusaders to utilize a timeout to slow the Pilots’ momentum. Out of the timeout, a Portland miscue gave Valpo two set points, and Beil closed out the set on the second opportunity with a kill. The third set featured a number of mini-spurts by the Crusaders, as Valpo kept trying to push the advantage beyond two or three points. But each time, Portland would answer to stay within striking range of the Crusaders. With the score 19-19 late in the set, Britton tallied the last of her 12 kills, Cudney followed with another ace and Groesbeck added a kill of her own to make it a three-point lead. A service error moved Portland to within 22-20, but a kill from Vanden Berg and a big block from Beil and Groesbeck moved the Crusaders to the verge of the sweep. On its second chance at the win, Dooms came through with the kill to give Valpo its third straight win. The Crusaders matched a season-best with their seven service aces Friday, while their offensive effort was helped by the fact they committed just four unforced attack errors. Portland (3-6) was led by nine kills on .467 hitting from Kati Hronek, while Jacqueline Rodriguez posted a team-best 13 digs. Marissa Plummer chipped in on four of the Pilots’ eight team blocks. “I thought we really did a good job in serve receive,” said Avery. “Jenny did a good job distributing the ball, and we didn’t make many errors, which is something we’ve been working on. I also thought we served aggressively and took Portland out of its rhythm.” Valparaiso (7-2) returns to action Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders take on Lipscomb in their second match of the tournament. First serve is slated for 3:30 p.m. CDT, with all the action available live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso. Live stats will also be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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